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 the Royal Theatre

Categories: Kootenay

Lisa moved to Trail 15 years ago. Her husband, Jason, grew up there and often went to the Royal Theatre, established in 1927. Lisa fell in love with the community and the lifestyle in the Kootenays. After a dinner date in 2009, Jason took Lisa to the old one-screen theatre and proposed they buy it and bring it back to vitality. It seemed crazy at first, but she quickly fell in love with “the… Read More

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