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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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.

Hand holding a can of West Coast Pale Ale.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Brewing Co.’s Campout™ wins gold at Canadian Brewing Awards

The Canadian Brewing Awards is Canada’s national competition for judging the quality of Canadian manufactured beer

Rendition of new ferry vessel.
West Kootenay, Financial, Transportation New vessel and terminal upgrades on deck for inland ferry route

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $17,176,667 to this project through the New Building Canada Plan

Group of graduating college students.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Financial College of the Rockies celebrates annual Awards Ceremony

Over $89,000 in scholarships, bursaries, and awards presented to students in the 2018/19 academic year

Two cans of Mt. Begbie Brewing Company's Stoked Winter Ale.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Two Kootenay-based craft breweries bring home National Beer Awards

The 17th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards were recently held in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

Two women sitting down and talking.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Financial Transboundary Conference scholarships available

The scholarships are made possible thanks to conference sponsors and co-hosts Columbia Basin Trust and Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

(from left) Kathy Cloutier, Paper Excellence Canada; Brenna Baker, East Kootenay
Health Foundation, Gavin Baxter, Skookumchuck Pulp Mill
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Health & Wellness Paper Excellence donates to East Kootenay Foundation for Health

Paper Excellence Canada has contributed a $25,000 donation to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health

WildSafe BC employee Johanne Lamoureux educates the public at a Bear Smart Community workshop.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Keeping Wild Things Wild

Columbia Basin Trust has been partnering with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation since 2009

Eight College of the Rockies students have earned eligibility to be certified as Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Personal Trainers. Pictured (l-r) Shady Shafik, Jani Vogell (instructor/examiner), Bradley Spurge, Jacqueline Adkins, Jessica Derheim, Andrea Older, Kat Wilkinson, Reanna Bonomo, Jireh Lastimosa.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness Eight Kinesiology students eligible for CSEP personal training certification

College of the Rockies students have access to certification earlier than at many institutions

The Aqanttanam Housing Society in Cranbrook will be developing a new apartment building that will include 39 units.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Financial More affordable housing options coming soon

The Trust supports five projects with $1.5 million to build 118 new units

Community Futures Central Kootenay named Charlotte Ferreux its 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Charlotte Ferreux awarded Community Futures Volunteer of the Year

Ferreux was first introduced to Community Futures as a client of the Self Employment Program, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business.

Students wearing orange and yellow vests pose in front of heavy machinery for Worksafe BC
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Education Elk Valley High-School Students to be Hands-On with Heavy Machinery during Project Heavy Duty

Project Heavy Duty will introduce 24 School District No. 5 high school students to the variety of jobs available in the road building and construction industry

A big blue letter G is the logo for Galloway Lumber
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Forestry Sources say: Galloway Lumber Sold to Entrepreneur Brian Fehr

Sources are telling Kootenay Business that Canal Flats entrepreneur and head of The Bid Group, Brian Fehr, has purchased the Galloway Lumber Company

An Air Canada Express airplane on tarmac at airport.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Financial, Transportation Government of Canada investing in safety at the West Kootenay Regional Airport

The West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar will receive funding to rehabilitate the airside lighting and electrical systems

From L to R: Bruce Smith, Brian Kostiuk, Karen Dietrich and Eileen Braaten.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Sad End to SADD

Members are shutting down the SADD organization, but still hope that some individual, organization or group will take up the cause.

2019 Environmental Education Awards of Excellence graphic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Recognize a deserving educator

Nominations open for 2019 Environmental Education Awards of Excellence

Aerial view of flooding in the community of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Technology RDKB launches new emergency alerting system

Residents can register for emergency alerts delivered by smartphone app, email and voice or text to landline or cell

Jessica Nordlander, new Vice President of Operations at Thoughtexchange.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Sweden’s most innovative leader joins Thoughtexchange as VP of Operations

Jessica Nordlander joined Thoughtexchange to scale her passion for innovating leadership and find work-life balance a small mountain town

Galadriel Watson
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay authors provide warm up for Convergence Writers’ weekend

The three free “Coffee with a Writer” sessions in New Denver and Nakusp offer a chance for local readers and writers to interact informally with area authors.

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