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NEWS RELEASE · 5th October 2015
District of Kitimat
Local businesses will be getting a big boost with the official launch of the website this week. A launch celebration will be held Thursday, October 8 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Riverlodge Recreation Centre.

Love Kitimat is an initiative made possible through funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust in partnership with Small Town Love and the District of Kitimat. The soon-to-be-launched website is a unique online marketing tool that highlights locally-owned, independent businesses with an aim to strengthen their competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local economy.

Northern Development introduced the Small Town Love program in 2013. More than 1,000 locally-owned independent businesses across northern British Columbia are now featured on Small Town Love websites, which include first-rate photography and storytelling about the independent businesses in each community ranging from bakeries and coffee shops to gift stores, salons, quilters and health food stores to unique bed and breakfast accommodations. Each community’s Small Town Love website features a search bar and directory function to quickly find businesses or specific products online, plus a map function that helps residents and visitors locate each business with ease.

“Kitimat is the twenty-third community to embrace the Small Town Love brand and highlight local independently-owned businesses in their community,” says Renata King, Director, Business Development with Northern Development Initiative Trust. “Northern Development has a mandate to build a stronger north and Small Town Love provides a platform to showcase the unique businesses that form the fabric of our small towns.”

“It is very exciting to see the Small Town Love program growing and to meet so many incredible entrepreneurs who are doing so much to keep our small towns vibrant, engaging and growing,” adds Amy Quarry, Small Town Love Founder. “They are the real hometown heroes and I applaud their contributions to the economies of our communities.”

The Love Kitimat launch event is open to the public and free to attend. Come out and meet member businesses, shop at their tables, sample local food, enter to win prizes, and more!