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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The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.
East Kootenay, Invermere Request for Columbia Valley Economic Development Officer issued

The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.

Columbia River Skywalk—Trail
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Transportation Two Kootenay projects receive awards of merit

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) recently handed out their annual awards for a variety of projects in B.C.

A grassroots group is looking to build connections between entrepreneurs and innovators in the community to strengthen
Castlegar’s entrepreneurial culture. Pictured from left to right are: Gregg Neelin, Consultant; Andrea Wilkey, Community Futures; Dan
Salekin, Columbia Networks Inc; Jason Taylor, Selkirk College; Arry
Dhillon, City of Castlegar and Ron Perepolkin, Community Futures.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Education Building Castlegar’s culture of entrepreneurship & innovation

A grassroots group of entrepreneurs and likeminded community individuals are working together to build an engaged network to support innovation in Castlegar

Picture of heartbeet Bistro.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Kimberley’s heartbeet bistro is closing its doors

Heartbeet bistro on Howard Street in Kimberley will permanently close its doors on April 30th, 2017

From left to right: Michael Hoher, Export Advisor, Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director Community Futures Central Kootenay, Allison Boulton, Program Manager, Export Navigator Program, and David Coburn, Manager of Strategy and Policy, Ministry of International Trade.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Export Navigator pilot program launched in the Kootenays

Export Navigator is a one-year pilot developed by the Province and administered through partnerships with Small Business BC and Community Futures offices.

College of the Rockies math instructor, Leslie Molnar, is very happy with the pilot of her gamified calculus course.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies pilots innovative course

The Winter 2017 Differential Calculus (MATH 103) online course had two types of gamification elements incorporated into the curriculum.

Photo of young girl on zipline.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism New Radium Valley Zipline looks for $20K in investment

The Valley Zip Line Adventures site is in an ideal location, situated just off of Highway 93/95 and a major route for tourism.

When completed the project will include a combination of six ziplines crossing Fairmont Creek in several locations.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Mineral Mountain Zipline coming to Fairmont Hot Springs

The zip line course design will give riders spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Columbia Lake and the adjacent Fairmont Hoodoos.

Junior Dragons Den logo.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Financial, Small Business Join us for Junior Dragons Den!

Junior Dragons Den is a youth-based business competition that encourages entrepreneurial skills among students from Grade 7 to college and university level.

Pictured in this photo (L to R): Ferraro Foods's Jodi Bradford; Karen Parkinson; Carolyn Whitley (Starbucks manager); Matthew Newton and Danny Ferraro as they excitedly announced the new Starbucks to the local Trail Times newspaper.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Trail’s Ferraro Foods brewing up a brand new Starbucks

The iconic coffee shop is slated to be up and running by summer 2017.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Financial, Health & Wellness Over $18 million in upgrades for Trail’s Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

The emergency department expansion will address immediate space and service challenges and accommodate projected patient care needs for years to come.

The unveiling of the memorial statue was attended by local area dignitaries and representatives.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Miner’s sculpture unveiled in Sparwood to commemorate lives lost in the coal industry

On April 3, a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Balmer North Mine Explosion in British Columbia's Elk Valley took place in Sparwood

Popular Fernie Brewing Company is undergoing renovations starting in early April.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Brewing Company announces major expansion: closed to public during renovations

Fernie Brewing Company is in expansion mode and plans to close their store and tasting room during the renovations.

Heli-skiing operation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) sold along with Intrawest in $1.5 billion deal

Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers.

Logos of BC government.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology Completed web project helps local businesses reach new markets

Imagine Kootenay has introduced a new live feed into B.C.'s main trade and investment website.

Chris McIsaac, Director of Public Works.
West Kootenay, Trail City appoints new director of Public Works

Chris will assume his role new immediately and will work directly with the current Manager of Public Works, Larry Abenante, until Larry retires in May.

Koocanusa Lake.
East Kootenay, Environment, Financial Koocanusa strategy to address recreation issues

The actions outlined in the strategy will begin this spring, and will be funded in part by $750,000 over three to five years from Columbia Basin Trust.

People using a SUPSquatch.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Transportation Fernie company introduces Canada’s first and only SUPSquatch river tour

The SUPSquatch river tour ride is unique in Canada, as it is the first and only adventure tour being offered across the country.

Picture of Meghan Tabor
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism Meghan Tabor new Tourism Revelstoke marketing manager

A familiar name in Revelstoke, Meghan Tabor, has been appointed the new marketing manager at Tourism Revelstoke and the Revelstoke Accommodation Association.

Steve Mercandelli (left), sales manager at Cranbrook Dodge is congratulated on being Cranbrook's Business Person of the Year by Brent Jossy of Scotia Bank and a representative of the Bankers Association of Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Business Excellence Awards handed out by Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

"From vibrant non-profits to young entrepreneurs and successful businesses, we have a lot to celebrate and recognize," stated the Chamber of Commerce.

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