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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 This West Kootenay business doesn’t build homes—they print them!

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
The Happy Hills Farm booth at a market.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment Here’s a list of Kootenay farmers markets to help with local food security

Here’s a list of all Kootenay farmers markets to help us increase our local food security

by Virginia Rasch and Julie Matchett
The Columbia River runs through Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Open for business in Castlegar

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that are open in Castlegar

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A plate of food with vegetables.
West Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Open for business in the West Kootenay

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

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A bridge in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Open for business in Nelson

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that are open in Nelson

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Students line up—one behind the other— in creative photo.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Education An innovative Rossland learning centre sees huge interest in digital education

With students and teachers poised to return to school, how will the future of education post-pandemic look?

by Julie Matchett
Downtown Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Open for business in Trail

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that are open in Trail

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Downtown Revelstoke, including a statue of a bear.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Open for business in Revelstoke

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that are open in Revelstoke

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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

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.

Virginia Rasch sitting in garden with dog.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness 14 benefits of a Pandemic Garden

This year plant a Pandemic Garden to help the dual crises of coronavirus and climate change

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Woman sewing, with CBT logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Columbia Basin Trust funding to help alleviate pandemic impact to communities

$11.7 million in new funding is available for businesses and community services affected by the ongoing pandemic

by Julie Matchett
The Torchlight Brewing Company logo is a lit up torch with a black background.
West Kootenay, Nelson A West Kootenay brewmaster weighs in on the trials of conducting business amidst COVID-19

Craig Swendson, brewmaster at Torchlight Brewing Company in Nelson, B.C., explains how his business is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Giant hamburger, with words
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Are you Open for Business?

Finding new, innovative ways to help customers is the new normal for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you open for business? Let us know.

AGM of the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Rethinking your investment portfolio? Investing locally in the Kootenays just got easy

What investors need to know about the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op and the East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op

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Erin Dalton holding cat in her bookstore.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Stay calm and play more games—Kootenay stores will deliver them!

Stuck at home and going a little crazy? Kootenay toy stores deliver fun and educational items

by Julie Matchett
A deer munching through a residential garden.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, West Kootenay Deer-resistant plants: Avoiding destruction in your garden

Having a deer-resistant garden is possible with careful planning and some knowledge of suitable plants

by Julie Matchett
Graphic showing woman holding pencil looking at computer screens.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Small Business Online survey highlights impact of pandemic to B.C. businesses

B.C.’s small businesses make recommendations on the types of support they would like to see from governments

by Julie Matchett
Graphic asking how COVID-19 is affecting your business.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business How is COVID-19 impacting your business?

Businesses across the Kootenays are stepping up to help their fellow citizens—share your business story.

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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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
A mother is reading a book to her young son.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment Celebrate Earth Hour by reading aloud by candlelight

Revive the lost art of reading aloud during Earth Hour—Saturday, March 28th starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Owners of Fernie Distillers standing in their distillery room.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness Kootenay distilleries are doing their part to help us in the COVID-19 pandemic

Four Kootenay distilleries are turning an alcoholic byproduct into a critically short commodity: Hand sanitizer for FREE!

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Outside of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay List of community closures across the Kootenay region

In an effort to help keep Kootenay residents safe and healthy, communities across the region are closing public facilities

by Julie Matchett
The faces behind Kettle Down, a niche clothing line in Grand Forks, B.C. From left to right: Meagan Savaia, Stacey Smith & Hannah Baker.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Kettle Down settles down in Grand Forks

Fuelled by a love of fashion and a passion for their community, three local businesswomen create Kettle Down, a unique clothing brand

by Julie Matchett
Aerial view of large home lit up at night.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Top 10 high-end luxury homes for sale in Kootenays

Searching for your Kootenay-area dream home? Check out these high-end homes that would suit any lifestyle

by Julie Matchett
Two men are standing in front of an exterior door to a building. They are Rob Stacey (L) and Lukas Armstrong, principals of Cover Architecture.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business Several Nelson businesses are auspiciously on the move

Nelson business roundup: Here’s the latest news

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Students studying an observation bee hive in class.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Funding available for bee projects

The Bee BC Program has funding available to support bee health throughout the province.

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Parents are standing with their three kids on their farm.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Agriculture, Environment Macro-success with microgreens on the Happy Hills Farm

The Happy Hills Farm in Rossland is growing super healthy food year-round

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay B.C. Economic Outlook report forecasts modest growth for province

Despite some economic challenges in the Kootenay region, certain sectors are on the verge of booming

by Julie Matchett
Outside of the New Pioneer Lodge.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson Housing projects create affordable homes for Kootenay-area residents

Local housing projects in the Kootenay region are helping to alleviate the lack of affordable housing in the area

by Julie Matchett
Two people on a high-ropes course.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Basin PLAYS initiative encourages fun and fitness for kids

24 projects from across the Kootenay region will receive funding from the Columbia Basin Trust PLAYS Capital Improvement Grant

by Julie Matchett
An aerial photo of the city of Trail, showing the bridge over the river in the centre of the city.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Rossland Kootenays are courting foreign entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot aims to attract businesses to rural regions of B.C.

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Ainsworth Hot Springs pool on a snowy winter night.
West Kootenay, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke Top 4 Businesses of the Year 2019 as awarded by the West Kootenay chambers of commerce

What were the Top 4 Businesses of the Year as awarded by the West Kootenay chambers of commerce in 2019?

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Stacey Brensrud
West Kootenay, Revelstoke New executive director at the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce

Local resident Stacey Brensrud brings a diverse background in the business community to her new position

by Julie Matchett
The front of Tailout Brewing is beige with maroon accents and a brown roof.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Small Business Castlegar’s new spot to down a brewski and hang with friends: Tailout Brewing

Hedin Nelson-Chorney, owner of Tailout Brewing in Castlegar, B.C., has created a new community hangout

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A head shot of Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Improving your insurance options at RHC

With 9 branches in the Kootenays, RHC Insurance is going wide by joining Hub International Insurance Brokers

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Nikki Luxton smiles while holding the handle of the door to enter Studio Bronze.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Get your glow on at Studio Bronze in Castlegar

Nikki Luxton, owner of Studio Bronze in Castlegar, B.C., provides tanning after work and on weekends

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Kendra Johnston smiles on a pier in Vancouver, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Q & A with Kendra Johnston: AME’s new president and CEO

Kendra Johnston, president and CEO of AME, is optimistic about jobs, economy and reconciliation in 2020

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Board of Directors, BC Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Call for nominations for BC Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

BC Chamber of Commerce represents over 125 local chambers across the province, with a membership of over 36,000 small and medium-sized businesses

by Julie Matchett
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 facade of Rest Assured Kootenay Floats is triangular with many windows on its face. A rainbow climbs over the roof of the house with a darkened sky lingering in the distance.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business The only floatation therapy centre in the Kootenays is making waves

Daniel Messett, vice president and co-owner of Rest Assured Kootenay Floats in Castlegar, B.C., is looking to sail into the sunset

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Aerial view of the Ridley Terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Mining Teck and Ridley Terminals ink agreement to increase shipments

A new deal signed between Teck Resources Limited and Ridley Terminals Inc., will allow Teck to expand its steelmaking coal shipments to the B.C. coast

by Julie Matchett
Close up of flat wooden house shape, magnifying glass and computer keyboard.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate How does your 2020 property assessment compare with those of other Kootenay communities?

The Kootenay Columbia region saw 2020 property assessments increase across all municipalities, ranging from one to 11 per cent.

by Julie Matchett
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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Woman sleeping in bed.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness Opening of Castlegar Sleep Centre offers sweet dreams

The Castlegar Sleep Centre provides patients with consultations and sleep diagnostic services

by Julie Matchett
Rural Evidence Review logo, with health care building in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Health & Wellness Have your say on rural health care challenges

The Rural Evidence Review survey aims to better understand and provide rural health care planning in British Columbia

by Julie Matchett

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