Thompson Okanagan in B.C.’s central interior lies between the Cascade and Monashee mountains and borders Alberta and Washington. The region’s 564,000 people represent 11.7% of B.C.’s population, making it the third most populous region in the province. The rising cost of living in Metro Vancouver has led to population growth and significant construction in the population centres of Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon. Tourism, agriculture, mining, forestry and manufacturing are important industries.


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

Women's Enterprise Centre, Kelowna

Community Futures

Chambers 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.

  • Okanagan-Similkameen: Armstrong, Central Okanagan Regional District, Coldstream, Enderby, Kelowna, Keremoes, Lake Country, Lumby, Merritt, Oliver, Osoyoos, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Spallumcheen, Summerland, Vernon, West Kelowna
  • Thompson-Nicola: Barriere, Chase, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Merritt, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

Aboriginal Financial Institutions


Spotlight On Ogopogo Tours

Categories: Thompson Okanagan

Darren Sweet grew up in Penticton and spent most of his life in the Okanagan. Struggling with an anxiety disorder, Darren held over a hundred different jobs, and never really felt like he fit in anywhere. Ogopogo Tours, an environmentally sustainable tour operator based in Summerland, B.C., has given him a new lease on life and allowed him to feel connected to his customers and community. Having… Read More

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