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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Selkirk College Ceramics Studio students Sierra Kelly (right) and Marita Manson (middle) chat with an Amazing Race Canada producer prior to the contestants coming through Kootenay Studio Arts.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College featured in Amazing Race Canada

Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) was one of the featured stops for the popular reality television show.

Ralph and Debbie Koerber sitting beside a river.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism Revelstoke’s Apex Rafting Company is celebrating 25th anniversary

A family-run rafting company, Apex Rafting is owned by Ralph and Debbie Koerber.

Longtime Community Futures volunteer Rob Schwieger with Community Futures Self-Employment Program Manager, Wade Sather, Executive Director, Andrea Wilkey, and Board Director, Bob Wright.
West Kootenay Community Futures Central Kootenay recognizes Rob Schwieger as our 2016 Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures Central Kootenay is a not-for-profit community economic development organization with offices in Nelson, Nakusp, and Creston.

Picture of mother and child getting on bus.
West Kootenay, Transportation Coming soon: expanded bus service and a new single multi-zone fare in the West Kootenay

Starting August 1, 2017, bus riders in the West Kootenay Transit System will benefit from extended service on several routes.

Picture of Columbia Valley Pioneer and the Invermere Valley Echo newspapers.
East Kootenay, Invermere Invermere’s Valley Echo shuts down after 64 years

The Invermere Valley Echo was founded in 1953.

Picture of wildfire.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Top 10 steps to prepare your business for evacuation

If you are on evacuation alert or think you will be put on evacuation alert, there are some important steps you will want to consider.

Strategic Doing 301 is being offered in partnership with Agile Strategy Lab
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College hosts strategic Doing Training

Selkirk College is partnering with Purdue University’s Agile Strategy Lab to offer a three-day training course that helps people lead complex collaborations.

(L to R) Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining New B.C. government sworn in—two cabinet ministers from the Kootenays

The cabinet consists of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. Two ministers are from the Kootenays

The Windsor Hotel in Fort Steele.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Fort Steele’s Windsor Hotel will once again be a “hotel”

A major construction project is underway at Fort Steele Heritage Town, near Cranbrook, with the historic Windsor Hotel undergoing sweeping interior renovations.

Newly renovated Tasting Room at the Fernie Brewing Company.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Fernie Brewing Co. Tasting Room now open!

With the FBC Tasting Room proving increasingly popular over the past couple of years, it became clear that a revamped and larger space was required.

Kathy Cooper, CEO, Kootenay Rockies Tourism
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay Rockies Tourism CEO Kathy Cooper issues statement on BC wildfires

Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association would like to extend our support to our communities and industry in this time of need.

East Kootenay, Creston Rockies Law expands to Creston with purchase of Graham Temple’s law firm

Rockies Law offers a wide variety of services to individuals, small business, national and multi-national corporations and government.

An aerial view of the Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show & Shine event.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Transportation Radium officials express disappointment that Classic Car Show is moving venues

The Show & Shine portion of the event will be moving from the Springs Course Driving Range to the Copper Point Golf Club's driving range.

Cole Hoodicoff, from Castlegar, one of three recipients of the Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship recipients announced

First time scholarship awards three students around the Basin.

Stephen Wik (left) toasts to new beginnings with Don Wik. In early June, Stephen bought Don's 44-year old business Rocky Mountain Print Solutions and merged it with Murray's Office Plus.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail RM Office Solutions—the new business you already know

Stephen Wik buys print business from father Don Wik, merges it with Murray's Office Plus.

A man and child are dwarfed by the giant mining machine that is parked beside them.
Mining Teck updates Steelmaking Coal Guidance

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development.

A scenic view of the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations Ktunaxa Nation communities regain sole ownership of St. Eugene Resort

The Ktunaxa Nation announces that as of June 20, 2017 the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino is once again solely owned by the four Ktunaxa communities.

by Jesse Nicholas, Communications Manager, Ktunaxa Nation Council
Dustin Denham, dealer principal/manager at Denham Chevrolet GMC Buick in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Transportation Denham Auto Group purchases Fernie GM dealership

The Elk Valley's Coal Valley Motor Products, based in Fernie and owned by Ralph Will for many years, has been purchased by the Denham Automotive Group.

An overhead view of Nelson Hydro power plant.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Technology Nelson Hydro celebrates Grand Opening of Nelson Community Solar Garden

The Community Solar Garden is now operational and supplying power to the Nelson Hydro power grid.

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