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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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Assortment of fresh produce, wine in background.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality Market gardens in the East Kootenay: Bringing fresh produce, meat and more to local tables

Throughout the East Kootenay area, local farms and food producers sell directly to the public through roadside stands and farmgate sales.

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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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Fred Penner and fellow musician on stage.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism Festivals in the East Kootenay bring fun, friendship and smiles

Uniting in a shared experience like a festival helps to forge community connections, fun and new friendships

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A group of white water rafters smile as they dip into deep water on a raft.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Tourism This legacy award-winning business knows how to retain staff and delight clients

Lynn Muller, co-owner of Canyon Raft Company in Fernie, B.C. outlines how to run a successful business for over a quarter century

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(L to R) Mackenzie, Marina, Jayden, Jeremiah and Maya Pauw in front of a hotel with a big bright orange image of a fox.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Technology Fernie Fox Hotel aims to become the most sustainable hotel in B.C.

Jeremiah Pauw has rebranded the Super 8 into the Fernie Fox Hotel in Fernie, B.C.

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Dave Thomson and Coraley Letcher, owners of 5 Gen Construction.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Collaboration—not competition—is embraced by two rival Kootenay companies

Two rival Kootenay construction companies believe business should be about supporting each other

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Owner of Huckleberry Books, Erin Dalton, standing in bookstore with Max the cat cuddled in her arms.
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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Co-working space with wood floors, row of tall chairs along window, plant in background.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Kootenay co-working spaces offer community and creative collaboration

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

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Barrie Elliott is a successful Red Seal Chef and owner of the Fernie Catering Co.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Fernie Catering Co.’s food philosophy is rooted in seasonal, sustainable ingredients

Red Seal Chef Barrie Elliott and her team bring delicious, seasonally-inspired dishes to their catered events

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Patrick and Loie Robertson standing beside vinegar barrels.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Small Business An artisan vinegar maker in Fernie, B.C., is part of the slow food and slow travel movements

Based in Fernie, B.C., Robertson Estate Wine Vinegar produces the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar that is sought after by top chefs

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Kyle Hamilton wearing VR mask.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Technology Serial entrepreneur Kyle Hamilton of Fernie now tackles industry safety training

Sucre Interactive Technologies in Fernie, B.C., uses virtual-reality technology for immersive safety training in mining and other high-risk industries

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The outside of the Curry Bowl restaurant
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine Fernie Chamber launches #FernieToGo campaign, joins call for regional approach to restrictions

The new campaign aims to help food and beverage businesses that have been impacted by the latest round of provincial health orders.

by The Fernie Chamber of Commerce
Community members and 70th Anniversary EKC graphic.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Kimberley, Sparwood, Financial East Kootenay Community Credit Union celebrates 70th anniversary by giving back to community

Founded in 1950, the East Kootenay Community Credit Union is celebrating their 70th anniversary on December 14, 2020

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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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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.

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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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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

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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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Coraley Letcher and Dave Thomson smile next to each other.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business How construction companies are continuing amidst COVID

Coraley Letcher, co-owner and manager of 5 Gen Construction in Fernie, B.C., explains how COVID-19 has impacted operations

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Owners of Fernie Distillers standing in their distillery room.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness Kootenay distilleries are doing their part to help us in the COVID-19 pandemic

Four Kootenay distilleries are turning an alcoholic byproduct into a critically short commodity: Hand sanitizer for FREE!

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Group of women attending conference.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Education, Financial Empowering female entrepreneurs: Teck offers grant to attend Vancouver E-Series conference

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) E-Series is three-day conference held from May 13 - 15 in Vancouver

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Outside of the New Pioneer Lodge.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson Housing projects create affordable homes for Kootenay-area residents

Local housing projects in the Kootenay region are helping to alleviate the lack of affordable housing in the area

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Stacey Goldade, owner of Sparrow Hair in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Salute to an environmentally sustainable salon in Fernie

Sparrow Hair in Fernie joins forces with Green Circle Salons, a North American-wide recycling and sustainability program that aims to reduce salon waste

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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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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

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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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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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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A man and two women at a round table on a patio, with mountains in the far distance
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Real Estate Parastone’s Montane community: Come on in

Fernie’s Montane subdivision embodies the dream of Simon Howse and Jason Smith, founders and owners of Parastone Developments Ltd.

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An artist’s depiction of what the new affordable housing apartment building will look like in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments These 5 Kootenay cities are getting more affordable

Mark Brunton, Columbia Basin Trust senior manager, highlights the benefits of the Trust’s contributions to affordable B.C. housing

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Sign in window advertising the opening of Sushi Wood restaurant.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Sushi Wood now open in Nelson

The new restaurant is located at 702 Vernon Street, next to the Kootenay Co-op building

Julie MacPhee, Controller, at the Jack Carter Elk Valley dealership.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Transportation Calgary’s Jack Carter buys GM dealership in Fernie

One of Calgary’s oldest and biggest General Motors dealerships, Jack Carter GM, has recently purchased Denham GM in Fernie

Brad Parsell, executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, at his desk
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

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Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden, owners of Fernie Distillers, have released their first seasonal gin in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Fernie Distillers has launched its first seasonal spirit

Fernie’s only small-batch distillery has released a limited release product that reduces local bear attractants and supports wildlife initiatives.

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Brad Parsell, Executive Director at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism “Staffing for Businesses” session designed to address employment challenges in Fernie

Staffing for businesses is a challenge in the Fernie area due to the seasonal nature of the tourism economy and a small labor market.

Coraley Letcher and Dave Thomson, owners of 5 Gen Construction in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business 5 Gen Construction helps to build community

Since its conception in 2017, the family-run company has positively grown its brand and its community.

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Hand holding a can of West Coast Pale Ale.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Brewing Co.’s Campout™ wins gold at Canadian Brewing Awards

The Canadian Brewing Awards is Canada’s national competition for judging the quality of Canadian manufactured beer

Two cans of Mt. Begbie Brewing Company's Stoked Winter Ale.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Two Kootenay-based craft breweries bring home National Beer Awards

The 17th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards were recently held in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

The Aqanttanam Housing Society in Cranbrook will be developing a new apartment building that will include 39 units.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Financial More affordable housing options coming soon

The Trust supports five projects with $1.5 million to build 118 new units

Little girl dressed in pink using a computer.
East Kootenay, Golden, Fernie, West Kootenay, Slocan, Financial, Technology Public spaces add state-of-the-art technology

Nine communities receive over $613,000 from the Trust’s Community Technology Program

logo for the 40 under 40 list, with Rising Stars written in orange writings
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood 40 under 40: The East Kootenay list

Introducing the East Kootenay nominees for our 40 under 40 list.

Norm McInnis addresses a group from a speakers' platform
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments Guiding development in Fernie

Big-picture vision, planning and community involvement keep the city of Fernie sustainable and well-loved by its residents and visitors.

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Green Roads Recycling asphalt machine.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Technology, Transportation Green Roads Recycling is an industry leader in road recycling—celebrating 30 years in business

Using Green Road innovative technology, HIPAR roads cost less, last the same amount of time and reduce our carbon footprint by more than 50 per cent.

The Chopstick Truck, Vietnamese food in Fernie, B.C. and the surrounding Kootenay towns.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Sydney and Taylor Salvador

Sydney and Taylor Salvador are co-owners of The Chopstick Truck in Fernie and deserve a parking spot on our Top 10 list.

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The Career Internship Program provides wage funding for employers to hire college and university graduates in permanent, career-focused positions.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Retail, Small Business Get up to $25,000 to hire an intern

Columbia Basin Trust program helps businesses create and retain jobs

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