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Karen Kornelsen, organizer of the Kootenay Pitch Competition, said there is growing interest in these tech sector events and hopes to make them an annual event.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Technology Pitch competitions for our tech sector have arrived in the Kootenays, thanks to KAST

The Kootenays’ first-ever pitch competition for the tech sector was organized by KAST and attracted 25 entrepreneurs vying for valuable prizes

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Chris Legler, CEO and founder of Axios Growth Consultants. Standing and smiling, wearing dark grey suit.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Former Sony executive launches Business Growth Consultancy in British Columbia

Axios Growth Consultants provides growth and optimization guidance and solutions to help businesses scale for success

by Submitted
Chris Policar and Ryan “Butter” Karl stand in front of a sign that reads The Station Pub.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business New owners and a new look—The Station Pub in Invermere is BACK!

Chris Policar and Ryan “Butter” Karl, new owners of The Station Pub in Invermere, B.C., have major upgrades in the works for their restaurant

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Team at Elk Valley Precision & Cab Inc. in Sparwood, taken in industrial shop.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood’s Elk Valley Precision & Cab Inc. are masters of fire and steel

A custom fabrication and welding shop, Elk Valley Precision & Cab provides services to Sparwood and area businesses

by Julie Matchett
Lady on a spanning bridge in Golden, BC
East Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality Up for an adventure? The Golden Skybridge experience is launching in May

Entertainment company Pursuit is launching an exhilarating new attraction in Golden, B.C.

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Brian Fehr points out the joints on a 2x4 at his Peak Industries plant off Theatre Road in Cranbrook and says this product is selling well.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook One-on-one with the Kootenay’s bullish business baron—Brian Fehr

Business baron Brian Fehr is bullish on his four Kootenay businesses with more exciting plans forthcoming

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The outside of the Curry Bowl restaurant
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine Fernie Chamber launches #FernieToGo campaign, joins call for regional approach to restrictions

The new campaign aims to help food and beverage businesses that have been impacted by the latest round of provincial health orders.

by The Fernie Chamber of Commerce
Close up shot of Kathryn Henry holding a bouquet of flowers.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Seed-to-vase movement is flowering in Kimberley, B.C., with Ritual Gardens

The seed-to-vase movement is blossoming in Kimberley, B.C., in Ritual Gardens with locally-grown, sustainable cut flowers

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Welcome sign to Kimberley’s Platzl
East Kootenay, Kimberley Kimberley, B.C.: This is not your grandfather’s branding

How Kimberley, B.C., transitioned from a kitschy Bavarian theme to a modern brand provides a template for communities and businesses alike

by Kerry Shellborn
Evan Berry, energy conservationist for the City of Cranbrook, takes a ride in the City’s first electric vehicle.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Technology, Transportation The City of Cranbrook gives the green light to its first electric vehicle

The City of Cranbrook begins its fleet transition to EVs with the purchase of its first electric vehicle

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muffins on a plate in front of a cook book
East Kootenay, Creston B.C. writers produce a new cookbook based on the 100 mile diet concept

Newly released recipe collection celebrates living in a lush valley rich in fresh produce.

by Brummet Media
Dragons' Den stage with logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business These 9 Kootenay business entrepreneurs dared to take on the Dragons’ Den

Some had success, some didn’t, but these 9 brave Kootenay business people all faced down the Dragons’ Den

by Julie Matchett
Group shot of employees at Tratech Mechanical Ltd. in Creston
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Creston business builds a solid foundation to stand on

Unprecedented growth is forcing businesses to rework their business models

by Julie Matchett
Nicole Corbo standing with a plate of donuts.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business Invermere’s Alpenglow Superfood Bakery creates donut deliciousness

Alpenglow Superfood Bakery uses ingredients that are organic, wholesome and nutrient-dense, yet still delicious

by Julie Matchett
(L to R) Patrick Carrick, Toni Coward and Pete Bourke in front of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce sign.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Tourism One-on-one with Pete Bourke, executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

Pete Bourke, executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, has seen businesses in the region adapt as needed this past year

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Downtown Grand Forks
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business Grand Forks, B.C., is filling up its vacant retail spaces via a unique economic development idea

Downtown revitalization in Grand Forks, B.C., was led by a unique five-week initiative

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Nelson welcome sign and downtown Nelson.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson Two Kootenay cities made the annual list of rankings compiled by BC Business

The annual BC Business “Most Resilient Cities in 2021” list includes Nelson and Cranbrook

by Julie Matchett
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort views.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Pow! 12 ski resorts in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies to find legendary powder

Itching to hit the slopes? Check out this list of 12 ski destinations in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies region

by Julie Matchett
The exterior of The Grater Good has wooden railings and large lined windows.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Good to great: Kimberley’s Grater Good has new owners

Floris and René Steenkamp, new owners of The Grater Good Kitchen Supply Company in Kimberley, B.C., are excited to share their passion for cooking

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owners of Two Birds Deli
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business The owners of Two Birds Deli in Cranbrook have spread their wings

Maraih Tarasoff and Marina Stropky started off as high school friends at Mount Baker, and ended up being well-matched business partners

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owners with their three small dogs, wearing cute little boots
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Kimberley pet owners are in love with this store

Erin Thompson and Brian Sondergaard are the driving forces behind Kimberley Kritters - a wildly successful pet supply store in Kimberley, B.C.

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Aleitha Harvey smiles in front of her sign for her restaurant, Ella’s.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business A taste of Jamaica has touched down in Cranbrook

Aleitha Harvey, owner of Ella’s restaurant inside Best Western Cranbrook Hotel, has created an authentic Jamaican experience in the Kootenays

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Valley of the Springs is our region’s newest winery.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Wineries are sprouting up in the cooler Kootenay climate

The Kootenays are an emerging wine region in B.C. Here’s a list of the 7 Kootenay wineries—and 1 meadery

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Aerial view of Dock N Duck pub.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Top 10 unique businesses for sale in British Columbia’s Kootenay region

Check out these 10 unique businesses currently for sale in the Kootenay market.

by Julie Matchett
Kris Eliuk has black-rimmed glasses, a stubbled face and a grey Yoshi hat.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business This hometown Cranbrook entrepreneur fidgeted and spun his way to success

Kris Eliuk, owner of Yellowday Energy in Cranbrook, makes functional metal art, including flashlights, high-end fidget spinners, patches and bottle openers

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Raylen Tress on tractor.
East Kootenay, Golden, Agriculture, Animal Care Raylen Tress won Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber

Raylen Tress of Whiskey Hill Farms in Golden won Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce

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Carpenters throw their hard hats in the air in front of a log building.
East Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Small Business This intrepid teacher is building log homes while training the next generation of carpenters

Dave Stonehouse, founder of the BC School of Log Building and owner of Stonehouse Woodworks in Golden, B.C., is teaching the next generation of carpenters

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Photo of person sitting on rock
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Technology Top 10 stories of 2020 from KootenayBiz

Despite a challenging year, KootenayBiz told many inspiring and informative stories—here are our Top 10 from 2020

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Facundo Mandalari and Dar Jmayoff opened Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro with a tagline of “Heal all those that you feed.”
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Owners of the Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro believe in the healing power of food and place

Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro is a welcomed boutique eatery in the tiny community of Canal Flats, B.C.

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Luz Hernandez and her four children smile while hugging each other.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business Feel the warmth of Mexico in the mountains at Su Casa Authentic Mexican Kitchen

Luz Hernandez, owner and chef of Su Casa Authentic Mexican Kitchen in Windermere, B.C., runs her restaurant with her four children

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Community members and 70th Anniversary EKC graphic.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Kimberley, Sparwood, Financial East Kootenay Community Credit Union celebrates 70th anniversary by giving back to community

Founded in 1950, the East Kootenay Community Credit Union is celebrating their 70th anniversary on December 14, 2020

by Julie Matchett
Candice Klapp at Farmers Market stall.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Klapp Farm Jam Shop in Elkford delivers sweetness of all kinds

One lady’s incredible jam journey in Elkford, B.C. started with pina colada

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Scenic picture of Creston valley, with logo of BC Achievement Foundation Community Awards.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Recognizing greatness: Nominate a Kootenay resident for a BC Achievement Community Award

The BC Achievement Community Awards honour excellence and exceptional community service in communities across the province

by Julie Matchett
Keegan Street.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business In the “dark-roast” town of Fernie, Rooftop Coffee Roasters succeeds with a lighter touch

Spunky young entrepreneur’s coffee is flowing across the Kootenays and Canada from Rooftop Coffee Roasters in Fernie, B.C.

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Sullivan Landing
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley Growing communities: Cranbrook and Kimberley have several developments in the works

From much-needed housing to commercial buildings, these East Kootenay cities are continuing to blossom.

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Old Canadian Tire building in Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Kanas Corporation brings new possibilities to Cranbrook’s former Canadian Tire location

The vacant Canadian Tire property in Cranbrook has been purchased by a Calgary-based development company

by Julie Matchett
Image showing two business people.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business KootenayBiz is coming to a community near you

KootenayBiz’s bimonthly eNewsletters keep you informed and inspired about business successes in your communities

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Klapp family standing outside with banner.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Retail, Small Business Raising spirits with homemade jam at Elkford’s Business Excellence Awards

The annual Elkford Business Excellence Awards were held on October 29, 2020 via Zoom

by Julie Matchett
Michael Keefer owns three Kootenay companies, one in Rossland and two based in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Real Estate Michael Keefer: The story of a serial entrepreneur in the Kootenays

Michael Keefer, an exemplary entrepreneur, owns three green businesses in the Kootenays

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Technology What’s new with KAST? Round one winner of the Kootenay Pitch Competition and a tech survey

Nelson-based KAST held round one of its virtual Kootenay Pitch Competition on November 12

by Julie Matchett
The Fernie Fox Hotel scored two big wins at the recent Fernie Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, held on October 23
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business “Pauw’s up” for the Fernie Fox Hotel, among the winners at Fernie’s Business Excellence Awards

This year’s 2020 Fernie Business Excellence awards, held on October 23, was a virtual celebration.

by Julie Matchett
Duane Nelson, Sparwood's 'Batman'.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Holy smokes Batman! Sparwood’s superhero swoops in for the win at Chamber Business Excellence Awards

Winners of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were announced on October 22.

by Julie Matchett
Heather Bodnarchuk, vice president of operations for Prestige Hotels and Resorts, has overseen the assessment process for Sustainable Tourism 2030 from corporate headquarters in Kelowna, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism Part 2: Sustainable Tourism 2030 has been embraced by the Prestige hotels in the Kootenays

Prestige Hotels and Resorts are business leaders with 7 “green” certifications from Sustainable Tourism 2030

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KEYSA sports facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook’s KEYSA multi-use sports facility almost ready for action

Located in Balment Park, the KEYSA sports facility will truly be a Cranbrook community venue

by Julie Matchett
Brad Parsell sits at his desk next to a binder, a phone and a computer.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Tourism The Work in Fernie initiative is attracting much-needed workers from outside the region

Brad Parsell, executive director at the Fernie Chamber, is enticing out-of-town workers with a diversity of careers and lifestyle opportunities available

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Employee Shawn and owner of Kootenay Computer, Sebastiaan van der Horst.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Kootenay Computer runs its business a bit differently—hardwired for compassion

Kootenay Computer helps with the digital divide and picks up a Business-to-Business Excellence Award from the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

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Owner and staff outside Moody Bee in Kimberley's Platzl.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business It’s awards time! Nominate a deserving Kimberley business for excellence

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Business Excellence Awards

by Julie Matchett

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