Love Northern BC shop local campaign expands in the Northeast and Central Coast

September 19, 2016


Locally owned, independent businesses in Taylor and throughout the central coast of B.C. are the latest to join the Love Northern BC program (, continuing to build the regional shop local campaign.

The Love Northern BC shop local program is funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust. The program showcases more than 1,400 businesses across 34 communities throughout central and northern B.C. With the launch of Love Taylor BC ( on September 18th, and the Love Central Coast BC ( on September 11th, nearly 50 additional independent, locally-owned businesses are being promoted with an aim to strengthen the local economy.

The program provides participating businesses with a digital presence and on the ground marketing support. These resources showcase businesses, their owners and the products and services they offer through first-rate photography and storytelling. Not only does the platform create an easy way to find locally-owned businesses in the area, but it also showcases some of the incredibly unique and eclectic businesses that help create the character of one of the most colourful regions in Canada.

Northern Development is an independent regional economic development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth and job creation throughout central and northern British Columbia. Shifting spending to funnel more dollars into local businesses has been proven to pave the way for growth, new jobs, a thriving economy, and can both retain and attract creative and hard-working entrepreneurs to a community.


“Love Northern BC is a great example of how a community can collaborate to build the success of entrepreneurs throughout our region. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Taylor and the central coast communities to this program, and drive more traffic to local small businesses.”
Evan Saugstad, chair, Northern Development Initiative Trust

“Every town has small businesses which are often ‘hidden gems’ that go by word of mouth and don’t always have the exposure they deserve. Love Taylor BC is an exciting opportunity to showcase, nurture and promote these valued community members. We encourage everyone to take a look at what is right in their own community for some diverse local shopping.”
Betty Ponto, councillor, District of Taylor

“One of the best things for the health of our local economy is for each of us to spend our money where it counts the most, which is right here in the Central Coast. I encourage all business owners in our region to take advantage of this internationally recognized and affordable opportunity. Love Central Coast BC is here to support us all – business owners and consumers alike.”
Alison Sayers, chair, Central Coast Regional District


Kristen Danczak
Program and Events Coordinator
District of Taylor

Tanis Shedden
Community Economic Development Officer
Central Coast Regional District