The Kanara small industries association was established in the year 1978 with an objective to encourage entrepreneurs in industrial area Baikampady, Mangalore and also to promote the interest of the trade and industry in coastal region of Dakshina Kannada. Today it is one of the only associations in this region to represent all the industries and commerce. The association has over three decades of experience and 500 odd active members contributing significantly to the overall growth and the socio-economic conditions of the region. The members of the association provide employment to around 10,000 people in the Dakshin Kannada region and contribute significantly to the ex-chequer. Baikampady industrial area has over 3,000 units covering manufacture under different sectors like ancillary units, Automobile sector, pharmaceutical, plastic and rubber, engineering industries, Agri process industries etc.
It has played an important role in the overall development of the Baikampady industrial area, training and skill development, interacting with Government departments in suggesting and implementing of various Government Schemes and Projects. It has been a catalyst in implementing several projects under ASIDE SCHEMES by KSSIDC for the industrial area.