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Sparwood Mayor and Council at Komatsu Mining groundbreaking ceremony. Left to right: Councillor Brad Bowen, Councillor Ron Saad, Councillor John Baher, Councillor Joe Jarina, Mayor David Wilks, Councillor Amy Cardozo and Councillor Jason Christensen.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Creston, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Developments Seven major projects are in the works around the Kootenays

The Kootenays sees growth and expansion across the region

by Julie Matchett
A conceptual drawing of one of five buildings that will make up the new College of the Rockies residence facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Work begins on College of the Rockies student housing facility

Students to be welcomed to the new facility in fall 2020

David Bonk, CEO, HomeFree Living was able to take his sustainable housing initiative to the next level thanks to research conducted by College faculty researcher Becky Pelkonen (centre), and overseen by Gaby Zezulka, Chair, Academic Innovation and Applied Research.
East Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business College of the Rockies providing new round of research assistance

For-profit enterprises in the East Kootenay region with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible for up to $5,000 in research assistance

Keith Powell
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Publisher Keith Powell steps into retirement

After 42 years of involvement in the local publishing scene, Kootenay Business publisher Keith Powell is retiring

Four young girls in high-visibility vests sit on a wooden staircase with bags of trash
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Environment Cranbrook and Kimberley clean up

On September 20, Cranbrook and Kimberley volunteers joined a world-wide effort to clean up our communities and raise awareness about protecting our environment.

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Playground in park.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Outdoor gathering spaces enhanced

Trust provides over $1.9 million for 12 community projects

Caliper Machine & Hydraulics owner Mike Hambalek (left) and Troy Ross, Caliper GM, are shown here with some of the heavy equipment that comes to them for repair.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business Exciting expansion at Caliper Machine

Caliper Machine took a big step in 2019, investing in a second shop, almost tripling its workforce and planning more expansion on the City’s industrial land.

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Group of young business people in casual meeting.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Celebrating business dreamers

The Business Development Bank of Canada sponsors Small Business Week in late October, shining the spotlight on the changing face of entrepreneurship

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Person browsing the internet on a laptop.
East Kootenay, Technology Online Portal Seeks to Test Internet Connectivity Performance Across the Basin and Boundary

The online testing portal is designed to measure internet connections speeds and get a better understanding of current broadband services

Rhythms Dance Showcase from 2019 summer event.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance announces 2019–2020 funded projects

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils

Ian Fillinger, senior vice-president and COO at Interfor Corporation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Long-time Interfor Corporation president and CEO to step down; new leader at helm

Current senior vice-president and COO, Ian Fillinger, has been appointed to replace Davies in the new year

by Julie Matchett
Anna Lamb is the co-owner of Pro-Fitness, and is one of our 2019 influential women in business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Anna Lamb is an influential woman in the Kootenays

Anna Lamb works with her family to make their Cranbrook gym welcoming and customer-oriented.

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WIth a big smile, Karey Pion is mixing a tub of ingredients.
East Kootenay, Fernie The best soaps, the best life

With a thriving family and a thriving business, Karey Pion provides Soco Soaps to more than 40 markets in Canada, including hometown Fernie

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New Centex gas station.
East Kootenay, Creston, Retail, Transportation New Centex Gas Station Opens in Creston

The high profile location fronts busy Highway #3 traffic and will serve travellers before or after the Kootenay Pass

Fernie Brewing Company occupies an attractive, two-storey purpose-built facility at 26 Manitou Road in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie Small craft brewery, big Fernie impact

Fernie Brewing Company is loved for its Cheers to Charity initiative, its economic support of the community through employment and, of course, its brews.

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Monte Smith, owner and operator of Brown Dog Contracting, on site at one of his projects
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Best of Business Applauding Brown Dog Contracting

Clients of Brown Dog Contracting appreciate the team’s professionalism, patience and beyond-expectation results.

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Tablet being held between two hands, screen shows Climate Change website.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Climate change info centralized online

There’s a new online source for people seeking easy-to-understand information on climate change specific to local communities

Melanie Joy, Creston resident and owner of Fly in the Fibre, brings Canadian-made goods and fibre-filled fun to the Kootenays.
East Kootenay, Creston, Retail, Small Business Fly in the Fibre offers the comforts of coffee and crafts

Melanie Joy, owner of Fly in the Fibre, has brought fibreworks, crafting and coffee to new heights with her award-winning business.

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Robin Hicks, new Vice President, Academic and Applied Research, at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies welcomes new Vice President

Hicks takes over the Vice President role from Heather Hepworth who filled the position, on an interim basis, for the previous two years.

Bona Fide, in Golden, B.C., supplies locals (and online customers) find quality gifts for their feminine family members and friends.
East Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Bona Fide in Golden, brings a big city feel

Morgan Jmaiff’s new business offers locals Canadian-owned brands, locally-made vendors and access to eco-friendly companies.

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Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle, is a professionally trained seamstress who works to repair customers’ well-loved items to their former glory.
East Kootenay, Golden, Environment, Small Business Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., gives your gear a second life

Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., offers clients a chance to repair and restore their well-loved outdoor gear.

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Close-up of two helicopters at low altitude
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment Cranbrook floodplain mapping underway

The City of Cranbrook had a busy summer, upgrading infrastructure and undertaking floodplain mapping to inform land use planning and future protective measures.

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Kids holding up a French Immersion sign.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education French Immersion enrolment sets new record in Southeast Kootenay School District

Province-wide, French immersion enrolment has been increasing for 21 consecutive years

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - September 6

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Lynn Hiscoe offers connection, compassion and community in the Creston Valley through her new business, emPoweredlives.
East Kootenay, Creston, Health & Wellness, Small Business Social entrepreneur starts a new business in the Creston Valley

Lynn Hiscoe seeks to empower lives through her new business based in the Creston Valley

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A white water rafting trip down the Elk River is the culminating event organized for College of the Rockies’ Orientation Week.
East Kootenay, Education College of the Rockies prepares for new academic year

Jumpstart and Community Showcase events help kick-off the semester

Gundula Hirn presenting collection at Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Gundula Hirn, Cranbrook-raised designer, to debut bridal collection at Vancouver Fashion Week

2009 Mount Baker Secondary School graduate amongst designers presenting at Vancouver Fashion Week

Kristin Parsons speaks enthusiastically about the Cranbrook chamber's upcoming events
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook chamber creates meaningful connections

The energy that Kristin Parsons brings to her role as executive director of the Cranbrook chamber has fueled new supports for the business community.

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Tim Termuende of Eagle Plains Resources enjoys a sunny moment before heading into his office building
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business Thriving in the lean years

Despite an extended bear market, Eagle Plains Resources continues to acquire properties and attract attention in the big leagues.

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Old Frank's Restaurant building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Cranbrook’s Andre’s Electronics is headed for “the strip”

Andre's Electronics is expected to be open in their new location at some point in the fall

Crystal Scott, GM at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort, sits in front of the fireplace in the hotel's renovated lobby
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Completing Prestige transformation

Crystal Scott is the new GM at the beautifully upgraded Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in her home town, Cranbrook, B.C.

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BC Wildfire personnel working at clearing dead brush in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Helping Basin communities prepare for wildfire

Trust supports nine communities with Community Wildfire Education Grants

Shawn Bethune, executive director of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce, is winter-ready in his toque, full beard and winter gear.
East Kootenay, Golden, Small Business New ED for Golden, B.C., chamber

Shawn Bethune is adding his support to province-wide efforts to alleviate the critical shortage in rental housing.

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Head shot of Kristin Parsons, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and board member of the B.C. Chamber Executive
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Kristin Parsons joins board of BCCE

Kristin Parsons, the executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, is supporting businesses throughout B.C.

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Katherine Spring is standing next to an examination table where she serves her clients.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Katherine Spring truly cares

Katherine Spring started her company, Arch Allure Microblading, from scratch and has been warmly welcomed by the Cranbrook community

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Tanya DuBois is standing in front of a piano, stretching one leg behind her and raising one arm in the air.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Influential Women in Business This musical career came naturally for Tanya DuBois

Tanya DuBois offers group and private piano lessons in Invermere, where she emphasizes having fun with her students.

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Crews with Mackay Contracting working on the storm trunk upgrade project on Kootenay Street.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Capital Roads program moving ahead well with several key projects coming online

The City would like to thank the public and affected property owners for their patience and understanding as the work progresses

Location of Cranbrook Townsman - office building with steps leading up to front door.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook Townsman moves to downtown office and relocates mailroom

The new front office location will house the advertising, circulation, subscription and editorial departments of Cranbrook's Townsman newspaper

WIth a big smile, Karey Pion is mixing a tub of ingredients.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business The best soaps, the best life

With a thriving family and a thriving business, Karey Pion provides Soco Soaps to more than 40 markets in Canada, including hometown Fernie

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Small one-storey office building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness Cranbrook Society for Community Living moves to new premises

The Cranbrook Society for Community Living has been busy - a new move, a new logo, a new website and a retirement

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 23

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Darcy Wanuk is wearing one of her creations, a jean jacket with swaths of added cloth.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Small Business Darcy Wanuk repurposes old textiles into funky, fun clothes for women

Darcy Wanuk started stitch + cloth Ecodesigns in Kimberley, B.C., to reconstruct old textiles into funky women’s clothing

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Jon Wedel of Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jon Wedel pushes limits

Crazy ideas, pushing limits and working under pressure are common elements for the team at Flex Commerce.

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The Nelson Hydro dam.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay BCUC establishes process for inquiry into the regulation of municipal energy utilities

The BCUC is a regulatory agency responsible for the oversight of energy utilities and compulsory auto insurance in British Columbia

As manager of Cominco Gardens, Dan Matheson spends a lot of time in the gardens. Here, he is standing next to tall purple delphiniums.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Tourism Cominco Gardens: A floral work of art

While checking out Kimberley’s visitor attractions, don’t forget the flowerful Cominco Gardens

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Brian McManus.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Brian McManus to step down as president and CEO of Stella-Jones

Stella-Jones Inc. is a leading producer and marketer of pressure treated wood products, with operations in several B.C. communities

A headshot of Christina Chalifour with a blue knitted scarf around her neck.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Knitting is the new yoga

The Knitty Gritty shop in Kimberley can get you started on a new, healthy hobby

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - August 16

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Artist's rendition of Fairfield Inn and Suites.
East Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Proposed 87-unit Fairfield Inn for Golden

The proposed hotel development is described as a six story building with 87 units, located on the Golden Donald Upper Road

People at an museum exhibit.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, First Nations Showcasing Arts and Culture of the Columbia River Basin

Poets, performers, visual art displays included at international conference

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