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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Social Room Interiors storefront.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Social Room Interior relocates to Vernon Street in Nelson

Nelson’s Social Room Interiors has moved to 619 Vernon Street in the Queen City.

From left: Jan Morton (president, Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society), Johnny Strilaeff (CEO, Columbia Basin Trust), Minister of Children and Family Development and MLA for Kootenay West Katrine Conroy and Mayor of Rossland Kathy Moore break ground at a new affordable housing development in Rossland on May 1, 2018.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Affordable housing for Columbia Basin residents

The Government of British Columbia is working with the Columbia Basin Trust to build 167 new homes for people in the region struggling to find housing.

A concept design of the new Elkford District office building.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Developments Scott Builders awarded design/build contract for $2.1 Million district building in Elkford

Council and staff at the District of Elkford recently discussed the layout, placement and footprint of the new Elkford District office and building.

The former Kootenay Co-op building in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments Former Kootenay Co-Op building in Nelson sold

Word on the street is that Shambhala Festival owner and operator Jimmy Bundschuh has purchased the former Kootenay Co-Op building in Nelson.

Girl and man using a Smart touch-based vending machine.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology Smart Vending Machines dispense school projects—or any type of product—in retail locations

Smrt1 Technologies is debuting its Brain STEM Toolbox at BC Technology show May 14 - 16 in Vancouver BC.

The Colours of Nelson Mural Project was created through a collaborative design process by 16 artists, ages 15-39.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Art goes public thanks to new Trust program

Columbia Basin Trust commits $750,000 to help communities increase public art

Wayne Stetski, standing with two young people.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Stetski allocates more than $625,000 for Kootenay-Columbia student jobs

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Initiative contributes annually to aid in creating jobs for secondary and post-secondary students.

Patrick Tolchard
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Tourism Radium Hot Springs adventure entrepreneur recognized by BC Business magazine

A Radium Hot Springs entrepreneur, Patrick Tolchard, has been recognized by BC Business magazine as one of the province’s Top 30 Under 30 business people.

Little Nieve Thomas standing in front of a NABS construction sign.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Developments, Health & Wellness, Transportation World-class mountain biking coming to Nakusp, BC

Mountain bikers looking to explore what BC has to offer will now want to add Nakusp, BC as a destination.

by Janis Neufeld, Project Manager for the Nakusp and Area Bike Society
Eagle Graphite has also operated a graphite operation in the Slocan region for a number of years.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Mining Eagle Plains acquires high-grade B.C. graphite property

The 711 ha, road-accessible Slocan Graphite Project is located 32 km northeast of Nelson, British Columbia and is owned 100% by Eagle Plains.

Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation Chief Operating Officer, Dave Lampron, Kaslo Infonet Society (KiN) President Don Scarlett, KiN Board Member Tim Ryan together with Robert Abbey, Assistant Manager of the Kaslo Hotel, showcase a section of fibre optik cable similar to the one used in this project. (Left to right: Don, Robert, Dave, Tim)
West Kootenay, Developments, Technology Northern Kootenay Lake ramps up its high-speed internet

The northern Kootenay Lake area is mountainous and thickly forested, which made traditional Internet infrastructure difficult and expensive.

Community Futures Central Kootenay Volunteer of the Year, Chris Bell and CFCK Executive Director, Andrea Wilkey.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Chris Bell awarded Community Futures Volunteer of the Year

Chris has been involved in a variety of organizations, lending his good-natured expertise to many projects.

The new Glade Ferry, built by Waterbridge Steel in Nakusp.
West Kootenay, Developments, Tourism, Transportation Nakusp’s Waterbridge Steel constructs and launches new ferry at Glade

Waterbridge was awarded a $27.9-million contract in 2016 to design and build the four new cable ferries.

Amanda Savage and Amanda Landry, new owners of Kootenay Cycling in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Kootenay Cycling is now part of Castlegar’s Columbia Functional Fitness

The new owners plan to expand the schedule and offer a variety of classes like Spin, Tabata, Bootcamps and Functional Training.

The Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program trains people for a solid career in the health care profession that appeals to many eager to make a difference in senior's care.
West Kootenay, Education, Health & Wellness Selkirk College training in-demand health care professionals

Frontline health care workers are in high demand in our region and Selkirk College’s Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program is training to fill that gap.

Automotive Service Technician (AST) students Roger Blackmore and Cameron Birch practice their skills on a 2010 Jeep Compass SUV.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook College of the Rockies: News and Notes

Community participation and donations assist in College of the Rockies events.

Students at Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary School participate in JA British Columbia’s Be Entrepreneurial program.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Small Business Mentors inspire youth to be entrepreneurial

Business professionals give back to their community by investing their time in young learners.

Tom Wayman
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Noted author Tom Wayman launches new book “34 Years Later”

The launch of a collection of essays by West Kootenay author Tom Wayman on Tuesday, May 1 will feature readings and a musical performance.

Esi Edugyan and Steven Price.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Elephant Mountain Literary Festival virtual box office opens

Tickets are now on sale for the 7th annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, July 12 – 15 in Nelson.

Genevieve Robertson, new Executive Director at the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality New executive director at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson

Robertson is excited to build on the momentum generated from Oxygen’s twelve-year span as the only rural artist run centre in the region.

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