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Whistler Support Local Campaign

Show Whistler Biz Some Love This Holiday Season

The Whistler Chamber, in partnership with Tourism Whistler, have launched a Support Local Campaign in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of shopping locally to support local businesses in navigating through and beyond the pandemic. The campaign is funded by the BC Chamber of Commerce Shop Local BC grant and will run until December 24. $100 Whistler Shopping Vouchers will be on sale for $80, and are valid at participating Whistler businesses. 

Make the most of your holiday shopping while supporting local Whistler businesses. Purchase your shopping voucher today here!

6 Ways to Support Local Businesses This Holiday Season

 

With the holiday season now in full swing, it’s more important than ever to keep our local Whistler businesses top of mind when tackling our shopping lists. Make the most of your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses and your local Whistler community. Many Whistler businesses are on the road to recovery, but now more than ever they need our support. The support we show now will make the world of difference for them and allow them to continue serving our community in the future. Here are a few ways you can support local Whistler businesses during the holiday season:

 

Give Local Gift Cards

In a time when we are increasingly shopping online, consider gifting gift cards from local Whistler businesses as your support can make a real difference to these entrepreneurs.

Buy Local, Online

Support local businesses over big box stores when you are online shopping! Whistler is filled with many entrepreneurs and small businesses who sell their products, goods and services online.

Leave a Review

Reviews can give businesses a big credibility boost. They appear in prominent positions on Google search listings, and play a role in improving the search ranking of a business. If you’re not in a financial position to make a purchase, consider leaving a positive review on Google.

Put Local on Your Table

Choose local ingredients, food products, beverages & food services! Shop at locally owned grocery stores and dine in or order takeout from your favourite local restaurants!

Give Experiences 

Consider gifting Whistler services and experiences such as health and beauty treatments or tourist attractions. You won’t have to worry about supply chain issues and shipping delays plus you will be supporting industries that may not see as much love during the holidays.

Shop Whistler   

Shop at your favourite Whistler storefronts or explore new local stores this holiday. Need some inspiration? Check out the Chamber’s local business directory to view a searchable list of local businesses.

What Does Buying Local Mean?

Local owned businesses are private, worker, community or cooperative local ownerships; are at least 50% owned by a local resident; the businesses have a limited number of outlets or limited geographic range.

8 Reasons Why You Should Buy Local

Small-scale, locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, connected, and generally better-off across a wide range of metrics.

1. Shopping local helps grow your community’s economy

Buying local keeps the community’s money in the community, as local businesses are likely to be using the community’s services and buying their items. Keeping the money in the community helps it grow and be prosperous.

2. Shopping local boosts job growth in your community

Shopping local creates jobs. Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.

3. Shopping local reduces the environmental impact

Local shops often stock a high percentage of locally sourced goods that do not require long-distance transportation, helping to reduce our global footprint.

4. Shopping local gives your community’s creatives much needed exposure

Entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that promote their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

5. Shopping local means giving back to charities in your community

Local independent shops invest more in our communities. Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools, and community events.

 

6. Shopping local supports better public service

Local businesses mean a stronger tax base and better use of public services compared to nationally owned stores your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!

7. Shopping local means supporting the character of your community

One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinct character of our place. Shopping locally retains our distinctiveness. Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products.

8. Shopping local means you get personalized service and products

Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know their clients, customers, and patrons.

 #LoveWhistlerBiz Contest

A COMMUNITY CONTEST TO SHOW YOUR WHISTLER BIZ LOVE   |   JULY 5-21, 2021

The Chamber hosted the #LoveWhistlerBiz community contest on Instagram, to celebrate Whistler businesses and the resilience they have shown over the past year. To spread the Whistler biz love we encouraged the community to post photos on Instagram of their favourite local businesses and tag them in the photo. One lucky winner was awarded the ULTIMATE Whistler locals prize package that’ll get them out adventuring and experience more outstanding Whistler businesses!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONTEST WINNER!

Trish Bromley – @tbroms

Local businesses – big and small – are the heartbeat of Whistler, and the Whistler Chamber wants to celebrate their resilience in navigating the challenges of the past year.

The Chamber is excited to once again host the #LoveWhistlerBiz Instagram community contest, to celebrate Whistler businesses. By supporting local and showing Whistler Biz some love, you will have the chance to WIN the ULTIMATE Whistler locals prize package that’ll get you out adventuring and experience more outstanding Whistler businesses.

Caption:  The pub next door is now hiring a bartender and kitchen staff, and I can’t help but think of what’s possible when you’re surrounded by phenomenal people and empowering teams.
Drop off your resume to @rmublackcomb. You’ll see what I mean. #whistlerbuisness #Rmu #LoveWhistlerBiz

THE WINNING BUSINESS

We also gave away a 2021/22 GROW tier Chamber Membership ($625) with additional benefits to the business that got tagged the most throughout the contest!

Congratulations to Caramba Restaurante for winning your 2021/22 Membership! The Whistler community really loves your business!

The Contest is Over, But You Can Still Spread the Whistler Biz Love:

Use the hashtag #LoveWhistlerBiz when sharing your favourite businesses on social media. When you use the hashtag #LoveWhistlerBizyou’re helping to spread awareness of local businesses to people who are searching for places to support!

Thank you to our awesome partners!

Know before you go

We can all support Whistler business by planning ahead and knowing our responsibilities. Find out the opening hours and safety protocols in place at your favourite businesses in town, before you visit. Also, make sure you know the latest safety recommendations from our government, and follow these guidelines to keep staff and yourself safe, so that Whistler’s businesses can keep operating.

Whistler's Doors Open Directory

Whistler’s Doors Open Directory from Tourism Whistler provides information for locals or visitors planning ahead. The directory provides up-to-date information on what is open in Whistler.

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We have gathered all of the most useful resources to help us during the pandemic. Use this page for tools covering everything from safety recommendations and health orders, to financial support.

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