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Power of Collaboration Brings Small Business Gift Certificate Program to West Kootenay

Nelson and District Credit Union is joined by Columbia Valley, East Kootenay Community, Grand Forks, Heritage and Kootenay Savings to bring Support Local BC to the Kootenays.

The Nelson and District Credit Union is joining with Columbia Valley, East Kootenay Community, Grand Forks, Heritage and Kootenay Savings Unions to fund an exciting online gift certificate marketplace designed to support our local small business community.

The “Support Local BC” program was originally launched as a response to the changing business environment of COVID-19 and allows participating businesses to sell gift certificates online, at no cost to the business.

"The economic slowdown resulting from the COVD-19 pandemic’s requirements for social distancing and self-isolation, is being felt around the globe," the www.supportlocalbc.com website said.

"Many businesses around British Columbia have either revamped their level of service, pivoted their business model, or closed their brick and mortar locations. Those hardest hit are the local, independent businesses that are the backbone of our communities’ economic sustainability."

Support Local BC provides a place for communities and businesses throughout the province to support each other. It connects all regions and is a platform where you can show peoples love for your favourite local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use. 

The website, www.supportlocalbc.com, allows the public to purchase gift cards for themselves or as gifts for others – with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the businesses.

There are no fees for business owners at any point.

Since its launch in April, more than $400,000 in gift cards have been purchased, and communities of all sizes in BC are seeing the benefit.

Now, more than ever, supporting local is an investment in our communities and ensures everyone can thrive and prosper.

Thanks to this collaborative Credit Union sponsorship, all independently owned local businesses, across the Boundary Country, Columbia Valley, and Kootenay regions can now participate in this program for free.

Businesses wishing to participate in the program can visit - www.supportlocalbc.com/pages/submit-your-business to get started.

Gift certificates are available in $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations.

Anyone wishing to make a purchase can do so anytime by visiting - https://supportlocalbc.com/