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 Spearhead Inc.

Categories: Kootenay

Ted Hall grew up in North Vancouver and became immersed in the worlds of construction and design as a teenager when his parents hired a well-known Canadian architect to design a home. Eventually, a Danish construction team was hired to build the home. Ted admired the skill, training, and discipline of these individuals – so much so that he worked for the team throughout high school and… Read More

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