Kootenay BizBlog

by Keith Powell

Business developments in the Kootenays

Keith Powell is the publisher and founder of Kootenay Business magazine which is part of the Koocanusa Publications family. He has written a regular sales and marketing column, called Ad Talk, in Kootenay Business magazine for over 20 years. He is a director of Kootenay Rockies Tourism.

E-mail Keith if you have a business story idea.

Keith Powell

Keith Powell is the publisher and founder of Kootenay Business magazine which is part of the Koocanusa Publications group. View all of Keith Powell’s articles

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The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society’s Golden Years Lodge will be upgraded to become more energy efficient thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Retrofit Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial 25 buildings to receive energy retrofits

Columbia Basin Trust provides $900,000 this year through its new Energy Retrofit Program.

Sacha and Tyler from Cutter Ranch located in Fort Steele, in the East Kootenay, raise heritage pork, pasture chicken and beef.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Education New program helps agriculture grow

Services include expert advice on topics such as irrigation, pest control, production, water, soil, climate change and research.

Construction site, home of the new Fitness Inc. building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Health & Wellness Fitness Inc. on the move to Cranbrook industrial park

The new, two-story facility will be 12,500 square feet—some 3,800 square feet larger than its previous space.

Members of the SMARTS project team at Selkirk College’s Applied Research & Innovation Centre in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Education, Technology Selkirk College partners with local businesses to enhance innovation

The goal of this project was to promote the development, adaptation and/or adoption of technologies and integrate them into business models.

Andras Lukacs
West Kootenay, Rossland, Tourism Meet Rossland Tourism’s new Executive Director

Andras fills the position that was vacated by Deanne Stevens, who left to take a position at Selkirk College.

Overview of Columbia Valley Classic Car Show.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Transportation Classic Car Show stays in Radium Hot Springs: “positive resolution” says Chamber

The annual Classic Car Show & Shine will be held on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

A timber frame pavillion that was installed earlier this year at Idlewild Park by College Carpentry students.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College partners in three community projects

College of the Rockies Timber Frame and Carpentry students have been involved in a number of community-based projects over the past several months.

The taphouse in downtown Trail has become a bustling gathering place that has brought a new life to the core of the community.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Selkirk College Instructor Delivers a Refined Beer Taste

With a taste for exciting business ventures, Selkirk College instructor Mike Konkin is the engine driving the West Kootenay's latest success story.

Castlegar’s Crumbs Bakery Café is one of the businesses that benefited last year from Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program. Left to right: Susanne Thomas (owner) and Cameran Millar (student).
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business Apply for a wage subsidy: Hire a student

The program provides a wage subsidy to help employers provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students.

David Rooney.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Revelstoke Current publisher David Rooney passes away

David was well-known in Revelstoke as a respected journalist, talented artist and active volunteer of many community initiatives.

View of the Waneta Dam.
Energy Fortis issues statement on Waneta Dam purchase by BC Hydro

Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with total assets of approximately $48 billion.

The Waneta Dam.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Deal with Fortis off as Teck opts to sell Waneta Dam to BC Hydro—$28 million breakup fee

BC Hydro has exercised its right of first offer to purchase Teck’s two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash.

Waneta Dam in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial BC Hydro plan to purchase remaining two-third interest in Waneta Dam will keep rates affordable

The purchase is forecast to have a beneficial financial impact each year, helping to keep rates affordable for BC Hydro’s customers.

Kelsey and Brenda Taylor, co-owners of MJ's Floral Boutique in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business MJs Floral Boutique finds new home on Cranbrook’s Tenth Avenue

The floral business is blooming for MJ's Floral Boutique with a new storefront, walk-in cooler and private office for consultations.

The Calgary Connector bus.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Transportation “Calgary Connector” brings bus service connecting Invermere and Calgary

The new transit service is scheduled to run every other week Wednesdays and Thursdays starting on August 2nd.

Metal Fabricator Foundation Program student Daniel Secor works on a year-end project in the new welding shop at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Students Spark New Era at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus

The first group of students to test out the future of the Silver King Campus got busy in the freshly completed welding shop.

College of the Rockies’ Mind Over Metal Camp participants.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Technology College hosts Mind Over Metal Camp

From July 10 to 14, eighteen youth aged 12 to 14 took part in a Mind Over Metal camp at College of the Rockies.

Selkirk College Ceramics Studio students Sierra Kelly (right) and Marita Manson (middle) chat with an Amazing Race Canada producer prior to the contestants coming through Kootenay Studio Arts.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College featured in Amazing Race Canada

Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) was one of the featured stops for the popular reality television show.

Ralph and Debbie Koerber sitting beside a river.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism Revelstoke’s Apex Rafting Company is celebrating 25th anniversary

A family-run rafting company, Apex Rafting is owned by Ralph and Debbie Koerber.

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