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Federal grant aids Bradford Board of Trade’s campaign to support local businesses

The Bradford Board of Trade's 'Shop Local BWG' campaign will receive $34,000 in funding
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The Bradford Board of Trade has been chosen to receive a federal grant of $34,000 to further its work enticing residents to spend their money at businesses in their hometown. The upcoming “Shop Local BWG” campaign by the BBT was one proposal that was submitted by chambers and boards of trade right across the country. It comes at a time when businesses from several sectors are trying to recover from the effects of the pandemic.  

“This new campaign will encourage people in town to source their purchases first in BWG,” says Tina Martins-Morrison, President of the Bradford Board of Trade. “This investment from the feds is also a validation of the work we already been doing; advocating for and assisting businesses who have faced increased costs, uncertainty and unprecedented challenges. It’s also a pat on the back for our entire board and staff. It says, ‘Hey, keep up the good work of helping Bradford West Gwillimbury move towards a re-energized local economy”.

The Government of Canada is investing $33 million in the Canada-wide “Shop Local” program and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade committed that nearly $9 million of that total would be invested in Ontario, through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

In the coming months, the BWG Community will be encouraged to support local restaurants, shops and services. The “Shop Local BWG” program will also include efforts to boost consumer confidence. Economic trends find that dollars spent locally have a ripple effect as business owners sponsor sports teams, events, and charities while also boosting local employment.

“When our local businesses thrive, the whole community thrives.” said BBT CAO, Tricia Barrett-Butler.