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GW Floors’ Owner/Manager/President, Harvie Hurd.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business GW = Good work

GW Floors owner Harvie Hurd is here to help

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Wayne Postnikoff
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Feeling at home

Wayne Postnikoff: home matchmaker.

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Jan Biava and Mike Daley have owned Packrat Annie's in Nelson, B.C., for 32 years.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business Packrat Annie’s houses a wealth of books and music

Packrat Annie’s in Nelson, B.C., gets a platinum ranking for its well-loved merchandise and long history in the community.

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Marriane Millar with a dog
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Animal Care, Small Business Animal Instinctz Grooming

Animal Instinctz Grooming can make your pet look like a dinosaur.

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Kevin Maffioli
West Kootenay, Small Business Loving what you do and doing what you love

Kevin Maffioli built a career out of love for his favourite game.

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Sara Stuart in the Country Roads General Store in Fruitvale, B.C.
West Kootenay, Small Business Social shopping

Sara Stuart’s store is at your service.

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General manager Chris Sapriken stands outside the store.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Small Business Taking advantage of opportunity

Focusing on people yields results.

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Jim Bradbury stands outside his store Playmor Power Products in Crescent Valley, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Mixing work and pleasure

Jim Bradbury of Playmor Power Products turned his passion for snowmobiling into a business.

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Ralph and Debbie Koerber on the river
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Riding the rapids in Revelstoke

Apex Rafting boasts camaraderie and fun on the river.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - September 2 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

David MacGillivray, new instructor at Selkirk College.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Selkirk College welcomes hospitality industry powerhouse to faculty

This autumn, Selkirk College welcomes David MacGillivray to its faculty as a new full-time instructor for the Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT) Program.

Picture of a treehouse development.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Tourism RMR opposes “Treehouse Hotel” — Revelstoke council approves phased development

Revelstoke council voted 5 to 2 in favour of the project, in a revised development format.

Graphic of proposed roundabout upgrades in Revelstoke.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Transportation Revelstoke Council awards $1.8 million Gateway roundabout upgrades to local contractor

Speers Construction was determined to provide the best proposal for acceptance by the City.

Group of people standing with banner.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Financial, Technology New chemistry labs at Selkirk College a catalyst for learning

The two old chemistry labs on the Castlegar Campus were well-maintained and functional, but dated back 50 years to the original construction of the college.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 26 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Dani Ortman, fibre artist, sitting at her loom.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Textiles Studio at Selkirk College offers inspiration and career opportunity

Three alumnae from the Selkirk College Textiles Studio share their experiences and journey through the program

The Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry Predictions for the pulp industry

Experts agree that there is likely to be a shift in pulp prices due to capacity exceeding demand.

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Terry Van Horn takes great satisfaction in her job as economic development officer for the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation.
West Kootenay, Trail Living and working in paradise

Economic development is a sometimes slow but always gratifying process for the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation

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A comfortable conversation bench is featured on the grounds of the Mir Centre for Peace, located on the Castlegar campus of Selkirk College.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Trail, Education Selkirk College at 50 years

For five decades, this college has served the West Kootenay well

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Deanne Steven is the dynamic executive director of Tourism Rossland in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Education, Small Business, Technology, Tourism Influencing the West Kootenay

We highlight a few of the business people who are making things happen in Trail, Rossland and the surrounding area.

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Brad Pommen, director of the new MIDAS Lab in Trail, B.C., brings some serious technology skills to his position.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Small Business, Technology MIDAS Lab opens

Director Brad Pommen is heading up the new metallurgical industrial (MIDAS) lab in Trail, B.C.

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Picture of skier standing on mountainside with view of distant mountains and clouds.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Real Estate, Tourism RED Mountain makes history to secure future via equity crowdfunding

RED Mountain is bucking the trend of MegaResort mergers and acquisitions and taking its next capital campaign to the people via equity crowdfunding.

Picture of covered staircases, with pink blossom trees in foreground.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness Trail’s Storm the Stairs Challenge slated for September 10th

Storm the Stairs was started in 2015 by the United Way of Trail and District as a fundraising event for people looking for a healthy physical challenge.

Attractive information kiosks have been placed in downtown Golden, B.C. to assist and inform tourists.
West Kootenay, Golden, Tourism Planning for Golden

A diverse business base and careful long-term planning are key to the economic stability of Golden, B.C.

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Joy Guyot (L) and Michelle Nagy-Deak are co-owners of the French Connection Cheese Club in Golden.
West Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Small Business Cheese and so much more

The French Connection Cheese Club in Golden has been such a success that it’s moved to a bigger location and added a licensed bistro to boot.

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Leigh Watwood, owner of Mountain Beauty by Leigh
West Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Small Business Mountain Beauty is here to stay

This entrepreneur will bring out your inner beauty from her studio in Golden, B.C.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 19 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Kiraya Spencer, alumna of the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Selkirk College alumna selected for prestigious leadership program with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

A desire to travel, meet people and discover new experiences drew Kiraya Spencer to the dynamic hospitality industry.

Reflecting – Wolf – Juanita Rose Violini -- work by one of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance featured artists
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance announces 2015–2016 funded projects

CKCA administers and manages arts, culture and heritage program funding on behalf of the Trust.

Jerry Wood beams from the seat of his shiny Harley-Davidson-powered motorcycle, custom-built by Wheelz of Fruitvale, B.C.
West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business Customized Wheelz

Customized golf carts and motorcycles from Wheelz in Fruitvale make playtime more fun.

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Alicia Gray is the owner-operator of Bombshack Apparel, a new-and-used children's clothing outlet in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business Responsible shopping at Bombshack

Bombshack Children’s Clothing in Rossland, B.C., is a creative green shopping option.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 12 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Artist's rendition of the new Ferraro Foods store in downtown Trail.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Retail Ferraro Foods investing in major renovations to downtown Trail store

Ferraro Foods in downtown Trail is undergoing a major renovation and upgrade to their ever popular grocery food store.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 5 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Picture of a person holding a coffee cup with the words 'Steam Donkey Coffee' printed on it.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Small Business Kimberley’s Steam Donkey Coffee roasts up a new location

Steam Donkey Coffee has moved to a new location just north of the Platz at 82 Wallinger Avenue in Kimberley.

Picture of man wearing a striped shirt, sitting at a table and holding a pencil.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay It pays to hire a student

Boost your business with a young set of hands this summer

Long-time entrepreneur Audry Durham is the executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Tourism Trail chamber embraces Rossland

Audry Durham, the executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, talked with us about the local business community.

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Whitewater rafting is one of many activities available through Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Trail, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The Get Lost adventure

If you’re looking for adventure, Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland, B.C., can hook you up with exciting outdoor activities year round.

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John Managh, co-owner of Hellbent Geothermal, stands in front of a large piece of machinery.
West Kootenay, Golden, Energy, Environment The Kootenays are a potential hot zone for geothermal energy

Hellbent Geothermal is a leading-edge company offering geothermal systems in the East Kootenay, where the potential for this green energy is overflowing

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Picture of woman with blonde hair working on computer.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology An insight into excellence

Pacific Insights Electronics in Nelson may be small-town based, but the company has a global reach.

Picture of eco-house in middle of orchard, with view of lake in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Tourism Over 1,675 Airbnb rooms listed in the Kootenays

The choice of accommodation through Airbnb in the Kootenays is vast, as proven by this Top 20 list of available rentals.

Mike Balance, Dale Donaldson, Christina Champlin and Cassandra Urbshas of Mallard's Source for Sports in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness, Retail, Tourism Influencing Nelson

Our research rewarded us with information about a few of Nelson’s most influential business people.

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The world of online marketing and social media can be confusing, especially for a small business. That’s where Jana Skerlak comes in.
West Kootenay, Golden Jana Skerlak

Jana Skerlak is a small business owner helping other small business owners build their online presence

A young man sitting in front of a laptop with a stack of books beside him.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Small Business Tips for starting in the career you love

Tips and tricks for the future entrepreneur

by Louis Bockner
Graphic for the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Golden, Grand Forks, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo, Trail, Retail, Small Business Call for nominations 40 Under 40—Rising Stars in Business

We invite your business to join in supporting and saluting these young business professionals (under 40) who deserve to be recognized.

Sonia Ratté and Olivier Dutil own and operate La Baguette Catering and Le Marché Gourmet specialty food store in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Sonia Ratté and Olivier Dutil

Their catering company has grown to employ 60 people in Revelstoke, B.C., and is garnering accolades in the business community.

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Scenic view of Invermere.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Animal Care, Cuisine, Developments, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Top 9 most unique commercial ventures for sale in the Kootenays

The Kootenays attract many unique and eclectic businesses - here are 9 thriving ventures up for sale.

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Pedro Montoya and John E. Pettigrew show off some of their unique merchandise at the Slocan Trading Co.
West Kootenay, Slocan, Small Business Buy, sell and trade in Slocan

Slocan City Trading Co. opened to the public on May 18, 2013.

by Candace Jensen

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