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 MisMacK Clean Cosmetics

Categories: Thompson Okanagan

Missy has been a professional makeup artist for over 16 years. She grew up in Salmon Arm, B.C. and then moved to Vancouver, B.C. to study makeup artistry at the Blanche MacDonald Centre. Missy wanted to work with clean products, the professionally performing products she found didn’t meet her standards so she made her own. View the full interview: MisMacK Clean Cosmetics Website: MisMacK Clean… Read More

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