In this issue, we provide an update on what’s happening in our featured communities of Golden and Trail, including our cover story on a Golden chef and his amazing food truck. This issue also presents our 2018 Best of Business Awards list, along with our list of Top 50 Kootenay companies by revenue. And be sure to check out stories on smart vending machines, which may well be the future of retail, and on the use of artificial intelligence in the mining industry. Plus we offer a recap of the 2018 wildfire season with some suggestions for reducing the risk of fires in future.
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Our cover story features a world-class architectural firm, Spearhead, Inc. in Nelson. Read how Canal Flats went from “sawdust to silicon” with the exciting Columbia Lake Technology Center. Need ideas for summer downtime? Check out our 2018 Best Places to Eat and Drink Awards as well as our special guides: Golf; Spa & Beauty; Adventure; Beer, Wine & Spirits. Here’s to Kootenay time!
In this issue, we focus on the Boundary and Columbia Valley regions, with a cover story on Valley Zipline Adventures, and lists of top employers in those areas. But that’s not all. We also present our 2018 Influential Women in Business list of winners and nominees, and we devote a special section to Indigenous initiatives, ranging from tourism opportunities to new community centres. Finally, take a look at the new Wildhorse Surgical Clinic and the new trades building at Cranbrook’s College of the Rockies.
In this issue, our cover story focuses on the Castlegar Veterinary Hospital, while other Castlegar stories indicate that this community is on the rise with a number of new developments and businesses. We also present a major feature marking the 50th anniversary of the Skookumchuck pulp mill, a Paper Excellence company. And we peek inside The Ground Floor, an exciting new coworking space in Cranbrook. Finally, don’t forget our latest 40 under 40 list, a salute to our younger business owners and entrepreneurs as nominated by our readers!
Who are the Top 10 Business People of 2018? Read on! We also feature the Business Excellence Awards given out by our Chambers of Commerce and many of those winners who are influencers in their communities. Don’t miss our Top 120 Employers and our consequent analysis of our Kootenay economy.
We shine the spotlight on two local hockey clubs—the Kootenay Ice and the Kimberley Dynamiters—and the impressive ways they pay it forward by helping out in their local schools and communities. We also roll out our 2nd Annual Kootenay Manufacturers Awards. Winter is here so read on for articles on a ski boot business, winter driving and a backcountry skiing tour company.