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Graphic asking how COVID-19 is affecting your business.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business How is COVID-19 impacting your business?

Businesses across the Kootenays are stepping up to help their fellow citizens—share your business story.

Packaging and product of Seedz Crackers.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook’s crackers have healthy Seedz worth snacking on

Mal Paterson, owner of Seedz Crackers in Cranbrook, B.C., discusses why her snack is compelling for people with food allergies

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The facade of Kimberley City Bakery is architecturally of Bavarian design.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Real Estate, Small Business Catching up with Kimberley’s award-winning bakers

Eric and Michelle Forbes, owners of Kimberley City Bakery, are closing and selling their business

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Distant view of Wandering Fern mobile cafe.
East Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Caffeine meets adventure at the Wandering Fern Café

The Wandering Fern Café in Golden can help make your event memorable and fun

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Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast is a large brown house with many windows and colourful trees in the yard.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Tourism So you want to run a B&B? Follow these 7 suggestions

Gladys Goss-Laing, owner of Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Cranbrook, outlines what it takes to run a successful B&B

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Owners of Pealow's Your Independent Grocer, Brian and Julia Pealow
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Did Creston’s foodies pick the Creston Chamber awards?

The Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out 11 awards at its annual Business Awards gala

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The faces behind Kettle Down, a niche clothing line in Grand Forks, B.C. From left to right: Meagan Savaia, Stacey Smith & Hannah Baker.
West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Kettle Down settles down in Grand Forks

Fuelled by a love of fashion and a passion for their community, three local businesswomen create Kettle Down, a unique clothing brand

by Julie Matchett
Two women high-five while sitting across from each other at desks.
East Kootenay, Golden, Small Business Get going to Golden’s new Go-Lab Co-working Space

Marloes van Lent, founder and owner of Go-Lab Co-working Space, has created a collaborative location for entrepreneurs to gather in Golden, B.C.

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Two men are standing in front of an exterior door to a building. They are Rob Stacey (L) and Lukas Armstrong, principals of Cover Architecture.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business Several Nelson businesses are auspiciously on the move

Nelson business roundup: Here’s the latest news

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(L to R) Kieran O’Grady, Donna Schwartz, Kimberly Earl, Felicia McKenzie and Sheila Neidig work at Java Creek Café inside Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business REALM can help you fill job vacancies in the Kootenays with intellectually disabled people

Kerry Taylor-Johnson, co-managing executive director of REALM, discusses their recent success at Java Creek Café in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Stacey Goldade, owner of Sparrow Hair in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Salute to an environmentally sustainable salon in Fernie

Sparrow Hair in Fernie joins forces with Green Circle Salons, a North American-wide recycling and sustainability program that aims to reduce salon waste

by Julie Matchett
The front of Tailout Brewing is beige with maroon accents and a brown roof.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Small Business Castlegar’s new spot to down a brewski and hang with friends: Tailout Brewing

Hedin Nelson-Chorney, owner of Tailout Brewing in Castlegar, B.C., has created a new community hangout

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A head shot of Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Improving your insurance options at RHC

With 9 branches in the Kootenays, RHC Insurance is going wide by joining Hub International Insurance Brokers

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Nikki Luxton smiles while holding the handle of the door to enter Studio Bronze.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Get your glow on at Studio Bronze in Castlegar

Nikki Luxton, owner of Studio Bronze in Castlegar, B.C., provides tanning after work and on weekends

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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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Darla Sparrow has sandy blonde hair and wears brown glasses.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Mandala Birth has doulas in Kimberley

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

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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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.
East 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.
East 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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