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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

by Julie Matchett
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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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

by Julie Matchett
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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Group shot of employees at Tratech Mechanical Ltd. in Creston
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Creston business builds a solid foundation to stand on

Unprecedented growth is forcing businesses to rework their business models

by Julie Matchett
Nicole Corbo standing with a plate of donuts.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business Invermere’s Alpenglow Superfood Bakery creates donut deliciousness

Alpenglow Superfood Bakery uses ingredients that are organic, wholesome and nutrient-dense, yet still delicious

by Julie Matchett
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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Jackie Rhind.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness, Small Business Positive or negative: Revelstoke-based company Ovry aims to end pregnancy test stigma

Ovry is a brand of affordable, high-quality pregnancy and ovulation tests available for online purchase.

by Julie Matchett
Chandler Lang standing beside truck.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Transportation Entrepreneur Chandler Lang in Revelstoke has big plans for his small-town delivery service

Entrepreneur Chandler Lang has national aspirations for his Revelstoke Delivery platform

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Amanda Mary laughs while wearing a dress in front of an orange bridge in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Brand photographer Amanda Mary—the Kootenay’s new hype girl—has arrived in Nelson

Amanda Mary, owner of Amanda Mary Creative in Nelson, B.C., uses her photography to help businesses build confidence in their brand

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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 of Two Birds Deli
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business The owners of Two Birds Deli in Cranbrook have spread their wings

Maraih Tarasoff and Marina Stropky started off as high school friends at Mount Baker, and ended up being well-matched business partners

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Mason and Sophie Denis, owners of Backwoods Sauna.
West Kootenay, Salmo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business A Backwoods Sauna is a perfect experience gift for those you love in the West Kootenay

Here’s a new idea from Backwoods Sauna in Salmo, B.C.: A rental and mobile wood-fired sauna

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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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Aleitha Harvey smiles in front of her sign for her restaurant, Ella’s.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business A taste of Jamaica has touched down in Cranbrook

Aleitha Harvey, owner of Ella’s restaurant inside Best Western Cranbrook Hotel, has created an authentic Jamaican experience in the Kootenays

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Valley of the Springs is our region’s newest winery.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Wineries are sprouting up in the cooler Kootenay climate

The Kootenays are an emerging wine region in B.C. Here’s a list of the 7 Kootenay wineries—and 1 meadery

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Aerial view of Dock N Duck pub.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Top 10 unique businesses for sale in British Columbia’s Kootenay region

Check out these 10 unique businesses currently for sale in the Kootenay market.

by Julie Matchett
Kris Eliuk has black-rimmed glasses, a stubbled face and a grey Yoshi hat.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business This hometown Cranbrook entrepreneur fidgeted and spun his way to success

Kris Eliuk, owner of Yellowday Energy in Cranbrook, makes functional metal art, including flashlights, high-end fidget spinners, patches and bottle openers

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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.

by Julie Matchett
Carpenters throw their hard hats in the air in front of a log building.
East Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Small Business This intrepid teacher is building log homes while training the next generation of carpenters

Dave Stonehouse, founder of the BC School of Log Building and owner of Stonehouse Woodworks in Golden, B.C., is teaching the next generation of carpenters

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Zan Comerford smiles while kicking her leg up to open the door to her business, Liteworks Marketing.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business International marketing agency sets up shop in Nelson’s downtown

Zan Comerford, founder of Liteworks Marketing, has officially opened the doors to her brick and mortar boutique agency in downtown Nelson, B.C.

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Photo of person sitting on rock
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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Facundo Mandalari and Dar Jmayoff opened Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro with a tagline of “Heal all those that you feed.”
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Owners of the Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro believe in the healing power of food and place

Viibrant Earth Cafe and Bistro is a welcomed boutique eatery in the tiny community of Canal Flats, B.C.

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Luz Hernandez and her four children smile while hugging each other.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business Feel the warmth of Mexico in the mountains at Su Casa Authentic Mexican Kitchen

Luz Hernandez, owner and chef of Su Casa Authentic Mexican Kitchen in Windermere, B.C., runs her restaurant with her four children

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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

by Julie Matchett
Candice Klapp at Farmers Market stall.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Klapp Farm Jam Shop in Elkford delivers sweetness of all kinds

One lady’s incredible jam journey in Elkford, B.C. started with pina colada

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Amy Orlando, owner of the Revelstoke Sugar Shack, holding a bowl of ice cream
Cuisine, Small Business Pleasing taste buds and touching hearts

The owner of the Revelstoke Sugar Shack is a promoter of smiles and sweet gestures in an otherwise difficult time.

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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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Image showing two business people.
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

by Julie Matchett
The owners of The Valley Voice, Jan McMurray and Dan Nicholson which bundles of newspapers.
West Kootenay, New Denver, Slocan, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Valley Voice fiercely defends the diverse voices of these West Kootenay communities

Dan Nicholson and Jan McMurray, owners of The Valley Voice in New Denver, B.C., have faithfully contributed to the West Kootenay’s media diet for 17 years

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Tammy Verigin-Burk is white with long black hair and wears a black shirt and silver necklace.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Castlegar Chamber executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk

Tammy Verigin-Burk, Castlegar Chamber executive director, highlights some accomplishments of 2020 and challenges moving into 2021

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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.

by Julie Matchett
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.

by Julie Matchett
Brad Parsell sits at his desk next to a binder, a phone and a computer.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Tourism The Work in Fernie initiative is attracting much-needed workers from outside the region

Brad Parsell, executive director at the Fernie Chamber, is enticing out-of-town workers with a diversity of careers and lifestyle opportunities available

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Employee Shawn and owner of Kootenay Computer, Sebastiaan van der Horst.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Kootenay Computer runs its business a bit differently—hardwired for compassion

Kootenay Computer helps with the digital divide and picks up a Business-to-Business Excellence Award from the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

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Owner and staff outside Moody Bee in Kimberley's Platzl.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business It’s awards time! Nominate a deserving Kimberley business for excellence

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Business Excellence Awards

by Julie Matchett
Sonya Pope wears a black hat.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Health & Wellness, Small Business Make common sense common again with Life Essentials First Aid in Nelson

Sonya Pope, owner and instructor of Life Essentials First Aid in Nelson, B.C., is an ambassador for water safety and basic first aid skills

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Couple sitting in Backroads Brewing Company.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business 16 thirst-quenching Kootenay craft-beer breweries to check out

Find award-winning beers at these local Kootenay area breweries

by Julie Matchett
Eve Duke smiles for a picture.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Education, Small Business Selkirk Performance coaches business leaders to manage themselves and others

Eve Duke, business coach and founder of Selkirk Performance in Revelstoke, B.C., helps refine and align businesses

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Lucas Jmieff with Ginia Jmieff in the mountains with their four-year-old daughter.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Mountain Art Photo brings the beauty of the Kootenays inside

Lucas Jmieff, co-owner of Mountain Art Photo and Publishing in Nelson, B.C., specializes in landscape/adventure photography and canvas photo wall art

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