Sustainable Tourism

As I write this month’s column, I am in Richmond for the 2022 BC Tourism and Hospitality Conference. It has been amazing to be back in-person with colleagues from the Kootenays and across the province. The theme of the conference was ‘Kickstarting the Comeback,’ and there was a lot of thoughtfulness and optimism as the BC visitor economy looks to the future beyond recovery from the pandemic. 

Posted by Brad Parsell on Mar 31, 2022 in Business

Equality in Business

Local businesses impact all our lives everyday – whether we work for them or buy goods and services from them. Our local businesses are powered by people, and those people come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Posted by Brad Parsell on Mar 18, 2022 in Business

March Madness at Fernie Brewing Company

Keeping up with February’s momentum, FBC is releasing four more brews this month – two new releases, along with two returning favourites, making for a March full of delicious craft beer.

Posted by admin on Mar 02, 2022 in Business

Teck’s Third Elk Valley Water Treatment Facility Now Complete and Improving Water Quality

Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) announced today that its third water treatment facility, the Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility (FRO-S AWTF), which has capacity to treat up to 20 million litres of water per day, is now operating and successfully removing selenium and nitrate from water at Teck’s operations in the upper Fording River. Commissioning of the facility was completed in December 2021 and it is now ramping up to achieve 100% of design capacity.

Posted by admin on Feb 28, 2022 in Business

Networking in the Pandemic Era

We’re all pretty done with this pandemic, huh? Indubitably. It’s been a lot and has dragged on for way too long. One of the many things that have had to take a back seat in the interest of public safety these past two years is the traditional idea of networking and connection.

Posted by Brad Parsell on Feb 10, 2022 in Business

Fernie Brewing Company Drops Four New Beers This February

In true Fernie-factor style, FBC is dropping not one, but four new brews throughout the month of February. Each beer is part of a different series and boasts a range of unique flavours, ingredients, and stories, to cater to a variety of different tastes.

Posted by admin on Jan 27, 2022 in Business

January 2022 Business News

BC Foster Parents
Throughout this pandemic, children are still coming into government care. Vulnerable children, youth and families could be at greater risk. 

Posted by admin on Jan 06, 2022 in Business

A Fresh Start

As we all ring in the new year, it’s the natural time to reflect on the year that was and the year ahead. For small business owners and managers, it’s usually a time of taking stock and planning for the new year with strategy, budgets, and all that fun stuff. It’s also a time we tend to set resolutions or goals for the year – both for our businesses, and ourselves.

Posted by Brad Parsell on Jan 06, 2022 in Business

December 2021 Business News

Fernie Counselling and Consulting
1601 11 Ave 250-423-2608

Posted by admin on Dec 09, 2021 in Business


What happened to this year? Seriously?! It’s December already, and that means ski season is kicking off. It also means the holiday season is upon us – a critical time of year for our local businesses. Some retail businesses can make up to 25-30% of their annual gross revenue for the year during the holiday shopping period. After another challenging year, Fernie businesses are looking forward to this holiday boost.

Posted by Brad Parsell on Dec 07, 2021 in Business

#SpendItInFernie Holiday Kickoff Happening Friday, November 26th

The Fernie Chamber is encouraging everyone in our community to participate in the Holiday Kickoff event taking place this Friday, November 26th. This is a fun-filled day and evening to kick off the holiday season and support local businesses by choosing to #SpendItInFernie. Come out and take advantage of sales, extended shopping hours, door prizes, customer appreciation events, promotions and much more happening at businesses across town!  

Posted by admin on Nov 25, 2021 in Business

North Coal and Circulor Partner to Support ESG Transparency

North Coal Limited is pleased to announce its collaborative partnership with Circulor Limited to establish robust traceability, including dynamic COand environmental, social and governance (ESG) tracking, fortheir metallurgical coal product (also known as steelmaking coal).

Posted by admin on Nov 16, 2021 in Business

Introducing Fernie Brewing Company's New Discovery Series

As a chance to thank and celebrate their supportive local community, FBC is launching their newest, exclusive and “local-only” series this coming Friday November 12th. As passionate about brewing great beer as they are about their small mountain town, the Discovery Series will be available locally only, in small quantities, with an innovative, new brew dropping in FBC’s Tasting Room every few months.

Posted by admin on Nov 08, 2021 in Business

Fernie Businesses Featured in the #BuyBasin Festival

As the Columbia Basin Trust and partner FestivalSeekers moves into the last ten days of the popular #BuyBasin Festival, Fernie businesses are among the more than 100 businesses and performers taking the social media ‘stage’ showcasing the diversity and range of products and services we are so lucky to access in this region.

Posted by admin on Nov 01, 2021 in Business

October 2021 Business News

Branch Out Learning Society
44 Mt Washburn St

Branch Out Learning Society is a non-profit supporting families and individuals in the Elk Valley Communities.  

Posted by admin on Oct 10, 2021 in Business