By Julia Magsombol 

Local Journalism Initiative 

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Most businesses often start with a product, but Ktunaxa’s 2024 Business Showcase begins with a story.

On February 29, there will be a  Ktunaxa Business Showcase that is open to the general public starting at 1 p.m. It will take place at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort Convention Centre in Cranbrook.

“The goal is to connect Ktunaxa businesses, industry and government partners, and community members while providing valuable information to give Ktunaxa businesses a competitive edge in ?amak?is Ktunaxa,” said Jason Andrew, Economic and Investment Sector Director for Ktunaxa Nation Council.

The Economic and Investment Sector is organizing the showcase.

Andrew said the showcase is not only for local Ktunaxa businesses to share what they have, but also to generate relevant regional business relations, maximize local brand awareness, and highlight their products and services, which makes this a good opportunity for them.

“Everyone is invited to drop in and learn about Ktunaxa businesses,” Andrew said. “If you can’t attend, you can visit ktunaxaready.com to see the business directory.” 

The event was first held in 2020, and this year will be the third one. They hope to host the event every other year.

The morning session is only for Ktunaxa businesses and the industries they work with. But in the afternoon session, it is open to the general public for free.

Andrew added they want this to be solely available for the public instead of only for the Ktunaxa Nation. It is for people to see the diversity of Ktunaxa businesses and artisans.

Ktunaxa Nation member Bonnie Harvey will be opening the afternoon with a cultural share. Harvey has won the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) 2023 Award of Excellence for environmental education. For the last 15 years she has been sharing knowledge on cross-cultural presentations, legends, and land connections.

For more information about Harvey, visit https://www.columbiavalleypioneer.com/indigenous-educator-receives-award/

“We look forward to another great day of celebrating Ktunaxa businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs,” Andrew said.