launches with marketplace event showcasing local businesses

November 10, 2015

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – Northern Development is helping the “shop local” movement gain momentum on the North Coast with the launch of – a new platform that promotes the region’s independent, locally-owned businesses. The launch of the new site, financially supported by Northern Development, coincides with a marketplace event being held on Saturday November 14th from 11am to 3pm at the North Coast Meeting & Convention Centre (below Chances Gaming Centre). The marketplace event will showcase a host of unique Prince Rupert businesses and entrepreneurs who will be available to the public to talk about the unique, homegrown stories behind their businesses and the products they sell. is the latest addition to the largest shop local campaign in Canada. The Small Town Love movement is a unique online marketing tool that highlights locally-owned, independent businesses with a goal to encourage more residents and visitors in the region to shop local and support their neighbourhood businesses. With the inclusion of, the Small Town Love movement includes 24 communities and more than 1,000 independent businesses across Northern B.C.

Northern Development has expanded the Small Town Love program across Northern B.C., with an aim to keep more dollars in the local economy and support diversification and sustainability across the region. is a partnership between the Trust, a contractor and the Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development Corporation. The Love Prince Rupert launch event is an excellent opportunity for local residents and tourists alike to come out and meet local business owners as well as learn about, sample, and shop their products. Everyone is invited to this public event, which is free to attend and will also feature free refreshments, giveaways, and door prizes.


“Prince Rupert has dozens of unique businesses that attract customers from across the region and up and down the Pacific Coast – is designed to celebrate this city’s entrepreneurs and drive more traffic through their doors. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Prince Rupert and its entrepreneurs to Small Town Love,” said Evan Saugstad, Chair, Northern Development.

“Prince Rupert has a vibrant independent business community, and we want to keep these businesses thriving. These businesses are the heart of our city, and they really contribute to the character of Prince Rupert. They also step-up and give back at every chance, and we are lucky to have their commitment to the community,” said City of Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain.


Joel McKay
Director, Communications
Northern Development

Veronika Stewart
Communications Manager
City of Prince Rupert