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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Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Affordable Housing Energy Retrofit Program now open

Trust providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades.

The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC) this week launched a new game-changing economic development marketing program in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Metal Tech Alley celebrates grand opening in Trail

Metal Tech Alley has been created with the input and engagement of multiple stakeholders, citizens, business leaders and community officials.

Real estate sign announcing new home of Wildhorse Surgical.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Wildhorse Surgical to build new offices in Cranbrook

Called Wildhorse Surgical, the new professional offices will be home to Dr. Robert Mondin and Dr. Ryan Cain.

The Kicking Horse Coffee manufacturing facility, based in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Financial, Retail Italy’s Lavazza Group buys Kicking Horse Coffee in $215 million deal

Kicking Horse Coffee is one of the Kootenay’s largest employers with over 110 people working out of the company's Invermere manufacturing facility.

Jim Barr, owner of Skynet and Kinetic Wireless.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Technology New wireless company coming to the Kootenays

Skynet and Kinetic Wireless, which owns 25 Rogers & Fido stores in B.C., is expanding to serve the Kootenays.

Heavy equipment breaking ground for the new Trade Building at the College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Work begins for College of the Rockies’ Trades Building

The facility is expected to be completed in April 2018 and ready to welcome students for the fall 2018 semester.

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino have teamed up to create the St. Eugene RV Park, opening Summer 2017.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism St. Eugene Mission Resort to open luxury RV Park

The folks at the St. Eugene Mission near Cranbrook have teamed up with KOA (Kampgrounds of America) to construct a new luxury RV park at the resort.

College of the Rockies Tourism and Recreation Management instructor, Grant Unger.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies tourism students conduct research for Community Forest

The research was conducted in collaboration with the Cranbrook Community Forest Society (CCFS).

The 2017 Dragons Den competitors.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Financial, Small Business Audience vote helps to determine winners at Junior Dragons Den Championship

The Junior Dragons Den Championship was held on May 6th at the Charles Bailey theatre in Trail, B.C.

Windermere's Saunders Family Farm members at the Grocery & Speciality Food West exhibition.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Windermere jams and jellies maker recognized at major trade show

The company made the Top 10 Most Innovative Products appearing on shelves of B.C. grocery stores, as selected by a panel of food experts.

Waneta Dam
West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Fortis buys Teck’s interest in Waneta Dam for $1.2 Billion

Under the agreement, Teck Metals Ltd. will be granted a 20-year lease to use Fortis' interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail

College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus Business Development Manager, Jeff Cooper, looks forward to meeting members of the Kimberley community at the May 16 Open House.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Education College of the Rockies—Kimberley hosting open house

College of the Rockies’ Kimberley campus is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, May 16 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

College of the Rockies Executive Director, International and Regional Development, Patricia Bowron and President David Walls joined Columbia Kootenay Member of Parliament, Wayne Stetski and College Board of Governors Chair Wilda Schab at the Colleges and Institutes Canada conference in Ottawa, May 1 and 2.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College leadership connects with MP Wayne Stetski in Ottawa

The Colleges and Institutes Canada conference was recently held in Ottawa, May 1 and 2.

Sarah Peterson
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Sarah Peterson new Marketing Coordinator at Revelstoke Chamber

Sarah will be replacing Meghan Tabor, who recently moved into a new position at Tourism Revelstoke.

Sherry Jackson and Jill Bentley-Lobban celebrate the installation of a new [stoke] juice outlet at Cranbrook's Hot Shots Cafe.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Kimberley’s [Stoke] Cold Pressed Juices expanding distribution network

The company recently transitioned all their cold-pressed juices into sustainable, recyclable glass bottles.

Picture of Pacific Coastal airplane.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Pacific Coastal adds one-stop (Kelowna) same plane service between Cranbrook and Victoria

Pacific Coastal is a privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.

Graphic of 'What's your rush?' ad campaign.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New microsite launched for “What’s Your Rush” campaign from Kootenay Rockies Tourism

Focusing on the phrase, 'What's Your Rush?', this campaign is designed to excite the consumer with an array of activities.

Elkford Search and Rescue group.
East Kootenay, Financial Community Cash Awards amounts to over $7,718 for Elk Valley organizations

Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Awards provide EKC members, and the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

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