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Editorial: Backing qathet region businesses

The trickle-down effect of continuing to support all local businesses will make them stronger and the community healthier

Small business week in BC wraps up tomorrow, leaving one more day for customers to support local businesses during the annual weeklong celebration. But let’s not stop after October 23.

qathet region businesses are continually evolving and adapting to the times to serve their customer base, emerging from many months of closures and restrictions due to COVID-19. For some, having to deal with the BC Vaccine Card is an added consumption of time, and as everyone knows, time is money.

Small businesses are massively important to our region, which is why it’s more important now than ever to shop local. It not only boosts our economy, since the money stays within the community, it also supports our neighbours, family members and friends who are employed at one of the establishments. Larger businesses are sometimes operated by chains but employ people who live and work in our community. Their contribution to the fabric of our local society is also important.

The combination of larger and smaller enterprises determines economic health for all. Without them, the spirit and vibrancy they add to our region would disappear.

When residents make purchases at a local business, it allows proprietors to pay it forward when buying items or services at other local businesses and establishments, as well as paying employees who do the same.

The trickle-down effect of continuing to support all local businesses, today, tomorrow and beyond, whether in-store or online, will make them stronger and the community healthier as a result.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as buying habits of consumers adapted, the main goal of business owners stayed the same: connecting with and serving customers.

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