Fort St. James is “Rolling out the Red Carpet” for its local business owners, by hosting a Small Town Love launch party at the North Arm Pub this Friday, Nov. 22 from 7-9p.m. The party is open to the public and will include a snack table as well as prizes, giveaways and games for attendees.
Small Town Love is a buy-local campaign piloted this fall by Northern Development Initiative Trust in six communities, of which Fort St. James is one. The project has resulted in a local website which initially highlights thirty-one local businesses and can be viewed at www.lovefortstjames.com. The objective of the project is to deliver a unique marketing campaign that celebrates locally-owned independent businesses with an aim to strengthen their competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local economy
“Small Town Love has helped the business community in Fort St. James collaborate in a new and innovative way that celebrates the many amazing locally-owned businesses that call this historic community home,” said District of Fort St. James Mayor Rob MacDougall.
The Small Town Love project falls on the heels of the District’s awarding of the 2013 Open for Business Awards presented by BC Small Business Roundtable. The Open for Business Award includes a $10,000 cash prize for the community which will be used to help implement small business initiatives such as a Business Retention and Expansion program with the District’s Economic Development department, and the hiring of a “Business Development and Tourism Assistant” position to be shared with the Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce. More information on the Open for Business Award can be found here.