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Large group of 'Tractionists'.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Native son of Nelson builds booming global business—Traction on Demand—on the back of Salesforce

One of the Best Workplaces in Canada and with phenomenal growth, Traction on Demand shows that doing good is good for business

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Co-working space with wood floors, row of tall chairs along window, plant in background.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Kootenay co-working spaces offer community and creative collaboration

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

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Brad Pommen rides a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle over an orange bridge in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Catching up with Brad Pommen, Nelson’s motorcycle-riding tech founder behind SMRT1 Technologies

Brad Pommen, President of SMRT1 Technologies in Nelson, B.C., explains how to come up with a useful product and bring it to the marketplace

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Dave MacLeod, CEO of ThoughtExchange
West Kootenay, Rossland, Education, Technology A world-class, Kootenay-based company: ThoughtExchange’s beginnings and phenomenal growth

With CEO Dave MacLeod at the helm, ThoughtExchange in Rossland, B.C., has seen 1,000 per cent year-over-year use of the tech platform

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Dave MacLeod, CEO of ThoughtExchange
West Kootenay, Rossland, Education, Technology Dave MacLeod, CEO of ThoughtExchange, has amassed collective intelligence to write a leadership book

A new book by CEO of ThoughtExchange Dave MacLeod, Scaling Conversations: How Leaders Access the Full Potential of People, is a goldmine of insights

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Mario DiBella has light white hair and wears a grey shirt.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Technology Kootenay entrepreneur’s specialization led to Martech’s business growth and spin-off companies

Mario Dibella, owner and president of the Martech Group of Companies in Castlegar, B.C., discusses how his company has maintained unprecedented endurance

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Two people touching a screen on a smart vending machine.
East Kootenay, Elkford, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Nelson-based start-up SMRT1 Technologies launches crowd-investing opportunity

SMRT1 specializes in convenient and cutting-edge intelligent vending machine technology

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Close-up of Vanessa Terwoort.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Rossland, Environment, Mining, Technology Vanessa Terwoort describes her rewarding career in industry and encourages others to follow suit

Women can have fulfilling careers in industry, according to Vanessa Terwoort, Director, Environment, Mercer Celgar

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Kendra Johnston is the president and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration.
Education, Environment, Mining, Technology The Association of Mineral Exploration leads through change

Kendra Johnston, CEO of AME, likens the Canadian mining and energy conferences to family reunions because of the meaningful relationships developed during camp

by Timothy Fowler
Kyle Hamilton wearing VR mask.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Technology Serial entrepreneur Kyle Hamilton of Fernie now tackles industry safety training

Sucre Interactive Technologies in Fernie, B.C., uses virtual-reality technology for immersive safety training in mining and other high-risk industries

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Cam Shute holding ski bindings.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology Nelson’s Dark Horse Innovations is owned by a product development consultant in the outdoor industry

Dark Horse Innovations in Nelson, B.C., is a new B2B business in the outdoor product development industry

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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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

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(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.

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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

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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

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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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