Partnership supports local business
Kootenay Savings, together with Columbia Valley, East Kootenay Community, Grand Forks, Heritage, and Nelson & District Credit Unions have teamed up to fund an innovative online gift certificate marketplace designed to support the local small business community.
The website – supportlocalbc.com – allows the public to purchase gift cards – with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the businesses – and all independently owned local businesses across the Columbia Valley, Kootenays and Boundary Country, regions can now participate in this program for free, explained Aron Burke, Community Liaison with Kootenay Savings.
The Support Local BC program was originally launched as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and allows participating businesses to sell gift cards online, at no cost to them.
Since its launch in April, communities of all sizes are seeing benefits.