The Paris and District Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the County of Brant Economic Development team to provide print versions of the Love Local Brant business and services directory to residents.
Susan Morton, the president of the Paris and District Chamber of Commerce said that the project is designed to get everybody to continue to shop small.
“Not only will this guide be useful to people that are new to the area, but I think it will also show those that have lived here for a number of years what is available to them,” she said. “Now more than ever, small businesses need our support. I think you have to have thriving businesses to have a thriving community.”
Morton said that the project has sent out 16,500 hard copies to households across the County of Brant. The online version will be updated throughout the year as businesses come to the county.
The purpose of the program is to support Canada’s small businesses and economic recovery. Small businesses are cornerstones of our local economies and key to thriving communities—creating jobs, driving innovation, and generating wealth for Canadians, the Chamber said in a press release.
“We hope that this will remind people to think local before they make a purchase,” Morton said. “I know how easy it is to just go online, but we have to be mindful about what we’re doing so that we can be able to keep our local businesses thriving.”
In 2021, the County of Brant released a guide series consisting of businesses (and destinations) represented in the areas of retail, dining, farm markets & visitor excursions. The ‘Love Local Brant Business and Services Directory’, positioned as a complimentary extension to this series, will further serve residents with a convenient, easy to use listing of local businesses within the Personal Services, Health Care & Related Industries and Business Services categories, that are not already included within the existing guides.