The Kootenay's are in the southeast corner of the province bordering Alberta and the US. The region's 149,000 residents are concentrated in Cranbrook, Nelson and Castlegar with Trail and Grand Forks acting as economic hubs. Long reliant on natural resources sectors, agriculture and tourism, the technology sector has been growing thanks to improved broadband and an expanded focus on tech development by a number of communities.


The following list of organizations offer services and programs dedicated to helping small businesses succeed in the region.

Community Futures

Chamber of Commerce

Mobile Business Licence Agreements

The following areas hold a Mobile Licence Agreement for mobile businesses in their areas. Check with the local municipality to see if a Mobile Business Licence can apply to your mobile business type.

  • Cranbrook/Kimberley: Cranbrook, Kimberley
  • Elk Valley: Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood
  • Greater Trail: Fruitvale, Montrose, Rossland, Warfield, Trail
  • West Kootenay: Castlegar, Creston, Kaslo, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo
  • Kootenay: Castlegar, Creston, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Silverton, Slocan


Spotlight on Fenix Advanced Materials

Categories: Kootenay

Don Freschi studied chemical engineering and started his career in B.C. doing research for Teck. He became fascinated by semiconductors and all the specialty materials that were needed to create them. His career flowed from working as a researcher, to a consultant and then he became an entrepreneur producing those specialty materials. Fenix Advanced Materials is his second venture in the field of… Read More

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