Keith Powell writer profile

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Keith Powell is the publisher and founder of Kootenay Business magazine which is part of the Koocanusa Publications group. He has written a regular sales and marketing column, called Ad Talk, in Kootenay Business magazine for over 20 years. 

E-mail Keith if you have a business story idea.

Most recent articles by Keith Powell

East Kootenay, Fernie, Real Estate Good news for Fernie’s Real Estate market: Podcast with Todd Fyfe (Episode #3)

In this Podcast, Fyfe talks about how the 2017 real estate market wrapped up in Fernie and the Elk Valley and gives us a peek into 2018.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Podcast: Tervita Expands in East and West Kootenay

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

East Kootenay, Real Estate Podcast (episode #7) —Cranbrook Real Estate Trends 2018: Now’s a great time to sell!

Jason Wheeldon, one of Cranbrook's leading realtors, provides insight into real estate trends in Cranbrook and area.

A yellow Teck truck shovel in front of a large coal pile
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Mining 45 years of coal mining leadership

Celebrating a milestone at Teck's Fording River Operations

Wild Horse Surgical's new clinic is under construction near Hot Shots Cafe.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Developments and New Business Roundup

The Cranbrook and area business landscape has been busy over the last 12 months, with businesses expanding, renovating and updating.

Beachfront property
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Top ten most unique businesses for sale in the Kootenays

The Kootenay area has an eclectic selection of businesses for sale to suit every sort of entrepreneur.

A group shot of the staff of Canadian Timberframes Ltd.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Kootenay Manufacturers 2nd annual Kootenay Manufacturing Awards announced

Golden’s Canadian Timberframes Ltd. named Manufacturer of the Year

A fleet of Mainroad Contracting's snowplows busy clearing our local highways
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation Ad Talk: chill out and give your local highway contractor the thumbs-up

With winter's onset, a favourite topic of conversation seems to be the winter maintenance of our local roads.

New Sushi & More restaurant.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Animal Care, Cuisine, Developments, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Part III: The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Thriving in Kimberley — New Businesses Roundup

Kimberley and Marysville have been seeing a surge of new businesses, construction and start-ups over the past year.

Jason Wheeldon
East Kootenay, Real Estate Podcast (episode #6) —Cranbrook Real Estate Trends: Summer and Fall 2017

Jason Wheeldon, one of Cranbrook's leading realtors, provides insight into real estate trends in Cranbrook.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Top 10 luxury homes for sale in Kootenays—Summer 2017 Edition

The Kootenays are home to some spectacular properties, as this Top 10 list proves.

Luke Mori
West Kootenay, Real Estate Podcast—Nelson Real Estate Trends with Luke Mori (Episode 1)

In this podcast, realtor Luke Mori discusses real estate trends in Nelson and Kootenay Lake with Kootenay Business magazine publisher Keith Powell

East Kootenay, Real Estate Podcast—Cranbrook Real Estate Trends: Getting Ready to Buy or Sell This Spring in Cranbrook

Jason Wheeldon, one of Cranbrook's leading realtors, provides insight into real estate trends in Cranbrook.

Bill Bennett
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett Special Guest on Podcast

We are pleased to have the honourable Bill Bennett as our special guest.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate With Inventory Low, It’s a “Sellers” Market in Cranbrook Real Estate—Jason Wheeldon (Episode 4)

Jason Wheeldon shares his insight on the dynamic Cranbrook real estate market—4 trends not to miss and why it's a good time for a market evaluation.

East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Real Estate Why winter is a good time to buy a home. Jason Wheeldon (episode 3)

Jason Wheeldon talks about recent trends in the Cranbrook real estate market & why winter is a good time to buy a home

Top Hand Supplies Ltd. (Pets Go Raw) in Cranbrook is Kootenay Business's Manufacturer of the year. Pictured are CEO/general manager Sherin Laurie and staff.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Kootenay Manufacturing Awards Announced—Cranbrook’s Top Hand Supplies Manufacturer of the Year

The first-ever Kootenay Manufacturing Awards pay tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit in the field of manufacturing.

West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Real Estate One on one with Alan Mason

In this edition of the Kootenay Business Podcast we talk with Alan Mason, Director of Community Economic Development, for the City of Revelstoke.

East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Real Estate Great tips for first time home buyers with Jason Wheeldon (episode 2)

Jason Wheeldon shares recent trends in the Cranbrook real estate market & adds some valuable tips for first time home buyers.

East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Tourism Talking economic growth with Kimberley’s Kevin Wilson

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well says Kevin Wilson, Kimberley’s economic development officer.

Heiko Socher and his chainsaw pause in their efforts to forge a world-class resort from raw mountain wilderness
East Kootenay, Fernie, Tourism Fernie business legend Heiko Socher passes away

Heiko Socher passed away but will be remembered as the dynamo who built Fernie's famous ski resort

East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Real Estate Real Estate trends with Jason Wheeldon (episode 1)

Cranbrook realtor, Jason Wheeldon, shares some tips on how to get top dollar for your house.

The exterior of the award winning home built by New Dawn Developments.
An award-winning philosophy

Winning awards is nothing new for Cranbrook-based New Dawn Developments.

Sushi Rang opens in Key City
Cranbrook Sushi Rang opens in Key City

The husband and wife team of the popular Kinbari Sushi Restaurant in Kimberley have opened their second restaurant in Cranbrook.

Caprice Hogg in her studio: Caprice Fine Art & Co.
Kimberley, Retail Kimberley artist Caprice Hogg brings mountain vistas to life

This multi-faceted artist also does commission work and gives art lessons

Elk Park Ranch, near Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
Creston, Radium Hot Springs, Grand Forks, Nelson, Agriculture, Real Estate Rocky Mountain ranch property at its best

Is the ranch life for you? Check out these properties that showcase the best of Rocky Mountain living.

Picture of family on a beach.
Cuisine, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Local BetterBook can help you plan your winter getaway

The BetterBook is your one-stop resource for planning vacations and getaways.

Eric Forbes and his daughter Natasha proudly accept the Kimberley business of the year award at the Kimberley Chamber's gala dinner.
Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley Chamber hands out Business Excellence Awards

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce held a gala event on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at the Kimberley Conference Center.

Picture of the outside of the new Gym 67 in Kimberley, BC.
Kimberley, Developments, Retail, Small Business Entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in Kimberley

Kimberley is seeing many unique and specialized businesses opening in the quaint mountain town.

Scenic view of Invermere.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Animal Care, Cuisine, Developments, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Top 9 most unique commercial ventures for sale in the Kootenays

The Kootenays attract many unique and eclectic businesses - here are 9 thriving ventures up for sale.

John Walker, VP of western canadian operations for Fortis Inc stands in front of the Waneta Expansion Project.
Trail, Developments, Technology John Walker on the Waneta Expansion Project

Kootenay Business magazine talks to the vice-president of Fortis Inc. about the Waneta Expansion Project.

Aerial view of the Howard Mine Remediation project nearing completion at Salmo.
Environment, Mining Salmo’s Contaminated Site under Remediation

The CCSP Salmo project is nearing completion

New Destination BC CEO Marsha Walden addresses the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Industry Conference
Invermere, Tourism Destination BC’s new CEO wants a fresh focus for tourism

Marsha Walden spoke at the recent Kootenay Rockies Tourism Industry Conference held at Invermere’s Copperpoint Resort.

Cranbrook mayor Wayne Stetski joins Westpoint Capital CEO Munir Virani at the recent ribbon cutting celebrating the Launch 50 program.
Cranbrook, Developments River’s Crossing offers an elevated lifestyle

Launch 50 offers a unique opportunity for people to purchase a lot at a substantial discount.

A photo of Jason Wheeldon.
Cranbrook, Real Estate Cranbrook unit sales up 55 per cent

Though real estate sales are up for the first quarter of 2014, this reflects relatively average sales.

Matt Thompson of Story & Co.
Kimberley, Small Business What’s in a brand?

Matt Thompson, creative force behind Story & Co.

KRIC's Tara Penner poses with sales trainer Ian Selbie after his sales seminar, The 7 Deadly Sins of Selling
Cranbrook, Nelson, Financial Ex-Apple computers sales leader exposes the 7 Deadly Sins of Selling

Apple Computer sales leader, Ian Selbie, based in Vancouver presented a sales training seminar in both Cranbrook and Nelson.

photo Red Mountain Resort ad
Rossland, Developments, Tourism Red Mountain Resort & Regional Economy get lift

Red Mountain Resort now in Top 20 of all North American resorts by terrain scale.

Photo of woman at book store
Creston, Small Business Black Bear Books in Creston moves up the street

Paula Carpenter, owner of Black Bear Books in Creston, and her staff have been busy lately.

Photo of new restaurant at airport
Cranbrook, Developments, Tourism New restaurant opens for service at Canadian Rockies International Airport

Travellers to and from the airport can again get a hot meal or a cool beverage before heading off to their final destination.

group of people
Cranbrook, Tourism New executive director at Cranbrook’s Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

Damon Colgan has been appointed as New Executive Director at Cranbrook’s Canadian Museum of Rail Travel.

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Tourism Kootenay Country on display at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Replaced a number of years ago with Kootenay Rockies branding, it was interesting to see the Kootenay Country brand reappear.

Influential women in business
Small Business Help us recognize women in business

Call for 2013 nominations! Take the time to nominate a Kootenay woman you think should be saluted for her dedication and hard work in the business community.

Denham fords new location
Cranbrook Denham Ford starts new building at Cranbrook’s east entrance

Denham Ford’s new state-of-the-art automotive Ford dealership is slated for completion in mid-2013.

Photo of Radium's Canfor sawmill.
Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Forestry Canfor’s Radium mill gearing up for fall restart

Canfor, B.C.'s largest forestry product company, is busy getting their shuttered Radium Hot Springs sawmill back into production.

Fab Rite operations with buildings and equipment
Cranbrook, Mining Fab Rite celebrates 30 years

With more than 80 employees, Cranbrook-based company Fab Rite Services Inc. has been growing and expanding its scope for the past three decades.