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Eden Yesh
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology This Invermere, B.C. thought leader’s motto could be “bringing power to the people”

Based in Invermere, B.C., Eden Yesh applies his systems thinking to shift paradigms through community investment cooperatives and his solar businesses

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Two kids wearing bright blue t-shirts with Live-It logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Why one Kootenay tech company is opening up in the face of Omicron

As families and teachers struggle with school closures during the fifth wave, a local online education company is helping out by offering open access to program

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Jody McInnes has a reddish brown beard and wears a grey jacket.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business Jody McInnes, multi-business owner, entrepreneurial master strategist and calculated card player

Jody McInnes, President of Stillwater Consulting in Cranbrook, B.C., has formed several businesses based on changing lives in a positive way

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Elena Sterritt sits at a desk in front of several monitors showing off a presentation.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business Gen Z gets a boost thanks to the NexGen Business Training program

Stillwater Consulting is now offering NexGen Business Training, a virtual program that helps youth across B.C. develop and launch a business idea

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Technology Our top 10 thought leaders of 2021 from KootenayBiz

KootenayBiz has chosen our top 10 thought leaders of 2021

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Group photo of Business Excellence Award winners.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Columbia Valley Chamber celebrates 22nd annual Business Excellence Awards

The 22nd Annual Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards were held on November 18, 2021.

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Ella Harris and Breanna Fast sit down at a table to share a drink in front of a brick wall at The Hourglass in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Two longtime friends fulfill their decade ambition to mix drinks together in Kimberley, B.C.

Ella Harris and Breanna Fast have fulfilled their dreams of opening a cocktail bar, The Hourglass, in Kimberley, B.C.

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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort views.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Top ski resorts in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies to find legendary powder

Itching to hit the slopes? Check out this list of ski destinations in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies region

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Beverly MacNaughton smiles in a colourless photo.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce, is excited about mines and local businesses being busier than ever

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One of eight (soon to be 10) yurts is nestled into the mountainside of Radius Retreat’s 400-hectare property.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Radius Retreat offers a slice of “Kootenay Life” with its unique ingredient—yurt accommodations

Radius Retreat welcomes visitors from all over the world to experience, learn about and explore the backcountry near Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

by Karrigan Folvik
The Bighorns metal sculpture in Radium Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs One-on-one with Jessica Fairhart, E.D. of Tourism Radium and Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

Tourism Radium and the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce focus on promoting Radium as a hotspot for tourists

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Top 100 Kootenay Employers graphic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Is your business one of the Top 100 Kootenay Employers?

Many diverse companies and businesses call the Kootenay area home. Fill out our form with your business information if you have over 40 employees

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The team at Blend Bistro are all smiles after winning the Small Business of the Year award.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Elkford Chamber’s 2021 Business Awards celebrate small-town success stories

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards were held virtually on October 29, 2021

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Kenny Chan
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Is franchising right for you? Here’s advice from the Canadian Franchise Association

Franchising in the Kootenays: An interview with the Canadian Franchise Association’s Kenny Chan

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Ali Hadikin (L) and Melanie Joy standing in front of Simply Raw counter.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Small Business Simply Raw in Creston brings healthy fast-food options to the community

Tired of the same old fast-food fare? Simply Raw offers customers a selection of healthy, good-for-you options

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Owner of Huckleberry Books, Erin Dalton, standing in bookstore with Max the cat cuddled in her arms.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, Fernie, Invermere Read ’em and reap: A list of East Kootenay bookstores

Can’t get enough reading material? Check out this list of bookstores in the East Kootenay.

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Wade Jarvis (L) and Trevor Semchuck standing in front of distillery equipment.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Kimberley’s newest distillery, Bootleg Spirits, proves that collaboration is key

Trevor Semchuck and Wade Jarvis are the business partners behind Kimberley’s newest distillery, Bootleg Spirits

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Co-working space with wood floors, row of tall chairs along window, plant in background.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Kootenay co-working spaces offer community and creative collaboration

They’re a growing trend across the Kootenays—check out this list of the region’s co-working spaces.

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Rendition of Canal Flats sign.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Financial, Retail, Small Business Canal Flats, B.C., wants your business to move there

Canal Flats, B.C., wants to grow its population and is offering a tax break to businesses that relocate to this small East Kootenay town

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Andy and Sinead Britner stand behind Property Guys SOLD sign.
East Kootenay, Real Estate, Small Business An East Kootenay couple has found their perfect home as franchisees with PropertyGuys.com

Franchising in the Kootenays: Meet the Britners of PropertyGuys.com

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Owner of Glacier PhysioLab, Marie-Michelle Lafontaine
East Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Small Business This Golden physiotherapist put her dreams into motion

Marie-Michelle Lafontaine let nothing break her stride when she started Glacier PhysioLab in Golden, B.C. - and now she’s added bike-fitting to her services

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Close-up of two cups of cappuccino.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality These Kootenay coffee roasters help you get your buzz on for National Coffee Day

Read about local coffee roasters as you celebrate National Coffee Day and the beverage that’s an essential pick-me-up for many people

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(L to R) Corinna Robinson, Mike Robinson and Christel Hagn stand in front of the Morchella Market building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Morchella Market & Cafe: Cranbrook’s newest addition to the local “hidden-gem” collection

Morchella Market & Cafe is bringing a farm fresh feel to grocery shopping downtown Cranbrook, accompanied by the fully renovated co-working space upstairs

by Karrigan Folvik
A lightweight backpacking tent  made by Durston Gear in Golden, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo, Small Business KORE—Canada’s first craft outdoor industry cluster is right here in the Kootenays

The Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise is helping Kootenay businesses design and build outdoor gear that rocks

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Jared Williams stands in front of Northstar Bicycle Co., a lime green building in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Bikes and coffee—what could be a better Kootenay combo?

Jared Williams, manager of Northstar Bicycle Co. in Cranbrook, B.C., has adapted his love of bicycles and coffee into a popular Kootenay Business

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Barrie Elliott is a successful Red Seal Chef and owner of the Fernie Catering Co.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Fernie Catering Co.’s food philosophy is rooted in seasonal, sustainable ingredients

Red Seal Chef Barrie Elliott and her team bring delicious, seasonally-inspired dishes to their catered events

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Marloes Van Lent, leaning against wooden wall. There's a sign on the wall that says
East Kootenay, Golden, Financial, Small Business Day2Day Books in Golden cultivates efficiently-run businesses with cloud-based accounting services

Based in Golden, B.C., Day2Day Books is a highly experienced bookkeeping company

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Shawna Bryant has black-rimmed glasses and dyed blonde hair.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Shawna Bryant, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce

Shawna Bryant, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce, highlights accomplishments of the past year and issues to address in the future

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Owners of Stone Meadows Gardens riding bikes and carrying flowers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture Say it with flowers . . . sustainable local ones from flower farms in the Kootenays

The consumer trend towards buying locally-grown flowers is booming in the Kootenays as proven by this list of 10 flower farms

by Julie Matchett and Virginia Rasch
Daniel Holden smiles, wearing black-rimmed glasses and a salt and pepper beard.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Daniel Holden, general manager of the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Holden, general manager of the Kimberley Chamber, has implemented a variety of necessary changes to bolster Kimberley’s presence

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Lake and mountains in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Rocky Mountain real estate: 10 waterfront acreages in the Kootenays

Waterfront and acreages are among the most desirable pieces of real estate. Check out our list of 10 prime Kootenay properties.

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Craig Wood is one of five partners in Wild North Brewing Co., and it was his idea to open a craft brewery in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Craft beer lovers have poured into Wild North Brewing Co. since its opening in Creston

Craft beer lovers in Creston, B.C., are tipping a glass (or two) to the new business in town—Wild North Brewing Co.

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Lisa Ziebarth, manager of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Creston One-on-one with Lisa Ziebarth, manager of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Ziebarth, manager of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, loves how community-minded Creston is

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(From L to R), Hannah Baker, Stacey Smith and Meagan Savaia are the faces behind Kettle Down, a niche clothing brand that celebrates the Kootenays.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, Tourism 12 small businesses that design and create unique Kootenay-inspired clothing

Find uniquely home-grown Kootenay clothing, wearables and gear from these 12 local businesses

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Patrick and Loie Robertson standing beside vinegar barrels.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Small Business An artisan vinegar maker in Fernie, B.C., is part of the slow food and slow travel movements

Based in Fernie, B.C., Robertson Estate Wine Vinegar produces the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar that is sought after by top chefs

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Kieran Poznikoff holding a piglet.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Animal Care, Cuisine, Environment, Small Business Ki Mana Acres Farm found its niche in pasture-raised meat in the Kootenays

Ki Mana Acres Farm near Creston, B.C., is a model for regenerative agriculture and meeting the demand of discerning consumers

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Jeremiah Woods standing in front of row of VW vans.
East Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Gettin’ groovy at this Golden, B.C. campground outfitted with vintage VW vehicles

Jeremiah Woods is the owner of a large fleet of VW vehicles and now he’s created a campground in Golden, B.C., to share his love of the iconic brand

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Interior of Frisky Whisky Tapas Lounge, showing bar area and three art-deco style lights above bar.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Financial, Retail, Small Business Kudos to Creston’s 2021 Business Excellence Award winners

11 awards were handed out at this year’s virtual Creston Business Excellence Awards gala

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Two people touching a screen on a smart vending machine.
East Kootenay, Elkford, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Nelson-based start-up SMRT1 Technologies launches crowd-investing opportunity

SMRT1 specializes in convenient and cutting-edge intelligent vending machine technology

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Close-up of Vanessa Terwoort.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Rossland, Environment, Mining, Technology Vanessa Terwoort describes her rewarding career in industry and encourages others to follow suit

Women can have fulfilling careers in industry, according to Vanessa Terwoort, Director, Environment, Mercer Celgar

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Erin Robertson and Dennis Lavoie are the owners of Kootenay Microgreens, an urban farm in Cranbrook that specializes in growing and selling microgreens.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Cranbrook-based Kootenay Microgreens is sprouting roots in the region

Erin Robertson and Dennis Lavoie are the urban farmers behind this new startup superfood business

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Sarah Dinsdale, Marketing & Revilization Coordinator for the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Small Business One-on-one with Sarah Dinsdale of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is increasing its staff to accomplish more projects

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Vendors at Revelstoke Food Initiative Market.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism Gearing up for farmers market season across the Kootenays

Local farmers markets help to increase food security and create sustainable communities—check out our list of markets across the Kootenays.

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Helen Barron smiles. She has long curly brown hair and wears a white shirt.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business One-on-one with Helen Barron, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

Helen Barron, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, highlights new programs implemented amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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Kyle Hamilton wearing VR mask.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Technology Serial entrepreneur Kyle Hamilton of Fernie now tackles industry safety training

Sucre Interactive Technologies in Fernie, B.C., uses virtual-reality technology for immersive safety training in mining and other high-risk industries

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