The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has launched a free online shopping directory to connect customers with locally owned and operated businesses. (News Bulletin file photo)

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has launched a free online shopping directory to connect customers with locally owned and operated businesses. (News Bulletin file photo)

New online directory promotes shopping local in Nanaimo

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce launches ShopLocalNanaimo.ca

Anyone who wants to do business with local businesses will soon be able to look them up through an online directory from the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has launched registration for ShopLocalNanaimo.ca, a free online directory of local businesses to connect businesses with local customers and for customers to look up local vendors of goods and services.

Money to pay for the website’s development came through a grant from the federal government to reinforce shop local promotions.

“People who want to shop local can source options more easily through this website and subscribe for special offers from local businesses,” said Kim Smythe, Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce CEO, in a press release. “We’ve been promoting the ‘Think Local’ mantra for a long while. This funding allows us to supercharge that promotion and add a new digital asset.”

Smythe went on to say the chamber also wants to build partnerships with local organizations such as the Old City Quarter, Downtown Nanaimo, Tourism Nanaimo, the city and others to promote shopping local. The chamber also wants to promote local business owners and operators each week through interactive online profiles.

ShopLocalNanaimo.ca is offering bursaries to a limited number of businesses wishing to apply as Island Good licensees when they register for the directory.

To learn more, visit http://shoplocalnanaimo.ca.



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