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Smiling Erika Krest, executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Community-motivated leader at Trail chamber

“The online resources are amazing when it comes to small business, but nothing replaces the feel of a community.” —Erika Krest, ED, Trail chamber of commerce

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Anna Lamb is the co-owner of Pro-Fitness, and is one of our 2019 influential women in business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Anna Lamb is an influential woman in the Kootenays

Anna Lamb works with her family to make their Cranbrook gym welcoming and customer-oriented.

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Monte Smith, owner and operator of Brown Dog Contracting, on site at one of his projects
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Best of Business Applauding Brown Dog Contracting

Clients of Brown Dog Contracting appreciate the team’s professionalism, patience and beyond-expectation results.

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Cole, Melanie, Chris and Courtney Sutherland, with a Sutco truck
West Kootenay, Salmo, Forestry, Small Business, Transportation, Best of Business Sutco cares for its people

Sutco Transportation Specialists is recognized as an industry leader for best practices in human resources, focusing on workplace safety and work/life quality.

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Melanie Joy, Golden resident and owner of Fly in the Fibre, brings Canadian-made goods and fibre-filled fun to the Kootenays.
East Kootenay, Creston, Retail, Small Business Fly in the Fibre offers the comforts of coffee and crafts

Melanie Joy, owner of Fly in the Fibre, has brought fibreworks, crafting and coffee to new heights with her award-winning business.

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Bona Fide, in Golden, B.C., supplies locals (and online customers) find quality gifts for their feminine family members and friends.
West Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Bona Fide in Golden, brings a big city feel

Morgan Jmaiff’s new business offers locals Canadian-owned brands, locally-made vendors and access to eco-friendly companies.

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Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle, is a professionally trained seamstress who works to repair customers’ well-loved items to their former glory.
West Kootenay, Golden, Environment, Small Business Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., gives your gear a second life

Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., offers clients a chance to repair and restore their well-loved outdoor gear.

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Dan Rothon, owner of Coyote Indie Books, in his store
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business Coyote Indie Books, for the love of reading

For great reads, gifts and writing support, prowl through Coyote Indie Books in Grand Forks, B.C.

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Lynn Hiscoe offers connection, compassion and community in the Creston Valley through her new business, emPoweredlives.
East Kootenay, Creston, Health & Wellness, Small Business Social entrepreneur starts a new business in the Creston Valley

Lynn Hiscoe seeks to empower lives through her new business based in the Creston Valley

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Kristin Parsons speaks enthusiastically about the Cranbrook chamber's upcoming events
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook chamber creates meaningful connections

The energy that Kristin Parsons brings to her role as executive director of the Cranbrook chamber has fueled new supports for the business community.

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Tim Termuende of Eagle Plains Resources enjoys a sunny moment before heading into his office building
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business Thriving in the lean years

Despite an extended bear market, Eagle Plains Resources continues to acquire properties and attract attention in the big leagues.

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Shawn Bethune, executive director of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce, is winter-ready in his toque, full beard and winter gear.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business New ED for Golden, B.C., chamber

Shawn Bethune is adding his support to province-wide efforts to alleviate the critical shortage in rental housing.

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Head shot of Kristin Parsons, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and board member of the B.C. Chamber Executive
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Kristin Parsons joins board of BCCE

Kristin Parsons, the executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, is supporting businesses throughout B.C.

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A black-and-white headshot of Chelsea Boyd Gibson
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Chelsea Boyd Gibson is an entrepreneur twice over

Kimberley’s Chelsea Boyd Gibson came back home to run two businesses, Meadowsweet Photography and Meadowsweet Yoga & Wellness.

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Katherine Spring is standing next to an examination table where she serves her clients.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Katherine Spring truly cares

Katherine Spring started her company, Arch Allure Microblading, from scratch and has been warmly welcomed by the Cranbrook community

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Tanya DuBois is standing in front of a piano, stretching one leg behind her and raising one arm in the air.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Influential Women in Business This musical career came naturally for Tanya DuBois

Tanya DuBois offers group and private piano lessons in Invermere, where she emphasizes having fun with her students.

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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 headshot of Paul Bowolin
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial, Small Business 25 years of helping people plan their future

Nelson Family Financial Services is celebrating 25 years of close relationships

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Darcy Wanuk is wearing one of her creations, a jean jacket with swaths of added cloth.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Small Business Darcy Wanuk repurposes old textiles into funky, fun clothes for women

Darcy Wanuk started stitch + cloth Ecodesigns in Kimberley, B.C., to reconstruct old textiles into funky women’s clothing

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Jon Wedel of Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jon Wedel pushes limits

Crazy ideas, pushing limits and working under pressure are common elements for the team at Flex Commerce.

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A headshot of Christina Chalifour with a blue knitted scarf around her neck.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Knitting is the new yoga

The Knitty Gritty shop in Kimberley can get you started on a new, healthy hobby

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Samantha Gernhart
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, Technology Bringing clarity to work and life

Samantha Gernhart is an influential woman in business in her community of Invermere, where she works at Copper Point Resort and runs a home-based business

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Shawna L’Heureux, owner of Zen Mountain Float + Wellness, was an Influential Woman in Business award winner in 2019.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Shawna L’Heureux restores the Kootenays one float at a time

Shawna L’Heureux, owner of Zen Mountain Float + Wellness in Kimberley, is an expert in all things skin. She’s also one of Kootenay Business’s 2019 Influential

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A Unifab tradesman wears protective gear to meet welding safety standards.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Unifab: fabulous fabricators

Unifab Industries of Grand Forks celebrates 20 years in the steel fabrication industry with continuing innovations.

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Judy Banfield of Nelson, in a garden
West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Judy Banfield listens

Judy Banfield of Nelson has long been a source of support and influence for people at their most vulnerable times: infancy, youth, parenthood and advanced age.

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Kitchen design showroom for Spruced Kitchens
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Building the heart of the home

Caralee McKinney’s kitchen design business in Nelson is built on her design aptitude, skills and strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

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Magnified piece of flake graphite
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Mining, Small Business, Transportation Clean energy from Eagle Graphite

Eagle Graphite, near Nelson, has been granted $290,000 from the Province of B.C. to support the development of improved electric vehicle batteries.

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Lilina Lysenko holds a congratulatory bouquet and a certificate recognizing her as a 2019 influential woman in business
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Everyday law, exceptional lawyer

Through her law firm, Lilina Lysenko helps West Kootenay residents solve everyday—and sometimes exceptional—legal questions and issues.

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Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff, along with daughter Shawna.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Castlegar businesses reap the rewards at the annual Chamber of Commerce Excellence awards

Castlegar businesses came together on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate their achievements at the annual Excellence awards

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

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Imogen Whale of Revelstoke
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Imogen Whale informs and influences

Imogen Whale, publisher of The Revelstoke Current, is a lover of reading, writing, Revelstoke and her family—not in that order, of course.

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Colourful storefront of Kootenay Virtual Reality
East Kootenay, Creston, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Virtual reality has a home in Creston

The virtual reality experience is a new entertainment option in the Kootenay region thanks to Kootenay Virtual Reality in Creston, B.C.

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Front of Columbia Auto & Radiator Service in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Auto repair shop takes old-fashioned approach with “treat your customers right” motto

"We want to be a good, old-fashioned automotive shop that treats people fair,” said Brandon Black, head of the Powerstroke Diesel division

Lucas Roach drawing on a piece of paper
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Making the magic happen in Kimberley, B.C.

Lucas Roach of Big Magic Design is proud to serve Kimberley clients.

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Smiling Megan Lescanec at Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Bumble Tree puts down new roots

Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials has found its forever home in a bright new location on 10th Avenue in Cranbrook, B.C.

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(L to R) Kristy Jahn-Smith of Cranbrook Tourism, Kathy Cooper of Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Paula Amos of Indigenous Tourism BC and Richard Porges, Destination BC.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism A wide-angle look at tourism

A four-member tourism panel presented information about trends, opportunities and challenges in the Kootenay tourism industry.

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Man wearing a puffy vest and checkered shirt using a tablet.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Education, Small Business Growing your business with FTAs — Presentation & Networking event

Join us to hear how to boost your export opportunities - free events held in Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson

Woman holding a cup of coffee and smiling into camera.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business New Coffee House and Bookstore Opens in Cranbrook

Kootenay Grounds Cafe and Bookstore is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at 16D 11th Avenue South in Cranbrook.

Jeremy and Felicity Youngward standing in their music store, with row of guitars behind them.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Retro Sound and Collectibles puts nice spin on music store

Retro Sound and Collectibles has an eclectic selection of music related merchandise — everything from posters, CD's and vinyl records to musical instruments

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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The inside of Lane & Meadow in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook gains a Lane & Meadow

Theresa Kostiuk’s boutique-style shop carries a wide range of home decor, gifts and seasonal items for Cranbrook shoppers.

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Executive director Pete Bourke and visitor centre supervisor Sarah Miller of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, beside the chamber sign on Highway 93/95
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Leading the Columbia Valley chamber

The board of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes Pete Bourke to the position of executive director.

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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.

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.

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Paul Denchuk and Meredith Hamstead are standing together in front of a home.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business thinkBright Homes: A lighter touch on the planet

thinkBright Homes, based in Invermere, B.C., is at the cutting edge of the green building industry

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Female flag person, Theresa Clarke, in high-visibility gear, with a D&B Flagging truck behind her
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation D&B Flagging: 100 per cent Ktunaxa owned

Nupqu Development Corporation and ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises recently joined forces to acquire D&B Flagging and Traffic Control.

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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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Castlegar's Downtown Shell - Benson Oil, showing fuel truck at station.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Castlegar’s Downtown Shell – Benson Oil Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The busy and popular stop with the motoring public is celebrating 30 years in business and recently held an open house for staff and customers.

An artist's rendition of the future renovations planned for Cover Architecture's new building.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Small Business Cover Architecture plans move to new building in the Fall of 2019

The brick building, which will become Cover’s new home, is located at the south entrance to Nelson’s developing Railtown commercial neighbourhood

The two owners, Petra and Tiffany Ware, are standing in their store with body care products on shelves behind them.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Your nose knows the difference in natural body care products

Petra Naturally in Cranbrook, B.C., expanded to offer even more natural bath and body products and loose teas

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