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Jackie Rhind.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness, Small Business Positive or negative: Revelstoke-based company Ovry aims to end pregnancy test stigma

Ovry is a brand of affordable, high-quality pregnancy and ovulation tests available for online purchase.

by Julie Matchett
Chandler Lang standing beside truck.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Transportation Entrepreneur Chandler Lang in Revelstoke has big plans for his small-town delivery service

Entrepreneur Chandler Lang has national aspirations for his Revelstoke Delivery platform

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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort views.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Pow! 12 ski resorts in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies to find legendary powder

Itching to hit the slopes? Check out this list of 12 ski destinations in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies region

by Julie Matchett
Amanda Mary laughs while wearing a dress in front of an orange bridge in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Brand photographer Amanda Mary—the Kootenay’s new hype girl—has arrived in Nelson

Amanda Mary, owner of Amanda Mary Creative in Nelson, B.C., uses her photography to help businesses build confidence in their brand

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The exterior of The Grater Good has wooden railings and large lined windows.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Good to great: Kimberley’s Grater Good has new owners

Floris and René Steenkamp, new owners of The Grater Good Kitchen Supply Company in Kimberley, B.C., are excited to share their passion for cooking

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owners of Two Birds Deli
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business The owners of Two Birds Deli in Cranbrook have spread their wings

Maraih Tarasoff and Marina Stropky started off as high school friends at Mount Baker, and ended up being well-matched business partners

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Mason and Sophie Denis, owners of Backwoods Sauna.
West Kootenay, Salmo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business A Backwoods Sauna is a perfect experience gift for those you love in the West Kootenay

Here’s a new idea from Backwoods Sauna in Salmo, B.C.: A rental and mobile wood-fired sauna

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owners with their three small dogs, wearing cute little boots
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Kimberley pet owners are in love with this store

Erin Thompson and Brian Sondergaard are the driving forces behind Kimberley Kritters - a wildly successful pet supply store in Kimberley, B.C.

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Aleitha Harvey smiles in front of her sign for her restaurant, Ella’s.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business A taste of Jamaica has touched down in Cranbrook

Aleitha Harvey, owner of Ella’s restaurant inside Best Western Cranbrook Hotel, has created an authentic Jamaican experience in the Kootenays

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Valley of the Springs is our region’s newest winery.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Wineries are sprouting up in the cooler Kootenay climate

The Kootenays are an emerging wine region in B.C. Here’s a list of the 7 Kootenay wineries—and 1 meadery

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Aerial view of Dock N Duck pub.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Top 10 unique businesses for sale in British Columbia’s Kootenay region

Check out these 10 unique businesses currently for sale in the Kootenay market.

by Julie Matchett
Kris Eliuk has black-rimmed glasses, a stubbled face and a grey Yoshi hat.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business This hometown Cranbrook entrepreneur fidgeted and spun his way to success

Kris Eliuk, owner of Yellowday Energy in Cranbrook, makes functional metal art, including flashlights, high-end fidget spinners, patches and bottle openers

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Melissa Welsh and Mike Irvine smile next to each other.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Live It is changing the way educators teach and children learn online in the midst of the pandemic

Mike Irvine and Melissa Welsh, founders of Live It in Nelson, B.C., are delivering online programs, featuring stories that bring the natural world to life

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Raylen Tress on tractor.
East Kootenay, Golden, Agriculture, Animal Care Raylen Tress won Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber

Raylen Tress of Whiskey Hill Farms in Golden won Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce

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Kushal Patel at a pier wearing sunglasses
An artisan bakery in the heart of Revelstoke

The Modern Bakeshop & Café is a craft bakery with organic baked goods, gluten-free options and other specialty items

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Katie Yuris holding Business Excellence Award
West Kootenay, Trail, Real Estate Katie Yuris of All Pro Realty in Trail, B.C., has a hockey player’s approach to work and life

Katie Yuris of All Pro Realty in Trail, B.C., won Business Person of the Year from the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce

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Danielle Peet, owner of Wild Smile Events
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Celebrating a “Celebrate everything!” business at this year’s Trail Business Excellence Awards

It was an evening of online celebration and virtual toasts to the winners of the 2020 Trail Business Excellence Awards.

by Julie Matchett
Carpenters throw their hard hats in the air in front of a log building.
East Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Small Business This intrepid teacher is building log homes while training the next generation of carpenters

Dave Stonehouse, founder of the BC School of Log Building and owner of Stonehouse Woodworks in Golden, B.C., is teaching the next generation of carpenters

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sledder in a snow drift under a sunny sky
Top 10 winter activities in the Kootenay Rockies

This mountainous region of B.C. is inviting to winter recreation enthusiasts.

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Zan Comerford smiles while kicking her leg up to open the door to her business, Liteworks Marketing.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business International marketing agency sets up shop in Nelson’s downtown

Zan Comerford, founder of Liteworks Marketing, has officially opened the doors to her brick and mortar boutique agency in downtown Nelson, B.C.

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Photo of person sitting on rock
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Technology Top 10 stories of 2020 from KootenayBiz

Despite a challenging year, KootenayBiz told many inspiring and informative stories—here are our Top 10 from 2020

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Facundo Mandalari and Dar Jmayoff opened Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro with a tagline of “Heal all those that you feed.”
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Owners of the Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro believe in the healing power of food and place

Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro is a welcomed boutique eatery in the tiny community of Canal Flats, B.C.

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Luz Hernandez and her four children smile while hugging each other.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business Feel the warmth of Mexico in the mountains at Su Casa Authentic Mexican Kitchen

Luz Hernandez, owner and chef of Su Casa Authentic Mexican Kitchen in Windermere, B.C., runs her restaurant with her four children

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(L to R) Dustin Gilchrist, Jacob Shimell and Wyatt Profili show off their custom creations at KYR Original in front of Nancy Greene Lake, near Warfield, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business Kootenay roots run deep at KYR Supply in Warfield

Dustin Gilchrist, director of operations at KYR Supply in Warfield, B.C., creates Kootenay-inspired outdoor apparel that is made in Canada

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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

by Julie Matchett
Tom Poole holding Business Excellence award.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Transportation Timber company with heart & top photographer score big at Revelstoke’s Business Excellence Awards

The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Excellence Awards, virtual-style, on November 7th

by Julie Matchett
Candice Klapp at Farmers Market stall.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Klapp Farm Jam Shop in Elkford delivers sweetness of all kinds

One lady’s incredible jam journey in Elkford, B.C. started with pina colada

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Scenic picture of Creston valley, with logo of BC Achievement Foundation Community Awards.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Recognizing greatness: Nominate a Kootenay resident for a BC Achievement Community Award

The BC Achievement Community Awards honour excellence and exceptional community service in communities across the province

by Julie Matchett
Amy Orlando, owner of the Revelstoke Sugar Shack, holding a bowl of ice cream
Cuisine, Small Business Pleasing taste buds and touching hearts

The owner of the Revelstoke Sugar Shack is a promoter of smiles and sweet gestures in an otherwise difficult time.

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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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Sullivan Landing
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley Growing communities: Cranbrook and Kimberley have several developments in the works

From much-needed housing to commercial buildings, these East Kootenay cities are continuing to blossom.

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Old Canadian Tire building in Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Kanas Corporation brings new possibilities to Cranbrook’s former Canadian Tire location

The vacant Canadian Tire property in Cranbrook has been purchased by a Calgary-based development company

by Julie Matchett
Image showing two business people.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business KootenayBiz is coming to a community near you

KootenayBiz’s bimonthly eNewsletters keep you informed and inspired about business successes in your communities

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The owner of the business with a plate of delicious food
West Kootenay Castlegar food blogger now dishes up plant-powered meals

Kayla Heddle nourishes West Kootenay customers with customized, plant-based meal prep services

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Klapp family standing outside with banner.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Retail, Small Business Raising spirits with homemade jam at Elkford’s Business Excellence Awards

The annual Elkford Business Excellence Awards were held on October 29, 2020 via Zoom

by Julie Matchett
The owners of The Valley Voice, Jan McMurray and Dan Nicholson which bundles of newspapers.
West Kootenay, New Denver, Slocan, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Valley Voice fiercely defends the diverse voices of these West Kootenay communities

Dan Nicholson and Jan McMurray, owners of The Valley Voice in New Denver, B.C., have faithfully contributed to the West Kootenay’s media diet for 17 years

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Tammy Verigin-Burk is white with long black hair and wears a black shirt and silver necklace.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Castlegar Chamber executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk

Tammy Verigin-Burk, Castlegar Chamber executive director, highlights some accomplishments of 2020 and challenges moving into 2021

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Michael Keefer owns three Kootenay companies, one in Rossland and two based in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Real Estate Michael Keefer: The story of a serial entrepreneur in the Kootenays

Michael Keefer, an exemplary entrepreneur, owns three green businesses in the Kootenays

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Technology What’s new with KAST? Round one winner of the Kootenay Pitch Competition and a tech survey

Nelson-based KAST held round one of its virtual Kootenay Pitch Competition on November 12

by Julie Matchett
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.

by Julie Matchett
Duane Nelson, Sparwood's 'Batman'.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Holy smokes Batman! Sparwood’s superhero swoops in for the win at Chamber Business Excellence Awards

Winners of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were announced on October 22.

by Julie Matchett
Heather Bodnarchuk, vice president of operations for Prestige Hotels and Resorts, has overseen the assessment process for Sustainable Tourism 2030 from corporate headquarters in Kelowna, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism Part 2: Sustainable Tourism 2030 has been embraced by the Prestige hotels in the Kootenays

Prestige Hotels and Resorts are business leaders with 7 “green” certifications from Sustainable Tourism 2030

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KEYSA sports facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook’s KEYSA multi-use sports facility almost ready for action

Located in Balment Park, the KEYSA sports facility will truly be a Cranbrook community venue

by Julie Matchett
Kate and Matt Murphy, along with their two children and dog
Business is blooming in Edgewater, B.C.

The owners of Columbia Valley Lavender in Edgewater have found creative ways to overcome the business challenges of 2020.

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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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Employee Shawn and owner of Kootenay Computer, Sebastiaan van der Horst.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Kootenay Computer runs its business a bit differently—hardwired for compassion

Kootenay Computer helps with the digital divide and picks up a Business-to-Business Excellence Award from the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

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Owner and staff outside Moody Bee in Kimberley's Platzl.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business It’s awards time! Nominate a deserving Kimberley business for excellence

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Business Excellence Awards

by Julie Matchett

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