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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
Outside facade of the Armond Theatre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Armond Theatre restoration gives aging building another shot at glory

With three new owners, Cranbrook's aging Armond Theatre gets a new lease on life with planned renovations

by Julie Matchett
Two people, owners of Ullr's Bar, are wearing Viking hats and holding swords.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs Vikings, yurts and ziplines were lauded at the Columbia Valley Business Excellence Awards

The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out 12 awards at its annual Business Awards gala.

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An aerial photo of the city of Trail, showing the bridge over the river in the centre of the city.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Rossland Kootenays are courting foreign entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot aims to attract businesses to rural regions of B.C.

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A head shot of Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Improving your insurance options at RHC

With 9 branches in the Kootenays, RHC Insurance is going wide by joining Hub International Insurance Brokers

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Kendra Johnston smiles on a pier in Vancouver, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Q & A with Kendra Johnston: AME’s new president and CEO

Kendra Johnston, president and CEO of AME, is optimistic about jobs, economy and reconciliation in 2020

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Lower Kootenay Band Chief Jason Louie receives the BC Medal of Good Citizenship.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston Two Kootenay residents receive BC Medal of Good Citizenship

The Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities

by Julie Matchett
Board of Directors, BC Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Call for nominations for BC Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

BC Chamber of Commerce represents over 125 local chambers across the province, with a membership of over 36,000 small and medium-sized businesses

by Julie Matchett
Darla Sparrow has sandy blonde hair and wears brown glasses.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Mandala Birth has doulas in Kimberley

Darla Sparrow, owner and founder of Mandala Birth in Kimberley, B.C., has expanded her business as a doula

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Aerial view of the Ridley Terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Mining Teck and Ridley Terminals ink agreement to increase shipments

A new deal signed between Teck Resources Limited and Ridley Terminals Inc., will allow Teck to expand its steelmaking coal shipments to the B.C. coast

by Julie Matchett
Cam Whitehead speaks next to a projected image.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business, Technology How the Kootenay tech community is thriving (and how you can too)

Cam Whitehead, executive director for KAST in Nelson, B.C., explains how Kootenay businesses can harness tech with simple steps

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Close up of flat wooden house shape, magnifying glass and computer keyboard.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate How does your 2020 property assessment compare with those of other Kootenay communities?

The Kootenay Columbia region saw 2020 property assessments increase across all municipalities, ranging from one to 11 per cent.

by Julie Matchett
Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden, owners of Fernie Distillers, won Entrepreneurs of the Year.
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie Chamber awards Entrepreneur of the Year to a beary-friendly business

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce handed out 13 awards at its annual Business Awards gala

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Rural Evidence Review logo, with health care building in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Health & Wellness Have your say on rural health care challenges

The Rural Evidence Review survey aims to better understand and provide rural health care planning in British Columbia

by Julie Matchett
Classic Blue paint sample
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 is a classic

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 reflects our desire for a stable and dependable foundation

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Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Education, Financial Trust CEO looks ahead to 2020

Anniversary year will focus on extensive public engagement and symposia as Trust renews strategic priorities

by Johnny Strilaeff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Basin Trust
Blair McFarlane reading book to group of children in library.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Education, Financial Internship creating opportunities at Invermere Library

Columbia Basin Trust's Career Internship Program opens doors for recent post-secondary graduate

by Julie Matchett
Jeremy and Sarah Smith and their three children in their store.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Unique Creston furniture store has an eye for design

Dombelltay Custom Furniture specializes in live-edge wood furniture and products

by Julie Matchett
Close-up shot of Ahmed Elmaddah
East Kootenay, Elkford, Retail, Small Business Why a pharmacist immigrated to Canada and how he ended up in Elkford

An open storefront and a pharmacist’s calling leads to the award-winning Elkford Drug Store

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Ian Benson of Bears Paw Contracting
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Elkford chamber appreciates its own during Business Awards 2019

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce handed out five awards at its annual Business Awards gala

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Community members discuss Koocanusa recreation at the Grasmere open house.
East Kootenay, Developments, Environment Have your say on the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy

Four open houses were recently held to discuss the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy; if you missed them, the deadline for online feedback is December 15

by Julie Matchett
A child climbs up a colourful wall inside Arq Mountain Centre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Top 10 things to do in Cranbrook with kids

Children can climb, swim, bowl and mini-golf their way to adventure in Cranbrook, B.C.

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View of ski hill and buildings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New website connects resort-based employers and job-seekers looking for their next working holiday

Understaffing at ski resorts and towns is a chronic problem and new website aims to help alleviate that shortage

by Julie Matchett
Steve Kuffler, left, and Justin Atterbury, owners of Taynton Bay  Spirits in Invermere pitch their products to the Dragons' Den panel.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality With the Dragons slayed, Invermere’s Taynton Bay Spirits strives for world domination

A successful deal with the Dragons' Den inspires small-town craft distillery Taynton Bay Spirits to aim higher

by Julie Matchett
Riki Unrau smiles.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Kootenay author lets down her (bug-filled) hair

Riki Unrau, children’s author and owner of Soul Bird Studio in Cranbrook, B.C., has released a new book, Bethany Blair and the Bugs in her Hair

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Rows of cupcakes in a clear container.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Crumbs Cakery & Cafe cruises down the highway to Sparwood

A fixture in Fernie for the past four years, popular eatery Crumbs Cakery has relocated to Sparwood

by Julie Matchett
Brian Pealow, owner of Pealow's grocery store, stands in the produce aisle.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Creston chamber awards are all about that local food

The first-ever Business Excellence Awards by the Creston Chamber of Commerce celebrated the area’s local food culture in many categories

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Four staff of Alopex Couriers stand in front of one of their fleet vehicles, a black car with the company's name in white letters on the side of the car.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Foxy Alopex Couriers trotting into the Kootenays

Expect swift service from Alopex Couriers, named after the Arctic fox and expanding with more trucks in the Kootenays and a new warehouse in Castlegar

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Signpost with 'work, 'life' and 'balance' pointers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Working hours: How does Canada compare?

We don't have it too bad - a look into the work-life balance around the world

by Julie Matchett
A black-and-white headshot of Chelsea Boyd Gibson
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Chelsea Boyd Gibson is an entrepreneur twice over

Kimberley’s Chelsea Boyd Gibson came back home to run two businesses, Meadowsweet Photography and Meadowsweet Yoga & Wellness.

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Final print edition of KB, beside picture of new digital version.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay Business looks to the future as it moves to a digital-only publication

After 34 years of publishing, the final print edition of Kootenay Business was distributed as we switch to digital delivery.

by Kerry Shellborn
Scenic view of Kimberley, BC.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley chamber awards excellence for 2019

The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce handed out 16 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

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Finger-jointed panels along a conveyor belt.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments From wasteland to prosperity

The City of Cranbrook’s industrial property that faces Theatre Road has new industry in place and great prospects for further developments

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Two pilots in cockpit of small plane.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness East Kootenay region Save-On-Foods stores raise $19,390 for Angel Flight East Kootenay

Angel Flight East Kootenay is a non-profit charity dedicated to flying patients to medical appointments in Kelowna

Worker pointing at computer.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Mass timber helps revolutionize the construction industry

In the Kootenays, members of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association are working hard to diversify their products and markets

Outside of Kemlee Building in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Developments, Retail, Transportation Kemlee is celebrating expansion

Clients can enjoy a one-stop shop at this Kootenay Kubota dealership

Two grain elevators in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston Creston landmark gets a new lease on life

Only four wooden grain elevators remain standing in British Columbia - two of those are located in Creston

Derek Bannister wears a black jacket and sunglasses.
East Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Retail 20-year-old powersports business expands in Golden

Storage space for "toys" is part of Banner Recreation & Marine's new business model for the Golden Visitor Centre

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(L to R): Tanya Malcolm, Ground Floor community manager; Tammy Morrison, CFEK senior administrator; Layla Lye, CFEK client account manager;  Keri Sanderman, CFEK investment fund manager; Sean Campbell, CFEK general manager.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Makerspace at Ground Floor Coworking

Help create a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs

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Graph showing financial status of Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 70 active programs supporting Basin residents

Annual revenues for Columbia Basin Trust totalled $71.9 million in 2018/19

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