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    What's Happening in Kimberley

    Published on 15-Dec-2016 by The Chamber What's Happening in Kimberley

    To find out more what is happening in Kimberley, please check out Tourism Kimberley’s calendar, at: www.tourismkimberley.com/events/calendar

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    Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Published on 08-Nov-2016 by Mike Guarnery Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Explore business opportunities in Kimberley.  Imagine Kootenay offers links to businesses and commercial space available in various communities in the East and West Kootenay region.  Check out what's available in Kimberley.

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    2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    Published on 15-Oct-2016 by The Chamber 2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    Kimberley’s Business Excellence Awards gala will be held on October 22nd at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Chamber office at 250-427-3666. This event sold out last year so please order your tickets early.

    2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    Published on 15-Oct-2016 by The Chamber 2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    The Kimberley Business Excellence Awards Gala was held on October 22nd.
    It's was a sold-out event, and we are planning our 2017 Gala to be on October 21st, 2017.   Mark your calendars.  Thank you for all of those who came out to support this event and celebrate our business community.  And a special thank you to our sponsors below, as well as Kootenay Insurance Services and Columbia Basin Trust.

    Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada: Tamarack Dispensaries

    Environmental Stewardship of the Year sponsored by Tyee Log & Timber:
    Root For Me

    Food & Beverage Excellence of the Year sponsored by BDO Canada:
    Bear’s Eatery

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by the College of the Rockies:
    Ella Marken – Crème Cheese Shop

    Home Business of the Year sponsored by Toni Lepore Accounting:
    Suite Apps

    Excellence in Tourism of the Year sponsored by Tourism Kimberley:
    Simply Kimberley

    Employee of the Year of the Year sponsored by EK Employment:
    Melanie Kostiuk – Kimberley City Bakery

    Business of the Year of the Year sponsored by The Kimberley Daily Bulletin:
    Kimberley Centex

    Retail Business of the Year of the Year sponsored by Kimberley Alpine Resort:
    Talaria

    Creative Professional of the Year sponsored by Canadian Rockies International Airport:
    Big Magic Designs

    Youth-Friendly Business of the Year sponsored by B104 & 102.9 The Drive:
    Kootenay Dance Academy

    Stan Salikin Community Booster Award sponsored by the City of Kimberley:
    Kimberley Rotary Club

    Tradesperson or Contractor of the Year sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay:
    Vermette Roofing

    Professional Services Award sponsored by Kootenay Business Magazine -Koocanusa Publications:
    Sun Life Financial Services

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    Business Expo

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Business Expo

    The 3rd Annual Business Expo will be held on October 20th at the Conference Centre in Kimberley. We are partnering with the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce to host regional business experts. Come out and learn about opportunities about wage subsidies, access to capital, learn about starting a business, turn-key opportunities, entrepreneurs with disabilities programming and more.

    Business Expo

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Business Expo

    The 3rd Annual Business Expo will be held on October 20th at the Conference Centre in Kimberley, from 5-9 p.m..  We are partnering with the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce to host regional business experts.  Come out and learn about opportunities about wage subsidies, access to capital, learn about starting a business, turn-key opportunities, entrepreneurs with disabilities programming and more.
    There will be information about the following programs and delivery services:

    Community Futures
    CFEK promotes economic development and the creation of jobs and wealth in our region by providing small-business loans for start-up, expansion or the purchase of existing businesses. In addition to financial support, CFEK offers a variety of business-related services, including knowledgeable, professional business consultation and access to training for entrepreneurs and their employees.

    Women’s Enterprise Centre
    Women's Enterprise Centre was established in 1995 by Western Economic Diversification Canada to assist women in starting and growing businesses in BC. Since then, we've grown to become the leading business resource for BC women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business. We provide essential business services and resources, as well as referrals to many resources and other business service providers throughout the province.

    Basin Business Advisors
    Included at their booth will be information on: one on one business advisement
    Me Inc. workshops for Business Start-ups,
    Social Enterprise & Succession Planning workshops;
    Support for Social Enterprise (non-profits interested in or already making money through business activities to support their cause)

    Ktunaxa Nation Council Employment & Training
    The Ktunaxa Nation Council has been offering a wide range of training, employment and related services for over 20 years. As the new Education and Employment sector, we continue to offer high quality services out of our new Service Center.  Located at the Ktunaxa Nation Government Building and are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm including lunch hour.  Their resource includes:Daily updated job board
    Labour market information
    Workshops and Funded Training Programs
    Employer Support
    Employment Development Support

    Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency
    KABDA is an aboriginal business service provider throughout the Kootenay region.  

    KABDA aims to increase the number of Aboriginal businesses and their profitability in the Kootenay Region by:

    • Offering business services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs
    • Promoting Aboriginal entrepreneurs
    • Being a conduit of information to all Aboriginal groups

    Industry Trade Authority

    WorkBC/EK Employment

    EK Employment is proud to deliver the Employment Program of BC.  We are a network of four WorkBC Employment Services Centres who work daily with job seekers and employers, and enjoy promoting working in this region.

    Their goal is to make meaningful connections between job seekers and employers, and to foster sustainable, mutually beneficial employment opportunities.

    Free Room Booking
    Resume Drop Off Service
    Wage Subsidy Program
    Job Start Support
    and more...

    Business Development Bank
    A subsidiary of BDC—offers a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital.

    Imagine Kootenay

    A presentation of Imagine Kootenay will occur during the Expo demonstrating numerous well-established businesses for sale in the Kootenays.  Opportunities for success are broad and equally favourable for small, medium or large enterprises and the economy is both supportive and welcoming.  Imagine Kootenay uses three sectors to promote the Kootenay regions: Working, Investing, and Living.  Come out and learn about Imagine Kootenay and how it can work for your current business, or your next business.

    Entrepreneurs with Disabilities
    Gary Angus is the Manager of EDP services from Community Futures British Columbia.  He will discuss how the EDP program may be an option for business owners to access capital or training from this program.

    College of the Rockies
    There is always room to learn new skills, and we can certainly help you do just that. Find the classes that can lead you to something new, whether it is adventure tourism, practical herbalism, or anything in between.

    Koocanusa Publications
    Learn about getting your business highlighted in Kootenay Business Magazine, and other advertisements to enhance your business with Koocanusa Publications. .

    Chamber Group Insurance Plan - Haddad Financial Services
    Insurance plans aimed at self-employed, small businesses, home-based businesses, and year-round farms and ranches.

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

    The Economic Development Officer of Kimberley

    City of Cranbrook

    Pacific Coastal Airlines

    Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Advertising Team

    Sun Life Financials (Business) - Darren Bowley

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    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets are on sale. Contact the Chamber office to reserve your seats. Come out and celebrate our business community on October 22nd at the Kimberley Conference Centre.

    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets are on sale.  Contact the Chamber office to reserve your seats. Come out and celebrate our business community on October 22nd at the Kimberley Conference Centre.  This event sold out last year.  Please contact the Chamber at 250-427-3666 early to reserve your seats.

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    Fire Prevention Training

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Fire Prevention Training

    Learn how to extinguish fires using dry chemicals with the Kimberley Fire Department.

    Fire Prevention Training

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Fire Prevention Training

    Learn how to extinguish fires using dry chemicals with the Kimberley Fire Department.

    This training is for business or home fire prevention.  Contact the Chamber to RSVP.  There are two times and locations.
    October 4th, 10:00 a.m. at the parking next to Centre 64
    October 5th, 6:00 p.m. at the fire station in Marysville.

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    Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    Published on 17-May-2016 by The Chamber Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    350 participants and visitors will be attending the Provincial Mine Rescue competition from May 30 – June 4.

    Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    Published on 17-May-2016 by The Chamber Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    350 participants and visitors will be attending the Provincial Mine Rescue competition from May 30 – June 4.

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    JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Published on 16-May-2016 by The Chamber JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Julyfest registration and information for bocce, parade and volunteers can be found at: http://www.kimberleyjulyfest.com

    JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Published on 16-May-2016 by The Chamber JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Julyfest registration and information for bocce, parade and volunteers can be found at: http://www.kimberleyjulyfest.cm

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    BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    Published on 31-Mar-2016 by The Chamber BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    VANCOUVER, March 29, 2016 - The Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce announces that Jon Garson, previously President and CEO of the organization, is no longer with the BC Chamber.

    BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    Published on 31-Mar-2016 by The Chamber BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    VANCOUVER, March 29, 2016 - The Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce announces that Jon Garson, previously President and CEO of the organization, is no longer with the BC Chamber.

    On behalf of the BC Chamber Board, Chair Brant Hasanen and In-Coming Chair Patrick Giesbrecht thank Mr. Garson for his service to the BC Chamber.

    The BC Chamber Board has launched a search for a new President and CEO.

    About the BC Chamber of Commerce

    The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is "The Voice of Business in BC."

    Media Contact

    Patrick Giesbrecht
    In-Coming Chair
    BC Chamber of Commerce
    C 604.825.2123
    E patrick@ggandco.ca

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    Business After Business

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Business After Business

    Business After Business will be held on April 21st at the Kimberley Visitor Centre, from 5:00 – 7:00. Nic Milligan, Manager, Community & Governmental Affairs at Teck Coal will be our guest presenter. Nic will discuss Teck’s current role in Kimberley, and the current state of mining and its effect on the regional economy. As we expect a large turnout for this, please RSVP to: manager@kimberleychamber.com. We look forward to seeing you there

    Business After Business

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Business After Business

    Business After Business will be held on April 21st at the Kimberley Visitor Centre, from 5:00 – 7:00.  Nic Milligan, Manager, Community & Governmental Affairs at Teck Coal will be our guest presenter.  Nic will discuss Teck’s current role in Kimberley, and the current state of mining and its effect on the regional economy. 

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    Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Are you interested in buying a business, or selling your commercial property or building?
    Check out the next generation supporting Kimberley businesses and our lifestyle at Imagine Kootenay.

    Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Are you interested in buying a business, or selling your commercial property or building?

    Check out the next generation supporting Kimberley businesses and our lifestyle at Imagine Kootenay.

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    Kimberley OCP Update

    Published on 18-Jan-2016 by The Chamber Kimberley OCP Update

    Over the next few months, the City of Kimberley will be updating its Official Community Plan (OCP) to align with the Imagine Kimberley Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) and some of the City’s other strategic documents. It is important for the City to align all of its policy documents to ensure a clear and unified understanding of the City’s vision and objectives for growth.

    Kimberley OCP Update

    Published on 18-Jan-2016 by The Chamber Kimberley OCP Update

    Over the next few months, the City of Kimberley will be updating its Official Community Plan (OCP) to align with the Imagine Kimberley Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) and some of the City’s other strategic documents. It is important for the City to align all of its policy documents to ensure a clear and unified understanding of the City’s vision and objectives for growth.

    Click below to download the PDF for more information

    Kimberley OCP Update Backgrounder Jan 2016 Kimberley OCP Update Backgrounder Jan 2016 (266 KB)

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    Counterfeit Currency and you: workshop

    Published on 15-Jan-2016 by The Chamber Counterfeit Currency and you: workshop

    Keep fake bills out of your till!


    As the sole issuer of genuine currency in Canada, the Bank of Canada is responsible for issuing quality bank notes that are readily accepted and secure against counterfeiting.


    Sabrina will inform small business owners on bank note security features and teach bank note verification at point of sale.


    Note checking is a quick and responsible practice.

    Counterfeit Currency and you: workshop

    Published on 15-Jan-2016 by The Chamber Counterfeit Currency and you: workshop

    Wednesday January 20, 9:00 – 10:00 am PST

    Sabrina Cardiero of The Bank of Canada - Adobe Connect webinar meeting

    Keep fake bills out of your till!

    As the sole issuer of genuine currency in Canada, the Bank of Canada is responsible for issuing quality bank notes that are readily accepted and secure against counterfeiting.

    Sabrina will inform small business owners on bank note security features and teach bank note verification at point of sale.

    Note checking is a quick and responsible practice.

    Web conference details:
    To join this free webinar,
    1. Register at your local Community Futures to receive the workshop material package.
    2. On January 20, click on the link below a few minutes before 9:00 am. Enter as a guest andtype in your name where requested. Turn up your computer speakers. We start at 9 am sharp.

    http://cfbc.adobeconnect.com/bankofcanada/

    Click Here to download the PDF

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    Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant

    Published on 11-Jan-2016 by The Chamber Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant

    The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is opening to BC Jobs Plan priority sectors, with targeted funding of up to $3 million, for eligible employers and organizations in these sectors to train new and current employees for available jobs. THE CJG WILL OPEN TO APPLICATIONS FOR BC JOBS PLAN PRIORITY SECTOR TRAINING ON JANUARY 4TH, 2016.

    Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant

    Published on 11-Jan-2016 by The Chamber Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant

    The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is opening to BC Jobs Plan priority sectors, with targeted funding of up to $3 million, for eligible employers and organizations in these sectors to train new and current employees for available jobs.  THE CJG WILL OPEN TO APPLICATIONS FOR BC JOBS PLAN PRIORITY SECTOR TRAINING ON JANUARY 4TH, 2016.  

    Click the link below for more information

    https://www.workbc.ca/Employers/Run-your-business/Canada-B-C-Job-Grant/Canada-B-C-Jobs-Grant-B-C-Jobs-Plan-Priority-Secto.aspx

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    Free Downtown Ski Shuttle!

    Published on 23-Dec-2015 by The Chamber Free Downtown Ski Shuttle!

    The Peak to Platzl Downtown Shuttle is a free transportation service between the Kimberley Alpine Resort base area, on-mountain accommodations and the downtown shops, pubs and restaurants.

    Free Downtown Ski Shuttle!

    Published on 23-Dec-2015 by The Chamber Free Downtown Ski Shuttle!

    The Peak to Platzl Downtown Shuttle is a free transportation service between the Kimberley Alpine Resort base area, on-mountain accommodations and the downtown shops, pubs and restaurants.

    Free transportation between the ski resort and the downtown shops and restaurants. Extended hours on New Year’s Eve! Click Here for more info on the City of Kimberley's website.

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    Business Workshop

    Published on 23-Dec-2015 by The Chamber Business Workshop

    The Chamber is collaborating with business coach, Rick Unruh on a workshop series, “Retool your Business in 2016 for Better Performance”. Please join us for a complimentary entrepreneur development presentation on January 15th at B.J.’s Creekside Pub from 8 – 9:30 a.m. More information about the training and reserving your attendance can be found on our Events section of the Chamber’s website, http://www.kimberleychamber.com

    Business Workshop

    Published on 23-Dec-2015 by The Chamber Business Workshop

    The Chamber is collaborating with business coach, Rick Unruh on a workshop series, “Retool your Business in 2016 for Better Performance”.   Please join us for a complimentary entrepreneur development presentation on January 15th at B.J.’s Creekside Pub from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  More information about the training and reserving your attendance can be found on our Events section of the Chamber’s website

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    Kimberley Chamber AGM

    Published on 23-Dec-2015 by The Chamber Kimberley Chamber AGM

    Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce announces their Annual General Meeting
    To be held at the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre
    January 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Kimberley Chamber AGM

    Published on 23-Dec-2015 by The Chamber Kimberley Chamber AGM

    Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce announces their Annual General Meeting

    To be held at the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre

    January 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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    Get Youth Working! Program

    Published on 06-Nov-2015 by The Chamber Get Youth Working! Program

    We are pleased to announce that the Get Youth Working! Program has received NEW funding and is now available in our region of BC.

    This Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, offers employers in our region of BC a $2,800 hiring incentive to hire eligible youth 15 to 29 years of age. Additionally, employers may request up to $1,000 to purchase training for the newly hired youth.

    Get Youth Working! Program

    Published on 06-Nov-2015 by The Chamber Get Youth Working! Program

    We are pleased to announce that the Get Youth Working! Program has received NEW funding and is now available in our region  of BC. 


    This Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, offers employers in our region of BC a $2,800 hiring incentive to hire eligible youth 15 to 29 years of age. Additionally, employers may request up to $1,000 to purchase training for the newly hired youth.


    The Program is open to all employers and youth if they meet the following eligibility criteria 


    EMPLOYER Criteria:

    • Eligible regions: Cariboo, Kootenay, North Coast and Nechako, Northeast, Thompson-Okanagan, and Vancouver Island / Coast
    • In business for a minimum of one year
    • In good standing with WorkSafeBC 
    • Must employ new hire for a minimum of 3 months and 30 hours/week
    • Employers will not qualify if employee is hired prior to signing a Get Youth Working Funding Agreement 


    NEW HIRE Criteria:
    • Unemployed, 15 – 29 years of age
    • Has not applied for EI, not currently receiving and must not have received EI within the past 36 months; or 60 months for a parental claim
    • Not a full-time student or returning to school
    • Is a resident of BC and legally entitled to work in Canada
    • Not be participating in another Canada Job Fund program.




    Check out www.getyouthworking.ca for more information and how to apply.

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    CBT Grant Writing Workshop

    Published on 16-Oct-2015 by The Chamber CBT Grant Writing Workshop

    Katherine Hamilton, CBT Liaison, will be offering a free Project Development and Grant Writing Workshop on Tues.Oct.20th 9am-11:30am at COTR Kimberley Campus. You can pre-register at COTR 250-427-7116 ext.3752.

    CBT Grant Writing Workshop

    Published on 16-Oct-2015 by The Chamber CBT Grant Writing Workshop

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    Nominations for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Now Closed

    Published on 06-Oct-2015 by The Chamber Nominations for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Now Closed

    Kimberley’s Business Excellence Awards gala will be held on October 24th at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. The gala includes an outstanding dinner featuring prime rib and vegetarian lasagna, music from Rick Parsons, an open discussion about business in Kimberley, the award ceremony and a great time. Tickets are only $40.

    Nominations for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Now Closed

    Published on 06-Oct-2015 by The Chamber Nominations for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Now Closed

    Thank you to everyone who submitted their nominations for this years Annual Business Excellence Awards. Nominations are now closed

    Kimberley’s Business Excellence Awards gala will be held on October 24th at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. The gala includes an outstanding dinner featuring prime rib and vegetarian lasagna, music from Rick Parsons, an open discussion about business in Kimberley, the award ceremony and a great time.  Tickets are only $40.  


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    What's Happening in Kimberley

    What's Happening in Kimberley

    Published on 15-Dec-2016 by The Chamber What's Happening in Kimberley

    To find out more what is happening in Kimberley, please check out Tourism Kimberley’s calendar, at: www.tourismkimberley.com/events/calendar

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    Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Published on 08-Nov-2016 by Mike Guarnery Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Explore business opportunities in Kimberley.  Imagine Kootenay offers links to businesses and commercial space available in various communities in the East and West Kootenay region.  Check out what's available in Kimberley.

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    2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    Published on 15-Oct-2016 by The Chamber 2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    The Kimberley Business Excellence Awards Gala was held on October 22nd.
    It's was a sold-out event, and we are planning our 2017 Gala to be on October 21st, 2017.   Mark your calendars.  Thank you for all of those who came out to support this event and celebrate our business community.  And a special thank you to our sponsors below, as well as Kootenay Insurance Services and Columbia Basin Trust.

    Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada: Tamarack Dispensaries

    Environmental Stewardship of the Year sponsored by Tyee Log & Timber:
    Root For Me

    Food & Beverage Excellence of the Year sponsored by BDO Canada:
    Bear’s Eatery

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by the College of the Rockies:
    Ella Marken – Crème Cheese Shop

    Home Business of the Year sponsored by Toni Lepore Accounting:
    Suite Apps

    Excellence in Tourism of the Year sponsored by Tourism Kimberley:
    Simply Kimberley

    Employee of the Year of the Year sponsored by EK Employment:
    Melanie Kostiuk – Kimberley City Bakery

    Business of the Year of the Year sponsored by The Kimberley Daily Bulletin:
    Kimberley Centex

    Retail Business of the Year of the Year sponsored by Kimberley Alpine Resort:
    Talaria

    Creative Professional of the Year sponsored by Canadian Rockies International Airport:
    Big Magic Designs

    Youth-Friendly Business of the Year sponsored by B104 & 102.9 The Drive:
    Kootenay Dance Academy

    Stan Salikin Community Booster Award sponsored by the City of Kimberley:
    Kimberley Rotary Club

    Tradesperson or Contractor of the Year sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay:
    Vermette Roofing

    Professional Services Award sponsored by Kootenay Business Magazine -Koocanusa Publications:
    Sun Life Financial Services

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