IWIB-June14 winners-Kristen Mitchell photoOn Wednesday, June 11th, at the Hume Hotel in Nelson, Kootenay Business magazine hosted the 3rd Annual Influential Kootenay Women in Business luncheon.

Among the three West Kootenay winners was KAST’s own Amber Hayes, from C3PrO, KAST mentorship & business assistance (KASTmba), and Basin Business Advisors Program Manager for CFDC. Amber lives in Rossland, BC and works absolutely everywhere.

From an illustrious list of 27 nominees, Kootenay Business selected these three women to be recognized as the Influential Kootenay Women In Business (IWIB) for 2014. The awards are based on a number of criteria including: a proven track record of success in business; a positive influence on others—both professionally and personally; influence in the workplace and in the community; and the ability to mentor and inspire others.

Kootenay Business is pleased to recognize Rossland’s Amber Hayes, of the C3PrO consulting company.

Hayes received these comments on her nomination form: “She is the consummate Kootenay entrepreneur; she immerses herself in many different successful projects and businesses; she is a respected business coach and mentor (and) a seasoned technology entrepreneur; she supports business growth; it is always exciting to talk to her and share ideas; she is a wealth of knowledge; she is enthusiastic and socially-minded; she is creative, professional and talented.”

We also wrote “Amber teaches zumba and salsa dancing, social media, skis like a fiend and never, ever sleeps. She is sort of a redhead. She is incredible.”

Congratulations to Amber for this well deserved recognition, Kootenay Business Magazine for hosting the contest, and Community Futures for an inspired Basin Business Advisors hire.

Photo credit: Kristen Mitchell