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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
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

Artist's rendition of Oso building development in Golden.
East Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Real Estate Innovative development part of revitalizing Golden’s downtown

The Oso development will be a vibrant mix of residential, commercial and tourist uses all wrapped up in an eco-friendly building

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Two men walk along a path in nature.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining North Coal is climbing closer to construction in the Elk Valley

North Coal, an emerging steel-coal producer in Sparwood, B.C., is bringing the Michel Coal Project into reality

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Nathan Lieuwen, majority owner; Lee Pratt, Cranbrook mayor; Chris Hebb, BCHL commissioner; and Scott Niedermayer, a Hall of Fame NHL defenceman and part owner of the new Junior Hockey franchise, stand in front of the new Cranbrook Bucks logo at Western Financial Place.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook scores a new hockey team

The Cranbrook Bucks will begin playing in the BCHL in the fall of 2020 and will try and follow in the footsteps of some great hockey teams

by Kerry Shellborn
Inside of tiny home.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Snow Valley Lodging’s tiny home hotel in Fernie is a first in Canada

Snow Valley Lodging in Fernie celebrated the grand opening of its tiny home concept on October 8

East Kootenay, Creston, Education, Kootenay Influencers Kootenay author and former civil servant shares secrets on how to live civilly

Diane Kalen-Sukra writes about what individuals and communities can do to stop the rising tide of incivility that is threatening our world.

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Car parked at EV charging station.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation New rebates for EV charging stations make it easier to go electric

For an electric vehicle owner, at-home charging is now more accessible than ever thanks to rebates from the Province of BC, FortisBC and BCHydro

Group of students who worked on trails.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Creating Destinations to be Desired

This summer, an enthusiastic group of youth gave a helping hand in the Basin, improving the condition of several high-use locations

Vehicles travelling on snowy highway, with Shift Into Winter logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation With winter approaching, it’s time to plan ahead for safe driving

ShiftintoWinter.ca provides free tips and resources on how to stay safe in different driving conditions

People skiing down ski hill
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Tourism Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski area extends its season with new snowmaking technology

Family-friendly ski area in the heart of the B.C. Rockies improves facilities for the upcoming season

Contractor and home owner discussing renovation of house.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Real Estate WorkSafeBC raising awareness of asbestos dangers in older homes

Risk of asbestos exposure most common during home renovations and demolitions

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