As many of you already know, buying local is essential to maintaining our small businesses. It is in our best interest to help each other as a community because your support is much more than just the economy here!
In Quebec, the creative industries, which include architecture and design, arts, media, multimedia, fashion and advertising, represent a real economic force and create quality jobs in promising sectors. Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory, Sid Lee, Ubisoft Montreal, Stingray, Hybride and many others. The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal defines a creative industry as one that is rooted in the creativity, skills and talent of an individual, and that has a strong potential for growth and employment through the production and exploitation of intellectual property. In the metro area, the creative industries directly employ more than 91,000 people, or 4.6 percent of the region's total employment, and generate $8.6 billion in direct and indirect economic impact, a proprietary study conducted by the Chamber in 2013 reveals. Here is the full article here.
Check out our friends at Shop Local Canada who aim to help businesses here.
What is Shop Local Canada?
At Shop Local CANADA, our mission is to make shopping local easier. We help Canadians find and discover amazing local stores across Canada through our store directory, gift guides and sale alerts.
We also strongly believe in helping Canadian entrepreneurs build successful businesses and that shopping local has a positive impact on individuals, their families, their communities and Canada as a whole.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Shop Local CANADA was founded by Amy Armstrong, a passionate small business owner and advocate of shopping local.
As a small business owner herself, she saw the need for a unique place to discover local businesses. She loves and believes in supporting local Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs, but she always felt like it was hard to find them. Or, she would discover a local store she loved at a market and never be able to find it again. She knew that if she felt that way, there were probably other people who felt the same way.
She believes that if you make it easy for people, they are more likely to follow. The same can be said for local shopping. She knew that if she could help people easily find and discover local stores, more of them would choose to shop local.
Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs and started several businesses herself, she knows firsthand the impact that supporting local can have on individuals, families and communities.
She has made it her mission to make shopping local and supporting Canadian entrepreneurs an easy choice by creating Shop Local CANADA.
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