As shoppers search for the perfect gift this holiday season, WeBC is making local spending easier with a new pop-up online store, featuring more than 450 women-led businesses based in British Columbia.
WeBC, formerly Women’s Enterprise Center, is a non-profit organization that helps small business owners in British Columbia access start-up and growth capital, business expertise, training and regional mentors. .
As part of WeBC’s efforts to propel and celebrate women entrepreneurs, the organization has opened a digital pop-up store for shoppers to search for women-owned businesses, browsing the products and services they can purchase. directly from local businesses.
âAt WeBC, we connect with thousands of talented women entrepreneurs across the province, and the holiday season is one of the most important times of the year for these small businesses,â said Melanie Rupp, Director principal, loans and advisory services for WeBC. .
âWe want to encourage buyers to spend locally by making it as easy as possible to find and support women-owned businesses in their community. “
The #WeShopBC site features local businesses in a wide range of industries and from all regions of British Columbia, including Okanagan Taste of the Okanagan in Kelowna, Townships & Tales in Vernon, and KALECO in Vernon.
âThe community is made up of my customers, so they directly support my business when they choose to buy locally. It’s a symbiotic relationship – when they support me, I can continue to offer new and exciting products that match our shared values ââ- environmentally friendly and ethically made clothes and gifts, âsays Amanda Homeniuk , owner of KALECO.
âThere have been so many obstacles this year with COVID, fires and supply chain issues. More than ever, local businesses need our help to stay open.
The #WeShopBC pop-up store is open from November 16 to January 3. Many of the businesses featured on the site also have special offers and discounts to buyers in British Columbia as a thank you for their local support.
Visit #WeShopBC at we-bc.ca/WEshopBC to learn more.