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Medals adorn six bottles of spirits on a patio table.
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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Display of goat milk cheese, assorted meats in basket.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Invermere, Kimberley, Agriculture, Cuisine At the farm gate: Fresh food, flowers, fine wine and fanciful wares for sale at East Kootenay farms

Throughout the East Kootenay area, local farms and food producers sell directly to the public through roadside stands and farmgate sales

by Julie Matchett
Two women high-five while sitting across from each other at desks.
East Kootenay, Golden, Small Business Get going to Golden’s new Go-Lab Co-working Space

Marloes van Lent, founder and owner of Go-Lab Co-working Space, has created a collaborative location for entrepreneurs to gather in Golden, B.C.

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Downtown Creston has lots of shrubbery.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Creston

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Creston

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Downtown Fernie with mountains in the background.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail Shop Local in Fernie

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Fernie

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A sandwich on a plate.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in the East Kootenay

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support across the East Kootenay region

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The platzl in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Kimberley

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Kimberley

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Cranbrook’s brick clock tower and Baker Street.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Cranbrook

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Cranbrook

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Graphic showing a small business owner.
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
Smiling young man behind counter.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business Columbia Basin Trust program expansions offer assistance to struggling small businesses

Low-interest loans, wage subsidies and tuition funding are among the support measures being offered to the region’s businesses and residents.

by Julie Matchett
All Seasons Cafe patio area and cafe, lush landscaping.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business A bevy of business opportunities for sale across the Kootenays

As eclectic as Kootenay communities are, there are also a wide range of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs

by Julie Matchett
The word “ugly” is spray painted on a wall.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook’s “ugly” graffiti problem is being eradicated by a local crusader

Lynn McIntosh has made it her mission to remove all graffiti from buildings in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Morgan Turner wears an aqua-coloured shirt with a red baseball cap.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Morgan Turner Photography in Cranbrook: Creating images with intent

Morgan Turner, owner of Morgan Turner Photography in Cranbrook, B.C., specializes in commercial and advertising photography

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Two people shaking hands across a table, laptops are on table as well.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business, Technology Are you a small business or start-up looking to raise capital? This virtual info-session may help

The B.C. government is hosting a free webinar to answer questions about free trade and the province's Small Business Venture Capital program.

by Julie Matchett
Coraley Letcher and Dave Thomson smile next to each other.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business How construction companies are continuing amidst COVID

Coraley Letcher, co-owner and manager of 5 Gen Construction in Fernie, B.C., explains how COVID-19 has impacted operations

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Jessica Kazemi smiles for a photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Meet the new Cranbrook Farmer’s Market manager

Jessica Kazemi, the new manager of the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market, is excited to lead the market into the future

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The Happy Hills Farm booth at a market.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment Here’s a list of Kootenay farmers markets to help with local food security

Here’s a list of all Kootenay farmers markets to help us increase our local food security

by Virginia Rasch and Julie Matchett
Large house in background with 'For Sale' sign in foreground.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Real Estate Can I buy or sell a home in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Buying or selling a home during the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia? Yes you can!

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A child runs towards a building.
East Kootenay, Developments, Small Business Columbia Basin Trust outdoor revitalization projects moving forward

This summer, eleven communities will be creating or reinvigorating outdoor public spaces through Columbia Basin Trust

Woman sitting on couch looking at laptop.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business, Technology Talk business with a tech expert on BC Virtual Connection Day

Adaptation is the new keyword for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Julie Matchett
Trevor and Jessica Shulist and family standing in front of their business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Business is brisk with a COVID twist at Meat Matters in Kimberley

Meat Matters in Kimberley is open for business with their mouth-watering tagline: Meat. Fire. Flavour.

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Virginia Rasch sitting in garden with dog.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness 14 benefits of a Pandemic Garden

This year plant a Pandemic Garden to help the dual crises of coronavirus and climate change

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Woman sewing, with CBT logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Columbia Basin Trust funding to help alleviate pandemic impact to communities

$11.7 million in new funding is available for businesses and community services affected by the ongoing pandemic

by Julie Matchett
Giant hamburger, with words
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Are you Open for Business?

Finding new, innovative ways to help customers is the new normal for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you open for business? Let us know.

AGM of the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Rethinking your investment portfolio? Investing locally in the Kootenays just got easy

What investors need to know about the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op and the East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op

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Erin Dalton holding cat in her bookstore.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Stay calm and play more games—Kootenay stores will deliver them!

Stuck at home and going a little crazy? Kootenay toy stores deliver fun and educational items

by Julie Matchett
A deer munching through a residential garden.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, West Kootenay Deer-resistant plants: Avoiding destruction in your garden

Having a deer-resistant garden is possible with careful planning and some knowledge of suitable plants

by Julie Matchett
Graphic showing woman holding pencil looking at computer screens.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Small Business Online survey highlights impact of pandemic to B.C. businesses

B.C.’s small businesses make recommendations on the types of support they would like to see from governments

by Julie Matchett
Graphic asking how COVID-19 is affecting your business.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business How is COVID-19 impacting your business?

Businesses across the Kootenays are stepping up to help their fellow citizens—share your business story.

Packaging and product of Seedz Crackers.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook’s crackers have healthy Seedz worth snacking on

Mal Paterson, owner of Seedz Crackers in Cranbrook, B.C., discusses why her snack is compelling for people with food allergies

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The facade of Kimberley City Bakery is architecturally of Bavarian design.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Real Estate, Small Business Catching up with Kimberley’s award-winning bakers

Eric and Michelle Forbes, owners of Kimberley City Bakery, are closing and selling their business

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Distant view of Wandering Fern mobile cafe.
East Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Caffeine meets adventure at the Wandering Fern Café

The Wandering Fern Café in Golden can help make your event memorable and fun

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Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast is a large brown house with many windows and colourful trees in the yard.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Tourism So you want to run a B&B? Follow these 7 suggestions

Gladys Goss-Laing, owner of Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Cranbrook, outlines what it takes to run a successful B&B

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Owners of Fernie Distillers standing in their distillery room.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness Kootenay distilleries are doing their part to help us in the COVID-19 pandemic

Four Kootenay distilleries are turning an alcoholic byproduct into a critically short commodity: Hand sanitizer for FREE!

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Outside of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay List of community closures across the Kootenay region

In an effort to help keep Kootenay residents safe and healthy, communities across the region are closing public facilities

by Julie Matchett
Owners of Pealow's Your Independent Grocer, Brian and Julia Pealow
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Did Creston’s foodies pick the Creston Chamber awards?

The Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out 11 awards at its annual Business Awards gala

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The faces behind Kettle Down, a niche clothing line in Grand Forks, B.C. From left to right: Meagan Savaia, Stacey Smith & Hannah Baker.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Kettle Down settles down in Grand Forks

Fuelled by a love of fashion and a passion for their community, three local businesswomen create Kettle Down, a unique clothing brand

by Julie Matchett
Interior of gym with exercise equipment.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness Find your tribe at The Den Performance Training Centre in Cranbrook

The Den, a new fitness centre in Cranbrook, empowers people of all ages to embrace their best self

by Julie Matchett
Aerial view of large home lit up at night.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Top 10 high-end luxury homes for sale in Kootenays

Searching for your Kootenay-area dream home? Check out these high-end homes that would suit any lifestyle

by Julie Matchett
Group of women attending conference.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Education, Financial Empowering female entrepreneurs: Teck offers grant to attend Vancouver E-Series conference

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) E-Series is three-day conference held from May 13 - 15 in Vancouver

by Julie Matchett
Two scarecrows, an old man standing and an old woman sitting. Staff at Lilac Terrace created the town’s winning scarecrows, which were displayed at the mall and voted on by viewers.
East Kootenay, Sparwood A Business Scarecrow Award was handed out by the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

The Sparwood Chamber of Commerce handed out 9 awards at its annual Business Awards gala.

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Students studying an observation bee hive in class.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Funding available for bee projects

The Bee BC Program has funding available to support bee health throughout the province.

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(L to R) Kieran O’Grady, Donna Schwartz, Kimberly Earl, Felicia McKenzie and Sheila Neidig work at Java Creek Café inside Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business REALM can help you fill job vacancies in the Kootenays with intellectually disabled people

Kerry Taylor-Johnson, co-managing executive director of REALM, discusses their recent success at Java Creek Café in Cranbrook, B.C.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay B.C. Economic Outlook report forecasts modest growth for province

Despite some economic challenges in the Kootenay region, certain sectors are on the verge of booming

by Julie Matchett
A large crew of men and one dog are lined up in a large vee in front of a shop. Rexxy, the dog, is the most distracting crew member. He shows true professionalism when welcoming people to the shop.
East Kootenay, Golden A pop-up café and helicopter elopements were commended at the Kicking Horse Chamber

The Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce handed out 16 awards at its annual Community Excellence Awards ceremony.

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Outside of the New Pioneer Lodge.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson Housing projects create affordable homes for Kootenay-area residents

Local housing projects in the Kootenay region are helping to alleviate the lack of affordable housing in the area

by Julie Matchett
Stacey Goldade, owner of Sparrow Hair in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Salute to an environmentally sustainable salon in Fernie

Sparrow Hair in Fernie joins forces with Green Circle Salons, a North American-wide recycling and sustainability program that aims to reduce salon waste

by Julie Matchett
Two people on a high-ropes course.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Basin PLAYS initiative encourages fun and fitness for kids

24 projects from across the Kootenay region will receive funding from the Columbia Basin Trust PLAYS Capital Improvement Grant

by Julie Matchett

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