FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce is looking for local businesses to add to their 2022 Shop Local Coupon Book.

Chamber Executive Director Cheryl Montgomery says they’re looking for a wide range of businesses.

“We want all kinds of businesses in different sectors to participate, [such as] tire shops, mechanical, financial or accounting. All businesses have something that they can offer towards this type of incentive,” Montgomery said.

The coupon book will launch on January 24th. The deadline for businesses to submit their coupons for the book is January 3rd.

Those interested in submitting a coupon for their business can do so by calling the Chamber at 250-785-6037, emailing info@fsjchamber.com, or register your coupon here.

Montgomery says that supporting local businesses is critical, not only during the holidays but throughout the year, to provide resources that would otherwise have to come from out of town.

She hopes that the coupon book will make it a bit easier for the community to shop at locally-owned businesses in the city.

“It provides incentives for consumers and the community to get back into some of the shops in town, supporting local, and also for the business owners to be able to provide some incentives for customers to come into their shop, if they’ve been a little slower or whatever, through COVID. This’ll provide some opportunity to get people back into their businesses,” Montgomery said.

The Chamber and SD 60 are currently working on an interactive module which they’ll then present to students in Grades 5 to 8, showing how money spent at local businesses supports the community.

After receiving a $40,100 grant from the BC Chamber, the FSJ Chamber will be launching a Youth Shop Local Club, as well as launching the coupon book.

“As they grow older, we want [kids] to be aware of how their money, if it’s spent in the community, stays in the community. It comes back in ways of sponsorship, improves businesses, parks or things like that. It’s important for young people to know how that cycle of spending works locally,” said Montgomery.

“We’re looking at having the kids participate with distributing the coupon book and engaging with the community and the businesses that are in the coupon book so that they can actually interact with them and have the business owners talk with them about how important it is for them to be part of that,” Montgomery continued.

Montgomery says after the module, the Chamber will likely re-engage with the kids in the future to see if their shopping habits have changed.