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The West Kootenay EcoSociety accepts the award for Business of the Year. Pictured are (L to R) Audry Durham, board member; Alyssa Taburiaux, Trail outreach co-ordinator; Natasha Edmunds, community organizer; and Trail councillor Paul Butler.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business Sustainability—and beer—were on tap at the Trail chamber Business Excellence Awards

The Trail and District Chamber of Commerce handed out 11 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony

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Jeremy and Sarah Smith and their three children in their store.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Unique Creston furniture store has an eye for design

Dombelltay Custom Furniture specializes in live-edge wood furniture and products

by Julie Matchett
Close-up shot of Ahmed Elmaddah
East Kootenay, Elkford, Retail, Small Business Why a pharmacist immigrated to Canada and how he ended up in Elkford

An open storefront and a pharmacist’s calling leads to the award-winning Elkford Drug Store

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Ian Benson of Bears Paw Contracting
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Elkford chamber appreciates its own during Business Awards 2019

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce handed out five awards at its annual Business Awards gala

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Riki Unrau smiles.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Kootenay author lets down her (bug-filled) hair

Riki Unrau, children’s author and owner of Soul Bird Studio in Cranbrook, B.C., has released a new book, Bethany Blair and the Bugs in her Hair

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Karen Kornelsen wears a hat and sunglasses with a black coat in front of a blue lake in the woods.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology How to build your brand: Be authentic

Karen Kornelsen, owner of KG Creative in Nelson, B.C., helps market female entrepreneurs and nonprofits in the Kootenays

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Shade Sails Canada staff is passing out bags from their second company at their Dragons’ Den appearance in October.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Environment, Retail, Small Business Vibrant and stylish bags are created by the Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C.

The Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C., is creating upscale, upcycled bags of all sizes and shapes

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Rows of cupcakes in a clear container.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Crumbs Cakery & Cafe cruises down the highway to Sparwood

A fixture in Fernie for the past four years, popular eatery Crumbs Cakery has relocated to Sparwood

by Julie Matchett
Brian Pealow, owner of Pealow's grocery store, stands in the produce aisle.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Creston chamber awards are all about that local food

The first-ever Business Excellence Awards by the Creston Chamber of Commerce celebrated the area’s local food culture in many categories

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Four staff of Alopex Couriers stand in front of one of their fleet vehicles, a black car with the company's name in white letters on the side of the car.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Foxy Alopex Couriers trotting into the Kootenays

Expect swift service from Alopex Couriers, named after the Arctic fox and expanding with more trucks in the Kootenays and a new warehouse in Castlegar

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Amy Keonen sitting outside at table.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business Community connection for women in Castlegar

Her HQ is a unique women-centred co-working and personal growth space in downtown Castlegar

by Julie Matchett
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

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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

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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

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Brydon Roe, Anne Murphy and Graham Harper are holding a black shade with an image of a dragon on it on Dragons’ Den on October 17.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Kootenay company sails to victory on Dragons’ Den

Shade Sails Canada is making waves and lots of shade sails in Revelstoke

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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

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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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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

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Scenic view of Kimberley, BC.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley chamber awards excellence for 2019

The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce handed out 16 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

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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

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(L to R): Tanya Malcolm, Ground Floor community manager; Tammy Morrison, CFEK senior administrator; Layla Lye, CFEK client account manager;  Keri Sanderman, CFEK investment fund manager; Sean Campbell, CFEK general manager.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Makerspace at Ground Floor Coworking

Help create a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs

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Outside of Buffalo Trails Coffee House, showing signs in window that they are moving.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston’s Buffalo Trails Coffee House on the move

Buffalo Trails will be taking over the former location of the Break in Time Cafe in Creston

David Bonk, CEO, HomeFree Living was able to take his sustainable housing initiative to the next level thanks to research conducted by College faculty researcher Becky Pelkonen (centre), and overseen by Gaby Zezulka, Chair, Academic Innovation and Applied Research.
East Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business College of the Rockies providing new round of research assistance

For-profit enterprises in the East Kootenay region with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible for up to $5,000 in research assistance

Red Mountain’s Nowhere Special hostel front entrance in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Best of Business Nowhere Special Hostel is a haven away from home

The Nowhere Special Hostel in Rossland, B.C., is a unique new version of the traditional hostel ideal, and is one of our 2019 Best of Business winners.

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Caliper Machine & Hydraulics owner Mike Hambalek (left) and Troy Ross, Caliper GM, are shown here with some of the heavy equipment that comes to them for repair.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business Exciting expansion at Caliper Machine

Caliper Machine took a big step in 2019, investing in a second shop, almost tripling its workforce and planning more expansion on the City’s industrial land.

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Group of young business people in casual meeting.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Celebrating business dreamers

The Business Development Bank of Canada sponsors Small Business Week in late October, shining the spotlight on the changing face of entrepreneurship

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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, Creston 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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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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