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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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Zan Comerford smiles while kicking her leg up to open the door to her business, Liteworks Marketing.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business International marketing agency sets up shop in Nelson’s downtown

Zan Comerford, founder of Liteworks Marketing, has officially opened the doors to her brick and mortar boutique agency in downtown Nelson, B.C.

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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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(L to R) Dustin Gilchrist, Jacob Shimell and Wyatt Profili show off their custom creations at KYR Original in front of Nancy Greene Lake, near Warfield, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business Kootenay roots run deep at KYR Supply in Warfield

Dustin Gilchrist, director of operations at KYR Supply in Warfield, B.C., creates Kootenay-inspired outdoor apparel that is made in Canada

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Tom Poole holding Business Excellence award.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Transportation Timber company with heart & top photographer score big at Revelstoke’s Business Excellence Awards

The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Excellence Awards, virtual-style, on November 7th

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Scenic picture of Creston valley, with logo of BC Achievement Foundation Community Awards.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Recognizing greatness: Nominate a Kootenay resident for a BC Achievement Community Award

The BC Achievement Community Awards honour excellence and exceptional community service in communities across the province

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Image showing two business people.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business KootenayBiz is coming to a community near you

KootenayBiz’s bimonthly eNewsletters keep you informed and inspired about business successes in your communities

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The owner of the business with a plate of delicious food
West Kootenay Castlegar food blogger now dishes up plant-powered meals

Kayla Heddle nourishes West Kootenay customers with customized, plant-based meal prep services

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The owners of The Valley Voice, Jan McMurray and Dan Nicholson which bundles of newspapers.
West Kootenay, New Denver, Slocan, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Valley Voice fiercely defends the diverse voices of these West Kootenay communities

Dan Nicholson and Jan McMurray, owners of The Valley Voice in New Denver, B.C., have faithfully contributed to the West Kootenay’s media diet for 17 years

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Tammy Verigin-Burk is white with long black hair and wears a black shirt and silver necklace.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Castlegar Chamber executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk

Tammy Verigin-Burk, Castlegar Chamber executive director, highlights some accomplishments of 2020 and challenges moving into 2021

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Michael Keefer owns three Kootenay companies, one in Rossland and two based in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Real Estate Michael Keefer: The story of a serial entrepreneur in the Kootenays

Michael Keefer, an exemplary entrepreneur, owns three green businesses in the Kootenays

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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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Heather Bodnarchuk, vice president of operations for Prestige Hotels and Resorts, has overseen the assessment process for Sustainable Tourism 2030 from corporate headquarters in Kelowna, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism Part 2: Sustainable Tourism 2030 has been embraced by the Prestige hotels in the Kootenays

Prestige Hotels and Resorts are business leaders with 7 “green” certifications from Sustainable Tourism 2030

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New warehouse being built.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments 7 of Castlegar’s continuing developments, including two courier centres and Millennium Park upgrades

Castlegar is focused on attracting new investment and supporting and growing existing businesses

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Sonya Pope wears a black hat.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Health & Wellness, Small Business Make common sense common again with Life Essentials First Aid in Nelson

Sonya Pope, owner and instructor of Life Essentials First Aid in Nelson, B.C., is an ambassador for water safety and basic first aid skills

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Eve Duke smiles for a picture.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Education, Small Business Selkirk Performance coaches business leaders to manage themselves and others

Eve Duke, business coach and founder of Selkirk Performance in Revelstoke, B.C., helps refine and align businesses

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Lucas Jmieff with Ginia Jmieff in the mountains with their four-year-old daughter.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Mountain Art Photo brings the beauty of the Kootenays inside

Lucas Jmieff, co-owner of Mountain Art Photo and Publishing in Nelson, B.C., specializes in landscape/adventure photography and canvas photo wall art

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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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Logging truck loading logs.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Oversight board recommends less clearcutting in the Kootenays

The Forest Practices Board released a report that recommends better reforestation practices in B.C.’s dry fir forests, including less clearcutting

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Exterior of BC Interior Forestry Museum.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Forestry B.C.’s Forest Basket—these forests are OURS

B.C.’s Forest Basket is featured in a new podcast series by the BC Interior Forestry Museum in Revelstoke, B.C.

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Infographic showing funding from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Columbia Basin Trust annual report reveals positive community impacts

The Columbia Basin Trust 2019/20 Annual Report shows over $97 million provided for the Basin region

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(L to R) Brad Brown, Emma Foyle, Jenn Wood, Petri Raito, Ryan Arnaud, Nate Miles, Hayden Hamming and (second row in front) Ryan Macdonald.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Cuisine, Small Business Rossland Beer Company: Here for a good time

Petri Raito, co-owner and COO of Rossland Beer Company, explains why locals choose to chill in their lounge

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Kids crouched on ground examining something with magnifying glass.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education First bilingual youth Science & Tech Program launched in Kootenays by KAST

Celebrating Kootenay biodiversity, the GLOWS program is part of Science Literary Week 2020

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Jackie Miles, owner of CityScout
East Kootenay, Golden, West Kootenay, Small Business What is a “relocation concierge” and why did one just move to Golden, BC?

A relocation concierge, CityScout offers personalized service to help make a move easier

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C. Lee Smith is CEO of SalesFuel, a sales intelligence firm in Columbus, Ohio.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Retail, Small Business 1 in 12 salespeople are toxic troublemakers: Here’s how to avoid hiring one

Hire Smarter, Sell More: An interview with book author C. Lee Smith on hiring top sales staff

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Aerial view of Castlegar in autumn.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Castlegar’s Economic Development Strategy requires feedback from residents

A community survey is being conducted to help develop a vision of Castlegar’s future

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Close-up of Valerie Semeniuk, owner of Kootenai Moon Furniture.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail Turning a pandemic into a positive: Essential advice from a Nelson retailer

The key to coping with COVID-19 is kindness, says Valerie Semeniuk, owner of Kootenai Moon Furniture in Nelson.

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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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Attorney Alan Burch sitting at his desk.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial Peace of mind during COVID-19? Get your will done!

Attorney Alan J. Burch in Nelson specializes in wills, and he’s seen an increase in demand during the pandemic

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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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Close-up of Post-It notes on computer.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Enhance your online business strategy with KAST virtual webinars

In partnership with business professionals, KAST is hosting a series of practical webinars designed to strengthen your web strategy.

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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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Slash pile burning in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment With the onset of hot summer weather, BC Wildfire Service prohibits Category 2 & 3 fires

Effective Friday, July 24, Category 2 & 3 fires will be prohibited across the Southeast Fire Centre region. This does not include campfires or cooking stoves.

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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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Lane Roger, Dave Roger, Tenley Roger, Easton Roger, Stephanie Roger, Brenda Scott, Jody Scott, Brielle Scott, Shayna Scott, Austin Scott, Owen Scott.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Agriculture, Small Business Cool climate? No problem. Arrow Lakes Valley grows its first winery.

Jody Scott, co-owner of Valley of the Springs Winery in Nakusp, B.C., has created the Arrow Lake Valley’s first winery

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A glass and growler full of beer on a table with Erie Creek Brewing Company’s logo on the front.
West Kootenay, Salmo, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Beer from Salmo’s new brewery is as natural as the water it’s made from

Colin Hango, owner of Erie Creek Brewing Company in Salmo, B.C., has created a family-owned and -operated nano brewery and lounge

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Carl & Sarah Kistner, owners of Stone Meadow Gardens, standing in a field of flowers.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Agriculture, Cuisine At the farm gate: Fresh food, flowers, fine wine and fanciful wares for sale at West Kootenay farms

Throughout the West Kootenay area, local farms and food producers sell directly to the public through roadside stands and farmgate sales

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Downtown Revelstoke, including a statue of a bear.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Revelstoke

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Revelstoke

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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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A bridge in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Nelson

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Nelson

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The Columbia River runs through Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Castlegar

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Castlegar

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A plate of food with vegetables.
West Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in the West Kootenay

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

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Graphic showing a small business owner.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Shop local and celebrate small business

Local businesses form the heart of any community. Has a local business gone above and beyond? Tell us about it.

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Simon and Stephanie Jones
West Kootenay, Real Estate West Kootenay PropertyGuys.com franchise owners honoured by prestigious award

PropertyGuys.com franchise owners, Simon and Stephanie Jones, take home gold at the recent Canadian Franchise Association awards

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Smiling young man behind counter.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business Columbia Basin Trust program expansions offer assistance to struggling small businesses

Low-interest loans, wage subsidies and tuition funding are among the support measures being offered to the region’s businesses and residents.

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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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All Seasons Cafe patio area and cafe, lush landscaping.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business A bevy of business opportunities for sale across the Kootenays

As eclectic as Kootenay communities are, there are also a wide range of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs

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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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