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Letty Bartel, owner of Otter Books, stands in front of bookshelves holding a large stack of books.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail Read ’em and reap: A list of West Kootenay bookstores

If you’re a devoted bookworm, you’ll love the varied selection of new and used bookstores across the Kootenay region

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A football is on its end on a football field next to a photo of Mark McLoughlin smiling.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Field goals to finance: How Mark McLoughlin went from Stampeders standout to Kootenay Savings CEO

Mark McLoughlin, all-star CFL kicker, is the new President and CEO of Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Trail, B.C.

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Overview of Trail, showing two bikers in foreground of photo.
East Kootenay, Golden, Creston, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Environment These Kootenay communities have made a clean energy commitment

Thirteen communities across the Kootenays have now made a commitment to 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.

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Owners of Happy Hills Farm standing in greenhouse with kids.
West Kootenay, Trail, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Trail’s 2021 Business Excellence Awards celebrated in style

Twelve custom hand-painted awards were handed out at this year’s Business Excellence ceremony

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Thomas and Ash Hodgson standing by table.
West Kootenay, Trail, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business All their roads led to opening Kootenay West Distilling in Trail, B.C.

For Thomas and Ash Hodgson, a lifetime of chronic entrepreneurship has led them to becoming the Kootenays’ newest distillers.

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Jacomien van Tonder, the director for Metal Tech Alley, was recently presented with the Global Green Business Award’s Best Eco-Friendly Battery Metal Producer. She wears a purple shirt and stands on a bridge over frozen water in Trail. B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Energy, Technology Global Green Business Award goes to Metal Tech Alley in Trail, B.C.

Jacomien van Tonder takes Trail, B.C., to the world stage as the only presenter from a rural community in North America at ​​World Circular Economy Forum

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Children standing under an arts installment at night
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, Revelstoke, Salmo, Trail, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism Festivals in the West Kootenay bring fun, friendship and smiles

Uniting in a shared experience like a festival helps to forge community connections, fun and new friendships

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Owner of Kootenay Made Co., Leanne Hawkins at her store with a customer.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business When it comes to Kootenay-crafted merchandise, Leanne Hawkins has it made

The owner of Kootenay Made Co. in Trail shines her light on local artists and artisans, promoting their products in her brick-and-mortar shop.

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West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Real Estate Nelson, Castlegar and Trail see record growth with new housing and commercial developments

From much-needed affordable housing to new commercial builds and upgrades, West Kootenay cities are seeing record growth.

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interior of Barks and Recreation, with pet supplies on various racks
West Kootenay, Trail, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Artistic animal lovers open a pet centre in Trail that does it all

The owners of Barks and Recreation pooled their talents to forge a comprehensive pet service and supply company.

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Melinda Nealis and Kayla Carley standing in front of their farmers market booth.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Replenish, refill and recycle at this West Kootenay business

Based in Nelson, B.C., Melinda Nealis and Kayla Carley are the mother-and-daughter duo behind Replenish—The Kootenay Refill Store

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Kelsey Gosse (Left) and Leah Pavlick (right) wearing Kootz Collective merchandise and pouring coffee into a mug
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business A side hustle that captures the Kootenay spirit

These sisters from Trail, B.C., decided to give back to their community through their Kootenay-inspired clothing company.

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Formerly the location of the Union Hotel, this site will be the future home of a Dairy Queen restaurant and will bring 45 full- and part-time jobs to the city.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality DQ treats—and new jobs—are coming to Trail, B.C.

A new Dairy Queen Grill and Chill restaurant will occupy the old Union Hotel property in Trail, B.C.

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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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Katie Yuris holding Business Excellence Award
West Kootenay, Trail, Real Estate Katie Yuris of All Pro Realty in Trail, B.C., has a hockey player’s approach to work and life

Katie Yuris of All Pro Realty in Trail, B.C., won Business Person of the Year from the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

Staff at the Trail WorkBC Centre.
West Kootenay, Trail The WorkBC Centre in Trail is ready to help, just not face-to-face

The WorkBC Centre in Trail opened at an opportune time—rising unemployment in the COVID-19 epoch

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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

The West Kootenay EcoSociety accepts the award for Business of the Year. Pictured are (L to R) Audry Durham, board member; Alyssa Taburiaux, Trail outreach co-ordinator; Natasha Edmunds, community organizer; and Trail councillor Paul Butler.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business Sustainability—and beer—were on tap at the Trail chamber Business Excellence Awards

The Trail and District Chamber of Commerce handed out 11 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony

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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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Smiling Erika Krest, executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Community-motivated leader at Trail chamber

“The online resources are amazing when it comes to small business, but nothing replaces the feel of a community.” —Erika Krest, ED, Trail chamber of commerce

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Airplane taxiing on tarmac, with airport worker marshalling plane.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial, Tourism, Transportation Government of Canada investing in safety at the Trail Regional Airport

Well-maintained runways, taxiways and aprons ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets

An artist’s depiction of what the new affordable housing apartment building will look like in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments These 5 Kootenay cities are getting more affordable

Mark Brunton, Columbia Basin Trust senior manager, highlights the benefits of the Trust’s contributions to affordable B.C. housing

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Group of Columbia Valley region recipients.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Financial Strong, vibrant communities are good for everyone

The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is excited to announce the distribution of more than $57,000 in new grants

Lilina Lysenko holds a congratulatory bouquet and a certificate recognizing her as a 2019 influential woman in business
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Everyday law, exceptional lawyer

Through her law firm, Lilina Lysenko helps West Kootenay residents solve everyday—and sometimes exceptional—legal questions and issues.

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Students in the Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning and Forestry Programs restore reptile habitat at the Silver City Trap Club.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Environment Selkirk College students participate in community-based restoration

A group of 50 students spent two days restoring habitat on the banks of the Columbia River for the Silver City Trap Club

Man wearing a puffy vest and checkered shirt using a tablet.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Education, Small Business Growing your business with FTAs — Presentation & Networking event

Join us to hear how to boost your export opportunities - free events held in Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson

CEBC is BC’s clean energy industry association that represents 135 members.
West Kootenay, Trail, Environment Clean Energy BC delves into the Kootenays

The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting their spring conference Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail, BC from June 4th – 6th.

The Aqanttanam Housing Society in Cranbrook will be developing a new apartment building that will include 39 units.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Financial More affordable housing options coming soon

The Trust supports five projects with $1.5 million to build 118 new units

40 under 40 logo with
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Trail, Golden, Grand Forks 40 under 40: The West Kootenay/Boundary list

Meet the West Kootenay and Boundary region nominees for our 40 under 40 list.

A branch of Kootenay Savings.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Trail-based Kootenay Savings issues $746K in profit sharing dividends to members

With corporate offices in Trail, Kootenay Savings is a member-owned financial co-operative with eleven branches throughout the Kootenays

David Perehudoff is the chief administrative officer for the City of Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Taking care of business—and more—in Trail

“We’re trying to identify evolving priorities and advance the interests for the overall prosperity of the area,” —David Perehudoff, CAO, Trail

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Owners of Maglio Building Centre standing outside store.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Retail Rona’s Fraser Valley Building Supplies acquires the Maglio Building Centres in Trail and Nelson

Formerly owned by Tony Maglio, his brother Dominic and brother in-law Russ Beauchamp, the Maglio Building Centres have been serving the area for over 30 years.

Waneta Expansion.
West Kootenay, Trail, Energy, Financial Trust, Columbia Power purchase Waneta expansion

The Trust and Columbia Power, which currently own 49 per cent of Waneta Expansion, worked closely with the BC Government to make this purchase possible.

Mike Konkin, one of the owners of Trail Hammer and Bolt, is standing in front of the store counter with goods for sale in the back.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business Trail Hammer and Bolt gets the job done

Trail Hammer and Bolt is a new business in Trail, B.C.

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Alicia Gray is proud to show off her 2018 Trail Chamber of Commerce awards for Emerging Entrepreneur and Business of the Year.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Top 10 Business People Alicia Gray

Alicia Gray, owner of Bombshack Apparel in Rossland, B.C., is blasting past expectations with her young business

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Joey Christensen has set Yogi Berri Café’s foundation in concrete at a commercial location.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine Yo yo, Boo Boo, Yogi Berri ain’t movin’ anymore

Joey Christensen, owner of Yogi Berri Café in Trail, B.C., has more food options than a pic-a-nic basket

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Ed Attridge, new executive director for the Trail Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Trail Ed Attridge new Executive Director at Trail Chamber of Commerce

Ed Attridge replaces recently retired Audry Durham as the new Executive Director

Lisa Pasin was elected mayor of Trail, B.C., in October 2018.
West Kootenay, Trail Lisa Pasin, Trail’s new mayor

“I have a clear understanding of my role and clear expectations of myself and others in achieving our shared purpose.”—Lisa Pasin, Trail’s mayor

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i4C Innovation Center
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial, Technology Carl Data receives $225K in funding for further growth of sensor development laboratory

Funding from the Columbia Basin Trust Impact Investment Fund will be used to continue development of a new water and wastewater sensor testing lab facility

Ed Attridge, the new executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, stands at the chamber entrance
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business New leadership for the Trail chamber

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce has new staff and a renewed commitment to its members and the community.

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Line up of large mining trucks.
West Kootenay, Trail, Mining Teck named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers

Canada’s Top Employers program recognizes companies for exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies

Trail-based Silver City Stagelines bus.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Trail, Grand Forks, Transportation Trail’s Silver City Stagelines now running from Nelson/Trail to Kelowna

Trail-based Silver City Stagelines Ltd. (SCSL) applied and was approved to operate a new bus service between Nelson/Trail and Kelowna

A 3D printed structure model of a dam - the model is set up on a shake table to represent how dams respond during an earthquake.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Technology Kootenay innovation on display at national conference

For testing, the company used a 3D printed model of a FortisBC dam developed with existing research partners Selkirk College and FortisBC Inc.

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