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Think Local First is the only registered non-profit society of locally owned, independent business that seek to promote the social and economic benefits of shopping local in the Greater Victoria Area.

We are directed by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who are all local business owners in Victoria.

Now more than ever, businesses need to market the fact that they are locally-owned to give them an edge over the competition.

Our goals are to:

Support and strengthen locally owned, independent business and maintain jobs,
Preserve and enhance our unique neighbourhoods and business district, and
Get consumers to commit to spending more dollars with locally-owned businesses.

We aim to have every locally-owned business in Victoria be a member. The more members we have, the stronger our message is, and the greater the impact on public awareness — the ultimate mandate of Think Local First is to educate and increase public awareness of local businesses.

Interested in getting involved? Own a local business? Click here for info on becoming a member.

Our 2nd Annual General Meeting is being organized and we would love it if you could join us! Here are the details we know at this point:

When: Thursday, 17 April 2014 at 6 PM for registration + cocktails

Where: The Atrium (corner of Blanshard and Yates)

What: Our guest speaker will be Katrino Scotto di Carlo who… Read More

Festival of Trees

For over 21 years the Festival of Trees has transformed the storied halls of The Fairmont Empress into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees with a goal of raising much-needed funds for BC

It has been proven over and over that spending our money at local businesses has a ‘multipier effect’ on the money that ends up staying in the community – from other purchases to taxes to charitable donations.

We wanted to share two great pieces of information with you if you don’t know about BC’s 10% Shift campaign. Here’s a visual that gets the point across… Read More