Residents are encouraged to check out www.lovecentralcoastBC.com for more information

“Love Central Coast BC” shop local campaign coming to Central Coast

Locally-owned, independent businesses will have access to a new digital marketing platform this spring

Locally-owned, independent businesses will have access to a new digital marketing platform this spring to showcase their products and services to residents and visitors of the beautiful Central Coast. LoveCentralCoastBC.com will feature unique, independently owned businesses located throughout the Outer Coast and Bella Coola Valley

LoveCentralCoastBC.com will launch in June 2016 and use first-rate photography and storytelling to showcase the region’s unique, eclectic and homegrown businesses – showing the world why the entrepreneurs of Bella Bella, Denny Island, Ocean Falls, Oweekeno and the Bella Coola Valley love to call the Central Coast home.

Love Central Coast BC is part of a grassroots B.C. movement to change the way people shop – encouraging them to connect with local business owners and reinvest their money in the local economy, supporting sustainability and diversification. The Central Coast is the latest region to join the Love Northern BC program, which is funded by Northern Development and includes more than 30 communities in central and northern B.C. and over 1,200 unique, independently-owned businesses.

Today, Love Northern BC, which grew from the grass roots Small Town Love movement in Quesnel B.C., to the largest shop local initiative in North America is quickly becoming known as the must-see digital platform for residents and visitors who are interested in shopping at central and northern B.C.’s independent businesses.

Unique, locally-owned businesses based in the Central Coast can join LoveCentralCoastBC.com for a $100 one-time fee, which includes a photo shoot with a professional photographer, a professionally written business profile and stylishly-designed webpage to showcase their business story.

Northern Development has partnered with the Central Coast Regional District and will be visiting the Central Coast in March to connect with local business owners and explain how businesses can join LoveCentralCoast.com. For more information, business owners should contact Tanis Shedden, Community Economic Development Officer, Central Coast Regional District at 250-799-5291. Interested business owners can also visit www.lovenorthernbc.com or www.lovecentralcoastBC.com or more information.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the Central Coast joining the Love Northern BC program movement,” said Janine North, CEO, Northern Development. “The Outer Coast and Bella Coola Valley are home to some of the most beautiful and unique communities in B.C., and we know that there are dozens of homegrown, independent business that will benefit from this shop local initiative. We can’t wait to partner with them.”

“One of the best things for the health of our local economy is for each of us to spend our money where it counts the most, which is right here in the Central Coast,” said Alison Sayers, Central Coast Regional District Chair. “I encourage all business owners in our region to take advantage of this internationally recognized and affordable opportunity.  Love Central Coast BC is here to support us all – business owners and consumers alike.”

Northern Development combines funding with smart thinking to help Northern British Columbia thrive. The Trust was created for the north and is led by the north. In only a decade, Northern Development has found 2,000 ways to say “yes” to economic diversification in our region, attracting more than $1.2 billion in new investment to the region.

Since 2014, Northern Development has partnered with more than 30 communities and 1,500 businesses throughout central and northern B.C. to create the largest shop local campaign in North America – Love Northern BC. To learn more about Northern Development, please visit www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca. To learn more about the Love Northern BC program, please visit www.lovenorthernbc.com.