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Cranbrook, Nelson, Small Business, Technology International expert to address project “scope creep” in upcoming seminars

Scope creep is the expansion of project requirements, as the project is being completed.

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Nelson, Retail, Small Business Trends for tots

Mompreneur award nominee Janet Skolka is bringing adorable children’s fashions to Nelson with her store, Jilly bo Billy Boutique.

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Nelson, Small Business Nelson entreprenuer nominated for “MOMpreneur” award

Jilly bo Billy Boutique has undergone massive changes and overcome many challenges in 2012.

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Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism Planning a corporate business event

Event co-ordinator Meta Yee-Lim offers five tips on how to plan a great corporate business event.

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Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Master Butcher in Kimberley

Originally from Germany, Uwe Gwinner specializes in quality European meats and offers fresh, preservative-free products.

by Lisa Crane
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Cranbrook, Small Business Plan your event

Based on the number of event planning courses available online and in classrooms across the country, it would seem that most of us have at least a few things to

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Kimberley, Small Business, Technology Q & A with Kimberley software developer James Swansburg—a finalist in a major Google contest

Uber Weather, developed by Kimberley’s James Swansburg, is a finalist in the 2012 Google Places API Developer Challenge Contest.

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Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Technology Bumblebee Toys is pleasing kids and parents throughout the Kootenays

The online toy shop based out of Nelson, B.C., has a unique product with an engaging online presence.

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Nelson, Forestry, Mining, Small Business, Tourism High quality at High Terrain Helicopters

Steve Benwell is the owner and founder of High Terrain Helicopters, a Kootenay company that has been in operation for 20 years.

by Lisa Crane
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Creston, Small Business, Technology A nuts-and-bolts business

Ridgeline Fasteners has its administrative office in Creston, B.C., and its distribution centre in Calgary, Alberta.

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Castlegar, Retail, Small Business Find children’s clothing at Kootenai Child

Kootenai Child, a children's clothing store, is opening in Castlegar, B.C.; owner Lawrence Sithembu is originally from South Africa.

by Lisa Crane
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Small Business Longtime Winlaw independent bookstore to close its doors

Jennie Ash will close the doors of Jennie’s Book Garden for the final time on December 24, 2012.

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Education, Small Business Business boost

If you have a micro-business (a company that employs less than five people), you may be eligible for the Micro-Business Training Pilot Program.

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Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Capture memories

Trekkerz Photo Works & Visual Arts Inc. is a new business in Cranbrook owned by Dale and Karen Fletcher.

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Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Bumble Tree expansion

Megan Lescanec of Bumble Tree sells children's clothing and other needed items as well as maternity wear

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Castlegar, Nelson, Trail, Small Business Find ’em and keep ’em

A number of West Kootenay Best of Business employers share their team-building strategies.

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Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Technology Creative Cartolina

Cartolina, owned by Nelson resident Fiona Ricards, is an inspiring greeting card and paper products company that has developed creative designer iPhone apps.

by Lisa Crane
Cranbrook, Small Business Clean cars, clean paws

Victoria Ave. Car and Pet Wash has opened its doors in Cranbrook, headed up by local entrepreneur Kurt Swanson.

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Cranbrook, Small Business The fresh face of Petro Canada

Brian Son is a partner and manager of the Petro Canada station in Cranbrook, and landlord to six tenant businesses

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Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Music is their medium

Keon Chung and Terry Lamarche have diverse backgrounds and a new partnership in Just Music in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Now you see him … now you see him again

1st Impressions applies corporate and team logos to athletic wear for immediate recognition.

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Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Up from the ashes

Trade Your Treasures Consignment came into being four months after Campbell Consignment burned down

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Invermere, Small Business Championing the Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley regional chamber gives strong support to local businesses under executive director Susan Clovechok

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Cranbrook, Education, Small Business B.C. jobs available in many sectors

The provincial Job Fair held at College of the Rockies and 23 other locations in B.C. offered opportunities for work and work qualification

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Fernie, Small Business See art created before your eyes at Clawhammer

Michael Hepher and his wife, Anie, run Clawhammer Letterpress & Gallery, the only letterpress in Western Canada that operates in full view of the public.

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Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Farewell and welcome

After 12 years as owner of Lotus Books, Joanne Bellanger has sold the store to Erin Dalton.

Nelson, Retail, Small Business Tribute Boardshop is a leader in passion for the ride

Shane Johnsen, owner of Tribute Boardshop, talks about his passion for snowboarding and the love for his business.

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Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook chamber initiatives

The Cranbrook & District Chamber of Commerce supports local businesses and residents with five initiatives, including a survey allowing businesses to clearly identify their challenges.

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Cranbrook, Small Business Committed to growing Cranbrook

Karin Penner loves her job as manager of the Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce. She has been in that position for 29 years and has seen a lot of growth in the business community.

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Fernie, Small Business Fernie’s Loaf Bakery opens spacious new location

Fernie's Loaf Bakery is now open in a new location in downtown Fernie.

Invermere's newest business, the Arrowhead Brewing Company.
Invermere, Small Business Brewing up success in Invermere

One of Invermere's newest business, namely the Arrowhead Brewing Company, has been up and running since early this spring.

Entek Painting and Decking. Terry Lind.
Trail, Small Business Words of wisdom from a successful entrepreneur

Entek Painting and Decking was founded in 1990. Owner Terry Lind talks about being an entrepreneur and what makes his long-standing business successful.


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