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 30 years. 

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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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Six Mile Slough near Creston will provide better habitat for many species once it’s restored with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Forestry Improving health and biodiversity in local ecosystems

Trust gives five projects over $3 million through Ecosystem Enhancement Program

A branch of Kootenay Savings.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Trail-based Kootenay Savings issues $746K in profit sharing dividends to members

With corporate offices in Trail, Kootenay Savings is a member-owned financial co-operative with eleven branches throughout the Kootenays

Wayne Stetski, NDP Member of Parliament for Kootenay – Columbia.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology MP Wayne Stetski calls for more funding for rural internet and wireless

Stetski called on the government to substantially increase its investment in rural connectivity in the 2019 budget saying, “rural Canadians deserve no less.”

Logo for Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc., with picture of small town in Kootenays.
West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Technology Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. acquires Lang Business Systems

Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. is B.C.’s largest independently owned and operated office equipment sales and service organization

Selkirk College alumnus Alexandre Landry
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Selkirk College GIS Alumnus soars in new career

A geospatial analyst for Nelson’s Harrier Aerial Surveys, Landry is part of a team that provides high-precision surveying

Picture of ski scene, with word REVELSTOKE in large plain font.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Revelstoke reveals a new visual identity: REVELSTOKE.

The new look was designed by C&B Advertising of Calgary, under the guidance of the Revelstoke Tourism Advisory Committee.

Meghan Stewart (right) with her daughter Ruby and life-long friend Amy Stewart at the annual Bursary Tea.
West Kootenay, Education, Financial Selkirk College bursaries provide optimism in the face of challenge

Each academic year, Selkirk College awards almost $200,000 in bursaries to students who face financial challenges

The Kootenay East Regional Hospital.
East Kootenay, Financial, Health & Wellness Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Adopts 2019 Budget

The total budget is $6,586,460 which includes new approvals for just over $2.4 million in capital expenditures and $3.2 million for unfinished capital projects.

Members of the Selkirk College facilities team—(L-R) Mike Geisler, Melanie Perepolkin, Ron Zaitsoff and Pauline de Grandpre—check out the new Chevrolet Bolt which has been added to the college fleet.
West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Technology, Transportation Selkirk College ushers in electric vehicle age

The new Chevrolet Bolt is 100 per cent electric and the estimated cost for operating the vehicle annually is less than $500.

Kimberley’s Platzl is a gathering space for the community.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial, Tourism Outdoor gathering spaces to get a facelift

Municipalities, regional districts and First Nations communities can apply for up to $500,000 to create, restore or enhance an outdoor multi-use space.

Group of students looking at display of Mobile Terrestrial LiDAR unit.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Selkirk College provides closer look at LiDAR Data Collection Tools

Selkirk College hosted a demonstration day that put focus on the latest tools used for geospatial data collection.

The DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. facility.
West Kootenay, Developments, Mining DMG Blockchain’s 85-megawatt crypto mining facility now fully operational in WK/Boundary

The facility – one of North America's largest – runs on clean hydroelectric power

SMS truck.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Teck reports unaudited annual & fourth quarter results: 2018

“2018 was another very good year for Teck,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO of the company.

Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West.
West Kootenay, Developments, Health & Wellness Improving health-care services for people in West Kootenay Boundary

A new ambulatory care area and expanded pharmacy at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) have been approved by the provincial government.

Picture of COBS Bread building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail COBS Bread to open in Cranbrook

In addition to baking fresh bread and treats all day every day, owners of all COBS Bread bakeries are actively involved in their local communities

A graphic detailing how tax dollars are spent on different services.
East Kootenay, Financial Regional District of East Kootenay Draft 5-Year Financial Plan Open for Review

The draft 2019 operating budget proposes a 4.2% increase over last year. A 1.3% increase in new assessment in the region will help offset the overall impact.

Owners of Maglio Building Centre standing outside store.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Retail Rona’s Fraser Valley Building Supplies acquires the Maglio Building Centres in Trail and Nelson

Formerly owned by Tony Maglio, his brother Dominic and brother in-law Russ Beauchamp, the Maglio Building Centres have been serving the area for over 30 years.

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