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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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Meraki Mechanical staff in outdoor group photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business 13 distinctions via digital at Cranbrook Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards

The winners were celebrated a little differently this year at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.

by Julie Matchett
Brittney Dickson sits on her snowmobile while looking at her laptop in the mountains.
East Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Tourism Take a COVID-safe avalanche safety course to get set for winter

Brittney Dickson, owner of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., is bringing avalanche safety training online

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(L to R) Brad Brown, Emma Foyle, Jenn Wood, Petri Raito, Ryan Arnaud, Nate Miles, Hayden Hamming and (second row in front) Ryan Macdonald.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Cuisine, Small Business Rossland Beer Company: Here for a good time

Petri Raito, co-owner and COO of Rossland Beer Company, explains why locals choose to chill in their lounge

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Jackie Miles, owner of CityScout
East Kootenay, Golden, West Kootenay, Small Business What is a “relocation concierge” and why did one just move to Golden, BC?

A relocation concierge, CityScout offers personalized service to help make a move easier

by Julie Matchett
C. Lee Smith is CEO of SalesFuel, a sales intelligence firm in Columbus, Ohio.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Retail, Small Business 1 in 12 salespeople are toxic troublemakers: Here’s how to avoid hiring one

Hire Smarter, Sell More: An interview with book author C. Lee Smith on hiring top sales staff

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Welcome to Fernie sign.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Nominate a deserving Fernie business for this year’s Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Fernie Business Excellence Awards are open until September 7

by Julie Matchett
Ground Floor Co-Working space showing stairs and upstairs offices.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Seven Kootenay co-working spaces (and one on the horizon) offer community and creative collaboration

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

by Julie Matchett
Kootenay Pitch Competition graphic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Small Business, Technology Have a technology-based idea? The Kootenay Pitch Competition is your chance to turn it into reality

Entrepreneurs and startups are invited to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges at the first-ever Kootenay Pitch Competition

by Julie Matchett
Mandi Lunan sits on the floor wearing an apron while working on her laptop.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Small Business Need guidance? Hire a food business coach!

Mandi Lunan, food business coach, is bringing her expertise to the Kootenays in Warfield, B.C.

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(L to R) The owners of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap—Fred Williams and Jesse Roberts.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Pandemic predicament: 5 Tips to help Kootenay business owners survive and recover

Jesse Roberts, co-owner of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap in Cranbrook, B.C., offers advice on how to reopen business during COVID-19

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Cailey Chase feeds one of her goats
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Kimberley, Agriculture, Animal Care, Environment, Small Business Hire goats for environmentally friendly weed control from Vahana Nature Rehabilitation

A trip of goats are trained as targeted grazers for a unique business: Vahana Nature Rehabilitation in Ta Ta Creek, B.C.

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Close-up of frozen yogurt with colourful toppings.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Summertime heat got you beat? Head to Twisted Peaks Frozen Yogurt—the coolest spot in Cranbrook

A new store in downtown Cranbrook is turning up the coolness factor with their frozen yogurt treats

by Julie Matchett
Whiskey-keg and bottle of Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery product.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Raise your spirits (and a glass) at these Kootenay distilleries

Explore this list of distilleries from across the Kootenay region

by Julie Matchett
A digital vending machine.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology Vending machines are getting a major facelift thanks to SMRT1 Technologies in Nelson

Terry Van Horn, CEO of SMRT1 Technologies in Nelson, is looking for investors for their new SMRT1 POD touch screens

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Kootenay Park Lodge is an old wooden building in nature.
East Kootenay, Small Business, Tourism Kootenay Park Lodge has been persevering through adversity for nearly a century

Greg Chatelain, co-owner of Kootenay Park Lodge in Vermilion Crossing, B.C., has kept his business alive and well through forest fires and COVID-19

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Inside of new Nelson Innovation Centre, showing tables and chairs.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology Nelson Innovation Centre brings tech community together

Born out of a desire to connect connect tech companies, innovators and entrepreneurs with the support they need, the Nelson Innovation Centre is now open.

by Julie Matchett
Lane Roger, Dave Roger, Tenley Roger, Easton Roger, Stephanie Roger, Brenda Scott, Jody Scott, Brielle Scott, Shayna Scott, Austin Scott, Owen Scott.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Agriculture, Small Business Cool climate? No problem. Arrow Lakes Valley grows its first winery.

Jody Scott, co-owner of Valley of the Springs Winery in Nakusp, B.C., has created the Arrow Lake Valley’s first winery

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Hairstylist Kellie Wolf styling a client's hair.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Wolfy’s Hair Den is open and fixing COVID hairdos in Kimberley

Pandemic bad haircuts and lessons learned by Kellie Wolf, owner of Wolfy’s Hair Den in Kimberley

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Medals adorn six bottles of spirits on a patio table.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Small Business Wynndel Craft Distilleries creates award-winning spirits in Creston Valley

Pat Meerholz, co-owner of Wynndel Craft Distilleries in Creston Valley, B.C., handcrafts award-winning brandy, gin, rum, vodka, liqueur and schnapps

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A glass and growler full of beer on a table with Erie Creek Brewing Company’s logo on the front.
West Kootenay, Salmo, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Beer from Salmo’s new brewery is as natural as the water it’s made from

Colin Hango, owner of Erie Creek Brewing Company in Salmo, B.C., has created a family-owned and -operated nano brewery and lounge

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Downtown Revelstoke, including a statue of a bear.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Revelstoke

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Revelstoke

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Downtown Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Trail

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Trail

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A bridge in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Nelson

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Nelson

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The Columbia River runs through Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Castlegar

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Castlegar

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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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Downtown Creston has lots of shrubbery.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Creston

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Creston

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A plate of food with vegetables.
West Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in the West Kootenay

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support across the West Kootenay region

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A sandwich on a plate.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in the East Kootenay

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support across the East Kootenay region

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The platzl in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Kimberley

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Kimberley

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Cranbrook’s brick clock tower and Baker Street.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Cranbrook

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Cranbrook

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Graphic showing a small business owner.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Shop local and celebrate small business

Local businesses form the heart of any community. Has a local business gone above and beyond? Tell us about it.

by Julie Matchett
Smiling young man behind counter.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business Columbia Basin Trust program expansions offer assistance to struggling small businesses

Low-interest loans, wage subsidies and tuition funding are among the support measures being offered to the region’s businesses and residents.

by Julie Matchett
The Kootenay Filter Inc. team. (L to R): 
Front row: Rick Arnett, Judy Kress, Kyle Downey
Middle row: Morgan Rawick, Paras Chouhan, Mark Shukin, Marco Gerhardt
Back row: Bryan Richardson, Matt Phillips, Kyle Grattan
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Technology From Can-Filter’s ashes, Kootenay Filter breathes fresh air in Nelson

Marco Gerhardt, co-owner of Kootenay Filter in Nelson, B.C., discusses how Can-Filter layoffs led to Kootenay Filter’s creation

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All Seasons Cafe patio area and cafe, lush landscaping.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business A bevy of business opportunities for sale across the Kootenays

As eclectic as Kootenay communities are, there are also a wide range of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs

by Julie Matchett
The word “ugly” is spray painted on a wall.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook’s “ugly” graffiti problem is being eradicated by a local crusader

Lynn McIntosh has made it her mission to remove all graffiti from buildings in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Joel Godbee, smiling into camera.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, Salmo, Trail, Small Business Trendy colours through the paintbrush of Paradise Painters

Joel Godbee of Paradise Painters in Nelson summarizes the latest trends in the paint industry

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Erika Krest smiles for a photo.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Combat COVID with BINGO

Erika Krest, executive director for the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce, is promoting #thinklocalfirst Bingo to encourage local shopping

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Mike Sherwood, owner of Sherwood Shuttle Services, kneeling beside his vehicle.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Sherwood Shuttle Services serves up smiles to those in need

Mike Sherwood provides shuttle service with a smile to low-income residents and seniors in Castlegar

by Julie Matchett
Kirk Ismay, wearing striped blue and white shirt.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology Secure by Design makes sense of the internet

This award-winning internet service provider keeps the Kootenays connected

by Julie Matchett
(L to R) Kelley Deon, Tim Brodesser, Ian Comishin, Elie Houde, Jonathan Ladouceur and Jim Ziemlanski are all part of the Twente Additive Manufacturing team in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Small Business, Technology 3D concrete printing will disrupt the construction industry, says owner of TAM

Ian Comishin, president of Twente Additive Manufacturing in Nelson, B.C., is printing homes for the Kootenays and beyond

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Morgan Turner wears an aqua-coloured shirt with a red baseball cap.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Morgan Turner Photography in Cranbrook: Creating images with intent

Morgan Turner, owner of Morgan Turner Photography in Cranbrook, B.C., specializes in commercial and advertising photography

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Two people shaking hands across a table, laptops are on table as well.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business, Technology Are you a small business or start-up looking to raise capital? This virtual info-session may help

The B.C. government is hosting a free webinar to answer questions about free trade and the province's Small Business Venture Capital program.

by Julie Matchett
Coraley Letcher and Dave Thomson smile next to each other.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business How construction companies are continuing amidst COVID

Coraley Letcher, co-owner and manager of 5 Gen Construction in Fernie, B.C., explains how COVID-19 has impacted operations

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Jessica Kazemi smiles for a photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Meet the new Cranbrook Farmer’s Market manager

Jessica Kazemi, the new manager of the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market, is excited to lead the market into the future

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A child runs towards a building.
East Kootenay, Developments, Small Business Columbia Basin Trust outdoor revitalization projects moving forward

This summer, eleven communities will be creating or reinvigorating outdoor public spaces through Columbia Basin Trust

Woman sitting on couch looking at laptop.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business, Technology Talk business with a tech expert on BC Virtual Connection Day

Adaptation is the new keyword for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Julie Matchett

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