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Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. Kyle enjoys writing in an engaging way as if you were having a conversation with him. He specializes in storytelling and isn’t afraid of asking the hard questions such as, “Where is your bathroom? I really need to go.” Kyle has held a variety of job titles through the years: radio announcer, voice actor, English teacher, delivery driver, missionary, wedding DJ, comedian and several other things that he may have forgotten because his memory isn’t always the best, which is why he writes things down. Kyle is from Abbotsford, B.C., but now lives in Cranbrook, B.C. with his super-amazing wife, Becky. They don’t have any pets because Kyle has allergies but if he sees you walking your dog he will stop and pet it because dogs are cool. 

Most recent articles by Kyle Born

Trey, Gentry, Jacquelyn, Noah and Padn Konkin sit on a couch in a wooden home.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business This reliable contractor has an award-winning reputation in Castlegar

Gentry Konkin, owner of PNT Contracting in Castlegar, B.C., runs an award-winning business with his family

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

Happy Gut water kefir is a live probiotic sparkling beverage.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Happy Gut on Dragons’ Den

Leeza Zurwick, owner of Happy Gut in Castlegar, B.C., will be on CBC’s Dragons’ Den on November 21, 2019

Darla Sparrow has sandy blonde hair and wears brown glasses.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Mandala Birth: a one-stop-shop for everything pregnancy and birth-related in Kimberley, B.C.

Darla Sparrow, owner and founder of Mandala Birth in Kimberley, B.C., has expanded her business as a doula

The facade of Rest Assured Kootenay Floats is triangular with many windows on its face. A rainbow climbs over the roof of the house with a darkened sky lingering in the distance.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business The only floatation therapy centre in the Kootenays is making waves

Daniel Messett, vice president and co-owner of Rest Assured Kootenay Floats in Castlegar, B.C., is looking to sail into the sunset

Michelle Rudell stands behind the counter in her store, Nelson Olive Oil.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Retail Nelson Olive Oil offers a different kind of tasting room

Since opening in June, the store has had very good food traffic in its downtown corner location

Kids line up in front of a big black bus and wave to the camera.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Bikes and Bytes empowers kids in Nelson to code and explore the great outdoors

Shirley Loi, community engagement manager for Traction for Good in Nelson, B.C., highlights the benefits of Bikes and Bytes

A wide angle shot of Castlegar from up on a mountain.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business 2019 Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

14 awards were handed out during the 2019 Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

The old Golden Visitor Info Centre is grey with wooden supports holding up an awning.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Retail The old Golden Visitor Info Centre has a new purpose

Derek Bannister, owner of Banner Recreation & Marine in Golden, B.C., is converting the old Golden Visitor Info Centre into a dealership and storage facility

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

(L to R) Kelsey Smith (longtime partner to son, Dalton) Bob Bullock, Raeanna Bullock (daughter), Dorthea Bullock (wife), Dalton Bullock (son) and Duke (granddog).
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Featured Stories Bob Bullock returns home

Bob Bullock, new owner of Cranbrook Hyundai, is transforming the location inside and out

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

Two children sit on a small orange tractor with sunshine piercing through a tree.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Small Business Cardinals flock to Creston to build their nest at Red Bird Estate Winery

Remi and Shannon Cardinal, owners of Red Bird Estate Winery in Creston, B.C., have started a ma ’n’ pa winery

A computer-generated rendering of the new Kootenay Lake ferry.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Nelson, Transportation A new electric-ready ferry is set to arrive on Kootenay Lake in 2022

Michelle Mungall, MLA of Nelson-Creston, highlights some of the features of the new ferry set to arrive on Kootenay Lake in 2022

The Nelson Innovation Centre is beige with a brown roof.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Trail is KASTing an innovative arm to Nelson

Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) is expanding its operations from Trail’s Metal Tech Alley to the new Nelson Innovation Centre

Lisa Aasebo-Kennedy is dressed up like a squirrel in front of an informational stand at a farmers market in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business There’s a new space to monkey around in Cranbrook

Lisa Aasebo-Kennedy, founder of the theatre company Creative Monkeys, offers classes at her new location in Cranbrook, B.C.

The Royal Alexandra Hall has a high, arched roof with wooden beams stretching across its ceiling. Bright, exquisite chandeliers hang low from up above.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook History Centre: Come for the sublime Royal Alexandra Hall, stay for the choo-choo train

Melissa Roberts, tour guide for the Cranbrook History Centre and Royal Alexandra Hall, recommends touring the trains, hall and dino fossils

A red wagon with a white linen roof holds passengers as two brown and white Clydesdale horses stroll through Fort Steele.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Travel through time to the 1800s at Fort Steele

Jasmine Beaulac, education co-ordinator for Fort Steele, encourages visitors to come and see this preserved 1800s gold mining town

Kootenay Gallery of Art has been showcasing art to the rural community of Castlegar for the last 40 years.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Tourism Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar has been showcasing art for the past 40 years

Maggie Shirley, curator and gallery assistant for Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar, B.C., highlights the historic gallery’s exhibitions and programs

Widened sidewalks are just one of the many upgrades that have been completed on Castlegar’s Columbia Avenue.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments Changes to Columbia Avenue in Castlegar are more than meets the eye

Stephanie Allen-Pelletier, communications director for MarWest Industries, highlights the completed updates on Columbia Avenue in Castlegar

Traction on Demand will be expanding its operations into the Legion building in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Traction on Demand is parking in Nelson

Greg Malpass, founder and CEO of Traction on Demand, is bringing his business home to Nelson, B.C.

Katie Jackson is the owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness Next Level Fitness has upped its game

Katie Jackson, owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C., has a bright new studio and fun, unique classes

Slocan City Suites tenants stand with 93-year-old Lydia Kania (in front), a formidable fundraiser for both Slocan City Suites and Passmore Lodge.
West Kootenay, Slocan, Developments How sweet it is: Slocan City Suites opens for seniors

Rita Moir, president of the Slocan Valley Seniors Housing Society, outlines the benefits of the new Slocan City Suites complex

Jinny Sims is the Minister of Citizens’ Services.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Technology Connectivity is key in the Kootenays

Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, details how the provincial government’s $50-million grant will benefit rural and Indigenous communities through B.C.

Hailey Troock is a Young Agrarian and land matcher for the Columbia Basin.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Small Business Missed connections: Farmer seeking farm

Hailey Troock, Young Agrarian and land matcher for the Columbia Basin in Nelson, B.C., connects farmers to farms across the Kootenays

“We yearned to provide intimate and life-changing safaris in the bush that mirrored our own experiences throughout Africa,” said Fannuel Nsingo, co-owner of Escape to Africa Safaris.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism Escape to Africa via Nelson, B.C.

Fannuel Nsingo and Colleen Chisholm, co-owners of Escape to Africa Safaris in Nelson, B.C., take small groups of travellers on intimate trips into Africa

The Sirdar Station Pub has undergone renovations but still maintains its historic charm.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Small Business Renovations 90 years in the making at the Sirdar Station Pub

Charly Harwood has (re)done it all at the Sirdar Station Pub

Maryann Puliz is the owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Strong is the new sexy at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar

Maryann Puliz, owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar, B.C., has combined kickboxing and crossfit into a stellar workout

Sean Campbell is one of the Top 10 Business People of 2019.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell, general manager of Community Futures East Kootenay in Cranbrook, B.C., has ushered in accessible entrepreneurialism

Charmaine Richter is one of the Top 10 Business People of 2019.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Charmaine Richter

Charmaine Richter, sales and marketing director of Copper Point Resort in Invermere, B.C., has taken Copper Point into the Top 10

(L to R) Todd and Jay Manton are the owners of Kokanee Mountain Zipline in Nelson and Mineral Mountain Ziplines in Fairmont.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, West Kootenay, Nelson, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Jay and Todd Manton

Todd and Jay Manton, owners of Kokanee Mountain Zipline in Nelson and Mineral Mountain Ziplines in Fairmont, are Top 10 Business People

Alicia Gray is proud to show off her 2018 Trail Chamber of Commerce awards for Emerging Entrepreneur and Business of the Year.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Top 10 Business People Alicia Gray

Alicia Gray, owner of Bombshack Apparel in Rossland, B.C., is blasting past expectations with her young business

Joey Christensen has set Yogi Berri Café’s foundation in concrete at a commercial location.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine Yo yo, Boo Boo, Yogi Berri ain’t movin’ anymore

Joey Christensen, owner of Yogi Berri Café in Trail, B.C., has more food options than a pic-a-nic basket

Milena Huebener (L) and Kyla Gent are the owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Furniture that Glows

Kyla Gent and Milena Huebener, owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere, B.C., rent vintage and modern lounge furniture for idyllic weddings and events

David Wilks is the mayor of Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood David Wilks maintains a clean community during his 2nd stint as mayor of Sparwood, B.C.

David Wilks, mayor of Sparwood, B.C., utilizes his diverse background of professions to better serve his municipality

North Coal’s Michel Coal Project is in the works in the Elk Valley.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Sparwood: There’s (even more) coal in them hills

John Pumphrey, president of North Coal in Sparwood, B.C., discusses what his company is up to with regards to the Michel Coal Project

CBK-X Winter Blitzville will take place in downtown Cranbrook on Baker Street from 4:30 to 8:30, culminating with a massive fireworks extravaganza.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Welcome to Cranbrook—a.k.a. Winter Blitzville

The best X Games snowmobilers in the world are coming to Cranbrook, B.C., on Family Day weekend for CBK-X Winter Blitzville

Brittney Dickson (on left) takes some women out for a ride during one of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills’ Ladies Sled Shred Camps.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Tourism A Golden business idea

Brittney Dickson, owner, lead instructor and coach for sled and touring camps at Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., teaches courses for women

“I have always loved fashion and vintage clothing,” said Zabrina Nelson, owner of Revival Boutique. She runs the store with her business partner and daughter, Madyson Hartwig.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business Revival Boutique has been rebirthed in Castlegar

Zabrina Nelson, owner of Revival Boutique, has moved her clothing store from Rossland to Castlegar

Ryan and Lea Martin are the owners of Marzano, a new Neapolitan-style pizzeria inside Best Western Baker Street Inn in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Small Business Marzano, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria inside Best Western Baker Street Inn, is a piece of Italy

Ryan Martin, owner of Marzano, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria inside Best Western Baker Street Inn, has brought Italian authenticity to the West Kootenay

A carpentry machine splits wood
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Forestry, Small Business Mobile Recovery Milling: Transforming rural woodlands into bountiful harvests

Darrin Brown, owner of Mobile Recovery Milling in Cranbrook, B.C., repurposes unused trees into useful lumber products

Emma Genest, outreach co-ordinator for Accelerate Kootenays, allowed curious Kootenay drivers the opportunity to test drive a Chevrolet Bolt BEV.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Technology, Transportation Accelerate Kootenays is transforming the landscape one charging station at a time

Emma Genest, outreach co-ordinator for Accelerate Kootenays, discusses electric cars, supply versus demand and the cost of saving the world

B.C. opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson shared his views on the upcoming referendum on electoral reform at the Cranbrook chamber luncheon at the Heritage Inn on September 19.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook The way we vote: Should things change or stay the same in B.C.?

Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. opposition leader, spoke about the province’s upcoming referendum on electoral reform at the Cranbrook chamber luncheon

Michelle Forbes, author of Viking Lullaby, reads her book to her son, Jack.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business A Viking lullaby

Michelle Forbes, a Kimberley, B.C., business owner, event organizer and now author, has written a children’s book called Viking Lullaby

John Harding stands on one of his ferries
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Small Business, Transportation Waterbridge Steel in Nakusp, B.C., is ferrying change over West Kootenay waters

John Harding, president and owner of Waterbridge Steel Inc. in Nakusp, B.C., is overseeing construction for four ferries to service B.C. waterways

(L to R) Brian Testo and Michael Dufresne of Grizzly Discoveries explore the Robocop project near Roosville, B.C.
East Kootenay, Mining Grizzly Discoveries explores near Roosville, B.C.

Brian Testo, CEO of Grizzly Discoveries, is exploring Robocop as a potential for a mine site near Roosville, B.C.

Rebekah Tebrinke stands in front of her business, PV Ranch Getaway, north of Grand Forks.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business, Tourism, 40 Under 40 Get away to this award-winning ranch

Rebekah Tebrinke, owner and manager of PV Ranch Getaway, north of Grand Forks, B.C., runs an award-winning business retreat in the backcountry

The Crockett Book Co. is a bookstore with a couple of display tables and stands in front of the store.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Follow the Trail of imagination to The Crockett Book Co.

Brad Crockett, president and owner of The Crockett Book Co. in Trail, B.C., has successfully brought his bookstore into the digital age

Ian Thomas stands next to his Cedar Taxi van
West Kootenay, Trail, Transportation Transporting Trail travellers

Ian Thomas, president and owner of Cedar Taxi Ltd. in Trail, B.C., has created a wheelchair-accessible taxi service

Dennis Djonlich is the owner of the Vogue Theatre in Fernie, B.C. (L to R) Junah, Cedar, Roxana, Dennis and Norah Djonlich.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Best of Business Fernie’s movie theatre is still in vogue

Dennis Djonlich, owner of the Vogue Theatre in Fernie, B.C., has brought the century-old theatre into the modern age