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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The Burton Community Assocation Community Hall.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Community buildings get energized

16 energy-wise projects are supported with over $650,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

East Kootenay Teacher Education program students at College of the Rockies’ Cranbrook
campus host bake sales as one way to raise funds for local schools. Pictured (back row l-r Martha
Palmer, Nicole Hare, Josie Ruoss, EdSA President, Erin Kaldstad. Seated l-r Brooke Leyenhorst, Carly Trinder)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Kimberley, Education East Kootenay Teacher Education students give back to local schools

Program, held in partnership with UVic, fundraises to thank local schools for support

A Centex gas and convenience store is being built along Highway 3 in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Developments, Transportation New Centex gas station coming to Creston

The high profile location should be ideal to capture Highway 3 traffic, especially being situated across from the busy Tim Horton's store

Chris Thom of Dunlop Truck Centre is presented with the Business Person of the Year award at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Award night.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Chamber 2019 Business Excellence Awards Gala

The sold out gala dinner attracted an audience of over 250 people and was held at the St. Eugene Golf Resort

Renovations on the famous hot spring pools are underway with new concrete finishing.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism $5M upgrade to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort well underway

Most of the projects will be wrapped up before Fairmont's busy summer season arrives

Beach cleaning machine on sandy beach.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson company will clean up your beach

If you're looking for a cleaner beach full of soft, silky sand this summer, then you may want to check out Nelson’s Better Lawn and Garden

Southern mountain caribou.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Animal Care, Education Caribou conservation engagement scheduled for April 15-17 in Kootenays

The public is invited to community engagement sessions to provide feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations

View of St. Eugene Resort.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Nature inspires redesign and renovation of Casino of the Rockies at St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook

Work for the redesign is set to begin in early April, and is expected to take under three months, wrapping up in June

Dick Griffith, owner of Interior Trophy and Engraving.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Interior Trophy and Engraving moves to new premises in Cranbrook

Interior Trophy and Engraving, owned by Dick Griffith, has served Cranbrook and the East Kootenay since 1978.

Fort Steele Heritage Town.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Tourism Fort Steele builds on its success

Fort Steele Heritage Town is a significant draw to the Kootenay region as the attraction continues to grow and expand.

New Harrop ferry moored in lake.
West Kootenay, Transportation Harrop II makes its debut in the Kootenays

These new ferries are larger and able to carry more vehicles than the ferries they replace, with capacity increased to handle commercial vehicles.

Little girl dressed in pink using a computer.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Slocan, Financial, Technology Public spaces add state-of-the-art technology

Nine communities receive over $613,000 from the Trust’s Community Technology Program

Graham Knipfel, Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies hires new Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement

Newly-established Donor and Alumni Engagement Office aims to foster connections with former students and industry stakeholders

Sign advertising Secondhand Heaven's new location in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston’s Second Hand Heaven finds new home

The new location gives the store a new high visibility location fronting busy Highway #3

From left, RDCK Area H director Walter Popoff, Silverton Coun. Leah Main, Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims, Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, Slocan Mayor Jessica Lunn and Nakusp Mayor Tom Zeleznik.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Improving internet access for people in the Kootenays

26 rural communities in the Kootenays will be getting improved high-speed access to the internet

Barry Graham, new Cranbrook RCMP Detachment Commander
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook RCMP welcomes new detachment commander

Sergeant Graham will formally be promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant once he assumes the role and responsibilities at the Cranbrook Detachment.

Yellow sandbag location sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment RDEK establishes self-fill sandbag stations as snow melt continues

In cases of localized flooding or high-water, the primary responsibility for protection of property lies with the property owner.

Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO Johnny Strilaeff (middle left) and Selkirk College President and CEO Angus Graeme (middle right) gather in front of Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus with students from a variety of programs to recognize the new partnership that will innovate and enhance the college experience.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial $6 million to innovate and enhance college experience

The Trust will provide colleges with $3 million over three years and work collaboratively to develop project plans to grow program offerings and diversify

The Summit Trail Makers Society will be improving access to Azure Lake with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Health & Wellness, Tourism Get outside! Basin trails to see improvements

The Trust increases recreation opportunities with $484,000 for 29 trail projects

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