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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Workers at the Driftwood Creek project site.
East Kootenay, Developments, Mining MGX Minerals engages Hatch Ltd. for Magnesium Metal Study at Driftwood Creek, British Columbia

The Hatch study will evaluate process routes, and order of magnitude capital and operating cost estimates for an initial 10,000 tonne per year processing plant.

Employees of Island Lake Lodge accept the 2018 Employees First Award.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Island Lake Lodge wins 2018 Employees First Award

The Employees First Award recognizes a British Columbia tourism industry employer who has upheld high standards of excellence in human resources.

Graphic showing the recreation grants that Columbia Basin Trust will be funding.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Financial, Health & Wellness Improving rec spaces keeps residents active

Columbia Basin Trust provides $3 million for 53 new recreation infrastructure projects

Wayne Stetski in standing in front of the Columbia River near its headwaters.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Kootenay-Columbia lakes and rivers win protections

The government’s new Bill C-69 provides a new environmental assessment process and includes a new mechanism for protecting navigable waters.

Four College of the Rockies nursing students participated in a College-sponsored educational opportunity in Kenya in 2016.
East Kootenay, Education College of the Rockies offering international internships

The International Youth Internship program aims to provide eligible Canadian youth with international experience, skills and knowledge.

Michelle Mungall
Mining Government takes action to create and sustain exploration and mining jobs

The Mining Jobs Task Force will look at all aspects of mineral exploration and mining, and provide recommendations to strengthen ties in the province.

The Overwaitea Store in Kimberley is one of the stores which recently re-branded as a Save-On-Foods.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Overwaitea stores in the Kootenays re-brand as Save-On-Foods

As Save-On-Foods, the newly re-branded stores will offer the same great products at amazing value from the same familiar team.

Photo of Dragons Den banner.
Education, Financial, Small Business Community Futures Thompson Country to host Junior Dragons Den in 2019

Junior Dragons Den is a Community Futures led business competition open to students from Grade 7 to University in four different regions of British Columbia.

FortisBC new app by Two Tall Totems
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology New FortisBC app built by Two Tall Totems gives greater access to online accounts

FortisBC recently released a new mobile application that allows British Columbians to access their utilities account from their mobile devices.

Photographer Ursula Abresch is one of the artists who has had a show at New Denver’s Hidden Garden Gallery. The gallery will be renovating a new space with help from a Columbia Basin Trust Arts and Culture Venue Grant.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 12 projects across the East and West Kootenay awarded funding through Arts & Culture Venue Grants

The Columbia Basin Trust is helping 12 facilities renovate, relocate or upgrade with nearly $830,000 in support through its new Arts and Culture Venue Grants.

Dr. Vikramaditya G. Yadav
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Technology College of the Rockies hosting Genome BC presentation

In addition to his work as an Assistant Professor at UBC, Dr. Yadav is the Vice Chair of the Biotechnical Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

The performance artists Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret put on a show at the Golden Civic Centre. The centre’s Great Hall will get new flooring with help from a Columbia Basin Trust Arts and Culture Venue Grant.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Basin Arts and Culture venues to see upgrades

12 projects receive $830,000 from Trust’s new venue grants program

Log cabin-type house, lit up at dusk.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate BC’s “speculation tax” does not apply to Kootenays, with high percentage of out-of-province buyers

According to a Globe and Mail article, the Kootenay region is heavily dependent on Alberta home buyers.

The Trust’s new Career Internship Program provides up to $25,000 to hire a post-secondary grad.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial New internship program helps employers hire post-secondary grads

Columbia Basin Trust program creates and retains jobs in the Basin

Collage of photos depicting people across rural BC.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial BC Rural Dividend grants support projects in Kootenays

The Government of British Columbia is providing over $103,000 for cultural, social and infrastructure projects in the Kootenay region.

Don Freschi.
West Kootenay New Executive Director at KAST: Don Freschi

Accomplished entrepreneur and fly-fishing enthusiast, Don Freschi, joins the team at KAST.

Smiling couple signing papers while realtor looks on.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Have you hugged your Kootenay Realtor lately? RBC shows some love!

To celebrate the partnership between Realtors and the bank, RBC launched the first annual National Realtor Appreciation Week from February 26 to March 2, 2018.

Farmer feeding pigs.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture Agriculture businesses get specialized advice

Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Business Advisors now offers a full-time Agriculture Specialist

The Export Navigator workshop teaches manufacturers about growing their businesses through exporting.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Sales Beyond BC - Export Navigator Workshop

East Kootenay manufacturers with an interest in export will have the opportunity to explore their options at the Export Navigator - Sales Beyond BC workshop.

College of the Rockies Invermere sign.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism College of the Rockies launches first-ever Diploma Program in Invermere

The Hospitality Management diploma program was developed in direct response to needs voiced during community and industry consultations in Invermere.

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