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.

E-mail Keith if you have a business story idea.

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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Wendy Booth, newly elected President of the Union of BC Municipalities.
East Kootenay RDEK Director elected as President of UBCM

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) was formed to provide a common voice for local government.

Couple with bike on gondola.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Developments, Tourism Vancouver-based Replay Resorts selected as master developer partner for Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama Mountain Resort is a four-season destination resort situated in British Columbia's Purcell Mountains.

A woman sits in front of her computer
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Technology Experience the Columbia Basin Symposium live online

Attend the Columbia Basin Trust event, SHIFT! Thriving in Change, from anywhere in the Basin

West Kootenay, Small Business Burton City Cider expands operations to double capacity

Owners/operators/cider makers/beekeepers Alan and Barbara Ross are the people behind the unique business, which opened in the spring 2016

East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment City of Cranbrook awarded CEA honourable mention for WFP heat recovery project at UBCM

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy presented the Climate & Energy Action Awards. The City of Cranbrook received an Honourable Mention

East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Fernie Brewing Company raises a glass to The Professor with new seasonal beer

The Professor Märzen is a commemorative brew, named after a partially created recipe found in past FBC brewmaster Gord Demaniuk’s recipe book

Well-known business owner, Dan Ashman (pictured centre), is dealer principal of AM Ford and was recently awarded Trail's Business Person of the Year Award.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Trail Chamber hands out Excellence Awards

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce hosted the 3rd Annual Business Excellence Awards on Saturday, September 30, 2017

FortisBC's new facility
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Energy A by-the-numbers look at the newly opened FortisBC Operations Centre in Castlegar

As FortisBC's $23-million operations centre comes to completion in Castlegar, we examine some of the benefits and features of the new facility

West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology #BCGO Tour brings business opportunities to local tech innovators in Nelson

Through #BCGO, the BC Innovation Council makes a concerted effort to bring opportunities to regions that aren’t as closely connected to industry and government

The Columbia Valley's new Economic Development Officer is Ryan Watmough
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Financial Ryan Watmough is the new Economic Development Officer for the Columbia Valley

Ryan Watmough has recently been hired by the Regional District of East Kootenay to be the new Economic Development Officer

Bob Wright was presented with the Al McCracken Memorial Award at the 2017 Community Futures British Columbia Conference in Quesnel, B.C. on September 15, 2017.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Community Futures Board Member Wins Award

Bob Wright, long-time volunteer and board member of Community Futures Central Kootenay, was honoured for his years of commitment and service

Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, Energy CanWest/Superior Propane Merger: MP Stetski talks about Competition Bureau Ruling

MP Wayne Stetski weighs in on the CanWest/Superior Propane Merger Competition Bureau Ruling

College of the Rockies Board of Governors elected new Board Chair, Jesse Nicholas and Vice-Chair, Cindy Yates.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, First Nations College Board elects new Chair and Vice-Chair

College of the Rockies Board of Governors elected new Board Chair, Jesse Nicholas and Vice-Chair, Cindy Yates

Pictured from left to right are: Erik Kalacis, Executive Director, Tamara Rotach, Loans Manager and Sara Stuart, Director.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial $3.69 million in business support for Greater Trail

Community Futures Greater Trail was recognized at the British Columbia Community Futures AGM for its outstanding business loan program.

Dave Butler's new book, Full Curl
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Cranbrook author to release his new Jenny Willson mystery series

Dave Butler will be launching his new book, Full Curl, on Saturday, September 30 at the HeidOut in downtown Cranbrook

Deryn Collier
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, First Nations St. Eugene Writers Conference brings together the Kootenay’s best writers/instructors

St. Eugene will host their second writers conference, gathering award winning Canadian authors to lead three- and four-day workshops for writers

Kootenay Savings building in Trail
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Seven Kootenay-based credit unions look to merge under one umbrella

The seven credit unions that encompass the Kootenay, Boundary and Columbia Valley regions are creating a single credit union

Columbia Basin Trust’s new Child Care Support Program will help maintain and create new child care spaces in the Basin.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Trust strengthens child care in the basin

$3.6 million for new three-year program to maintain, create new spaces

Kathy Cooper, CEO of Kootenay Rockies Tourism welcomes extra tourism funding for region.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Kootenay Rockies Tourism receives $200,000 to help tourism impacted by wildfires

The Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association and the Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) will both receive funding from the province.

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