It’s never been more important to shop local and keep money within the community than during this COVID-19 era. (File photo)

It’s never been more important to shop local and keep money within the community than during this COVID-19 era. (File photo)

Buy and Give Local promotes small businesses in Golden

The contest will conclude on Dec. 18, with a draw for prizes to redeem at local businesses

The Golden Community Coop and Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce have partnered to launch the Buy and Give Local contest this holiday season.

The purpose of the contest is to encourage people to shop local in order to increase their chances at winning one of 20 $100 prizes, or one of the three grand prizes of $500.

According to Jill Dewtie, executive director and director of economic development at the Golden Coop, the Coop is looking to help stimulate the local economy while also helping families who might be in need, just in time for the holidays.

“It’s a tough year and we wanted to encourage residents to support local businesses,” said Dewtie.

“Winning one of these prizes might also change your entire Christmas, you can buy a few extra gifts or treat someone you care about, or use it however you need, while supporting local.”

The contest is being funded by the Columbia Basin Trust through the Coop, who had applied for a holiday shop local grant.

All prizes will be awarded in local business gift cards, to ensure that the funds stay in the community.

To enter the contest, Dewtie says all you need to do is shop local at participating businesses, weather it be online or in person, to have your name submitted for the draw. There’s no cutoff to how much you spend, so it doesn’t matter if the purchase is $5 or $5,000, everyone will have equal chance to participate and win.

The contest will run until Dec. 18, with the draw being held on Dec. 21. Prizes will be handed out after that to ensure they are received before Christmas.

“We want there to be a low barrier, it’s been a tough enough year for people, we want to make sure everyone has their chance,” said Dewtie.

Shopping local is something that’s been important for years and has just been exacerbated by COVID-19, according to Dewtie.

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered the Coop a chance to educate and emphasize that in order to keep Golden’s economy strong and diverse, we need to shop local to keep these business in our community.

“If we keep trending towards shopping online or travelling to go to big box stores, it’s going to hinder what is actually available to us within our community,” said Dewtie.

“This is an opportunity to support neighbour and allow people to have small businesses that keep Golden vibrant.”

Local Business

Just Posted

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

An example of the kinds of invasive plants that can be found in Golden. (Tesia Hackett photo)
Golden annual weedpull back for 14th year

Invasive plants can be harmful to local ecosystems, Wildsight says

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

BC CDC map showing the geographic distribution of cases in the province. (BC CDC photo)
No new cases of COVID-19 in Golden

The last time the BC CDC reported a new case in the area was the week of May 23-29

Prince Charles Secondary School
School District 8 votes in favour of name change for Secondary School in Creston

In an act of reconciliation, a new name will be chosen for Prince Charles Secondary School

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

Hundreds of people, young and old, joined the three-day Walking Our Spirits Home procession, honouring residential school survivors, those who never made it home and all those affected by the institutions. Here people walk the third portion on June 13. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Walking Our Spirits Home from Kamloops provides path to healing

First Nations in and beyond Secwépemc territory join in to honour residential school survivors

More flames
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

(Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs reaches tentative agreement with dispatchers union

The tentative agreement could help end the dispute between the taxi company and the dispatchers

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

Most Read