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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Kristy Jahn-Smith and her family on bikes on sunny day.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook Tourism welcomes new Executive Director

Kristy Jahn-Smith has been chosen to lead Cranbrook Tourism, the board of the Cranbrook & Region Tourism Society recently announced.

Volunteers with the third annual Business Walk in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Business Walk Survey: 87.4% rate business as good or very good

The annual Business Walk captures the pulse of businesses throughout Cranbrook.

Pollinator inventories have been part of the WTCP Program.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment Seven years of success – Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program

The Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP) has selected five projects for funding as part of a mandate to support habitat restoration & conservation.

A snowplow in winter.
West Kootenay, Transportation Yellowhead Road and Bridge to take over highway maintenance in West Kootenay/Boundary region

Yellowhead Road and Bridge is also is the current contractor for the neighbouring Central Kootenay region.

Sienna Estes Jewelry Design – Series of 5 rings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 11 & 12, 2018

The Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event.

Lucas Pitts.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Lucas Pitts Castlegar’s New Director of Public Works & Development Services

Lucas Pitts, the current Director of Public Works, has been appointed to take over both the Director of Public Works and Director of Development Services jobs.

Sign announcing construction of hostel.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism RED Mountain constructing a new modern hostel

RED Mountain Ventures and Columbia Basin Trust announce their partnership to construct a new modern hostel at the base of RED Mountain Resort

City projects on 9th Street South and 12th Avenue South are nearing completion.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Transportation Two of City’s major 2018 road projects set to wrap up with paving next week

Curbs and sidewalks have been poured, with landscaping, driveway and pathway restoration to take place in the coming weeks.

Trail's Cominco Arena is undergoing an upgrade to the light fixtures in the facility.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Trail’s Cominco Arena lighting project awarded to Power Tech Electric — now nearing completion

The City of Trail has awarded the Cominco Arena Lighting Project to a local contractor, Power Tech Electric Ltd.

The Midway/Kettle Valley fire truck.
West Kootenay, Developments First steps toward construction of new Kettle Valley Fire Hall

The Midway/Kettle Valley Fire Services Advisory Committee held its inaugural meeting in June to begin work toward building a new fire hall.

Fernie Brewing Company is at the top of the list with beer sales hitting just over $4 million and up over $1 million or 41% from the 2016.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay Craft Beer and Wine Sectors Generates $10.92 million in sales in 2017

The craft beer and estate wine market is continuing to show impressive growth in the Kootenays.

Pink makes a big statement and opens up the lines of communication on some big issues to boot.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Mining truck makeovers drive important conversations

SMS Equipment Inc. and KMC Mining have partnered to make big statements in support of prostate cancer research, breast cancer research & mental health awareness

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme (right) and International Academic Pathways Officer Cyril Gavaghan of the Institute of Technology Tralee sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Ireland added to study abroad options at Selkirk College

Traveling abroad to study helps build on skills that post-secondary students can utilize in a rapidly changing world.

Event Associate Seamus Damstorm displays the United Way banner during a recent fundraising campaign.
East Kootenay, Financial East Kootenay United Way invests $149,605 in three community-based programs

When you support the United Way East Kootenay you help make positive things happen in your community.

2018 marks the twelfth consecutive year Teck has been named to the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Teck named to 2018 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada

The Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada transparently measures a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on sustainability metrics.

Michael Graeme, working in Peru.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Selkirk College alumnus secures prestigious national award

Michael Graeme was recently announced as one of ten 3M National Student Fellowship Award winners

Greg Eaton, Tamara Mercandelli, Caitlin Berkhiem and Christel Hagn, outside Cranbrook’s Historic Baker Hotel.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Soulfood relocating to historic Baker Hotel this fall

In the new location, Soulfood plans to highlight their gourmet coffee bar as well as their organic wine and craft cocktail bar.

Chasse Holding’s Jacques and Shelly Chasse plus Brady and Krystle Chasse receive their prestigious award from Canfor management.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Forestry Columbia Valley Logging Contractor is Canfor’s Top Canadian 2018 Contractor

Congratulations to the owners and staff at Chasse Holdings in Invermere.

A scenic view of the poolside at the Copper Point Resort in Invermere, BC.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Invermere’s Copper Point Resort changes hands

Copper Point Resort, located just off busy Highway 95/93, caters to golfers, skiers, business meetings, conferences and the independent traveler.

Kootenay Savings Kimberley Branch employees Dawn Marchi, Leanne Perrault and Susan Cleverly present Neal Weisenberg and John Lyon of the Kimberley Camera Club with a $750 cheque to help the Club purchase new equipment.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Making the Kootenays an even better place to live, work and play

The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is excited to announce the distribution of $67,755 in new grants.

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