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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
Couple sitting in Backroads Brewing Company.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business 16 thirst-quenching Kootenay craft-beer breweries to check out

Find award-winning beers at these local Kootenay area breweries

by Julie Matchett
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality Sparwood Chamber’s scarecrow contest shows off humour, creativity and enthusiasm

The third annual scarecrow contest is underway and sponsored by the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce.

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Electric vehicle charging station.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Regional districts score sustainability award with Accelerate Kootenays project

Three Kootenay regional districts recognized for Accelerate Kootenays initiative

by Julie Matchett
Meraki Mechanical staff in outdoor group photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business 13 distinctions via digital at Cranbrook Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards

The winners were celebrated a little differently this year at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.

by Julie Matchett
Large metal kicking horse sculpture in front of Kicking Horse Coffee building.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Get your buzz on with these 13 Kootenay coffee roasters in honour of National Coffee Day

Read about 13 local coffee roasters as you celebrate National Coffee Day and the beverage that’s an essential pick-me-up for many people

by Julie Matchett
Logging truck loading logs.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Oversight board recommends less clearcutting in the Kootenays

The Forest Practices Board released a report that recommends better reforestation practices in B.C.’s dry fir forests, including less clearcutting

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Brittney Dickson sits on her snowmobile while looking at her laptop in the mountains.
East Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Tourism Take a COVID-safe avalanche safety course to get set for winter

Brittney Dickson, owner of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., is bringing avalanche safety training online

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Infographic showing funding from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Columbia Basin Trust annual report reveals positive community impacts

The Columbia Basin Trust 2019/20 Annual Report shows over $97 million provided for the Basin region

by Julie Matchett
Kids crouched on ground examining something with magnifying glass.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education First bilingual youth Science & Tech Program launched in Kootenays by KAST

Celebrating Kootenay biodiversity, the GLOWS program is part of Science Literary Week 2020

by Julie Matchett
Jackie Miles, owner of CityScout
East Kootenay, Golden, West Kootenay, Small Business What is a “relocation concierge” and why did one just move to Golden, BC?

A relocation concierge, CityScout offers personalized service to help make a move easier

by Julie Matchett
Jennifer Bouchard, new General Manager at the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Passionate Cranbrook influencer named general manager of local hotel

The Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre welcomes Jennifer Bouchard to the team

by Julie Matchett
C. Lee Smith is CEO of SalesFuel, a sales intelligence firm in Columbus, Ohio.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Retail, Small Business 1 in 12 salespeople are toxic troublemakers: Here’s how to avoid hiring one

Hire Smarter, Sell More: An interview with book author C. Lee Smith on hiring top sales staff

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Welcome to Fernie sign.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Nominate a deserving Fernie business for this year’s Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Fernie Business Excellence Awards are open until September 7

by Julie Matchett
Ground Floor Co-Working space showing stairs and upstairs offices.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Eight Kootenay co-working spaces (and one on the horizon) offer community and creative collaboration

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

by Julie Matchett
Kootenay Pitch Competition graphic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Small Business, Technology Have a technology-based idea? The Kootenay Pitch Competition is your chance to turn it into reality

Entrepreneurs and startups are invited to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges at the first-ever Kootenay Pitch Competition

by Julie Matchett
A large eagle made of steel framework.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Fly eagle fly—over Harmony Park in Cranbrook

Ron Demaniuk has steel fabricated a screaming eagle statue in Cranbrook’s Harmony Park

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Kids playing on a log.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley Send your kids on a summertime adventure in Kimberley and Cranbrook

Wildsight is hosting fun summer day camps for kids ages seven to 12

by Julie Matchett
(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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Cailey Chase feeds one of her goats
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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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.
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
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
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
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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Hairstylist Kellie Wolf styling a client's hair.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Wolfy’s Hair Den is open and fixing COVID hairdos in Kimberley

Pandemic bad haircuts and lessons learned by Kellie Wolf, owner of Wolfy’s Hair Den in Kimberley

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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

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