BUSINESS BEAT: Businesses band together to keep shopping local

Jennifer Blyth offers up the latest business news from around Greater Victoria

Victoria-area business owners have joined forces to promote locally owned and independent businesses with Tuesday’s launch of Shop Local Victoria at the Hotel Rialto.

“Just a small shift in spending at locally owned businesses can have a compounding effect keeping dollars in our community, creating jobs and so much more,” says founding member Gayle Robinson of Robinson’s Outdoor Store.

For more information, please see www.ShopLocalVictoria.com

Awards & Accolades

Pharmasave Broadmead has been recognized by the B.C. Cancer Foundation for its significant contributions after raising $4,428 for cancer research. The Saanich store sold pins, and hosted a barbecue and a gift basket give-away – not to mention an employee head-shave campaign.

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Carter has been appointed to the board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and has assumed the presidency of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada.

As Canada’s largest and most influential business association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the primary and vital connection between business and the federal government.

New & Notable

The Bay Centre has welcomed the fashion retailer Bcbgmaxazria. Located on the lower level near centre court, the company’s 10th B.C. store offers more than 3,500 square feet. Grand opening celebrations are planned for tomorrow, May 26.

— Email Jennifer Blyth your business news at jblyth@telus.net.