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Why Shopping Local Matters

Shop Local… you see this everywhere now. The message “let’s support local business” almost feels like a kind of community boosterism, but did you know that buying close to home may be more than a feel-good, it’s-worth-paying-more-for-local type of thing? Supporting shop local movements can help rural communities withstand economic shifts more productively, and as…
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The Ripple Effect of Shopping Locally

Shopping local is the act of everyday consumers like you, deciding to buy select items, like produce, home decor, clothing or, day to day items, from independent or local-to-you businesses. Shopping local is a mindset among consumers that supports the underlying economic engine of rural communities. From one Alberta town to the next, consumers that…
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30 Ways to Shop Local In Drayton Valley

The current situation experienced across Alberta highlights the importance of supporting local and keeping our independent business sector alive and thriving.

Social Media is Important for Business

Unquestionably, there has been a significant shift from traditional marketing to online marketing, with people consuming more online advertising than print media, radio, or television. However, there is a surprising amount of businesses not accessing the benefits of social media. It is estimated that as much as 50% of small rural businesses are not using…
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