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Local businesses the focus of national campaign

Last Updated Jul 21, 2020 at 7:33 pm MST

PHOTO. Supplied. Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.

Wood Buffalo will join a national campaign in support of small businesses.

On July 25, the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce encourages residents to participate in ‘The Big Spend’.

The national goal is to inject $100-million into the Canadian economy by supporting local small business.

Interim Executive Director Nick Sanders said COVID-19 greatly impacted small businesses, which now face the difficult task of recovery.

“‘The Big Spend’ is meant to be more than a symbolic gesture of hope. It is a practical step we can take as part of a larger action plan for economic recovery in Canada. When we add the benefits of buying local to the positive impact of what economists call the “multiplier effect” we help create a snowball of growth for our communities, and our country as a whole.”

Small businesses provide almost 70 per cent of all private-sector jobs in Canada.

National Director of Leading Influence and campaign founder Tim Schindel said kick-starting the economy is on everyone’s minds.

“In my work with Leading Influence, I get to meet with and support leaders from across Canada. The Big Spend became an intensely practical, and I might add, easy way to help Canada start down the road to recovery in every city across our nation.”

Deb McClelland, former past President of Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada also encouraged businesses and individuals to participate.

“Chambers of Commerce from across our nation, along with local businesses and individual Canadians, are signing on to be ‘Spend Friends.’ Collectively, on July 25th, we can make this the largest ‘Christmas in July’ Canada has ever seen.”

More information about ‘The Big Spend’ is available online.

Follow the campaign on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.