Local Business

Left to right: Heather of Fernie Brewing Company; Becky Fluker of Little Wildflowers; the Canadian Linen and Uniform branch in Cranbrook has moved to 565 Industrial Road D Crescent.

East Kootenay Business Round-Up

Business News [New Brewer Added At FBC] The Fernie Brewing Company (FBC)…

  • Jan 30, 2023
Top row, left to right: Dan Powell, Chalet GM; Ray and Rico Naito of Surprise Point Brewery; Tammy and Mark Wicheruk, Tare Necessities. Middle row, left to right: Hailee McKinnon, Kootenay Grounds; Chelsea Marie Blackmore, Koots Roots Community Co-op; Gord Holmes of the 3 93 Dairy Bar in Elko. Bottom row, left to right: Ty Kreutzer and Justin Keeler of Kootenay Canine Adventures; Shivan Hill, Moyie Fish and Chips; Darian Pestell, Nourished by Heirloom.

Kootenay Regional Business Roundup: Top 10 Business Posts of 2022

By Keith Powell Based on my business Instagram account (@kootenayrockiesbizbuzz) these were…

  • Jan 11, 2023
Clockwise from top left: Corey Kanzig is the senior business development officer at the PacifiCan; Mike Riediger is a new member of Destination BC’s Board of Directors; Kate Tang (left) and Amanda Severinski of Tenth Avenue Sweets and Clothing; Jess Murrel of Funk Haus Craft Lab.

Regional Business Round-Up

By Keith Powell Cranbrook/Castlegar: Local Credit Unions Merge to become StellerVista The…

  • Jan 3, 2023
Clockwise from top left: Craig Campbell, general manager at ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises; Tessa and Scott Salter, owner/operators of the popular Salty Robin Wood Designs; Ryan Doehle; Bob Sumka. Photos courtesy Keith Powell.

Regional business round-up

By Keith Powell Cranbrook New GM at ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises Craig Campbell…

  • Dec 8, 2022
Clockwise from top left: Craig Campbell, general manager at ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises; Tessa and Scott Salter, owner/operators of the popular Salty Robin Wood Designs; Ryan Doehle; Bob Sumka. Photos courtesy Keith Powell.
Werner Karsten shows one of the two turtlepod prototypes he brought with him for display at the Walk With Me event in Courtenay, on Nov. 26. The insulated, mobile  pods are intended to provide safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Photo by Terry Farrell
Werner Karsten shows one of the two turtlepod prototypes he brought with him for display at the Walk With Me event in Courtenay, on Nov. 26. The insulated, mobile  pods are intended to provide safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Photo by Terry Farrell
Clockwise from top left: Sahib Bhandulla, owner/operator of the new Charcoal Restaurant & Sports Bar in Kimberley; Michelle Gray, owner of the Gray’s Compounding Pharmacy in Marysville; Nicole Anker, primary care coordinator at the East Kootenay Division of Family Practice in Cranbrook; Kimberley Building Supplies. (courtesy Keith Powell)

Regional Business Round-Up

By Keith Powell Kimberley: New Owners at Kimberley Building Supplies In case…

  • Nov 18, 2022
Clockwise from top left: Sahib Bhandulla, owner/operator of the new Charcoal Restaurant & Sports Bar in Kimberley; Michelle Gray, owner of the Gray’s Compounding Pharmacy in Marysville; Nicole Anker, primary care coordinator at the East Kootenay Division of Family Practice in Cranbrook; Kimberley Building Supplies. (courtesy Keith Powell)
The 2022 Ktunaxa Business Showcase, held at the Prestige Inn on Thursday, Oct. 27, created an opportunity for Ktunaxa entrepreneurs and artisans to connect and network with regional industries, enhance their brand awareness in the community, and highlight products and services. (Barry Coulter photo)

Ktunaxa business showcase features entrepreneurs, businesses, artisans

Over 31 Ktunaxa businesses, including artisans, were involved in the showcase, and more than a dozen industries came by for the networking opportunities

The 2022 Ktunaxa Business Showcase, held at the Prestige Inn on Thursday, Oct. 27, created an opportunity for Ktunaxa entrepreneurs and artisans to connect and network with regional industries, enhance their brand awareness in the community, and highlight products and services. (Barry Coulter photo)
Clockwise from top left: Corey Bullock, Dan Powell, Samantha Najarro, the Kootenay Livestock Response Unit trailer.

Regional Business Round-Up

By Keith Powell Kimberley - Dan Powell Returns to Chalet GM Well…

  • Oct 25, 2022
Clockwise from top left: Corey Bullock, Dan Powell, Samantha Najarro, the Kootenay Livestock Response Unit trailer.
Bootleg Bike Co. Paul Rodgers photo.

Kimberley’s Bootleg Bike Co. partners with PacificSport Interior

Local Kimberley business Bootleg Bike Co. has announced a new partnership with…

Bootleg Bike Co. Paul Rodgers photo.
Alderbash return from hiatus for their first show in a long time, and they're doing it for a good cause raising funds for Angel Flight East Kootenay. Photo courtesy Alderbash Facebook.

Alderbash return for Angel Flight fundraiser concert at Whiskey Jacks

After an extended hiatus all too familiar to musicians around the world,…

Alderbash return from hiatus for their first show in a long time, and they're doing it for a good cause raising funds for Angel Flight East Kootenay. Photo courtesy Alderbash Facebook.
Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Kootenay Solar are hosting a Zoom presentation called Rooftop Solar 101 to share a wealth of knowledge on solar power to interested people in the Kootenays. File from www.kootenaysolar.com

Invermere-based Kootenay Solar Power hosts Rooftop Solar 101 Zoom presentation

This Thursday, Feb. 11, Invermere-based design and installation company Kootenay Solar Power…

Kootenay Solar are hosting a Zoom presentation called Rooftop Solar 101 to share a wealth of knowledge on solar power to interested people in the Kootenays. File from www.kootenaysolar.com
Professional Services Award, sponsored by Genex Marketing is North Star Veterinary Service. Matt Lamb presents to Missy Leason and Denise Lowing. B. Sondergaard photo.

Kimberley Chamber of Commerce presents business awards

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce had planned a gala to present their…

Professional Services Award, sponsored by Genex Marketing is North Star Veterinary Service. Matt Lamb presents to Missy Leason and Denise Lowing. B. Sondergaard photo.
Jim Cunnington (left), owner of eTrikes Canada poses beside the electric trike he sold Ray Smith (right), another Kimberley business owner utilizing the new means of transport to make his own business greener. Paul Rodgers photo.

Local eTrike business helping other Kimberley business owners become greener

Kimberley-based company eTrikes Canada has been around for a couple of years…

Jim Cunnington (left), owner of eTrikes Canada poses beside the electric trike he sold Ray Smith (right), another Kimberley business owner utilizing the new means of transport to make his own business greener. Paul Rodgers photo.
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
With corporate offices in Traill, Kootenay Savings is a member-owned financial cooperative with eleven branches throughout the Kootenays, including one in Kimberley. Bulletin file.

Kootenay Savings announces member dividends

Kootenay Savings Credit Union Board of Directors have declared a two per…

With corporate offices in Traill, Kootenay Savings is a member-owned financial cooperative with eleven branches throughout the Kootenays, including one in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
WestJet launching direct flights from Cranbrook to Vancouver

WestJet launching direct flights from Cranbrook to Vancouver

WestJet announced that its regional airline, WestJet Link, will begin operating nonstop…

WestJet launching direct flights from Cranbrook to Vancouver
Effigis Geo-Solutions expands its presence to Western Canada with the acquisition of Kimberley company

Effigis Geo-Solutions expands its presence to Western Canada with the acquisition of Kimberley company

Effigis Geo Solutions Inc. (Effigis), a Canadian innovation company who designs, implements…

Effigis Geo-Solutions expands its presence to Western Canada with the acquisition of Kimberley company