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B8 - PRAIRIE POST - Friday, October 28, 2011


Brooks Shop local contest a hit in the City of Brooks


BY ROSE SANCHEZ — rsanchez@prairiepost.com There’s only a two months left to shop local and


have a chance to win $100 “Yes bucks” from the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce. The Yes! We shop in Brooks contest was first held


from August to December of 2010. It met with success and the Chamber, City of Brooks Economic Development and Community Futures Entre-Corp partnered to hold the contest again this year from April 1 to Dec. 31. “We wanted to raise an awareness and consciousness about shopping local,” says Tracy Acorn, manager of the Chamber. Individuals in Brooks and area can bring in their


receipts each month showing they are shopping locally. For every $100 spent locally, the individual is entered into a monthly draw for $100 in shop


local certificates. When those certificates are used in businesses, those business owners bring them back to the Chamber to receive the full cash value. All businesses in Brooks and the County of


Newell are honouring these gift certificates known as “Yes we shop in Brooks” certificates. Because of their popularity, they are available through the Chamber in various denominations and make a great gift idea, employee bonus, sponsorship or door prize. Many people who have turned in their receipts to enter into the contest, didn’t realize just how much they were shopping locally, says Acorn. While Acorn can’t guarantee if the shop local contest will take place again next year, the shop local certificates will definitely stick around. “There’s a lot more here business-wise than I


think even we realize,” says Acorn, about the places the shop local certificates can be used. In the fall of 2009, the City of Brooks initiated a consumer survey to learn more about the shopping patterns of local residents. There were some misconceptions identified, which businesses officials are hoping to change. One of those misconceptions is that shopping locally is more expensive. Acorn says in fact, most businesses are quite competitive with their pricing, often meeting or beating the prices of goods offered elsewhere. “I think it’s just an awareness.We assume a lot of things,” she added. “If somebody takes the risk or the initiative to open a new business, it’s important to support them in that.” Acorn adds the Chamber is appreciative of the co- operation of not only the business people in making shop local initiatives successful but the residents who have decided to support local businesses.


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organization and in a community that is an Alberta and Canadian Badlands treasure in the arts, education, hospitality and tourism,” says Davis. “I look forward to bringing my skill and passion to the Canadian Badlands Ltd. There is tremendous potential for expanding and developing new tourism opportunities in the Canadian Badlands region.” Davis was on the Alberta South Tourism Destination Region Board from 2004-2010, including the position of Board Chair from 2006-2009. In his previous roles, Davis assisted with the design


of five-year strategic plans and implementation of key objectives, including marketing plans for Rosebud Theatre, fund development plan, and local and regional partnerships for tourism. He has held a management position for a non-for profit community economic development organization and has been an Independent facilitator for community based board training programs. Davis succeeds Cindy Amos and Manuelle Prunier,


who were CBL’s previous executive directors from 2007-2010 and 2010-2011 respectively. CBL is a not-for-profit corporation and the largest co-operative regional partnership of municipal governments in Alberta. The shareholders are 63 municipal governments in southeast Alberta. Its mission is to foster development of tourism in the Canadian Badlands as an economic development tool that protects significant natural resources while enhancing the quality of life for area residents.


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