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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Graphic for East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial Kimberley Chamber part of new East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op launch

The new EKCCI is seeking founding members and investors who wish to make an impact in their community

A new Centex gas bar has opened at the ?AQAM Trading Centre.
East Kootenay, Developments, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation ?AQAM Trading Centre opens Centex Gas Bar

Officials such as Chief Joe Pierre and ?AQAM Community Enterprises CEO Christopher McCurry were on hand for the occasion.

Flagger holding up stop sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Transportation Ktunaxa-owned businesses acquire largest traffic control company in the East Kootenays

The business has been purchased from local owners who will continue to support the new ownership in an advisory role

Jennifer Roberts (School District 5) and Cheryl Lenardon (School District 6) receive a Canadian Award of Excellence on behalf of the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Committee (KBEE), representing school districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 20 and 51.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Local educators take home awards at Canadian conference

The EECOM Awards recognizes both classroom teachers and community educators who demonstrate excellence in encouraging stewardship and sustainability

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West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Real Estate, Small Business Castlegar Chamber offers commercial spaces in new “Hub” building

The Hub will be the centre for tourism and economic development and is expected to draw 20,000+ people annually for hub occupants.

Jordan Aasland and Rusty Cox of Fisher Peak Brewing Company at the BC Beer Awards.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Three Kootenay-based craft breweries win at BC Beer Awards

Golden’s Whitetooth captured two first place awards and Cranbrook’s Fisher Brewing Company and Nelson Brewing Company won one each.

Nicole Fricot, new Chief Executive Officer for Mica Heliskiing.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality Nicole Fricot new CEO of Revelstoke’s Mica Heliskiing

Mica Heliskiing is a backcountry heliskiing lodge located on Kinbasket Lake across from Mica Dam in British Columbia, Canada.

Keynotes were greeted by a packed house with 300 educators across Canada participating.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Canadian conference connects classrooms to communities in the Columbia Basin

Participants learn from the land and people of the Ktunaxa Nation

A new program from the Trust supports alternative energy generation at community buildings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology New energy grant targets community buildings

The program provides funding for community buildings that will generate their own energy using alternative and renewable methods

Pictured, left to right: Virginia Rasch, editor, Koocanusa Publications; Chantel DeLaney, Vice-President, Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce; Mike Guarnery, manager, Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business 2018 Business Excellence Awards at Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Under the banner, “Kimberley is a good place to be…Doing Business” ten awards were handed out to a variety of businesses.

Pictured left to right:  Douglas McIntosh, Janice Alpine, Mike McPhee, Charmaine Richter, Barry Zwueste, Mike Smith, Andrea Tubbs  Absent:  Tom Rosner, Tyler Beckley
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Kootenay Rockies Tourism - a successful 41st AGM & conference

Over the course of two days, the 130 delegates heard many inspirational and informative sessions on a variety of industry topics

Recruitment Officer, Jennifer Inglis, invites community members to learn more about the advantages of attending College of the Rockies at the annual Open House.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies hosting annual Open House

Potential students, parents and community members invited to learn more about what the College has to offer

A 3D printed structure model of a dam - the model is set up on a shake table to represent how dams respond during an earthquake.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Technology Kootenay innovation on display at national conference

For testing, the company used a 3D printed model of a FortisBC dam developed with existing research partners Selkirk College and FortisBC Inc.

Janeen Mather, Community Futures Central Kootenay Small Business Training Centre Coordinator with the CFBC 2018 Award for Excellence and Innovation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Community Futures Small Business Training Centre Wins Award for Excellence and Innovation

The Small Business Training Centre, a service unique to CFCK, was recognized as a program that could benefit other Community Futures offices across the province

Picture of lumber stacked in yard, covered with Interfor logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Interfor to Take Downtime in BC Interior

Interfor has three sawmills in the BC Interior, with total annual capacity of approximately 750 million board feet.

Fifteen Health Care Assistant students at College of the Rockies’ Golden campus are preparing to help fill the demand for HCAs in the region.
West Kootenay, Golden, Education, Health & Wellness College Health Care Students Gain Valuable Skills

Three academic programs are being offered at the Golden campus in 2018/2019

A modern and spacious room in The Josie, Rossland's newest destination hotel located at the base of Red Mountain.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Rossland’s newest ski-in, ski-out hotel set to open

Boutique accommodations meet authentic Red Mountain adventure at The Josie

DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. building.
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Technology DMG provides flagship mining facility update

DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. is a diversified blockchain and cryptocurrency company.

The Trust is supporting community sport groups and schools to get kids active. Attend an upcoming meeting to learn more.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Health & Wellness New program helps kids and youth be active

Columbia Basin Trust launches $3-million Basin PLAYS initiative

Lane and Meadow storefront.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Lane and Meadow comes to Cranbrook

An exciting new home decor store is set to open in downtown Cranbrook

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