Business Buzz appears in the Nelson Star once a month. Bob Hall is the communications co-ordinator at Selkirk College and a volunteer director with the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

The SlopeDeck is a creation of Nelsonite Kaj Gyr, a local inventor, designer and outdoor sports-lover who turns awesome ideas into reality out of his Mountain Station workshop on a regular basis. One of his most recent creations, the SlopeDeck takes the concept of snowskating to the next level.

“I wanted something that kids and adults could use on a 30-foot slope in Saskatchewan or wherever and just have fun all afternoon,” Gyr says.

You can pick up a SlopeDeck locally at Tribute and Ripping Giraffe.

Sticking with the winter theme and the impact locals have in shaping the outdoor industry at all levels… Olive Skateboards just released its Spitfire by Mark Fawcett snowboard. Fawcett competed in two Winter Olympics (1998 and 2002) in snowboarding and continues to coach the sport at the highest levels all across the planet. Olive Skateboards make Canadian snowboards and skateboards in Edmonton, and their new Fawcett model is a “directional pow surfer like no other.” The new board is available at Tribute Boardshop (of which Fawcett is also a partner in ownership).

Business Excellence

The Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards recognizes businesses and business leaders that have achieved excellence in the community through their efforts and initiatives.  The recipients are businesses that display a sustained commitment to positive business development, economic growth as well as commitment to community.

To vote for your favorite businesses or organizations it only takes minutes, and can be found at the following link.


The Chamber Business Excellence are becoming one of the premiere events of the year.  

The Business Excellence Awards will also be presented on Thursday March 28th. These awards recognize businesses and business leaders in Nelson and Area that have achieved excellence in the community through their efforts and initiatives.

The Business Excellence awards celebrate Business within the catchment area of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

The Business community is an integral part of our region and helps to make our area – a great place to live, learn and work!

The event focuses on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business.

Municipal Election – Candidate Question One

Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce Municipal Election Candidate answers to Business focused Chamber of Commerce questions

Question One – September 2018

As the October 20th municipal election approaches in Nelson and the Regional District of Central Kootenay, it’s an opportunity for voters to help shape the future of our region. This year’s election has a diverse range of committed community members who have put their names forward to help lead us over the next four years.

In its role of providing important information and advocacy for the business community, the Nelson & District of Chamber of Commerce is helping scratch beyond the surface with candidates to help understand what contributions these candidates would make should they be successful at the polls.


The Chamber’s Board of Directors have posed three questions to all candidates for mayor, council and RDCK Area E (Area F director Tom Newell is in by acclamation). The answers to Question One are provided below.

It is important to note that each candidate had a maximum of 250 words to answer the question. All candidates were contacted with the question and provided the opportunity to respond. With the exception of Bernie Brown (mayor), Robin Cherbo (council) and Robbie Kalabis (council) who did not respond by deadline, you will find their responses. The answers are provided in the order received. Questions Two and Three will follow in the next two weeks.

We hope that this is helpful information in determining which candidates will provide the kind of leadership that you value. And please don’t forget to vote on October 20th!

Further details and all the answers can be found by clicking the link. Thanks for your interest.

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