Support Local BC Online Gift Card Sales
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Support Local BC has created a website to allow customers to purchase gift certificates for local, independent businesses in British Columbia. This helps support our community, encourage social distancing, and will allow businesses to augment their cash flow while we continue to tackle this difficult situation. As of May 10, there are 109 communities participating with 1,742 businesses and they have channeled over $1,068,468 into business’ hands.
Each community has its own page on the site. The Sunshine Coast has over 100 businesses on the site. This service is totally free for businesses, and offers the best way to start generating online sales right now. Learn more about how it works here.
The BC Marketplace is an initiative from Small Business BC to support and increase sales to local businesses across the province. The platform is free to use for the customer and business owner, and offers an opportunity for BC consumers to find product and service providers closer to home and to put money back into the local BC economy. Click here for more information or to sign up for free now.
If you are a restaurant, café, or other take-away food provider anywhere on the Sunshine Coast, be sure to add your business to CoastalTakeout.ca. You can create your own free listing directly on the site and it will help customers know that you are open for take-out.
A great collection of take-out and delivery services that are currently available on both the South and and North Sunshine Coast, provided for local residents by Sunshine Coast Tourism. Visit here for more information on how to add your business to the list.
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
This 8-Week Self-Directed Digital Marketing Bootcamp being offered by Alacrity Canada is a virtual skills-training program that aims to prepare you for the digital marketplace. You are able to work at your own pace with daily experiential learning as well as access to mentoring with marketing experts to help equip you with the knowledge, tools, and resources you need to market your business online. By the end of this Bootcamp, you will have a real understanding of how to shape the marketing process to fit and grow your unique business. Employees of small to medium-sized businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 in BC may qualify to have their full tuition covered. Click here to find out more and apply today!
The Sunshine Coast Community Task Force
This website provides a comprehensive listing of all businesses on the Sunshine Coast that are open for business or have reduced hours. Simply fill out the form contained on this page to have your business added to the listing, and let your customers know you are still open for business or when you will be returning. Visit here to add your business to the listing.
Sechelt Downtown Business Association
If you are an SDBA member or located within downtown Sechelt, make sure your business is included in their “Open for Business” listing page here. Members have access to FREE e-commerce and social media support. They can access support by emailing Theressa Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business BC
Do you need help to effectively communicate your reopening plans and COVID safety measures to your customers? Or simply need advice from a Website Expert? Small Business BC has a wealth of information, webinars and resources on best practices for marketing your business during COVID. Access these resources from Small Business BC here.
Support Local Promotion Programs
Supported by the Sechelt Downtown Business Association, this program is designed to support the local business economy with social media campaigns that drive customer awareness of the shops that are still open, and encourage people to continue shopping locally and supporting our businesses now and in the future. Visit the Sechelt Downtown Business Associations Instagram here.