Tag Archives: Small Business

The Arts Station’s Variable Hours


Fernie Business : New Valley Social Team

New Fernie Handmade : Sitka Studio Beeswax Food Wraps

Closing Businesses & CBT

downtown fernie bc - classic shot

What a strange year it’s turning out to be. A couple more shops are shutting down this year, Vitality Body & Mind and The Play Room, kind of unexpected for the rest of us – perhaps, not so unexpected for the owners. This on top of the other businesses – Kelvin’s Kitchen and Four Cubs who already said their good-byes.

It’s not an easy town to start a business in and the ones that last a long time are considered the lucky ones. I’m just guessing but I gather you need to prepare for really busy and completely dead and not expect one year to be anything like the last.

There are resources in the area to help and advise. CBT offers a free service to businesses    in the Kootenays called Basin Business Advisors Program. Something to consider, as they’re highly recommended and running a business can be difficult.

Common areas of support include:

  • financial analysis;
  • marketing;
  • operations;
  • business and strategic planning;
  • human resources;
  • competitive analysis;
  • target market analysis;
  • general business viability

Life On Etsy – Small Town Creative Business

Graphic Art Print - Illustrations by Brina - Download and Print Home Decor

I live in Fernie and I’m a creative person. It’s all I want to do – drawing, paint, make mobiles, build things with my hands. I also have two kids who are still quite young and need a lot of attention. Being a creative mom is easier now than it probably ever was in a small town. I’m blessed to be in a situation where my husband can work full time, with flexible hours and I can be the main daytime caregiver to our kids. I can still find time to draw, build, paint and play in between all the craziness. Making stuff is one thing, selling it is another. I’ve decided recently to try out this whole ETSY handmade marketplace. I figure it would be a good place to start! So I’ve gone and done it. I have two things happening right now – Annex Suspended (cool mobiles with Michelle Galway) and Brina And Friends Art (so far by myself but I have plans to add other talent).

I’ll let you know how it goes! So far we haven’t sold anything but being on ETSY is like some strange video game or a puzzle that I need to figure out. You can’t just post things on there and the money rolls in. But my kids are both going to be in school full time soon and I need to figure this stuff out. Tick tick tick tick tick tick….


Small Business Week – Grant Writing and Business Counseling Workshop

sparwood chamber of commerce holding workshop for grant writing and business counseling
Elkford, Fernie & Sparwood
Chambers of Commerce,
In conjunction with Small Business Week are pleased to present a Grant Writing and Business Counseling Workshop at Sparwood Chamber of Commerce.

On Wednesday October 27, 2010
Cost: Free (Space is Limited)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Columbia Basin Trust – Grant Writing Workshop
Presented by Carrie Schafer

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch Sponsored by Teck

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC)
Business Coach Andre Labine & Executive Director Katie Wells
(To learn about KRIC’s programs and initiatives that support vibrant diverse economies in The East Kootenay through science, technology and innovation based economic development, and to learn about KRIC’s programs including Business Coaching services, valuable information services, upcoming Tech. directory, mentoring and more)

Please Reserve your seat by calling Alayna at Sparwood Chamber of Commerce 250-425-2423.

From Clubhouse Restaurant – Small Business Christmas Party

Clubhouse Restaurant Christmas Buffet for Small Businesses

Book your small business Christmas party! Dinner and Dancing included.
At Fernie Golf and Country Club

DECEMBER 10 and 11, 2010

Cocktails at 6 pm, Dinner at 7 pm
$32/guest (plus HST and 15% gratuities)
Call Lillis or Launa at 250 423 9040 or email us at events@enjoyfernie.com to reserve your spot for this year’s fun!!

Other dates available for private functions for groups 40 – 150 guests.

Oven Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings
Swedish meatballs with mashed potato and cranberry gravy
Atlantic salmon with rice and herb sauce
Roast Beef with Oven roasted potato
Honey Glazed Ham
Sauteed Winter vegetables
Frittata and mini wieners
Home baked fresh bread buns and whipped butter
Cold Peeled Shrimp cooked in beer and dill
Smoked Atlantic salmon
Lemon and dill cured salmon ‘gravlax’
Assorted dips with grilled seasoned pita wedges and vegetables
Tomato and fresh herb bruschetta
Antipasto platter
Cheese and cold cuts platter
Beet Root Salad
Pesto pasta salad
Caesar salad
Red Onion and Tomato salad
Potato salad
Selection of homemade desserts & dessert squares and freshly brewed tea & coffee