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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Ad for Export Advisor workshop.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Kootenay Export Navigator Workshop slated for Nelson

The Export Navigator workshop is specifically for manufacturers in the West Kootenay, hosted by advisor Michael Hoher.

Erin Gawne, new Executive Director, Public Relations.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies announces new Executive Director, Public Relations

College of the Rockies’ President and CEO, David Walls, is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Gawne as Executive Director, Public Relations.

Picture of people shopping in an indoor market.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Cranbrook Farmers’ Winter Market November 25 and 26

Festive market celebration brings together more than 70 local producers and artisans

Photo of Tervita building.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Trail Tervita buys Columbia Recycle in Kimberley and Trail

Tervita is a leading environmental services company with nearly 40 years of industry experience.

The Whitetooth Brewing Co., in Golden was recognized as the New Business of the Year in the Chamber's Business Excellence awards, along with 13 other businesses or individuals.
West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business Golden Chamber presents Business Excellence Awards

The Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce hosted a gala dinner event and presented 14 awards in a variety of categories.

Picture of worker in wood factory.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Forestry, Small Business Two Kootenay companies finalists in BC Export Awards

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours companies for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories.

Picture of white golf ball in foreground, with Revelstoke Golf Club in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial BC Rural Dividend grants over $10 million for rural projects—$1.2 million in Kootenays

The B.C. government is distributing $10.1 million in new grants to help rural communities stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.

Picture of shelf filled with empty bottles.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness Fernie Alpine Springs expands with self-serve Kombucha

Fernie Alpine Springs is brewing a favourful line of kombucha and they are expanding the availability of the product throughout the Kootenays.

Picture of author Jody Jacob
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Local resident Jody Jacob publishes children’s book

Writer Jody Jacob, born and raised in Cranbrook, has published a children’s book called The Man & the Bear, created for kids between the ages of birth to seven.

Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Real Estate Kimberley’s Mayor highlights many positives happening in city

At the recent Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, Kimberley’s Mayor Don McCormick was one of the guest speakers.

Ryan Doehle of Isoceles IT (pictured here with his family) was named Fernie Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Small Business Fernie holds annual Business Awards Banquet

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce recently gave out their Community and Business Excellence Awards for 2017.

West Kootenay, Rossland, Mining Massive $750 million deal for magnesium deposit near Rossland

Calgary-based West High Yield Resources sells their mineral properties near Rossland to Maryland-based Gryphon Enterprises for US$750 million

Jamie Mayes, interim program manager at Imagine Kootenay.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism Revelstoke’s Jamie Mayes now Imagine Kootenay interim program manager

Former executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, Jamie Mayes, has joined Nelson-based Imagine Kootenay initiative as interim program manager.

The Minerals South Conference runs from November 7 to 9, and is held at the Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Mining, Technology Minerals South conference in Cranbrook November 7 to 9

The conference is organized by East Kootenay Chamber of Mines (EKCM), a non-profit organization actively promoting sustainable exploration, mining and education

(L to R) (back row) Douglas McIntosh, Andrea Tubbs, Barry Zwueste, Tom Rosner, Nicholas (Nico) Leenders, (front row) Nancy Hetherington, Mike Smith, Ken Wilder
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Tourism Kootenay Rockies Tourism Introduces 2017/18 Board

The Kootenay Rockies have selected a new board of directors

Jana Thompson is Revelstoke's new Chamber of Commerce executive director
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism New executive director at Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce

Jana Thompson is Revelstoke's new Chamber of Commerce executive director

Both Nelson and Kimberley (pictured) have solar projects that are producing power.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Energy, Technology FortisBC looking to build B.C.’s largest utility-led solar project in Kelowna

The proposed Ellison Community Solar Pilot Project, if approved, would be B.C.’s largest utility-led community solar project to date.

Sign on fence about the new Radium Community Hall.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments Radium Community Hall construction is underway

The building will be home to a library, a small meeting room for public use as well as a large community hall space for larger gatherings.

The Can-Filters mascot appears in front of their Six Mile location north of Nelson
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson’s Can-Filters acquired by US-based Hawthorne Gardening Company

Can-Filters produces a top brand of air filtration systems for safer workplaces and environments.

Exterior of the attractive new VISAH.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Golden’s new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre is good to go

Kootenay Business magazine had the opportunity to tour the new Golden Visitor Centre recently.

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