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City of Maple Ridge hosts buy local workshop

Promoting local spending to build the city economy and community connections
A coming workshop will highlight the benefits of buying local. (The News files)

City hall is sending a message about how doing business in Maple Ridge stokes the local economy.

The City of Maple Ridge is inviting local business owners and operators to a free workshop to kick off the city’s participation in the province-wide BC Buy Local initiative.

The workshop takes place Monday, April 8 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the Fraser Room at the Maple Ridge Public Library (130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd). Businesses can register free of charge at

Presented by Loco BC, the founders of the BC Buy Local initiative, the workshop will help local businesses understand the impact they have on the economy, the depth and breadth of their connections throughout the community and the consumer appetite for local goods and services. It will also provide information on tools and campaigns to communicate and support their businesses.

The event will focus on how local businesses can enhance our community, connect and support residents socially, and enhance wealth and employment by circulating dollars many times between businesses.

A report from Loco BC cites research showing BC local businesses create more than double the economic impact of their chain competitors. For every dollar spent with a B.C. local business, $63 is recirculated back into the B.C. economy, versus $14 for multinational corporations. Local business owners live in, and provide jobs for, their community. They support local events, teams, and charities, and are more likely to buy other local products and services.

Going into its 12th year, BC Buy Local is a province-wide initiative that aims to build awareness of local businesses and promote the local economy and the power of purchasing goods and services closer to home. With the distinctive magenta BC Buy Local stickers and marketing collateral being deployed in more than 30 communities and business districts across the province, Maple Ridge is leveraging the power of a local-owned and developed concept that is instantly recognizable and impactful.

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