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Evan Berry, energy conservationist for the City of Cranbrook, takes a ride in the City’s first electric vehicle.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Technology, Transportation The City of Cranbrook gives the green light to its first electric vehicle

The City of Cranbrook begins its fleet transition to EVs with the purchase of its first electric vehicle

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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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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Technology What’s new with KAST? Round one winner of the Kootenay Pitch Competition and a tech survey

Nelson-based KAST held round one of its virtual Kootenay Pitch Competition on November 12

by Julie Matchett
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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Electric vehicle charging station.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Regional districts score sustainability award with Accelerate Kootenays project

Three Kootenay regional districts recognized for Accelerate Kootenays initiative

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 Eight 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
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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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
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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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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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
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
Five workers pose with face shields outside of Austin Innovation.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business, Technology Austin Innovation expands face shield production efforts to fit other first responders

Mary Austin, CEO of Austin Innovation, is organizing COVID-19-specific personal protective equipment in Trail, B.C.

Child standing in front of electric car.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Technology, Transportation Kootenay Carshare Cooperative has gone electric

The Kootenay Carshare Cooperative now rents EVs and lets you rent your own EV out for a profit

by Jean-Marc La Flamme
Close up of inside of metal printer.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology First 3D metal printer in rural Canada arrives at MIDAS Lab in Trail

The 3D metal printer is big news in the Kootenays as having access to a machine of this kind will be felt throughout every local industry and sector

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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Company booth at a trade show.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology Metal Tech Alley company scores $1.5 million in funding to kickstart product expansion

Fenix Advanced Materials will grow the newest and coolest semiconductor

by Julie Matchett
Kids line up in front of a big black bus and wave to the camera.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Bikes and Bytes empowers kids in Nelson to code and explore the great outdoors

Shirley Loi, community engagement manager for Traction for Good in Nelson, B.C., highlights the benefits of Bikes and Bytes

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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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Person browsing the internet on a laptop.
East Kootenay, Technology Online Portal Seeks to Test Internet Connectivity Performance Across the Basin and Boundary

The online testing portal is designed to measure internet connections speeds and get a better understanding of current broadband services

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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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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Emplyees from D-Pace.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial, Technology Nelson’s D-Pace picks up $1 million contract and congrats from BC Minister of Technology

Owner and founder Morgan Dehnel started his D-Pace company more than two decades ago, in 1995.

Group shot of Eagle Graphite employees.
West Kootenay, Technology Kootenay-based technology could expand clean vehicle range

Eagle Graphite will produce silicon/graphite battery anodes using its quarry in Passmore

Students lined up in front of computers.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Selkirk College responds to need in Tech Sector with new program

A new Selkirk College program aims to prepare learners for a rewarding career vital in the foundation of tech

Jessica Nordlander, the new vice president of operations at Thoughtexchange in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Rossland, Technology Welcome to the Kootenays, Jessica Nordlander

An ex-Googler with an MSc in Applied IT has taken the reins of Rossland's Thoughtexchange.

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The Nelson Innovation Centre is beige with a brown roof.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Trail is KASTing an innovative arm to Nelson

Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) is expanding its operations from Trail’s Metal Tech Alley to the new Nelson Innovation Centre

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Aerial view of flooding in the community of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Technology RDKB launches new emergency alerting system

Residents can register for emergency alerts delivered by smartphone app, email and voice or text to landline or cell

Jessica Nordlander, new Vice President of Operations at Thoughtexchange.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Sweden’s most innovative leader joins Thoughtexchange as VP of Operations

Jessica Nordlander joined Thoughtexchange to scale her passion for innovating leadership and find work-life balance a small mountain town

The Burton Community Assocation Community Hall.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Community buildings get energized

16 energy-wise projects are supported with over $650,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

Little girl dressed in pink using a computer.
East Kootenay, Golden, Fernie, West Kootenay, Slocan, Financial, Technology Public spaces add state-of-the-art technology

Nine communities receive over $613,000 from the Trust’s Community Technology Program

From left, RDCK Area H director Walter Popoff, Silverton Coun. Leah Main, Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims, Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, Slocan Mayor Jessica Lunn and Nakusp Mayor Tom Zeleznik.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Improving internet access for people in the Kootenays

26 rural communities in the Kootenays will be getting improved high-speed access to the internet

Traction on Demand will be expanding its operations into the Legion building in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Traction on Demand is parking in Nelson

Greg Malpass, founder and CEO of Traction on Demand, is bringing his business home to Nelson, B.C.

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Tom Zeleznik was elected mayor of Nakusp in October 2018.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Technology Nakusp to get connected

The announcement of funding for high-speed Internet opens new possibilities for economic development for Nakusp.

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Trucker crossing bridge in B.C., Highway 16, (Robson River Bridge),  and uses ELD.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Electronic Logging Devices add efficiency to Hours of Service compliance

Electronic Logging Devices allow drivers to track their hours of service easily while out on the road.

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Jinny Sims is the Minister of Citizens’ Services.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Technology Connectivity is key in the Kootenays

Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, details how the provincial government’s $50-million grant will benefit rural and Indigenous communities through B.C.

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Wayne Stetski, NDP Member of Parliament for Kootenay – Columbia.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology MP Wayne Stetski calls for more funding for rural internet and wireless

Stetski called on the government to substantially increase its investment in rural connectivity in the 2019 budget saying, “rural Canadians deserve no less.”

Logo for Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc., with picture of small town in Kootenays.
West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Technology Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. acquires Lang Business Systems

Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. is B.C.’s largest independently owned and operated office equipment sales and service organization

Selkirk College alumnus Alexandre Landry
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Selkirk College GIS Alumnus soars in new career

A geospatial analyst for Nelson’s Harrier Aerial Surveys, Landry is part of a team that provides high-precision surveying

Mark Laver is the economic development manager in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Castlegar steps into the future

In Castlegar, the seeds of economic development, career inspiration and opportunity are planted early and deep.

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Members of the Selkirk College facilities team—(L-R) Mike Geisler, Melanie Perepolkin, Ron Zaitsoff and Pauline de Grandpre—check out the new Chevrolet Bolt which has been added to the college fleet.
West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Technology, Transportation Selkirk College ushers in electric vehicle age

The new Chevrolet Bolt is 100 per cent electric and the estimated cost for operating the vehicle annually is less than $500.

Group of students looking at display of Mobile Terrestrial LiDAR unit.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Selkirk College provides closer look at LiDAR Data Collection Tools

Selkirk College hosted a demonstration day that put focus on the latest tools used for geospatial data collection.

Adrian Bergles is the chief administrative officer of Canal Flats
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Health & Wellness, Retail, Technology Growth and opportunity in Canal Flats

The economic recovery in Canal Flats presents exciting opportunities to shape the future of the village and the Columbia Valley.

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Green Roads Recycling asphalt machine.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Technology, Transportation Green Roads Recycling is an industry leader in road recycling—celebrating 30 years in business

Using Green Road innovative technology, HIPAR roads cost less, last the same amount of time and reduce our carbon footprint by more than 50 per cent.

Picture showing office area with people working on computers.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Financial, Technology Rossland’s Thoughtexchange raises $4M to fuel growth

Thoughtexchange has evolved into a two-way experience platform used by millions of people across many industries.

A photo published by Mexico Now, of workers at Pacific Insight's Monterrey, Mexico production facility
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Pacific Insight will close its Nelson facility as production shifts to Mexico

Pacific Insight will move their production to a company-built facility in Monterrey, Mexico

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