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Venessa Loubert and Perry Dzuris, owners of Arcane Coda in Salmo, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business Local businesses promote Kootenay-inspired apparel

Find uniquely home-grown Kootenay clothing, wearables and gear from these local companies

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Retail, Small Business Business owners: What is the most important page on your website? (Hint: it’s not your home page)

Learn the six features that your web page needs to convert visitors into buyers

by Kerry Shellborn
Andrea Legg holding a cup of tea and smiling
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business From acrobatics to aromatic tea: How Virtue Tea in Nelson was born

Imagine two members of Cirque du Soleil finding love and running off to start a business in the Kootenays.

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Desiree smelling a white flower wearing a white dress
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Retail, Small Business Stepping out of her comfort zone and starting a business in Sparwood

Desiree Markewich found herself reinvented by flowers, and she wants to pay the joy forward.

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Exterior shot of the Backroads Brewing Company, pink blossom trees in foreground.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Retail All in the loop at Backroads Brewing Company

The circular economy may be a buzzy-sounding term but at this Nelson brewpub, participating in it is an obvious benefit to the company and the community.

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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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Owners of Happy Hills Farm standing in greenhouse with kids.
West Kootenay, Trail, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Trail’s 2021 Business Excellence Awards celebrated in style

Twelve custom hand-painted awards were handed out at this year’s Business Excellence ceremony

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Deirdre Howard wearing a yellow beekeepers suit
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business Bolstering the bees and benefiting the Creston community

Catching up with Deirdre Howard, proud beekeeper and owner of Pure Honey Products in Creston.

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Owner of Kootenay Made Co., Leanne Hawkins at her store with a customer.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business When it comes to Kootenay-crafted merchandise, Leanne Hawkins has it made

The owner of Kootenay Made Co. in Trail shines her light on local artists and artisans, promoting their products in her brick-and-mortar shop.

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Hedin Nelson-Chorney smiles while leaning against a vat.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business Castlegar’s young brewer snags two prestigious awards

Hedin Nelson-Chorney, owner of Tailout Brewing, highlights how his business won Castlegar’s Young Entrepreneur Award and Green Award

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Stacy Batchelor (left). Allie Bruni (centre) and Kristin Olsen (right) fill out the team of co-owners of Fable Book Parlour.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Books, music and community come together in one special business in Revelstoke, B.C.

More than a bookstore, Fable Book Parlour fosters music, cookies and community in Revelstoke, B.C.

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Grant Sharam and Jim Cunnington sitting on eTrikes
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Retail, Small Business, Transportation Keeping the Kootenays up to speed with eco-friendly electric trikes

Grant Sharam and Jim Cunnington saw the need for affordable, accessible, green transportation—leading them to start eTrikes Canada in Kimberley.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Technology Our top 10 thought leaders of 2021 from KootenayBiz

KootenayBiz has chosen our top 10 thought leaders of 2021

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Group photo of Business Excellence Award winners.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Columbia Valley Chamber celebrates 22nd annual Business Excellence Awards

The 22nd Annual Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards were held on November 18, 2021.

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Barbara Ross at the bar in the Burton City Cider tasting room
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Tourism Living a farmsteader’s dream come true in Burton, B.C.

The owners of Burton City Cider produce Kootenay-made cider, honey and other quality products using environmentally conscious methods

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The owner and two managers of the Huckleberry Mountain Market standing behind a counter
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Retail, Small Business Christina Lake employer retains satisfied staff despite a widespread B.C. worker shortage

The owner of Huckleberry Mountain Market stepped up and rewarded his staff with $30,000 in bonuses after a grueling COVID summer.

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Rendition of Canal Flats sign.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Financial, Retail, Small Business Canal Flats, B.C., wants your business to move there

Canal Flats, B.C., wants to grow its population and is offering a tax break to businesses that relocate to this small East Kootenay town

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interior of Barks and Recreation, with pet supplies on various racks
West Kootenay, Trail, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Artistic animal lovers open a pet centre in Trail that does it all

The owners of Barks and Recreation pooled their talents to forge a comprehensive pet service and supply company.

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(L to R) Corinna Robinson, Mike Robinson and Christel Hagn stand in front of the Morchella Market building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Morchella Market & Cafe: Cranbrook’s newest addition to the local “hidden-gem” collection

Morchella Market & Cafe is bringing a farm fresh feel to grocery shopping downtown Cranbrook, accompanied by the fully renovated co-working space upstairs

by Karrigan Folvik
Jared Williams stands in front of Northstar Bicycle Co., a lime green building in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Bikes and coffee—what could be a better Kootenay combo?

Jared Williams, manager of Northstar Bicycle Co. in Cranbrook, B.C., has adapted his love of bicycles and coffee into a popular Kootenay Business

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Interior of Frisky Whisky Tapas Lounge, showing bar area and three art-deco style lights above bar.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Financial, Retail, Small Business Kudos to Creston’s 2021 Business Excellence Award winners

11 awards were handed out at this year’s virtual Creston Business Excellence Awards gala

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Jeff Davie (up front in the middle with a black hat), his wife, Monica Davie (behind Jeff, wearing a blue shirt), and the team at Kaslo Building Supplies pose for a group photo.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Retail, Small Business Commitment to customer service: Kaslo Building Supplies owner Jeff Davie leads the way

Jeff Davie, second-generation owner of Kaslo Building Supplies, describes how exceptional customer service leads to longevity

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Dragons' Den stage with logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business These 9 Kootenay business entrepreneurs dared to take on the Dragons’ Den

Some had success, some didn’t, but these 9 brave Kootenay business people all faced down the Dragons’ Den

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Deborah Achleitner (L) and Sarah Albertson (R), co-owners of the Nelson Stitch Lab, standing in store.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business These artists are woven into the fabric of Nelson, thanks to the Nelson Stitch Lab

Nelson, B.C., is overflowing with sewists, thanks to the enthusiastic owners/teachers of the Nelson Stitch Lab

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Laura Price smiles wearing a pink shirt.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business Scout Clothing in Nelson is persevering through the pandemic by connecting with customers online

Laura Price, owner of Scout Clothing in Nelson, B.C., is showcasing how small retail shops can offer an excellent online shopping experience

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Downtown Grand Forks
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business Grand Forks, B.C., is filling up its vacant retail spaces via a unique economic development idea

Downtown revitalization in Grand Forks, B.C., was led by a unique five-week initiative

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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 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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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.

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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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(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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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.

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Meraki Mechanical staff in outdoor group photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business 13 distinctions via digital at Cranbrook Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards

The winners were celebrated a little differently this year at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.

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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

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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.

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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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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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