Local – means a lot

Long list of benefits goes with supporting local businesses

Local – means a lot

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A time-honoured phrase suggests it’s good to belong. It is good to be part of a community… good to do all we can to support it.Here in this part of the province we’re lucky to have a big community.

This fabulous West Kootenay enclave we enjoy so well is like a big town with each individual city town and village a neighbourhood of its own. Within this unique setting we’ve got a world of choices; products, services and value on a par with anywhere.It’s worth remembering that when our neighbour does well, we do too.

Successful businesses are well known for the support they give to any number of local groups, teams and clubs. This is support not likely to show up otherwise.”They can’t support sustain their organization without the support of these local businesses,” points out Castlegar Chamber of Commerce manager Pam McLeod.”

Without these spinoffs our community is going to slowly become stagnant.” Although it’s big, the issue of supporting community groups is but one of the many pluses we can notice by supporting our area’s commercial concerns.McLeod related that since last September the Chamber has had a special committee in place for the purpose of advancing the ‘shop local’ concept.”We have an excellent working relationship… the four chambers within the West Kootenay region,” added McLeod.”

Shop Local – it’s exciting, straightforward, and the benefits for all of us are easy to see. Watch for timely updates on the Shop Local initiative.