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It’s Small Business Week in Wetaskiwin: Shop and Support Local

Small Business Week, Wetaskiwin’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship, highlights local small businesses – the cornerstone of our community.

From Oct. 17 to 23, join the City of Wetaskiwin in celebrating all local businesses that make Wetaskiwin an incredible place to live and work.

“We recognize that it’s been a challenging 18 months for our businesses as we continue to face the pandemic,” notes Wetaskiwin Mayor Taylor Gandam. “It’s never been more important to shop and support locally as small businesses not only contribute to our community’s economic success, but they also add character, create jobs and provide charitable support to our community programs and organizations.”

As part of Small Business Week, Wetaskiwin has numerous virtual events planned to cater to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including a virtual luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 21 featuring a panel of small business owners celebrating milestones in business.

The Economic Development Department has been working closely with the Chamber of Commerce to provide additional support programs for the business community.

Start-Up Leduc and Wetaskiwin, launching this month, will assist businesses and entrepreneurs with tools and resources.

The Digital Economy Program launching in December will help small businesses get online and adopt eCommerce practices. The Chamber will also launch an online Shop Local marketplace where businesses can promote and sell their products and services. Additional details on each of these programs will be shared through the City’s social media platforms as well as the Economic Development Newsletter.

Need more reasons to shop and support local? Join the City of Wetaskiwin on social media over the next six weeks for the chance to win $50 gift cards weekly to a local small business of their choice! Visit The City of Wetaskiwin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – to learn more or visit wetaskiwin.ca/1043/Discover-Wetaskiwin

“We encourage all residents to join in on Small Business Week and celebrate their courage and innovation,” Gandam says. “If you have something to buy, buy it locally. If you want to go for dinner, dine-in or take-out at one of our culinary establishments, purchase a gift card, and share your experience on social media – remember to think local first. Every time you do, you help strengthen Wetaskiwin.”

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