VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A digital platform built to support small businesses during the pandemic has now sold $1 million worth of gift cards on their behalf.
The Support Local BC e-commerce site launched a year ago, in an effort to boost independent businesses during the first wave of COVID-19.
Initially launched by Think Local First Victoria, it expanded province-wide with the help of groups like Vancity Credit Union.
Managing director Michèle Hamilton is grateful for the initial support, but as new restrictions kick in again, she’s hoping we continue to prioritize shopping local.
“It does mean so much to our communities when the money that we spend stays with local businesses and it just keeps recirculating throughout the communities,” she said.
More than 1,700 businesses are registered.
The platform allows businesses to retain the full value of the gift cards sold, with groups like chambers of commerce covering payment processing fees.