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Large metal kicking horse sculpture in front of Kicking Horse Coffee building.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Get your buzz on with these 13 Kootenay coffee roasters in honour of National Coffee Day

Read about 13 local coffee roasters as you celebrate National Coffee Day and the beverage that’s an essential pick-me-up for many people

by Julie Matchett
Logging truck loading logs.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Oversight board recommends less clearcutting in the Kootenays

The Forest Practices Board released a report that recommends better reforestation practices in B.C.’s dry fir forests, including less clearcutting

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Brittney Dickson sits on her snowmobile while looking at her laptop in the mountains.
East Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Tourism Take a COVID-safe avalanche safety course to get set for winter

Brittney Dickson, owner of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., is brining avalanche safety training online

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Exterior of BC Interior Forestry Museum.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Forestry B.C.’s Forest Basket—these forests are OURS

B.C.’s Forest Basket is featured in a new podcast series by the BC Interior Forestry Museum in Revelstoke, B.C.

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Infographic showing funding from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Columbia Basin Trust annual report reveals positive community impacts

The Columbia Basin Trust 2019/20 Annual Report shows over $97 million provided for the Basin region

by Julie Matchett
(L to R) Brad Brown, Emma Foyle, Jenn Wood, Petri Raito, Ryan Arnaud, Nate Miles, Hayden Hamming and (second row in front) Ryan Macdonald.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Cuisine, Small Business Rossland Beer Company: Here for a good time

Petri Raito, co-owner and COO of Rossland Beer Company, explains why locals choose to chill in their lounge

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Kids crouched on ground examining something with magnifying glass.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education First bilingual youth Science & Tech Program launched in Kootenays by KAST

Celebrating Kootenay biodiversity, the GLOWS program is part of Science Literary Week 2020

by Julie Matchett
Fort Steele staff dressed in period costume
Top historical attractions in the East Kootenay region

History buffs are drawn to these popular heritage sites in the East Kootenay

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Jackie Miles, owner of CityScout
East Kootenay, Golden, West Kootenay, Small Business What is a “relocation concierge” and why did one just move to Golden, BC?

A relocation concierge, CityScout offers personalized service to help make a move easier

by Julie Matchett
Jennifer Bouchard, new General Manager at the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Passionate Cranbrook influencer named general manager of local hotel

The Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre welcomes Jennifer Bouchard to the team

by Julie Matchett
C. Lee Smith is CEO of SalesFuel, a sales intelligence firm in Columbus, Ohio.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Retail, Small Business 1 in 12 salespeople are toxic troublemakers: Here’s how to avoid hiring one

Hire Smarter, Sell More: An interview with book author C. Lee Smith on hiring top sales staff

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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

by Julie Matchett
Photo courtesy the Doukhobor Discovery Centre
Top historical attractions in the West Kootenay region

Visit these heritage sites and learn more about the history of West Kootenay communities.

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Aerial view of Castlegar in autumn.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Castlegar’s Economic Development Strategy requires feedback from residents

A community survey is being conducted to help develop a vision of Castlegar’s future

by Julie Matchett
portrait of Dr Emery
Conquering adversity for the sake of his patients

Dr. Scott Emery faced the challenges of COVID-19 and emerged victorious with a slick new clinic space and an expansion of services.

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Ground Floor Co-Working space showing stairs and upstairs offices.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Seven Kootenay co-working spaces (and one on the horizon) offer community and creative collaboration

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

by Julie Matchett
Close-up of Valerie Semeniuk, owner of Kootenai Moon Furniture.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail Turning a pandemic into a positive: Essential advice from a Nelson retailer

The key to coping with COVID-19 is kindness, says Valerie Semeniuk, owner of Kootenai Moon Furniture in Nelson.

by Julie Matchett
Kootenay Pitch Competition graphic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Small Business, Technology Have a technology-based idea? The Kootenay Pitch Competition is your chance to turn it into reality

Entrepreneurs and startups are invited to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges at the first-ever Kootenay Pitch Competition

by Julie Matchett
A large eagle made of steel framework.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Fly eagle fly—over Harmony Park in Cranbrook

Ron Demaniuk has steel fabricated a screaming eagle statue in Cranbrook’s Harmony Park

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Attorney Alan Burch sitting at his desk.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial Peace of mind during COVID-19? Get your will done!

Attorney Alan J. Burch in Nelson specializes in wills, and he’s seen an increase in demand during the pandemic

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Is your business one of the 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 50 employees.

Mandi Lunan sits on the floor wearing an apron while working on her laptop.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Small Business Need guidance? Hire a food business coach!

Mandi Lunan, food business coach, is bringing her expertise to the Kootenays in Warfield, B.C.

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Kids playing on a log.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley Send your kids on a summertime adventure in Kimberley and Cranbrook

Wildsight is hosting fun summer day camps for kids ages seven to 12

by Julie Matchett
(L to R) The owners of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap—Fred Williams and Jesse Roberts.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Pandemic predicament: 5 Tips to help Kootenay business owners survive and recover

Jesse Roberts, co-owner of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap in Cranbrook, B.C., offers advice on how to reopen business during COVID-19

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Cailey Chase feeds one of her goats
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Kimberley, Agriculture, Animal Care, Environment, Small Business Hire goats for environmentally friendly weed control from Vahana Nature Rehabilitation

A trip of goats are trained as targeted grazers for a unique business: Vahana Nature Rehabilitation in Ta Ta Creek, B.C.

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Close-up of Post-It notes on computer.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Enhance your online business strategy with KAST virtual webinars

In partnership with business professionals, KAST is hosting a series of practical webinars designed to strengthen your web strategy.

by Julie Matchett
Close-up of frozen yogurt with colourful toppings.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Summertime heat got you beat? Head to Twisted Peaks Frozen Yogurt—the coolest spot in Cranbrook

A new store in downtown Cranbrook is turning up the coolness factor with their frozen yogurt treats

by Julie Matchett
Whiskey-keg and bottle of Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery product.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Raise your spirits (and a glass) at these Kootenay distilleries

Explore this list of distilleries from across the Kootenay region

by Julie Matchett
A digital vending machine.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology Vending machines are getting a major facelift thanks to SMRT1 Technologies in Nelson

Terry Van Horn, CEO of SMRT1 Technologies in Nelson, is looking for investors for their new SMRT1 POD touch screens

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Slash pile burning in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment With the onset of hot summer weather, BC Wildfire Service prohibits Category 2 & 3 fires

Effective Friday, July 24, Category 2 & 3 fires will be prohibited across the Southeast Fire Centre region. This does not include campfires or cooking stoves.

by Julie Matchett
Kootenay Park Lodge is an old wooden building in nature.
East Kootenay, Small Business, Tourism Kootenay Park Lodge has been persevering through adversity for nearly a century

Greg Chatelain, co-owner of Kootenay Park Lodge in Vermilion Crossing, B.C., has kept his business alive and well through forest fires and COVID-19

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Inside of new Nelson Innovation Centre, showing tables and chairs.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology Nelson Innovation Centre brings tech community together

Born out of a desire to connect connect tech companies, innovators and entrepreneurs with the support they need, the Nelson Innovation Centre is now open.

by Julie Matchett
Lane Roger, Dave Roger, Tenley Roger, Easton Roger, Stephanie Roger, Brenda Scott, Jody Scott, Brielle Scott, Shayna Scott, Austin Scott, Owen Scott.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Agriculture, Small Business Cool climate? No problem. Arrow Lakes Valley grows its first winery.

Jody Scott, co-owner of Valley of the Springs Winery in Nakusp, B.C., has created the Arrow Lake Valley’s first winery

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Hairstylist Kellie Wolf styling a client's hair.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Wolfy’s Hair Den is open and fixing COVID hairdos in Kimberley

Pandemic bad haircuts and lessons learned by Kellie Wolf, owner of Wolfy’s Hair Den in Kimberley

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Medals adorn six bottles of spirits on a patio table.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Small Business Wynndel Craft Distilleries creates award-winning spirits in Creston Valley

Pat Meerholz, co-owner of Wynndel Craft Distilleries in Creston Valley, B.C., handcrafts award-winning brandy, gin, rum, vodka, liqueur and schnapps

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A glass and growler full of beer on a table with Erie Creek Brewing Company’s logo on the front.
West Kootenay, Salmo, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Beer from Salmo’s new brewery is as natural as the water it’s made from

Colin Hango, owner of Erie Creek Brewing Company in Salmo, B.C., has created a family-owned and -operated nano brewery and lounge

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Carl & Sarah Kistner, owners of Stone Meadow Gardens, standing in a field of flowers.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Agriculture, Cuisine At the farm gate: Fresh food, flowers, fine wine and fanciful wares for sale at West Kootenay farms

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

by Julie Matchett
Display of goat milk cheese, assorted meats in basket.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Invermere, Kimberley, Agriculture, Cuisine At the farm gate: Fresh food, flowers, fine wine and fanciful wares for sale at East Kootenay farms

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

by Julie Matchett
Downtown Revelstoke, including a statue of a bear.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Revelstoke

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Revelstoke

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Downtown Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Trail

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Trail

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A bridge in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Nelson

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Nelson

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The Columbia River runs through Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Castlegar

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Castlegar

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Two women high-five while sitting across from each other at desks.
East Kootenay, Golden, Small Business Get going to Golden’s new Go-Lab Co-working Space

Marloes van Lent, founder and owner of Go-Lab Co-working Space, has created a collaborative location for entrepreneurs to gather in Golden, B.C.

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Downtown Creston has lots of shrubbery.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Creston

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Creston

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A plate of food with vegetables.
West Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in the West Kootenay

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support across the West Kootenay region

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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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A sandwich on a plate.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in the East Kootenay

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support across the East Kootenay region

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The platzl in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Kimberley

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Kimberley

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Cranbrook’s brick clock tower and Baker Street.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Cranbrook

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Cranbrook

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