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Sisters Stephanie and Cassidy Tilling posing behind display of baked goods.
East Kootenay, Creston, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Fulfilling the vision at Good Company Coffee in Creston

Good Company Coffee embraces the collaborative nature of community, bringing a big city feel and small-town warmth to their business

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Dana Sproule standing by bright window looking outside, holding cup of coffee. She's wearing a mustard yellow sweater.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business 5 ways to grow your leadership, your business and yourself

As a life and leadership coach, Dana Sproule is passionate about developing successful leaders. Learn five things to focus on for your own leadership journey.

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A boy looks through a glass enclosure that houses an orange and black tarantula.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Animal Care, Small Business, Tourism It’s little wonder why critters are gathering in Invermere

Wild Wonders Insectarium in Invermere named New Business of the Year and won People’s Choice award at Columbia Valley Chamber awards

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Majestic mountain view from Fernie Golf Club.
East Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Play your best game at these East Kootenay golf courses

The East Kootenay region is home to some of B.C.’s most sublime courses.

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Aysha and Joanna standing in the doorway at Drift and Sonder in Fernie
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Small Business Curating thoughtfully made goods and low-waste products in Fernie

Sisters Joanna and Aysha Haines choose the most ethical and sustainable brands for their retail store, Drift + Sonder.

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Dragons' Den stage with logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Dragons’ Den is calling Kootenay Business owners

Alicia Chirrey, producer at CBC’s Dragons’ Den, explains how Kootenay entrepreneurs can apply to be on the show

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Kimberley Business Excellence award in foreground, tech working on bike in background.
East Kootenay, Kimberley Tied for tops at the 2022 Kimberley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

Thirteen businesses were recognized at the annual awards ceremony

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Owner of Humble Bee Builds, Dennis Scott (middle) and his employees Clayton Champagne (left), and Blair Halifax (right).
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Environment, Real Estate, Small Business The humble bee is the inspiration behind this Cranbrook tiny home construction company

Owner Dennis Scott is the owner of Humble Bee Builds and is passionate about alternative living

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Team from Papa Bear's Kitchen accepting award at gala.
East Kootenay, Golden Golden Chamber Business & Community Excellence awards handed out

The Business & Community Excellence awards are hosted annually by the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce

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White tiny home sitting on gravel road.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Real Estate Tiny houses in the Kootenays: Rent, buy or build

Interested in tiny homes? Explore our list of tiny house resources in the Kootenays

by Virginia Rasch and Julie Matchett
Becky McArthur (left) and Robyn Hansen are proud owners of their second business together—Twisted Peaks, a frozen yogurt shop in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Family and fro-yo at Twisted Peaks in Cranbrook

When twins Robyn Hansen & Becky McArthur bought their first business, they each had toddlers. Now, they’re serving up frozen yogurt alongside their teenagers

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Ethan Dortman with walking stick display.
East Kootenay, Sparwood Walking into greatness at Sparwood’s Business Excellence awards

The annual Business Excellence Awards were held on October 20th, 2022

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Lin and Oliver Egan together with Anna Steedman and Chef Randy MacSteven and sons in garden field making funny poses.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Agriculture, Small Business Winderberry Farm—A business that has grown to work for a family

A family business, Winderberry Farms, found innovative ways to grow and create a place for everyone to contribute to a bright future

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Top 100 Kootenay Employers graphic.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay Is your business one of 2023’s 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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Large, modern house on a snowy day, for sale sign out front.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate How much is your home in the Kootenays worth?

How do the BC assessment values compare with the current market value of homes and properties in the Kootenays?

by Kerry Shellborn
Outside of Popeye's Chicken franchise in Cranbrook showing drive-thru window and side of building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Cranbrook Business: Embracing new developments and revamping the old

Cranbrook is focused on revitalization and attracting new businesses and opportunities

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Top Instagram Brands in the Kootenays

Which brands in the Kootenays have the largest followers on Instagram? Find out on this list of top Instagram influencers in the Kootenays.

by Kerry Shellborn and Julie Matchett
Business Excellence: A list of award-winning chambers text, with stylized golden star on dark background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Business excellence: A list of Chamber award-winning businesses

Read our list of Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award winners

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Our top ten thought leaders of the year

KootenayBiz chooses our annual list of inspirational thought leaders from the stories we told in 2022.

by Kerry Shellborn
Outside of Radium Brewing, timber-framed building painted grey, sloped roof.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Turning hobbies into a passion project at Radium Brewing

For Jacob Houghton and Stephan Gale, starting Radium Brewing was the realization of their dreams, passions and hobbies coming together.

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Group photo of Business Excellence winners.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce honours business excellence

The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards were held in late October.

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Janice Alpine is a business development officer/tourism engagement with the Ktunaxa Nation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations The Ktunaxa mean business

Janice Alpine is an expert on the diversity of Ktunaxa businesses, the skills they bring to the table, and the opportunities that exist within the community.

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Group photo of Wapiti Music Fesitval Society members.
East Kootenay, Fernie Indie music, innovation and incredible food celebrated at Fernie’s Business Excellence Awards

12 deserving businesses and individuals were celebrated at the annual awards

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Venessa Loubert and Perry Dzuris, owners of Arcane Coda in Salmo, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business Local businesses promote Kootenay-inspired apparel

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

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Interior of Four Points Books in Invermere.
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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East Kootenay, Elkford One-on-one with Ariadna Laris, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce

Elkford’s new executive director shares news about the community and what’s new on the horizon for the town.

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Group of award winners all smiling and holding awards.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Elkford’s Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards celebrated with six winners

Elkford’s 2022 Business Excellence Awards were held on October 22.

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Kris Newman and Kevin Blackwell at the opening of a show home.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Real Estate Talking real estate market with TRC Projects Ltd.

Kevin Blackwell, a housing project developer, talks to Kootenay Business about the housing industry in the Columbia Valley

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Person snowboarding down hill at Panorama Mountain Resort, wind-swept snowy mountains in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Top ski resorts in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies to find legendary powder

Check out this list of ski destinations in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies region

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Desiree smelling a white flower wearing a white dress
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Retail, Small Business Stepping out of her comfort zone and starting a business in Sparwood

Desiree Markewich found herself reinvented by flowers, and she wants to pay the joy forward.

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Sarah and Carley sitting beside each other
East Kootenay, Kimberley In challenging times, Kimberley patients count on this pharmacy

Our health care system is strained to the max, and these entrepreneurs decided to do something about it.

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Photo collage of Kootenay Meadows products, along with picture of Erin Harris, co-owner of company.
East Kootenay, Creston How to handle a PR crisis without losing a brand’s reputation

A Creston dairy farm owner gives a masterclass on handling a crisis without crying over spilled milk.

by Kerry Shellborn
Dayna Leduc, filling large industrial container with fluid.
East Kootenay, Creston, Energy, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Transportation Finding a way forward with Leduc Biodiesel Energy

By collecting and recycling used cooking oil into green, biodiesel products, Dayna Leduc has found his passion

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Interior of the Grist and Mash Brewery, showing tables, bar along one wall.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Kimberley’s Grist & Mash Brewery hits all the right notes

It’s all about community at the Grist & Mash Brewery, where guest brews are regularly on tap and local musicians and artists are welcomed.

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A sasquatch-costumed Taylor Jenkins stands on a snowy main street downtown Fernie.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Education, Retail, Small Business, Tourism The results are in. The Elk Valley Business Retention and Expansion survey says . . .

Taylor Jenkins, Elk Valley economic recovery advisor, outlines what Elk Valley businesses can do to address their big three problems

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Porcupine Wood Products sawmill, with stacks of logs in foreground of photo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Kootenay lumber mills have roots that run deep

From large forestry companies to smaller, independent, family-run operations, lumber mills are a vital part of our regional landscape

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Cali Emel and Jeff Cooper sitting side-by-side.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Animal Care, Education, Financial Retaining top talent in the Kootenays: From volunteer to vet tech

A wage subsidy program through Columbia Basin Trust enables skilled workers to stay in the Kootenays.

Patrick Tolchard holding a bunch of helmets.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Three outdoor tourism businesses leads to adventure for this Columbia Valley entrepreneur

Patrick Tolchard tells Kootenay Business all about managing multiple companies and why he loves the outdoor adventure industry.

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Team from Sweet Gestures.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook Chamber honours business excellence at annual awards

The annual Business Excellence Awards were celebrated earlier this year

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Jeb Ferster owns The Trails at Windermere Lake and manages its solar aquatic facility. Here he is grooming the tanks by thinning out plants to make room for smaller ones.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Developments, Environment, Technology Trailblazing solar aquatic system at The Trails at Windermere Lake housing development

A development in Windermere is treating wastewater with a solar aquatic facility, an underutilized process that produces clean water without chemicals.

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A blue home with a red SOLD sign up front that says Bruce Seitz 250-919-2677.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Real Estate Why are houses (still) selling like hot cakes in the Kootenays?

Bruce Seitz, sales representative at Royal Lepage, explains why the real estate market is hot in the Kootenays

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Sarah Pike sitting outside studio, holding mug and looking off into distance.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Pottery perfection: Sarah Pike is a Fernie-based creator in clay

Clay is the medium of choice for Fernie potter Sarah Pike

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Aerial view of Tent Mountain mine.
East Kootenay, First Nations , Mining Tent Mountain green energy plan: triple solution

The three-way green energy project is the result of great minds coming together against a challenging problem.

by Timothy Fowler
A deer munching through a residential garden.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, West Kootenay Deer-resistant plants: Avoiding destruction in your garden

Having a deer-resistant garden is possible with careful planning and some knowledge of suitable plants

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Jennifer King wearing a pink jacket and sitting beside a rushing river
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Real Estate Making people feel at home in the Elk Valley

Jennifer King is a Sparwood real estate agent with her clients’ best interests at heart

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Two men standing beside Royer Landscaping truck.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Animal Care, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Tourism Best of the best: Kimberley’s 2021 Business Excellence Awards handed out

Kimberley’s businesses and remarkable individuals help the community to become B.C.’s best small town.

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Joseph Raymond standing in front of Larix Hotel sign.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The Larix Hotel: The evolution continues for this prime location in Kimberley, B.C.

The renovated and renamed Larix Hotel pays homage to the golden larch trees in Kimberley’s autumn tableau.

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Kathleen and Ed Bron standing side by side
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, Agriculture Bron & Sons Nursery Co. in Grand Forks is the product of a rich family history in horticulture

Ed and Kathleen Bron praise their dedicated staff, including ones from Mexico who work year after year.

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