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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A group shot of the Minister's Tourism Engagement Council.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism B.C.‘s Tourism Minister forms New Tourism Engagement Council (MTEC)

The Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council was formed to help guide government's tourism policy, strategy and program implementation.

Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors group photo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Columbia Basin Trust announces board changes

The Trust thanks a departing director and welcomes a new one

Teck’s $1 million donation to College of the Rockies will support construction of the new trades training facility at the College’s Cranbrook campus, in addition to establishing a scholarship fund for trades students and helping to revitalize the Fernie campus. Classes in the new trades facility are scheduled to start in early August.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Financial Teck Donates $1 Million to College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies students throughout the region will benefit from improved access to training

Picture of Golden's Whitetooth Brewing Company beer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Cuisine Kootenay craft breweries capture medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards

The Canadian Brewing Awards is Canada’s national competition for judging the quality of Canadian manufactured beer.

A picture of the window of Zinnia Textiles.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson welcomes Zinnia Textiles — a shop honouring makers and materials

A few of the lines available at Zinnia include the internationally renowned Nomads Hempwear, based in the Slocan Valley and Smoking Lily from Victoria.

Full Curl is the first book in the Jenny Willson Mystery Series by Cranbrook author, Dave Butler.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Full Curl by Cranbrook’s Dave Butler wins the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel

Published in September 2017, Full Curl is the first book in the Jenny Willson Mystery Series that features park warden Jenny Willson.

Congratulations to Executive Director Tammy Verigin-Burk (centre), her staff, and all the members of the Chamber.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Castlegar Chamber wins BC Chamber of the Year Award – and $2,500 in prize money

The Chamber of Year award recognized the innovative efforts that the Chamber has put into play with the Castlegar Economic Development Plan.

Over 40 delegates joined Hon. Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, in the Town of Creston to celebrate the Accelerate Kootenays electric vehicle charging network.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Accelerate Kootenays gives electric vehicles a boost in a Canada-first initiative

The Accelerate Kootenays project is facilitated by Community Energy Association.

Amber (Wood) Granter (left) and Sherry Devlin.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, West Kootenay, Golden, Real Estate C21 Rockies Realty welcome two new realtors

Both new realtors can be contacted through the Rockies Realty Century 21 office in Radium Hot Springs.

Morrissey Meadows, the former homestead of the Fitzen family.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment Old homestead near Fernie now protected for grizzly bears

The former homestead of the Fitzen family was acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a partial donation and partial land purchase.

Main entrance at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Financial $5M in BDC Financing helps Fairmont Hot Springs Resort do extensive upgrades

$5-million financing from BDC to go into enhancing guest experiences at the year-round B.C. resort.

Aerial view of the recent Grand Forks flooding.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Financial Grand Forks flood relief supported by local Credit Unions - surpasses $50K

Seven credit unions from the Boundary, Kootenay, and Columbia Valley have collaborated in their efforts to provide financial relief for Grand Forks.

Aerial view of the Interfor Sawmill in Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Forestry Interfor resumes operations at Grand Forks sawmill

The sawmill was temporarily curtailed on May 10, 2018 as a precautionary measure due to the escalating flooding in the region.

Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial MP Stetski announces call for applications for Seniors’ Grants

In order for a project to be eligible for a New Horizons grant, it must be led or inspired by seniors.

A new building being built in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments New multi-story building rises in Nelson with commercial opportunities

The new building, currently under construction in Nelson, comes with two open concept units.

Sign showing new home of Rite-Way RV Services.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook’s Rite-Way R.V. Services moves and expands

The company has moved to a larger 4-acre yard and a more spacious repair facility as well as a bigger office and parts department.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations Columbia River Treaty negotiations underway

The meetings will provide an update on Columbia River Treaty negotiations between Canada and the United States

The Cranbrook Garden Club being presented with a cheque.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial 2018 Community EKC Cash award winners collect a total of $7,773

The Community Cash Awards, which aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities, offered local community groups an opportunity to apply for funding.

College of the Rockies’ educational partners from Tanzania visited the city recently.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Education News and Notes: College of the Rockies

Educational partners visit from Tanzania, and a new course offering at both the Invermere and Fernie campuses.

Youth gather for the opening ice breakers at the Basin Youth Network Leadership Summit.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Basin youth inspired and equipped to make a difference

100 youth attended the recent Basin Youth Network 2018 Leadership Summit in Kimberley.

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