2014 Influential Women in Business Awards

From an impressive list of nominees, the 2014 Influential Women in Business award winners are six inspiring women chosen from throughout the Kootenays. These individuals represent passion, dedication and the entrepreneurial spirit in their communities.

From designers to business mentors, tech specialists to publishers, the 2014 winners are a diverse group. However, they all share a love of innovation and the pursuit of a work and life balance. These winners are businesswomen who have had a positive influence on the people around them.

Here are the 2014 Influential Women in Business award winners, presented by Kootenay Business.

Patty Axenroth, Amber Hayes and Lara Ellenwood were the 2014 winners of the Influential Women in Business awards
Kaslo, Nelson, Rossland, Small Business, Influential Women in Business West Kootenay winners of 3rd Annual Influential Women in Business awards announced

Patty Axenroth, Amber Hayes and Lara Ellenwood were the 2014 winners of the Influential Women in Business Award.

Amber Hayes stands holding a bouquet and her Influential Women in Business award certificate.
Nelson, Technology, Influential Women in Business

Amber Hayes

As an entrepreneur and business coach, Amber Hayes stays active in the Kootenay business scene and has been named one of 2014’s Influential Women in Business.

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Patty Axenroth stands with a bouquet and a certificate naming her a winner in the West Kootenay Influential Women in Business Awards.
Kaslo, Influential Women in Business

Patty Axenroth

Patty Axenroth, publisher and a West Kootenay Influential Women in Business award-winner, has built her long-time business by investing in individuals.

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Lara Ellenwood of Ellenwood Homes stands with a bouquet and her Influential Women in Business Award certificate.
Nelson, Influential Women in Business

Lara Ellenwood

Influential Women in Business award-winner Lara Ellenwood talks to Kootenay Business about work and making an impact.

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A pretty woman in her 60s holding an award.
Cranbrook, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Denise Pallesen

The former owner of Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods in Cranbrook, B.C., talks to Kootenay Business about getting out of your comfort zone.

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Susan Clovechok, executive directory of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
Invermere, Influential Women in Business

Susan Clovechok

Susan Clovechok loves to support success in others, and as executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, that’s her job.

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Wendy Franz of Imagine Ink and I Love Creston holds her Influential Women in Business Award certificate.
Creston, Retail, Influential Women in Business

Wendy Franz

Wendy Franz of Imagine Ink, winner of an Influential Women in Business Award, talks about being nominated and about succeeding as a woman in business.

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