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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
Classic Blue paint sample
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 is a classic

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 reflects our desire for a stable and dependable foundation

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Store front at Pulse Boot Lab and Ski Co., showing wooden front desk and 'boot bar' beyond.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Retail Taking ski boot-fitting to an international level

Revelstoke's Pulse Boot Lab and Ski Co. is stoked by worldwide interest in its revolutionary boot-fitting system

by Julie Matchett
Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Education, Financial Trust CEO looks ahead to 2020

Anniversary year will focus on extensive public engagement and symposia as Trust renews strategic priorities

by Johnny Strilaeff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Basin Trust
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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Group of people smiling and celebrating.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo Three more West Kootenay communities vote to go green

Three more West Kootenay communities have signed on to the EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign: Castlegar, Warfield and Kaslo

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View of ski hill and buildings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New website connects resort-based employers and job-seekers looking for their next working holiday

Understaffing at ski resorts and towns is a chronic problem and new website aims to help alleviate that shortage

by Julie Matchett
Heidi Lettrari, general manager, and Stefan Lettrari, production manager, of Kaslo Sourdough enjoy a tasty snack while perched on top of a local peak.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Health & Wellness Study shows Kaslo Sourdough pasta good for gut health

A joint research study with the University of Calgary has confirmed that sourdough pasta can be part of a beneficial diet

Owners Mari Plamondon and  Alyx Graham-Taylor are standing in front of their restaurant counter, a new location for Wait's on Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine Big-hearted Wait’s diner in Nelson beats a kindness tempo

The iconic Wait’s News in Nelson, B.C., moved but hasn’t changed its generous heart

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A solar array installed on the rooftop of Castlegar City Hall.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment Castlegar is committed to energy conservation

The City of Castlegar is dedicated to sustainability and renewable energy generation

by Julie Matchett
Shade Sails Canada staff is passing out bags from their second company at their Dragons’ Den appearance in October.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Environment, Retail, Small Business Vibrant and stylish bags are created by the Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C.

The Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C., is creating upscale, upcycled bags of all sizes and shapes

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Revelstoke's bear statue creates people to the downtown.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce awards are truly unique for 2019

The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce handed out 13 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

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Four staff of Alopex Couriers stand in front of one of their fleet vehicles, a black car with the company's name in white letters on the side of the car.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Foxy Alopex Couriers trotting into the Kootenays

Expect swift service from Alopex Couriers, named after the Arctic fox and expanding with more trucks in the Kootenays and a new warehouse in Castlegar

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Amy Keonen sitting outside at table.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business Community connection for women in Castlegar

Her HQ is a unique women-centred co-working and personal growth space in downtown Castlegar

by Julie Matchett
Trey, Gentry, Jacquelyn, Noah and Padn Konkin sit on a couch in a wooden home.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business This reliable contractor has an award-winning reputation in Castlegar

Gentry Konkin, owner of PNT Contracting in Castlegar, B.C., runs an award-winning business with his family

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Happy Gut water kefir is a live probiotic sparkling beverage.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Happy Gut on Dragons’ Den

Leeza Zurwick, owner of Happy Gut in Castlegar, B.C., will be on CBC’s Dragons’ Den on November 21, 2019

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Brydon Roe, Anne Murphy and Graham Harper are holding a black shade with an image of a dragon on it on Dragons’ Den on October 17.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Kootenay company sails to victory on Dragons’ Den

Shade Sails Canada is making waves and lots of shade sails in Revelstoke

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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
Signpost with 'work, 'life' and 'balance' pointers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Working hours: How does Canada compare?

We don't have it too bad - a look into the work-life balance around the world

by Julie Matchett
Final print edition of KB, beside picture of new digital version.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay Business looks to the future as it moves to a digital-only publication

After 34 years of publishing, the final print edition of Kootenay Business was distributed as we switch to digital delivery.

by Kerry Shellborn
Michelle Rudell stands behind the counter in her store, Nelson Olive Oil.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Retail Nelson Olive Oil offers a different kind of tasting room

Since opening in June, the store has had very good food traffic in its downtown corner location

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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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Crawford Bay Park.
West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Partnerships allow purchase of key lands

Columbia Basin Trust contributes $800,000 for purchase of recreational land in Crawford Bay

Worker pointing at computer.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Mass timber helps revolutionize the construction industry

In the Kootenays, members of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association are working hard to diversify their products and markets

A wide angle shot of Castlegar from up on a mountain.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business 2019 Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

14 awards were handed out during the 2019 Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

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Graph showing financial status of Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 70 active programs supporting Basin residents

Annual revenues for Columbia Basin Trust totalled $71.9 million in 2018/19

Car parked at EV charging station.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation New rebates for EV charging stations make it easier to go electric

For an electric vehicle owner, at-home charging is now more accessible than ever thanks to rebates from the Province of BC, FortisBC and BCHydro

CFO Krystle Seed, CEO and president Ken Kalesnikoff, and COO Chris Kalesnikoff visit Kallesoe Machinery in Denmark to see their new state-of-the-art glulam line in action.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment, Forestry Kudos to the Kalesnikoff Lumber Company

The fourth generation keeps Kalesnikoff Lumber Company a proud and successful enterprise with its forward-thinking approach to forestry

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Group of students who worked on trails.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Creating Destinations to be Desired

This summer, an enthusiastic group of youth gave a helping hand in the Basin, improving the condition of several high-use locations

Vehicles travelling on snowy highway, with Shift Into Winter logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation With winter approaching, it’s time to plan ahead for safe driving

ShiftintoWinter.ca provides free tips and resources on how to stay safe in different driving conditions

Contractor and home owner discussing renovation of house.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Real Estate WorkSafeBC raising awareness of asbestos dangers in older homes

Risk of asbestos exposure most common during home renovations and demolitions

Sparwood Mayor and Council at Komatsu Mining groundbreaking ceremony. Left to right: Councillor Brad Bowen, Councillor Ron Saad, Councillor John Baher, Councillor Joe Jarina, Mayor David Wilks, Councillor Amy Cardozo and Councillor Jason Christensen.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Creston, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Developments Seven major projects are in the works around the Kootenays

The Kootenays sees growth and expansion across the region

by Julie Matchett
Red Mountain’s Nowhere Special hostel front entrance in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Best of Business Nowhere Special Hostel is a haven away from home

The Nowhere Special Hostel in Rossland, B.C., is a unique new version of the traditional hostel ideal, and is one of our 2019 Best of Business winners.

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Keith Powell
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Publisher Keith Powell steps into retirement

After 42 years of involvement in the local publishing scene, Kootenay Business publisher Keith Powell is retiring

Playground in park.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Outdoor gathering spaces enhanced

Trust provides over $1.9 million for 12 community projects

Group of young business people in casual meeting.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Celebrating business dreamers

The Business Development Bank of Canada sponsors Small Business Week in late October, shining the spotlight on the changing face of entrepreneurship

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Cooper Baley hiking on a hillside with his family.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Education Local high school students in Rossland to benefit from ‘Free Fridays’

Seven Summits Centre for Learning (7S) in Rossland is beefing up the perks for staff and students by modifying its week into four longer days

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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Rhythms Dance Showcase from 2019 summer event.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance announces 2019–2020 funded projects

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils

Ian Fillinger, senior vice-president and COO at Interfor Corporation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Long-time Interfor Corporation president and CEO to step down; new leader at helm

Current senior vice-president and COO, Ian Fillinger, has been appointed to replace Davies in the new year

by Julie Matchett

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