The Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce would like to remind everyone of their local merchants this holiday season. Our local economy is like an organism for which money is the blood. The blood needs to flow to keep it healthy. If we do all our shopping at a mainland big box store, the blood flows out like from a wound. Let's try to keep a portion of our holiday budgets on the island. Just a bit will do.
Think about it in basic math. If every household bought just one gift at a Bowen store the impact would be massive. Our handful of shops and businesses would enjoy an influx of 1,600 purchases. If every person did so, it would be double that number.
Let's make it a goal to be conscious of this in 2012 and get out and support your neighbours who work here or run a business and offer the great products and services we'd so dearly miss if they were not around.
Jan Chilvers, vice-president
Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce