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East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Revelstoke, Education, Small Business Workshops to address common non-profit needs

Columbia Basin Trust offers workshops this fall through its non-profit advisors program

Audry Durham is the executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, additionally supporting the communities of Rossland, Fruitvale, Montrose and Warfield.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Trail chamber update, 2017

The change that the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce wants to see in the local business community is, simply, more business.

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(L to R) Kent Donaldson is president and chief beer officer and Mark Nagao is his business partner at Whitetooth Brewing Company.
West Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Small Business Belgium + West Coast + beer = Whitetooth Brewing Company

From home-brewing on a kitchen stove to Golden’s go-to brewery, Kent Donaldson is living the dream at Whitetooth Brewing Company

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West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Tourism Looking to Golden’s future

Infrastructure, infill growth and community connectivity are high on the agenda for the Town of Golden.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - September 1 issue

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

Melanie Buerge is standing outside in a row that is between huge benches of evergreen tree seedlings.
West Kootenay, Forestry Growing our future forests

Harrop, B.C.’s nursery is part of PRT Growing Services Ltd.

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Halcyon Hot Springs.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism No details forthcoming on sale of Halcyon Hot Springs

The hot springs resort is located on the shores of Arrow Lake north of Nakusp and was evidently sold to a lower mainland investor in March or April.

The new building will include 23,000 square feet of office space.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Energy FortisBC Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, British Columbia

The centralized Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, British Columbia, provides increased efficiency, among other benefits.

by Jillian Clark
Scenic view of mountain bikers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Call for nominations for the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of a maximum of nine individuals including an Executive Committee of 5 seats, which includes a Past Chair position.

The new Ramada Inn in Revelstoke.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New Ramada Inn opens in Revelstoke

The hotel construction was fast-tracked by Kamloops’ Horizon North, who assembled pre-built modular units to erect the building on a fast-paced schedule.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 25 issue

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

Recent Selkirk College Heavy Mechanical Program graduate Running Wolf returned to school after a life filled with challenges as a result of the former residential school system.
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College Heavy Mechanical Program student overcomes and gives back

A recent graduate on Nelson's Silver King Campus knows what it's like to stare into the face of adversity and triumph.

Waneta Dam in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Energy Trail mayor Mike Martin speaks to Waneta Dam’s sale to BC Hydro

What does BC Hydro’s purchase of Waneta Dam mean for the West Kootenay? Trail mayor Mike Martin explains how the sale will affect the community

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A graduate of Mount Sentinel Secondary, Jennifer Perepelkin is a Selkirk College Metal Fabricator Foundation Program and is moonlighting on the Yellowridge Construction crew that is working on the Silver King Campus refresh project currently taking place in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Developments, Education Selkirk College student joins Silver King Campus refresh crew

The Silver King Campus renewal project is slated for completion in Spring 2018.

Shelly Wadden became executive director of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce in Golden, B.C., in June 2017.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business Taking the reins at Kicking Horse chamber

Shelly Wadden, the new executive director of Golden’s chamber of commerce, promotes experimentation, recognition and support for great ideas.

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The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society’s Golden Years Lodge will be upgraded to become more energy efficient thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Retrofit Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial 25 buildings to receive energy retrofits

Columbia Basin Trust provides $900,000 this year through its new Energy Retrofit Program.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 18th issue

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

(L to R) Alycia Weir, visitor services manager at the Golden Visitor Information Services & Amenities Hub, with Constance Fowler and Mary Jacobson, visitor information counsellors.
West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Collaboration creates Golden’s VISAH

The new, community-led visitor information services and amenities hub (VISAH) in Golden, B.C., offers expanded services and conveniences.

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Leeza Zurwick
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness Happy gut = happy life

Leeza Zurwick of Castlegar, B.C., has started up a new business that provides customers with water kefir do-it-yourself kits

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Sacha and Tyler from Cutter Ranch located in Fort Steele, in the East Kootenay, raise heritage pork, pasture chicken and beef.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Education New program helps agriculture grow

Services include expert advice on topics such as irrigation, pest control, production, water, soil, climate change and research.

Trail Beer Refinery opened on March 25, 2017. It is Trail's first craft beer producer.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Craft beer comes to Trail

“We had pretty aggressive visions of where we wanted to go, and we’re just blowing those away.” —Mike Konkin, Trail Beer Refinery

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Members of the SMARTS project team at Selkirk College’s Applied Research & Innovation Centre in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Education, Technology Selkirk College partners with local businesses to enhance innovation

The goal of this project was to promote the development, adaptation and/or adoption of technologies and integrate them into business models.

Andras Lukacs
West Kootenay, Rossland, Tourism Meet Rossland Tourism’s new Executive Director

Andras fills the position that was vacated by Deanne Stevens, who left to take a position at Selkirk College.

Tom Thomson, Executive Director of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial Podcast—The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Nelson, BC

In this episode of Kootenay Business Podcast, publisher Keith Powell, talks with Tom Thomson, Executive Director of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 11th issue

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

Rich and Annie Murphy bought the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in November 2016.
West Kootenay, Trail, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Sparking change for the Smoke Eaters

The Trail Smoke Eaters hockey team has an upgraded facility and a revitalized fan base along with new club owners.

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The taphouse in downtown Trail has become a bustling gathering place that has brought a new life to the core of the community.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Selkirk College Instructor Delivers a Refined Beer Taste

With a taste for exciting business ventures, Selkirk College instructor Mike Konkin is the engine driving the West Kootenay's latest success story.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Top 10 luxury homes for sale in Kootenays—Summer 2017 Edition

The Kootenays are home to some spectacular properties, as this Top 10 list proves.

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Mike Martin, mayor of Trail, B.C., admires the architectural design of the Riverfront Centre, which is scheduled for completion by year's end.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Trail, B.C., booms

Trail’s mayor, Mike Martin, described the projects that are underway and the energy and attitude that are widely evident in his city.

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Castlegar’s Crumbs Bakery Café is one of the businesses that benefited last year from Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program. Left to right: Susanne Thomas (owner) and Cameran Millar (student).
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business Apply for a wage subsidy: Hire a student

The program provides a wage subsidy to help employers provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 4th issue

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

David Rooney.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Revelstoke Current publisher David Rooney passes away

David was well-known in Revelstoke as a respected journalist, talented artist and active volunteer of many community initiatives.

Andras Lukacs became executive director of Tourism Rossland in March 2017.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Tourism New era for Tourism Rossland

The new, social media savvy executive director of Tourism Rossland got there via Hungary, the U.S., and Canada’s Northwest Territories.

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The Waneta Dam.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Deal with Fortis off as Teck opts to sell Waneta Dam to BC Hydro—$28 million breakup fee

BC Hydro has exercised its right of first offer to purchase Teck’s two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash.

Waneta Dam in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial BC Hydro plan to purchase remaining two-third interest in Waneta Dam will keep rates affordable

The purchase is forecast to have a beneficial financial impact each year, helping to keep rates affordable for BC Hydro’s customers.

Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland, B.C., loves the city's heritage character.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment Roadmapping Rossland’s future

“Once you know what you’re going after, you can tie it to your financial plan, and then it’s like a road map.” —Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland.

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Metal Fabricator Foundation Program student Daniel Secor works on a year-end project in the new welding shop at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Students Spark New Era at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus

The first group of students to test out the future of the Silver King Campus got busy in the freshly completed welding shop.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - July 28 issue

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

Selkirk College Ceramics Studio students Sierra Kelly (right) and Marita Manson (middle) chat with an Amazing Race Canada producer prior to the contestants coming through Kootenay Studio Arts.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College featured in Amazing Race Canada

Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) was one of the featured stops for the popular reality television show.

Ralph and Debbie Koerber sitting beside a river.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism Revelstoke’s Apex Rafting Company is celebrating 25th anniversary

A family-run rafting company, Apex Rafting is owned by Ralph and Debbie Koerber.

Longtime Community Futures volunteer Rob Schwieger with Community Futures Self-Employment Program Manager, Wade Sather, Executive Director, Andrea Wilkey, and Board Director, Bob Wright.
West Kootenay Community Futures Central Kootenay recognizes Rob Schwieger as our 2016 Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures Central Kootenay is a not-for-profit community economic development organization with offices in Nelson, Nakusp, and Creston.

Picture of mother and child getting on bus.
West Kootenay, Transportation Coming soon: expanded bus service and a new single multi-zone fare in the West Kootenay

Starting August 1, 2017, bus riders in the West Kootenay Transit System will benefit from extended service on several routes.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - July 21 issue

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

Picture of wildfire.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Top 10 steps to prepare your business for evacuation

If you are on evacuation alert or think you will be put on evacuation alert, there are some important steps you will want to consider.

(L to R) Manager Sherry Davis and owner Giuseppe Leone of Pino’s Authentic Italian Cuisine.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Best Places to Eat The Trail to Italy starts at Pino’s

Pino’s Authentic Italian Cuisine contains the flavours and friendliness expected of an Italian eatery in Trail, B.C.

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Strategic Doing 301 is being offered in partnership with Agile Strategy Lab
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College hosts strategic Doing Training

Selkirk College is partnering with Purdue University’s Agile Strategy Lab to offer a three-day training course that helps people lead complex collaborations.

(L to R) Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining New B.C. government sworn in—two cabinet ministers from the Kootenays

The cabinet consists of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. Two ministers are from the Kootenays

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - July 14th issue

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

Kathy Cooper, CEO, Kootenay Rockies Tourism
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay Rockies Tourism CEO Kathy Cooper issues statement on BC wildfires

Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association would like to extend our support to our communities and industry in this time of need.

The Robertson brothers incorporated stone, cedar and glulam beams into the structure of their new building.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments Taghum Shell has been spaciously souped-up

The Robertson brothers, owners of Taghum Shell, in Taghum B.C., have rebuilt the service station with glorious success

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