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Posted: March 18, 2021

New festival showcasing local products and services

Local entrepreneurs and businesses LIVE on Facebook March 23 to April 27

Mark your calendars! Columbia Basin Trust is partnering with Festival Seekers to host the #BuyBasin Festival on Facebook this spring, featuring up to 100 businesses across the Columbia Basin will showcase a diverse range of products and services available locally.

“The #BuyBasin Festival is a new initiative for the Trust that will benefit both businesses and consumers,” said Tim O’Doherty, Director, Investments & Economic Development at Columbia Basin Trust. “This festival will provide businesses with one-on-one training on promoting their business on Facebook and introduce people living in the Basin to the diverse range of products and services available locally.”

Last fall, the Trust supported the communities of Ɂaq̓am/Cranbrook/Kimberley with a similar initiative (#LiveLocalYXC Festival) that resulted in increased exposure and sales for local businesses. The Trust is now taking the initiative Basin-wide.

“We saw a great increase in our social media following and inquiries to the business. Prior to the festival, we would see maybe three inquiries a week through Facebook and immediately following the event there were probably 100 inquiries in Facebook alone, and new inquiries now coming in daily,” said Kimberley’s Sinclair Catering founder, Patrick Sinclair. “For those considering joining the #BuyBasin Festival, sign up today; I am confident this experience will be another success.”

Local entrepreneurs and businesses will be going LIVE on Facebook during the #BuyBasin Festival this spring with expert tips, giveaways, demos, live music and all kinds of behind-the-scenes fun. This is your chance to virtually explore businesses in communities like Cranbrook, Kimberley, Elk Valley, Trail, Rossland, Golden, Revelstoke, Valemount, Slocan, Lower Columbia, Nelson, Castlegar and more.

Expect a new lineup of LIVE videos every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from March 23 – April 27. Tune in often! You can catch all the LIVE Facebook broadcasts on the @BasinBusinessAdvisors or @FestivalSeekers pages as well as the Facebook event page.

Are you a local entrepreneur or business in the Basin that is interested in participating? Learn more and apply online at ourtrust.org/buybasin and be sure to join the Facebook event here.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org.

FestivalSeekers is an online magazine to festivals and yet to be discovered experiences in Western Canada. The multi-award winning media outlet has spent the past 10+ years generating content and using social media marketing tactics to bring together communities while celebrating small business.

Columbia Basin Trust operates in the unceded traditional territories of the Ktunaxa, Lheidli T’enneh, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syilx Nations.

Lead image: The #BuyBasin Festival is taking place LIVE on Facebook between March 23 – April 27.

Columbia Basin Trust


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