Local small businesses make our communities run. They support community events and provide nearly 70 per cent of all private-sector jobs in Canada.
Small businesses have also been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help small businesses, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, supported by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce locally, is organizing a one-day event called The Big Spend.
The July 25 event asks consumers to make an intentional purchase at a local small business, which will help revive the Canadian economy.
There’s a three-part plan to be part of The Big Spend.
1. Buy Local – On July 25, make an intentional purchase at a local small business of your choice.
2. Report Your Spend – Add your name to the Big Spend list, so organizers can map spending across Canada and track the economic impact.
3. Share the News – Share a story or photo about where you made your Big Spend on Facebook or Instagram. Use hashtag #TheBigSpend or @TheBigSpend.
Also, small businesses can receive a free decal that states Shop Here by contacting the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sooke News Mirror will also publish a page with business card size ads for small businesses on July 22. For advertising information, please call 250-642-5752 or email email@example.com before noon on Friday, July 17.