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Holly Tayal standing in front of Modern Purair sign.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Great earning potential led this entrepreneur to buy two Modern Purair franchises

Franchising in the Kootenays: Meet Hollie Tayal of Modern Purair

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Tom Thomson leans against a desk in the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Tom Thompson, executive director of the Nelson Chamber of Commerce

Tom Thomson, executive director of the Nelson Chamber, has been proactive in advocating for business support, including a Keep Us Open for Business campaign

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Wade Jarvis (L) and Trevor Semchuck standing in front of distillery equipment.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Kimberley’s newest distillery, Bootleg Spirits, proves that collaboration is key

Trevor Semchuck and Wade Jarvis are the business partners behind Kimberley’s newest distillery, Bootleg Spirits

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Co-working space with wood floors, row of tall chairs along window, plant in background.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Kootenay co-working spaces offer community and creative collaboration

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

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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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Andy and Sinead Britner stand behind Property Guys SOLD sign.
East Kootenay, Real Estate, Small Business An East Kootenay couple has found their perfect home as franchisees with PropertyGuys.com

Franchising in the Kootenays: Meet the Britners of PropertyGuys.com

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Owner of Glacier PhysioLab, Marie-Michelle Lafontaine
East Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Small Business This Golden physiotherapist put her dreams into motion

Marie-Michelle Lafontaine let nothing break her stride when she started Glacier PhysioLab in Golden, B.C. - and now she’s added bike-fitting to her services

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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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Earthy Organics farm with many plants growing on it
West Kootenay, Agriculture, Small Business It takes a village: This West Kootenay farm is on the right track

The owners of Earthy Organics in Fruitvale, B.C., are huge proponents of community-supported agriculture.

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Melinda Nealis and Kayla Carley standing in front of their farmers market booth.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Replenish, refill and recycle at this West Kootenay business

Based in Nelson, B.C., Melinda Nealis and Kayla Carley are the mother-and-daughter duo behind Replenish—The Kootenay Refill Store

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A lightweight backpacking tent  made by Durston Gear in Golden, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo, Small Business KORE—Canada’s first craft outdoor industry cluster is right here in the Kootenays

The Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise is helping Kootenay businesses design and build outdoor gear that rocks

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Veronica Roberge stands in front of a partially open closet, smiling into camera.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Mo’ Better Organized in Castlegar helps clients clear away clutter

Mo’ Better Organized assists clients by helping them organize their homes and lives

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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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Kelsey Gosse (Left) and Leah Pavlick (right) wearing Kootz Collective merchandise and pouring coffee into a mug
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business A side hustle that captures the Kootenay spirit

These sisters from Trail, B.C., decided to give back to their community through their Kootenay-inspired clothing company.

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Charmain Bibby smiles, wearing glasses and a blue shirt with red flowers. Mike Bibby carves into a piece of wood on a work bench.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business From oil rig workers in Africa to designers in Nelson, B.C., the Bibbys are ultimate entrepreneurs

Mike and Charmain Bibby, owners of Bibby Fine Interiors and Bibby Fine Furniture in Nelson, B.C., help people design their perfect home and work space

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Barrie Elliott is a successful Red Seal Chef and owner of the Fernie Catering Co.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Fernie Catering Co.’s food philosophy is rooted in seasonal, sustainable ingredients

Red Seal Chef Barrie Elliott and her team bring delicious, seasonally-inspired dishes to their catered events

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The owners of Track Street Growers standing in a field
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Small Business Track Street Growers has taken root in Revelstoke

Sarah Harper and Stu Smith bring the Revelstoke community together through the bounty of their harvest.

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Owner of Love and Lemons standing in a garden
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business When life gave her lemons, this entrepreneur built two successful Castlegar companies

Marie-Pier Dionne arrived in B.C. with a backpack, $100 and a dream—now she owns a bilingual daycare and aromatherapy line in Castlegar.

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Marloes Van Lent, leaning against wooden wall. There's a sign on the wall that says
East Kootenay, Golden, Financial, Small Business Day2Day Books in Golden cultivates efficiently-run businesses with cloud-based accounting services

Based in Golden, B.C., Day2Day Books is a highly experienced bookkeeping company

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Stacey Brensrud has long brown hair and wears a grey shirt and red scarf. She smiles in the photo. Snowy trees are in the background.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Stacey Brensrud, executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce

Stacey Brensrud, executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, highlights why Revelstokians have reason to be stoked for their city

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A blue sign that says Blue Canoe Orchards next to a box of cherries on a stump in the midst of a cherry farm.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Agriculture, Cuisine, First Nations , Small Business Creston’s new Blue Canoe Orchards is doing everything imaginable to put fresh cherries in YOUR hands

Trent Mason, Aboriginal owner of Blue Canoe Orchards in Creston, B.C., aims to distribute fresh cherries throughout the Kootenays

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Shawna Bryant has black-rimmed glasses and dyed blonde hair.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Shawna Bryant, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce

Shawna Bryant, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce, highlights accomplishments of the past year and issues to address in the future

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coworking space in Fernie, BC
Small Business Fernie’s new coworking space is a gift to the business community

2nd Edition Coworking offers a quality workspace rental opportunity in Fernie’s historic downtown area.

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Daniel Holden smiles, wearing black-rimmed glasses and a salt and pepper beard.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Daniel Holden, general manager of the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Holden, general manager of the Kimberley Chamber, has implemented a variety of necessary changes to bolster Kimberley’s presence

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Derrek Kittson stands in front of his business, Central City Shoes.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Castlegar Chamber President Derrek Kittson

Derrek Kittson, President of the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce, is excited about a new Chamber building and upgraded infrastructure on Columbia Avenue

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Adrian and Lara McCormack
Cuisine, Small Business Fairmont’s famous mountain kitchen emerges stronger than ever

The owners of From Scratch in Fairmont Hot Springs are responding to COVID-19 by growing and pivoting their business.

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(From L to R), Hannah Baker, Stacey Smith and Meagan Savaia are the faces behind Kettle Down, a niche clothing brand that celebrates the Kootenays.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, Tourism 12 small businesses that design and create unique Kootenay-inspired clothing

Find uniquely home-grown Kootenay clothing, wearables and gear from these 12 local businesses

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Patrick and Loie Robertson standing beside vinegar barrels.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Small Business An artisan vinegar maker in Fernie, B.C., is part of the slow food and slow travel movements

Based in Fernie, B.C., Robertson Estate Wine Vinegar produces the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar that is sought after by top chefs

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Kieran Poznikoff holding a piglet.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Animal Care, Cuisine, Environment, Small Business Ki Mana Acres Farm found its niche in pasture-raised meat in the Kootenays

Ki Mana Acres Farm near Creston, B.C., is a model for regenerative agriculture and meeting the demand of discerning consumers

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Jeremiah Woods standing in front of row of VW vans.
East Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Gettin’ groovy at this Golden, B.C. campground outfitted with vintage VW vehicles

Jeremiah Woods is the owner of a large fleet of VW vehicles and now he’s created a campground in Golden, B.C., to share his love of the iconic brand

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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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Eric Ridington looks out his glider canopy window to see a huge snow-covered mountain in front of him.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism Kokanee Soaring Adventures has taken flight in Nelson

Eric Ridington, owner of Kokanee Soaring Adventures in Nelson, B.C., offers glider tours over Kootenay Lake and Kokanee Glacier

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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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Erin Robertson and Dennis Lavoie are the owners of Kootenay Microgreens, an urban farm in Cranbrook that specializes in growing and selling microgreens.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Cranbrook-based Kootenay Microgreens is sprouting roots in the region

Erin Robertson and Dennis Lavoie are the urban farmers behind this new startup superfood business

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Michele Dupas standing in front of shelf full of arts and paintings.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Fanciful fine ceramics and artisan offerings at Dupas Designs in Procter

Michele Dupas is the imaginative owner of Dupas Designs and Gallery 229, located in the old Procter, B.C., schoolhouse

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Sarah Dinsdale, Marketing & Revilization Coordinator for the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Small Business One-on-one with Sarah Dinsdale of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is increasing its staff to accomplish more projects

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Venessa Loubert and Perry Dzuris, owners of Arcane Coda in Salmo, B.C.
West Kootenay, Salmo, Small Business Arcane Coda in Salmo lets you wear your heart on your sleeve

This cutting-edge, Salmo-based clothing company has a backstory as rich as its fashionable creations.

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Helen Barron smiles. She has long curly brown hair and wears a white shirt.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business One-on-one with Helen Barron, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

Helen Barron, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, highlights new programs implemented amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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Kyle Hamilton wearing VR mask.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Technology Serial entrepreneur Kyle Hamilton of Fernie now tackles industry safety training

Sucre Interactive Technologies in Fernie, B.C., uses virtual-reality technology for immersive safety training in mining and other high-risk industries

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Cam Shute holding ski bindings.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology Nelson’s Dark Horse Innovations is owned by a product development consultant in the outdoor industry

Dark Horse Innovations in Nelson, B.C., is a new B2B business in the outdoor product development industry

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Karen Kornelsen, organizer of the Kootenay Pitch Competition, said there is growing interest in these tech sector events and hopes to make them an annual event.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Technology Pitch competitions for our tech sector have arrived in the Kootenays, thanks to KAST

The Kootenays’ first-ever pitch competition for the tech sector was organized by KAST and attracted 25 entrepreneurs vying for valuable prizes

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Chris Legler, CEO and founder of Axios Growth Consultants. Standing and smiling, wearing dark grey suit.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Former Sony executive launches Business Growth Consultancy in British Columbia

Axios Growth Consultants provides growth and optimization guidance and solutions to help businesses scale for success

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Chris Policar and Ryan “Butter” Karl stand in front of a sign that reads The Station Pub.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business New owners and a new look—The Station Pub in Invermere is BACK!

Chris Policar and Ryan “Butter” Karl, new owners of The Station Pub in Invermere, B.C., have major upgrades in the works for their restaurant

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Team at Elk Valley Precision & Cab Inc. in Sparwood, taken in industrial shop.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood’s Elk Valley Precision & Cab Inc. are masters of fire and steel

A custom fabrication and welding shop, Elk Valley Precision & Cab provides services to Sparwood and area businesses

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Heritage house painted yellow and green, housing the Slocan Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Silvery Slocan Museum.
West Kootenay, Slocan, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Emma Beaton, manager of the Slocan Valley Chamber of Commerce

Emma Beaton, manager of the Slocan Valley Chamber of Commerce, has seen an uptick in people and businesses moving there since the pandemic

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Close up shot of Kathryn Henry holding a bouquet of flowers.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Seed-to-vase movement is flowering in Kimberley, B.C., with Ritual Gardens

The seed-to-vase movement is blossoming in Kimberley, B.C., in Ritual Gardens with locally-grown, sustainable cut flowers

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Beth Campbell, owner of Viva Cacao, holding up a bar of her chocolate.
West Kootenay, Slocan, Cuisine, Small Business Chocolatier scales up Viva Cacao from little Slocan to across B.C. and beyond

Chocolate alchemist Beth Campbell of Viva Cacao in Slocan, B.C., has advice on scaling up a small business

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