MP Wayne Stetski in his Cranbrook Office.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Small Business, Tourism

MP Wayne Stetski looks behind and ahead

After serving as Cranbrook’s Mayor from 2011 to 2014, MP Wayne Stetski continues to serve the Kootenays on a grander, federal scale in 2019.

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Scott Beeching is the director of planning and development services for the District of Elkford.
East Kootenay, Elkford

Elkford’s economic strategy

The single-industry District of Elkford supports economic development in the surrounding region and the needs of its immediate community.

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Talking timber with Jeff and Stephanie Bowes, owners of Canadian Timberframes Ltd.

As one of Golden’s largest employers—with 39 employees—Canadian Timberframes Ltd., owned by Jeff and Stephanie Bowes, is on a roll these days

Erin Dalton stands in front of shelves of books.
Business Beat, East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business

Enjoy the freshness of Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook

Lotus Books in Cranbrook has moved and rebranded as Huckleberry Books

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Dr Nelson sitting on a chair looking into the camera
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Top 10 Business People

Dr. Eric Nelson

Dr. Eric Nelson has two dental offices in the East Kootenay and prides himself on balancing his work and family life.

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Rebekah Tebrinke of PV Ranch Adventures, in front of the fireplace
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism

Rebekah Tebrinke, PV Ranch Adventures

Rebekah Tebrinke is following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents at PV Ranch Adventures, near Grand Forks, B.C.

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Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, B.C., and Castlegar Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2018.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People

Natalia Pacheco

Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, has earned a place on our Top 10 Kootenay Business People 2019 list.

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Ian Benson of Elkford owns Bearspaw Contracting and several other companies across Canada.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Mining, Small Business, Top 10 Business People

Ian Benson, Bearspaw Contracting

Ian Benson supports Elkford and the entire Elk Valley through his labour contracting company and his charitable foundation.

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The Chopstick Truck, Vietnamese food in Fernie, B.C. and the surrounding Kootenay towns.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People

Sydney and Taylor Salvador

Sydney and Taylor Salvador are co-owners of The Chopstick Truck in Fernie and deserve a parking spot on our Top 10 list.

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Sean Campbell is one of the Top 10 Business People of 2019.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Top 10 Business People

Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell, general manager of Community Futures East Kootenay in Cranbrook, B.C., has ushered in accessible entrepreneurialism

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Top 120 Kootenay Employers of 2019
Top 120 employers

The 2019 list of top Kootenay Employers

Kootenay Business presents its annual list of Top 120 Kootenay employers based on employment numbers

Two female students are wearing warm layers of clothes and are holding a sign that says
Green Scene, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment

A Cool Challenge

Selkirk College is participating in the BC Cool Campus Challenge to lower its environmental footprint

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West Kootenay, Kaslo

Winter in the Forest Festival

Kaslo's annual forest festival is something you won't want to miss.

Career BUZZ logo
Kootenay Careers, East Kootenay, West Kootenay

Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - February 15

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

Do you know a successful entrepreneur under 40?

2019 40-under-40 awards. We are looking for young business owners in the Kootenays who deserve some recognition.

Nicole Leclair is a Kimberley entrepreneur with diverse businesses.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers

Nicole Leclair reinvented

“A lot of us in the business community have put everything we have on the line for our businesses.” —Nicole Leclair

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WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, Ice Owner Greg Fettes and General Manager Matt Cockell announcing the Ice's relocation to Winnipeg.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality

Commentary: The long (and painful) farewell to the Ice: It’s all a business decision

The WHL and Ice ownership have confirmed in a news conference that they are moving the franchise to Winnipeg

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Kootenay Business magazine cover
Kootenay Business January/February 2019 magazine

The first issue of the new year is always an exciting one, featuring the Top 10 Business People in the East and West Kootenay, an interesting and eclectic bunch. We also present our list of Top 120 Employers (based on numbers of employees), with feature stories on two of them—Atco Forest Products in Fruitvale and Golden Life Management in Cranbrook. Plus, we offer Q&As with the newly elected or acclaimed mayors of our Kootenay communities.

Celeste Mullin is the chief operations officer for Golden Life Management.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments

Golden Life in Cranbrook

Golden Life Management adds value and meaning to its care by supporting seniors outside of its villages to reduce social isolation.

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Forests between Osoyoos and Rock Creek B.C. where FortisBC workers are.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Top 120 employers

Electricity use is on the rise despite a mild winter

Electricity use is up 20 per cent or more since the start of December among FortisBC customers.