Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce
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In an era dominated by global markets and online shopping, the significance of supporting local businesses and services cannot be overstated. As we turn towards the winter holiday season’s festivities, I remind residents to harness the power of their wallets to invest in their own community. The impact of buying local extends far beyond individual purchases, with a ripple effect that positively influences the economic, social, and environmental fabric of the Island.
Substantial local buying power in British Columbia has shown the potential for residents to make a meaningful impact. Research from LOCO BC indicates that for every $100 spent at a local business, nearly $63 stays within the community. This contrasts starkly with only $14 staying local when shopping non-local. By redirecting spending habits towards local establishments, residents can effectively contribute to the financial health of small businesses and services on Gabriola.
The benefits of buying local extend beyond economic considerations. Here are some key community benefits to consider:
- Community Resilience: Local businesses are often deeply embedded in the community, providing stability and resilience during economic fluctuations.
- Job Stability: Supporting local enterprises translates to jobs remaining within the community, fostering employment opportunities for residents.
- Unique Character: Local businesses contribute to the distinctive character of Gabriola, offering unique products and services that set them apart from generic products.
- Environmental Impact: Buying local can reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation and packaging, promoting environmentally sustainable practices. Many opportunities to gift donations to non-profits, or buy local cultural experiences provide low-impact spending.
- Community Engagement: Local businesses give back. When we build prosperous local businesses, they are more likely to engage with the community through events, sponsorships, and collaborations, fostering a sense of connection among residents.
As we navigate the complexities of gift-giving, the simple act of choosing local businesses over multinational corporations can have a profound impact. When we embrace the philosophy of buying local, they can contribute to vibrant, resilient, and thriving Gabriola.
– Erin Udal, Executive Director of the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce
Past Chamber News
August has brought abundant harvest on Gabriola that continues into the fall! Between backyard growers, hobby farmers, and small-scale agriculture, you can find fresh, diverse, and sustainable goods on Gabriola.
Here’s a list of some of our favourites that highlights a range of locally-grown and hand-made goods, including flowers, cheese, goat milk soaps, baked goods, veggies, fruit, cider, specialty prepared foods, and even compost!
“I look forward to serving the islands’ small business and tourism opportunities alongside our environmental integrity and community values”
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