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.

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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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Tristen Chernove.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Don’t miss the 2nd Annual 40 Under 40 Luncheon

Our 40 under 40 luncheon is a salute to the Kootenay's rising stars of business, our shining young entrepreneurs.

Students in the Selkirk College Ski Operations & Management Program.
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College SROAMies dive into the backcountry

First-year SROAM students had the opportunity to visit Selkirk Snowcat Skiing to complete their Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course.

Manager Mike Miller proudly shows off the new Cummins facility in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Transportation Cummins opens state-of-the-art facility in Sparwood

The new, 10,000 square-foot shop features dedicated space for maintenance and repairs, offices, tool storage and a customer conference room.

Artist's rendition of residential care facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Health & Wellness Interior Health awards contract to Golden Life for new residential care beds in Cranbrook

Interior Health has awarded a contract for the development of 30 residential care beds in Cranbrook to Golden Life Management.

The College of the Rockies Fire Training program 2017 graduates.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Education Fire Training Program graduates 18 students

The 23-week program, which runs from the Kimberley campus and the Kimberley Fire Hall, helps to prepare cadets for careers in firefighting and related jobs

Owner Murray Floyd demonstrates Culligan new bottling facility and announces major expansion of his companies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook’s Culligan, Flaman Fitness & Beachcomber Hot Tubs expand to the West Kootenay

Cranbrook businessman Murray Floyd is pleased to announce expansion into the West Kootenays

Danny Rickaby.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Nelson businessman Danny Rickaby mourned and missed

Originally from the Lethbridge area, Rickaby was well-known in the Nelson area for his enthusiastic spirit and business savvy.

Murray Floyd displays a newly produced bottle from the company's new manufacturing facility in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Culligan expands their Cranbrook water bottle manufacturing plant

Aside from the new plant in Cranbrook, there are only 5 other bottle manufacturing plants in Canada.

Students in Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning Program have been working with the City of Nelson on Life and Environment Action plans.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Education Selkirk College students host open house on Nelson Life and Environment Action plans

Nelson’s various plans and studies have identified numerous areas for future study, research, plan development, and implementation.

A home by Nelson-based Ellenwood Homes.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Real Estate Finalists announced for the 25th Anniversary Georgie Awards

The Georgie Awards showcase the high quality and calibre of British Columbia's home building and renovation community.

Neith Muth by the Columbia River in 2016.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship established

The Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship honours Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer from 2005 through 2016, who passed away last November.

Genome BC's Bringing Genomics Home speaker series returns to the College of the Rockies on March 9th.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Genome BC returns for another public talk to science enthusiasts in Cranbrook

The Genome BC event offers an incredible interactive learning opportunity for our students, faculty and community members.

Tyler Beckley, of Wycliffe's Three Bars Guest Ranch is one of the Kootenay representatives on the Destination BC marketing committee.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Three Kootenay representatives on Destination BC Marketing Committee

Destination British Columbia works collaboratively with tourism stakeholders across the province to coordinate tourism marketing at all levels.

Ken Fowler.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs Fairmont Hot Springs Resort owner Ken Fowler dies

Fowler purchased the famous hot springs in 2006 from the Wilder family.

After months of planning this next drill hole, the team is now present in the Kootenays and ready to drill.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining Kootenay Zinc starts drilling at Fort Steele’s “Sully” property

All geophysics and drill holes to date have helped the technical team better understand the nature of this exciting project.

Cover of report: Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Learn more about water resources in the Basin

New Trust report highlights status of water resources and future opportunities.

A member of Avalanche Canada’s South Rockies Field Team helps keep backcountry users safe. Columbia Basin Trust is committing $450,000 over three years to the organization.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Want to play in the snow? New funding helps keep you safe

To support the important work Avalanche Canada does, Columbia Basin Trust is funding the non-profit organization with $450,000 over three years.

Amy Goodman, award-winning alternative investigative journalist.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education Journalist and author Amy Goodman coming to Selkirk College Mir Lecture series

Goodman is the host of Democracy Now, an independent global news program.

The dramatic Kicking Horse Bridge was part of an earlier upgrade on Highway #1.
Developments, Financial, Transportation At $110 million per KM, Kicking Horse Highway upgrade likely most expensive strip of road in Canada

B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone stated that most of the funding, $450 million, is for improvements to a four-kilometre section of the road.

(From left) Local entrepreneur Brian Fry discusses his plan for an innovation centre with Columbia Basin Trust’s Tim O’Doherty, Senior Manager, Investments, and Jon Exley, Manager, Assessment and Development.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Trust puts new economic development plan into action

The Trust is purchasing a commercial building in the Waneta Industrial Park near Trail and working with a local tech industry entrepreneur to fill the facility.

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