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Celebrate women-owned businesses and support local this holiday season with WeBC 

This holiday season, every dollar spent at a small business can make a big difference, helping to keep local businesses open and communities vibrant. To encourage shoppers to look local first, WeBC is on a mission to promote and celebrate women-owned businesses in Northern B.C. 

WeBC is a not-for-profit organization that supports B.C.-based women business owners with startup and growth capital, business expertise, training, and regionally based mentors. As part of WeBC’s efforts to propel and celebrate women entrepreneurs, the organization is encouraging local support for women-owned businesses this holiday season. 

“At WeBC, we support thousands of talented women entrepreneurs across the province and the holiday season is one of the most important times of year for these small businesses,” said Shauna Harper, WeBC CEO. “We know that 69 per cent of women entrepreneurs integrate social impact into their businesses and 63 per cent prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices. During the holiday season, we have a choice and power with our spending dollars. When we support local women-owned businesses, we’re investing in the sustainability and growth of our communities plus helping to move the dial forward in gender equity.” 

Katrina Wiebe is the proud owner of The Open Door Café in Prince George, a coffee shop that specializes in baked goodies, freshly roasted coffee, teas, and chef-crafted breakfast and lunch. They proudly source goods from over 35 local businesses, meaning every purchase contributes to their community. 

“Witnessing magic from supporting local businesses, including ours, is truly inspiring! Supporting local women-owned businesses during the holidays benefits everyone,” said Wiebe. “You’re not only backing someone’s dream but also supporting local families. These businesses are passionate about what they do, always delivering higher-quality products!” 

The Open Door Café‘s commitment to their community is unwavering, as they continuously make a positive impact through countless donations, fundraisers, and school programs, exemplifying their dedication to building a stronger community for all. 

The holiday season serves as a reminder of the positive impact that intentional shopping can have on local businesses and the broader community. This initiative aligns with WeBC’s commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering growth in Northern BC. Wiebe is a participant in the WeBC Mentoring Program, which connects women with experienced entrepreneurs to gain support, advice, and networks to grow their businesses. 

Holiday shoppers can follow WeBC on Instagram to learn more about local women-owned businesses they can support this season. Women entrepreneurs looking for support for their business can connect with WeBC directly. Learn more at we-bc.ca. 

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