- Elevate consumer awareness of the economic benefits of buying local, currently and into the future;
- Develop a campaign that supports WCC membership and the business community in reopening to local consumers;
- Highlight the priority of local spending by governments and corporations through their procurement processes;
- Impart the value that local businesses play in the economic and social landscape of Whitehorse.
Now more than ever, Whitehorse businesses need our support. This has been a challenging time for all of us, but particularly for those people who have invested their lives in building the businesses that we rely on. We don’t need to travel down South, or order online to get the things that we need. Local businesses are happy to feed you, dress you, and outfit you with everything you need and want. Local businesses are part of our community. Local businesses contribute to the lives of Yukoners, support fundraising programs, sponsor teams and organizations, and volunteer to help wherever it is needed. To ‘buy local’ is to support your community, and will help strengthen us.
Think local first when making purchases. It might be tempting to let your fingers do your shopping for you, but supporting local businesses is important. Call around, check local websites, and ask for local recommendations before ordering something online. Supporting local businesses supports community. It’s such an easy way to give back to the businesses that have given us so much.
We live in one of the most exciting and beautiful places in the world. Your friends and family from other places are looking at the photos of your staycation and they are envious. Embrace your good fortune, and become a tourist in your own City. Take in our dining experiences, go on a local shopping spree, treat yourself to a night away in a local hotel or inn, and experience your City again for the first time.
Try something new this summer. Take a sightseeing flight over a glacier, paddle the Yukon River, or go on a horsepacking adventure. Learn new skills, and develop a new understanding of how great local travel can be. Sample locally grown foods, then try international cuisine - experience the wildness of our rivers, and the tranquility of our trails - be inspired by local art, and then listen to the sounds of nature - all without leaving home.
Local businesses should be the focus of government procurement processes. Local companies provide local jobs and stimulate the economy. When you purchase goods or services from a Whitehorse business, you are supporting the families that they employ. Our companies give back to the community, by volunteering, providing sponsorships, and donating to fundraising events. Our companies need to come first, now more than ever.