BC Buy Local Week 2016

Local businesses need to regain market share as 5th annual Buy Local Week launches in BC

(November 28, 2016 – Vancouver, BC) The fifth annual Buy Local Week in BC kicked off today, celebrating local businesses and the big impact buying locally has on communities across the province. Organizers warn that independent businesses need to regain market share against international chains to stay viable and keep local economies growing in BC.   

“Local independent businesses need support to help them regain a greater share of local spending, and BC Buy Local Week is a great opportunity to reinforce the importance of shopping at locally owned stores, and buying local made and locally grown goods” says Amy Robinson, founder and executive director of LOCO BC, which coordinates Buy Local Week in the province.

BC Buy Local Week 2016 runs from November 28 to December 4 and has been proclaimed by the Province of BC and many cities and regions around the province. Participating communities include the City of Vancouver and the Hastings Crossing, East Village and West Point Grey business districts, the City of Victoria, the City of Richmond, the City of Surrey, the City of North Vancouver, the Municipality of Squamish and the Township of Langley.

“Our research shows that BC businesses have been losing market share at a greater rate than the national average, slipping to 33.7% recently. In fact, independent businesses in BC have the third lowest market share in the country,” adds Robinson. “This means that governments need to step up efforts to ease burdens, financial and bureaucratic, on local businesses, and consumers need to shift spending where they can to local businesses to keep our local economy thriving.”

LOCO BC encourages shoppers to support independent businesses by purchasing from local producers and businesses during BC Buy Local Week and throughout the year. For every dollar people spend with local businesses, that money recirculates in their community and creates $2.60 of economic impact for their region. Consumers are being encouraged to shift some of their holiday spending to locally owned businesses, and to look for local grown and locally made products wherever they shop.

“Most consumers in Canada spend about $1,500 on food, alcohol, gifts and travel during the holiday season. If they shift 1% of their spending – just $15 – to local business, their money will multiply locally to create more jobs and stronger communities,” adds Robinson. “BC Buy Local Week is a great opportunity to show your support for BC business owners and help spread the message that shopping local has tremendous impact on your community.”

Throughout the year, participating local BC businesses will be promoting their local owned businesses, local grown and local made products with bright pink stickers to make them easy for consumers to identify, and using the hashtag #BCBuyLocal on social media. Consumers are invited to participate by sharing photos of their local shopping and the pink stickers on social media for a chance to win prizes, and by looking to bcbuylocal.com as a resource for BC products and businesses.

In efforts to entice more independent businesses, LOCO BC will be working in partnership with the Downtown Vancouver BIA (DVBIA) this coming year to assess the barriers and burdens to small businesses operating downtown.

“We’re excited to launch new research with LOCO BC to understand the challenges of independent businesses and encourage them to locate downtown,” says Charles Gautier, President & CEO of the DVBIA. “We’ve worked with some independents recently to help them locate along Granville Street and would like to see more successes.”

LOCO BC will also be collecting information on the potential to reduce municipal red tape and improve business friendliness for small business in several municipalities by engaging municipalities to play a bigger role in supporting the success of independent businesses to ensure affordable leasing opportunities are maintained.

For more information about BC Buy Local, along with resources to help consumers find local businesses and products, visit www.bcbuylocal.com.  

About LOCO BC

LOCO BC is a non-profit local business alliance in British Columbia working to strengthen communities, grow the local economy, and build strong, sustainable businesses. LOCO BC coordinates Buy Local Week, an annual celebration of local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our economy and our communities. The goal of the BC Buy Local Campaign is to illuminate the local market, making BC-based businesses, products, food and wines more visible to consumers.

Media contact:
Carla Shore
C-Shore Communications Inc.
P: 604-329-0975
carla@cshore.ca

5th Annual Buy Local Week Kicks Off November 28th

The fifth annual Buy Local Week in BC kicks off Monday, November 28th.

BC Buy Local Week 2016 runs from November 28 to December 4 and has been proclaimed by the Province of BC and many cities and regions around the province. Participating communities include the City of Vancouver and the Hastings Crossing, East Village and West Point Grey business districts, the City of Victoria, the City of Richmond, the City of Surrey, the City of North Vancouver, the Municipality of Squamish and the Township of Langley.

“Our research shows that BC businesses have been losing market share at a greater rate than the national average, slipping to 33.7% recently. In fact, independent businesses in BC have the third lowest market share in the country,” adds Robinson. “This means that governments need to step up efforts to ease burdens, financial and bureaucratic, on local businesses, and consumers need to shift spending where they can to local businesses to keep our local economy thriving.”

LOCO BC encourages shoppers to support independent businesses by purchasing from local producers and businesses during BC Buy Local Week and throughout the year. For every dollar people spend with local businesses, that money recirculates in their community and creates $2.60 of economic impact for their region. Consumers are being encouraged to shift some of their holiday spending to locally owned businesses, and to look for local grown and locally made products wherever they shop.

Media contact:
Carla Shore
C-Shore Communications Inc.
P: 604-329-0975
carla@cshore.ca

LOCO Businesses are Hiring this summer!

HiVE is hiring a Director of Social Impact

HiVE is Hiring! Are you a serial do-gooder with experience working with nonprofits? Passionate about growing and supporting the social impact ecosystem in Vancouver? Our community hub is looking for a Director of Social Impact and applications are due on June 26th, 2016 at 11:59 PST. View the job posting here.

 

SPUD is hiring a Senior Director of Purchasing & Product Procurement

Would you like to be a part of a growing and dedicated team who work to provide sustainable solutions in our own communities? SPUD.ca is looking for a Senior Director of Purchasing & Product Procurement reporting to the CEO. They will be the creative and resourceful talent responsible for the promotion of our unique and amazing products on the site, continue sourcing new and exciting products, while negotiating the best possible prices to offer to our valued customers.  View the job posting here. See all job openings at SPUD.

 

Salt Spring Coffee is hiring a Quality Assurance Coordinator

SALT SPRING COFFEE grew out of a passion for an exceptional cup of coffee. We began roasting coffee in the spring of 1996, building around strong values and environmentally responsible business ethics and practices. We are looking for someone who will work under the general supervision of the COO, to plan, coordinate, and implement quality assurance programs at the plant level and ensure continuous production of products consistent with established standards. View the job posting here. See all job openings at Salt Spring Coffee.

 

Foodee is hiring a Director of Business Development

Foodee is changing the way corporate offices eat. We believe that everyone should have access to the best eateries in their city without any hassles. We’re looking for a talented and dynamic DIRECTOR OR VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT who is a self-starter and self-described hustler! This position will have access to all aspects of building and running a high-growth company! It will report directly to the CEO with the involvement of his impressive team of advisors and will work closely with the Head of Finance. You will develop partnerships that drive revenues by identifying, developing, negotiating, and cultivating business relationships with strategic partners and their end users. View the job posting here.

 

RTown is hiring talented Digital Media representatives

RTOWN is  seeking a sharp, experienced sales person with a proven track record of success to be the next Digital Media Sales Representative to join our growing sales team. This is a proven outside sales role with proven products. You will be acquiring & managing local clients – preferably in the neighbourhood or town that you live in. As a Digital Media Sales Representative, you will be responsible for listening, assessing and making service & solution recommendations that are aligned with success for all parties. View the job posting here.

 

Vital Body is hiring a Receptionist

Are you someone who values a great work environment, takes pride in great customer service, is happy and thriving in their life? This role entails providing outstanding client care at a thriving weight loss clinic. As the first person people meet at Vital Body, you are a key player in the customer experience and growth of the company. Our ideal candidate is looking for a full time position, enjoys change and growth in a small business environment, has a great personality that others easily connect with and has a passion for helping people. Our candidate has a love of life and enjoys a healthy lifestyle. View the job posting here.

 

LOCO Businesses are hiring this spring

Earnest Ice Cream is hiring a Production Manager

This is an opportunity to join the core leadership team of Earnest Ice Cream, a young and growing values-led business that prioritizes creativity and innovation, while making Vancouver’s best ice cream. The Production Manager mentors and leads the production teams, while collaborating on new flavour development and contributing to the EIC community. Find out more

 

Fairware is hiring an Account Manager

At Fairware, we believe we can change the world through the simple act of buying. We provide promotional merchandise to North America’s leading sustainable brands. The Account Manager will be responsible for developing and managing new and existing business in the US and Canada. You’ll work with the Fairware team to ensure the highest level of customer service is achieved. Working full time from our Vancouver offices, you’ll provide stellar account management with existing accounts while growing your sales book with new business. You’ll help your clients get great merchandise that animates their brand and showcases their values. Find out more

 

The Sharing Farm seeks Volunteer Treasurer

The Sharing Farm grows food to feed Richmond families in need. The Farm is run by community members for community members, and is dedicated to providing fresh, healthy, local produce to our less fortunate neighbours. The Sharing Farm operates on a tiny budget, but thanks to the generosity of our over 1,000 yearly volunteers and the devotion of a small core of part-time staff, the Farm is able to provide thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables every year to community meals throughout the city and the Richmond Food Bank. The Treasurer is the Society Board member acting as steward of all funds of the Society in concert with the Society bookkeeper and Executive Director. As such he keeps the Board of Directors informed of all matters pertaining to the finances of the Society. Contact The Sharing Farm to find out more.

LOCO Businesses are hiring (again)!

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is hiring a Development Manager

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is the ass-kickingest arts organization in Vancouver (some might say in Canada), on the cutting edge of contemporary performance, and leading the charge to put arts and culture at the centre of Vancouver’s evolving brand. If you are (or know) a development professional who loves the arts, wants to work with an amazing team, and is committed to making this city truly world class, please share/apply for the Development Manager role!

MP Maintenance is hiring a Property Maintenance Supervisor

MP Maintenance is a solid team of skilled individuals performing quality exterior cleaning and landscaping work. We work at a variety of locations around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We build our business by doing top-notch work, while helping to build an “on-ramp to employment.” Our supervisors work alongside individuals who are facing challenges to find employment, but are motivated to excel when given the right opportunity. MP Maintenance is a social enterprise of Mission Possible.
Mission Possible is hiring a Community Life Coordinator

Mission Possible’s Community Life Coordinator will supervise the Community Life Assistant and Nutrition Coordinator as they work together to build a community that supports Downtown Eastside residents who are on a journey toward sustainable employment. This community will be open to those who are at any stage on the Employment Readiness Program continuum. The core responsibilities of the Community Life Coordinator are to build a culture of momentum that encourages and empowers individuals to make positive movement toward work, and the planning, organizing and executing of gathering activities.

Fairware is hiring an Account Manager

At Fairware, we believe we can change the world through the simple act of buying. The Account Manager will be responsible for developing and managing new and existing business in the US and Canada. You’ll work with the Fairware team to ensure the highest level of customer service is achieved. Working full time from our Vancouver offices, you’ll provide stellar account management with existing accounts while growing your sales book with new business. You’ll help your clients get great merchandise that animates their brand and showcases their values.

LOCO Businesses are Hiring!

Homestead Junction is hiring a Purchaser & Warehouse Coordinator

If you become our new Purchaser & Warehouse Coordinator, you’ll be in charge of keeping physical items moving in and out of our store in an orderly manner. You’ll order stuff from our vendors, receive shipments as they come in, maintain our storage/warehousing area in impeccable order, track what needs to be repackaged or assembled, and oversee our web order fulfullment program. You’ll help make important decisions about what products we carry, and regularly contribute to improving our business processes. You’ll operate as part of a team, but with a great deal of autonomy and ownership over your role. And every once in a while, you might just fill in at front-of-house, because that’s what happens in a small company like ours! Find out more.

 

Novex Delivery Solutions is hiring a Sales & Marketing Manager

A solid and growing business for 35 years, Novex continues to be innovative and creative as it serves the Lower Mainland’s same-day delivery needs. The mission for the Sales and Marketing Manager is to grow Novex’s triple bottom lines, and attract and retain exceptional customers. This senior role requires working closely with the CEO to drive sales growth and sales activities in alignment with the company’s vision and values. Find out more.

 

Urban Digs farms is hiring a full-time Farmer

At Urban Digs we are farmers first, and it takes one to know one. We supply families and chefs with trustworthy meat, eggs and produce grown at our farm and by other farmers we know. We are looking for a full-time farmer to manage and operate our small farm in South Burnaby starting April/May 2016 through to October/November 2016. Might also suit a couple who want to job share. You must have at least 2 years’ experience and be able to work independently. Most importantly you must care passionately about the work that you do and be aligned with the farm’s values. Find out more.

 

RTOWN is hiring Digital Media Sales Representatives in Victoria, Kelowna and the Lower Mainland

We are seeking a sharp, experienced sales person with a proven track record of success to be the next Digital Media Sales Representative to join our growing sales team. This is a proven outside sales role with proven products. You will be acquiring & managing local clients – preferably in the neighbourhood or town that you live in. As a Digital Media Sales Representative, you will be responsible for listening, assessing and making service & solution recommendations that are aligned with success for all parties. Find out more.

 

JustWork is looking for a new Executive Director

We are looking to hire a new ED to replace our current director, who will be moving away from the area in the summer of 2016. The new Director will continue developing our capacity to offer meaningful employment by building and stewarding our partnerships with businesses, churches, foundations, customers and employees. Find out more.

 

Wildcrafted Wool: How I Narrowly Averted E-Commerce Fraud

wildcraftedwoolhemp_bag_largeThis is a guest blog by LOCO Member Wildcrafted Wool

To those members conducting business on the Internet, this is for you!  As a maker/artist, I was recently targeted by fraudsters through my website’s online store. I know this happens all the time and that’s why it’s important I tell you about it.

It all begins over a month ago when I was approached by a potential customer calling him/herself by the name “Hannes Arne” of “sweetbodystore@hotmail.com” and claiming to live in a rural town in Holland. She messaged me through the contact form on my website asking if I ship internationally to Europe. We begin an email exchange. She claimed she owned a small boutique and wanted to buy my “lovely” products for her store. Her emails were professional sounding and believable.

Little did I know, Shopify (my e-commerce web host) had blocked her credit card after multiple failed attempts but did not alert me. The fraudster therefore manages to place his/her order using a second credit card. Both cards are likely stolen.

“Hannes” requested I ship through a third party shipper that she uses for her North American orders that will deliver directly to her door. This is a lot easier for her since there is limited mail delivery. I thought it was strange that there was no website for her shipper and just this sketchy Facebook page. And so I got suspicious…

I quickly realize this is a common fraud scheme and cancel and refund the order.  Thank goodness!! Otherwise, I would have been responsible for the amount charged in full when the rightful cardholder disputed the funds.

And then the plot thickens. The very next day I’m getting calls on my private cell phone that is NOT published publicly. The numbers are always different and they leave voice mail asking to speak with me immediately about my website. I realize the numbers aren’t in service so I can’t phone them back. I’ll never know how these fraudsters got my personal information. Pretty frightening. And I think it’s a little more than coincidental that I got these calls the day after I cancelled a fraudulent order…

And finally, how do these fraudsters make their money? Well, the shipping company is fake and so that “shipping” money goes straight to their hidden pockets. So hidden that law enforcement claims they can’t do anything.

And that’s why I’ve devised a sleuthy anti-fraud checklist for all online orders. Check it out:

  • Call the number on the order and make sure that it actually exists. Also, check if the area code matches their location
  • Verify that the billing and shipping addresses match
  • Use a search engine to look up the email address and look for hits containing reported fraud
  • Verify the customer’s IP address and ensure it matches where they say they’re from
  • Pay special attention to high value orders
  • Verify the shipping company is a legit company or don’t use third party shippers you haven’t heard of before
  • Find out what risk analysis and anti-fraud tools your web host provides. Ensure you have notifications turned on

I hope my story spreads awareness and prevention when it comes to extortion fraud and E-commerce. The more we know, the less they’ll be able to extort and therefore the less viable it is for them. However, it’s important to not become overly cautious and suspicious! While web hosts and e-commerce platforms have security and risk analysis in place, I realized pretty quickly that when things go wrong it’s “blame the seller”. We have to verify who we’re really doing business with at the end of the day and for now, I’m sticking to craft fairs and local boutiques for the majority of my revenue.

Dalia, Owner/Artisan
www.wildcraftedwool.com

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The We ♥ Local Awards are back!

Nominate your favourite local grower, producer or business (this could be you!) in one of 15 categories for a chance to win a weekly prize or the grand prize!

The We ♥ Local Awards invites people across BC to nominate their favourites in the following 15 delicious categories (find your favourite LOCO members for each one):

  • Favourite Farmers’ Market
  • Favourite Store to Buy Local
  • Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier
  • Favourite Local Seafood Supplier
  • Favourite Local Cheese Maker
  • Favourite Local Sweet Treat
  • Favourite Local Advocate (you’re chance to give us at plug at LOCO BC!)
  • Favourite Local Winery
  • Favourite Local Brewery
  • Favourite Local Food Truck
  • Favourite Local U-Pick Farm
  • Favourite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier
  • Favourite Local Restaurant or Chef
  • Favourite Local Florist or Nursery
  • Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower

WHLAwardsHow the 2015 We ♥ Local Awards works:

NOMINATIONS: Nominations are open August 17th – September 6th, 2015. Anyone living in BC can nominate one or more favourites in the categories listed above by visiting: www.weheartlocalawards.ca

VOTING: Voting is open September 7th – September 12th, 2015, followed by a Shortlist Sprint on September 13th and 14th, 2015. Anyone living in BC can vote for their favourite nominees in the categories listed above by visiting: www.weheartlocalawards.ca

PRIZES: Nominating and voting for your local BC favourites automatically enters you in weekly draw to win a $100 gift card to your local VQA store. You will also be entered in the Grand Prize draw for a luxurious three-night stay at Taku Resort and Marina, along with your choice of a cooking course for two, valued at $2100. This prize includes a $300 gift card from BC Ferries to cover the cost of transportation. The Grand Prize winner will be drawn on September 15th, 2015.

www.weheartlocalawards.ca

30% off SBBC Local Leaders event with Tina Lee on July 16, 2015

Gain Leadership and Growth Advice from One of BC’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs!

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Join our friends at Small Business BC on Thursday, July 16 for networking and conversation with Tina Lee of T&T Supermarket Inc. and the Hon. Naomi Yamamoto – Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business.

Tina’s keynote will be about:

  • Succession Planning: Staying Connected with the Family Business
  • Taking on the family business: My journey with T&T Supermarket
  • Understanding the Asian community and consumer
  • Overcoming challenges of developing new customer bases
  • Never losing your roots: Being an ambassador of Asian food and culture

The meet-up is the part of the Local Leaders monthly business mixers, featuring networking with 200+ BC small business owners, drinks, food and inspiring discussion from the top CEOs and business leaders in the community.

Tickets include a FREE drink from Bridge Brewing, Dirty Laundry Vineyard or SEVA Maple Water, appetizers from LOCO Members Potluck Café and SPREAD’EM Kitchen, and cupcakes from ManCakes Bakery.

Members and friends of LOCO BC can use promo codeLOCO” to receive 30% off registration. Spaces are limited, so reserve yours today!

LOCO Businesses are Hiring

Fairware is hiring for Account Manager & Sales

At Fairware, we believe we can change the world through the simple act of buying. We provide promotional merchandise to North America’s leading sustainable brands. We’re committed change makers and we’re serious about sustainability.

The Account Manager will be responsible for developing and managing new and existing business in the US and Canada. You’ll work with the Fairware team to ensure the highest level of customer service is achieved. Working full time from our Vancouver offices, you’ll provide stellar account management with existing accounts while growing your sales book with new business. You’ll help your clients get great merchandise that animates their brand and showcases their values.

Savoury Chef seeks a Logistics and Facility Manager

Savoury Chef Foods is a high-end catering and event company based in Vancouver BC. We specialize in engineering memorable events with unparalleled service, and menus that feature the very best fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

The Logistics and Facility Manager will be responsible for recruiting, hiring and training all Drivers and Event Packers. The role also oversees the upkeep and maintenance of our 10,000 sq ft kitchen and office.

Earnest Ice Cream is hiring

Earnest Ice Cream is growing and we’re looking for the right people to join our team and grow with us. We are a values-driven company crafting Vancouver’s best ice cream using local, seasonal ingredients and an obsession with quality and service. We are hiring for the following positions:

Paysavvy is hiring

Paysavvy is changing the way companies pay and manage their employees through fully integrated, cloud-based workforce management software as a service. Come join us! We are hiring for several positions, including the following:

RTOWN is hiring

RTOWN integrates with our clients, embracing their brands, understanding the need to speak relevantly and authentically for them. With passion and precision, the RTOWN team becomes an integral, yet affordable extension to any size business, in a way that allows the operator to focus on the ground, while we focus on the cloud. We are hiring for the following positions:

Mala Collective is hiring a Shipping and Inventory Coordinator

At Mala Collective, we work to bring meditation and mindfulness to a new generation. We want to make it accessible, fun, and part of our everyday lives. We do this through working with fair trade artisans in the developing world to create authentic mala beads. As our Shipping and Inventory Coordinator your responsibilities will include managing all aspects of outgoing and incoming shipments to deliver first class customer service and exceptional efficiency to our customers.