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

Recent Kootenay BizBlog articles

Little girl taking a bundle of lettuce from a farmer's market vendor.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Financial, Health & Wellness Increasing access to locally grown food

Columbia Basin Trust increases its support for farmers’ markets coupon program

After months of consultation and careful committee work, Selkirk College has released Building Remarkable Futures: Strategic Plan 2019-2024. Some of the college employees involved in putting the document together include: (L-R) Tessa Stark, Tiffany Snauwaert, Gordon Rein, Gail Crockford, Shana Rablah, Barb Ihlen, Angus Graeme and Bob Hall.
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College cements strategic roadmap for future

Selkirk College pledges to enhance the lives of both students and members of the community with their mission statement: "Together we build remarkable futures."

Elizabeth Sutton from Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship recipients announced

The scholarship awarded $3,300 to each of the students who have overcome adversity to pursue their educational dreams

Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff, along with daughter Shawna.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Castlegar businesses reap the rewards at the annual Chamber of Commerce Excellence awards

Castlegar businesses came together on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate their achievements at the annual Excellence awards

Students in the Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning and Forestry Programs restore reptile habitat at the Silver City Trap Club.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Environment Selkirk College students participate in community-based restoration

A group of 50 students spent two days restoring habitat on the banks of the Columbia River for the Silver City Trap Club

Group shot of Eagle Graphite employees.
West Kootenay, Technology Kootenay-based technology could expand clean vehicle range

Eagle Graphite will produce silicon/graphite battery anodes using its quarry in Passmore

Bee sitting on clump of yellow flowers.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Rossland, Environment Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute to help municipalities adapt to climate change

Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change, so it is important they are developing plans and implementing actions to become more resilient

Front of Columbia Auto & Radiator Service in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Auto repair shop takes old-fashioned approach with “treat your customers right” motto

"We want to be a good, old-fashioned automotive shop that treats people fair,” said Brandon Black, head of the Powerstroke Diesel division

Sign in window advertising the opening of Sushi Wood restaurant.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Sushi Wood now open in Nelson

The new restaurant is located at 702 Vernon Street, next to the Kootenay Co-op building

Students lined up in front of computers.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Selkirk College responds to need in Tech Sector with new program

A new Selkirk College program aims to prepare learners for a rewarding career vital in the foundation of tech

Wildfire in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Tourism $25K to Kootenay Rockies Tourism for emergency prep and communication

The tourism sector can play a critical role in keeping people safe, especially in rural and remote areas

Julie MacPhee, Controller, at the Jack Carter Elk Valley dealership.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Transportation Calgary’s Jack Carter buys GM dealership in Fernie

One of Calgary’s oldest and biggest General Motors dealerships, Jack Carter GM, has recently purchased Denham GM in Fernie

Canada Day logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation Make safe driving part of long weekend plans

Some advance planning and preparation can make long weekend travel easier and safer for everyone on the road

Cover of Summer issue of Corporate Knights
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Teck named to 2019 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada

The Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada are each evaluated on a set of up to 21 environmental, social and governance indicators

Rob Gay, RDEK Board Chair.
East Kootenay, Financial 2019/2020 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs funding approved

One hundred and forty-four projects around the region will receive funding over the coming year

Laurie Calverley, new Executive Director, Human Resources and Payroll at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies announces new Executive Director, HR and Payroll

Laurie Calverley brings 15 years of Human Resources experience to role

Man measuring a roof truss.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay CPA: Kootenays’ labour market stumbled in 2018

The Kootenays’ labour market contracted by 700 jobs or one percent to 71,200 jobs in 2018.

Man wearing a puffy vest and checkered shirt using a tablet.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Education, Small Business Growing your business with FTAs — Presentation & Networking event

Join us to hear how to boost your export opportunities - free events held in Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson

College of the Rockies President and CEO, David Walls, congratulates Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recipient, Brenda Cortes Vargas, at the 43rd annual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 7.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies celebrates Annual Convocation

One hundred eighty-four graduates were able to attend the June 7th ceremony, the highest number to attend in the ceremony’s 43 years.

Three women looking at fresh produce at a market stall.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality Summer season kick-off for Cranbrook Farmer’s Market

Saturday, June 22 marks the first market of the summer season in downtown Cranbrook

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