(L to R) The owners of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap—Fred Williams and Jesse Roberts.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business

Pandemic predicament: 5 Tips to help Kootenay business owners survive and recover

Jesse Roberts, co-owner of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap in Cranbrook, B.C., offers advice on how to reopen business during COVID-19

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Close-up of Post-It notes on computer.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education

Enhance your online business strategy with KAST virtual webinars

In partnership with business professionals, KAST is hosting a series of practical webinars designed to strengthen your web strategy.

by Julie Matchett
Close-up of frozen yogurt with colourful toppings.
Business Beat, East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business

Summertime heat got you beat? Head to Twisted Peaks Frozen Yogurt—the coolest spot in Cranbrook

A new store in downtown Cranbrook is turning up the coolness factor with their frozen yogurt treats

by Julie Matchett
Inside of new Nelson Innovation Centre, showing tables and chairs.
Business Beat, West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology

Nelson Innovation Centre brings tech community together

Born out of a desire to connect connect tech companies, innovators and entrepreneurs with the support they need, the Nelson Innovation Centre is now open.

by Julie Matchett
Medals adorn six bottles of spirits on a patio table.
Business Beat, East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Small Business

Wynndel Craft Distilleries creates award-winning spirits in Creston Valley

Pat Meerholz, co-owner of Wynndel Craft Distilleries in Creston Valley, B.C., handcrafts award-winning brandy, gin, rum, vodka, liqueur and schnapps

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Whiskey-keg and bottle of Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery product.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business

Raise your spirits (and a glass) at these Kootenay distilleries

Explore this list of distilleries from across the Kootenay region

by Julie Matchett
Cailey Chase feeds one of her goats
Green Scene, East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Kimberley, Agriculture, Animal Care, Environment, Small Business

Hire goats for environmentally friendly weed control from Vahana Nature Rehabilitation

A trip of goats are trained as targeted grazers for a unique business: Vahana Nature Rehabilitation in Ta Ta Creek, B.C.

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Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism

Farm Jam Festival - Colville, WA

Held in Colville, WA on the Labour Day weekend, September 4 to 6, the mission of the FarmJam Festival is to support musicians and other artists and entertainers. 

A glass and growler full of beer on a table with Erie Creek Brewing Company’s logo on the front.
Business Beat, West Kootenay, Salmo, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business

Beer from Salmo’s new brewery is as natural as the water it’s made from

Colin Hango, owner of Erie Creek Brewing Company in Salmo, B.C., has created a family-owned and -operated nano brewery and lounge

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New Business?
Do you have business news to share?

Are you a business owner—or know of a business—in the Kootenays with something new and exciting happening with the company?

A digital vending machine.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology

Vending machines are getting a major facelift thanks to SMRT1 Technologies in Nelson

Terry Van Horn, CEO of SMRT1 Technologies in Nelson, is looking for investors for their new SMRT1 POD touch screens

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Slash pile burning in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment

With the onset of hot summer weather, BC Wildfire Service prohibits Category 2 & 3 fires

Effective Friday, July 24, Category 2 & 3 fires will be prohibited across the Southeast Fire Centre region. This does not include campfires or cooking stoves.

by Julie Matchett
Graphic showing a small business owner.
Business Beat, East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business

Shop local and celebrate small business

Local businesses form the heart of any community. Has a local business gone above and beyond? Tell us about it.

by Julie Matchett
Kootenay Park Lodge is an old wooden building in nature.
East Kootenay, Small Business, Tourism

Kootenay Park Lodge has been persevering through adversity for nearly a century

Greg Chatelain, co-owner of Kootenay Park Lodge in Vermilion Crossing, B.C., has kept his business alive and well through forest fires and COVID-19

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