Success Stories

Feedback from participating business:

"Whoever thought up Support Local BC is brilliant! Their partnership with Vancity during the Vancity Loves Local week saved our business. During the one-week promotion, we sold enough gift certificates to pay our rent for three months, and we're still selling gift certificates to this day! A fantastic program that truly helps small businesses, not only survive during COVID, but thrive. Thank you!"

- Patricia, Massy Books, Vancouver


"Support Local has been amazing for us. It gave us a boost to our sales right at a time when we needed it the most. It has also been fun to advertise to our customers and meet new customers that share the same values and care about supporting local businesses."
- Lisa, Founder & Owner at Giving Gifts, Vancouver


"We were very pleased to work with Support Local BC! As a restaurant that relies on our local community support, SLBC gave us exposure further into the community and also gave our loyal customers the ability to support us in a unique way. We are extraordinarily grateful for this, especially durint the events of this year. Thanks for the support!"
Ivo Stanino, Owner, MeeT Restaurants, Vancouver


“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all tangible goodness that we have experienced from Support Local BC which supports small businesses in our community. It demonstrates how we can come ogether, support one another and make a difference!”
-  Rose Concepcion and Thuy Kelp, Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen & Bakeshop, Vancouver


“Support Local BC was just what we needed! Not only was the program a boost to our local economy during the pandemic but it also showed small businesses like ours the love and care customers and community had for keeping us going.” 
Kristi Farrell, owner, Opa Sushi, Prince Rupert


"The Support Local BC program has been a great boost for our business and increased our exposure to a wider audience"
- Breeann Doerksen, Bulkley Valley Hive & Honey, Telkwa


"Like democracy, local businesses also require participation to exist. With no events or tourism, local businesses are reliant on locals to survive. We are grateful for the efforts and support of this campaign. Thank you!"
- Chambar Restaurant, Vancouver


"We are so grateful for this platform that is connecting the community with local small businesses like ours! In such uncertain times the additional cash flow and general positivity of this program has been uplifting and we appreciate the support!"
- Nia Zechtus, Luna Float, Chilliwack

 Feedback from our partners:

"Support Local BC not only brought communities together to support their local businesses, it built a connection between economic development organizations, buy local programs and others passionate about small business success. We've achieved amazing results in a short period of time by being nimble, collaborative and building on ways to make the initiative meaningful for everyone involved."
- Michèle Hamilton, Managing Director, Think Local First + Support Local BC


“As a BC-based business, we understand the impact local businesses have on the economy and the community.  Where we shop matters. The survival of small businesses depends on this and is the key to our economic recovery.   We hope people will continue to embrace local and support their communities into the future.”
- Anita Cheng, Acting Director of Community Investment, Vancity


"We’re proud to be involved in expanding the Support Local BC program to communities across B.C. who partner on our #BCBuyLocal campaigns,” says Amy Robinson of LOCO BC. “Support Local BC is the perfect way to provide revenue to businesses who’ve had to limit their operations, and it gives people a way to use their spending to keep the businesses they love in their community alive."
- Amy Robinson, Executive Director, LOCO BC


“Northern Development is pleased the Support Local program has been so successful. We appreciate that so many Northerners took the time to buy gift certificates and in doing so, have helped our local business owners during these challenging economic times.” 
- Holly Plato, Director, Communications and Marketing, Northern Development Initiative Trust


In the News:

BC Business Magazine article

BC Idea Exchange Success Story

BC Idea Exchange Webinar Replay

Small Business BC Webinar

Vancity Loves Local Week Success

Northern Development Initiative Trust Partners with Support Local BC

Fortis BC and BCEDA Team Up with Support Local BC

LOCO BC Helps Launch Support Local BC in Metro Vancouver/Coast