VICTORIA, B.C. – Small Business BC launched the BC Marketplace this past April to boost small-business growth and to encourage shopping and buying local.
Since April, 1,500 B.C. based businesses have been added. The marketplace helps to give immediate support to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic as shopping trends have shifted to online instead of in-store.
The BC Marketplace has now become a long-term solution for businesses across the province. Businesses can create or enhance their online presence and reach more customers at no cost on the marketplace.
“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented small businesses across Canada with unprecedented challenges, and they have demonstrated incredible resiliency,” said Melanie Joly, federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “That is why the Government of Canada is committed to helping entrepreneurs by supporting projects such as the BC Marketplace. Shopping local is a great way to support our local economies, and this vital resource will help small businesses expand their e-commerce footprint and attract new customers beyond their backyards.”
Through Western Economic Diversification Canada, the provincial government and the Government of Canada have each provided $169,000 to Small Business BC for the BC Marketplace. With the funds, the website functionality was improved, with enhanced profiles and regional search capabilities for consumers.
Local Businesses on the BC Marketplace include:
More about the BC Marketplace can be found on its website.
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