Shopping locally this Christmas

By Keanna Nelson (B94 Newsroom)
December 11, 2017 - 9:40am

Christmas is nearly upon us and as you are scrambling to get all your shopping done we might want to keep in mind about shopping locally.

While there may be more of a selection in the big cities, shopping locally here in Rocky not just on Christmas but all year round, helps keep the local economy thriving.

“By supporting local shops you’re supporting jobs in your community” said Prab Lashar, Executive Director for the Rocky Chamber of Commerce.

According to Lashar, five million Canadians work for small businesses or are self-employed.

Lashar adds that our locally owned businesses are the largest employers in our community.

“We have a couple hundred businesses and the sector is one-third tourism, one-third oil and gas, and one-third service and small business. So we have a chunk of the population that is self-employed and small business and they support our community, local events, jobs and the people. So, trying to keep our community strong means keeping the dollars in our community.”

The chamber has a shop local program called Chamber Bucks that are available to community members and can be used at any participating businesses.

“If we shop away from our community we take the dollars to other communities and we take our amenities and business outside of those communities as well as paying for gas. So, it’s really not worth taking all that away from our community, it’s worth keeping it here and keeping us strong and growing.”  

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