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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Group of ten interns standing in front of College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Tourism College of the Rockies interns depart for overseas placements

Participants will gain professional experience through international development work

Large crane removing a mobile home from plot of land.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial, First Nations , Health & Wellness More affordable housing options for First Nations

The Trust provides $2.9M to build 43 new units, improve 88 existing ones

View of Radium Golf Course, with photo of Nawaz Hirji.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality Radium Resort Limited Partnership Purchase

The Radium Golf Course, The Springs Golf Course and surrounding lands have been purchased by Eaglequest Golf Centres Inc. based in Vancouver, BC.

Woman holding a cup of coffee and smiling into camera.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business New Coffee House and Bookstore Opens in Cranbrook

Kootenay Grounds Cafe and Bookstore is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at 16D 11th Avenue South in Cranbrook.

Jeremy and Felicity Youngward standing in their music store, with row of guitars behind them.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Retro Sound and Collectibles puts nice spin on music store

Retro Sound and Collectibles has an eclectic selection of music related merchandise — everything from posters, CD's and vinyl records to musical instruments

Group of North Coal employees celebrating and holding a cake.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Sparwood’s North Coal celebrates sixth anniversary

North Coal has been active since 2012 and is currently completing federal and provincial environmental assessments and consulting with local stakeholders.

Brenda Mathenia, new Director, Teaching and Learning Resources at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies hires new Director, Teaching and Learning Resources

Brenda Mathenia will bring over 20 years of experience in academic libraries to new role

Vivek Sharma, new CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality Fairmont Hot Springs Resort announces Vivek Sharma as new CEO

Sharma brings over 25 years of global hospitality management experience to the role

Brad Parsell, Executive Director at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism “Staffing for Businesses” session designed to address employment challenges in Fernie

Staffing for businesses is a challenge in the Fernie area due to the seasonal nature of the tourism economy and a small labor market.

MP Wayne Stetski in the House of Parliament.
East Kootenay, Transportation MP Stetski presents petition calling for Air Canada to keep service between Cranbrook and Calgary

The petition, which recommends that Air Canada should maintain one trip per day between Cranbrook and Calgary, has collected 541 signatures.

Crime writers (L-R) J.G. Toes, William Deverell, and Iona Whishaw.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Tickets sales launched for Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in Nelson features workshops, special events, and panel discussions

Joy Kogawa
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Entertainment and Hospitality Author Joy Kogawa speaks on “Forgiveness” in Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and Silverton, June 7 to 10

The focus of Kogawa’s West Kootenay talks will be her most recent book, the 2016 memoir Gently to Nagasaki

The Centre for Rural Health Research team.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Health & Wellness Rural Evidence Review — Health Service Planning Through a Rural Lens

The goal of the Rural Evidence Review (RER) project is to work with rural citizens to provide high quality, useful evidence for rural health care planning in BC

MP Wayne Stetski in the House of Commons.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay MP Stetski urges public to respond to Canada Revenue Agency’s consultation on service

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has launched an online public consultation in the ongoing effort to improve their service to taxpayers

CEBC is BC’s clean energy industry association that represents 135 members.
West Kootenay, Trail, Environment Clean Energy BC delves into the Kootenays

The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting their spring conference Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail, BC from June 4th – 6th.

Castlegar's Downtown Shell - Benson Oil, showing fuel truck at station.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Castlegar’s Downtown Shell – Benson Oil Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The busy and popular stop with the motoring public is celebrating 30 years in business and recently held an open house for staff and customers.

An artist's rendition of the future renovations planned for Cover Architecture's new building.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Small Business Cover Architecture plans move to new building in the Fall of 2019

The brick building, which will become Cover’s new home, is located at the south entrance to Nelson’s developing Railtown commercial neighbourhood

MP Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Retail, Small Business MP Stetski allocates more than $774,000 for summer jobs in Kootenay-Columbia

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program provides wage subsidies to aid employers in creating quality summer work experiences for youth aged 15 to 30.

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