#thinklocalfirst! Support your friends in business this holiday season.

When you spend local, you can ENTER TO WIN 1 of 6 fabulous prize packages showcasing local goods and services!

I’ve made a purchase and want to ENTER THE DRAW!


  • Make a purchase of goods or services at any South Kootenay* business between December 1st – 31st
  • Click ‘Enter the Draw‘ above
  • Fill in your details
  • Keep your receipt to claim your prize!

Contest closes on Friday, December 31st. Draw will take place and winners will be notified on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
You may enter the draw each time you make a purchase, receipt required to claim your prize.


  • 1 prize package – valued at $1500
  • 2 prize packages – valued at $1000 each
  • 3 prize packages – valued at $500 each

*South Kootenay region includes:  Rossland, Trail, Warfield, Fruitvale, Montrose, and RDKB Areas A & B, including Genelle

Why Spend in the South Kootenay region this Holiday?

Research shows that BC local businesses create more than double the economic impact of their chain competitors. For every $100 spent with a BC local business, $63 is re-circulated back into our BC economy (vs $14 for multinational corporations). They re-circulate 4.6 times more revenue in the local economy:

  • Local retailers re-circulate 63% compared to 14% for chains
  • Local restaurants re-circulate 68% compared to 30% for chains
  • Local suppliers (e.g. office supplies) re-circulate 33% compared to 19% for chains

This is because locally owned businesses circulate more dollars in the community compared to multinational organizations. How? Local businesses:

  • Have owners who live and provide jobs in your community
  • Provide more support for local events, sports teams and charities
  • Are more likely to buy local services and stock local products

Spending with a local business has ripple effects that contribute to the growth and health of the communities in our province.

The #thinklocalfirst program is made possible through funding by: