The Kenora District Chamber of Commerce is looking to strengthen the local economy and encourage area residents and visitors to choose local businesses as the COVID restrictions continue to ease. 

In a press release last Friday, the Kenora District Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of the Choose Local First! campaign, which will encourage residents and visitors to shop local.  

Recently, the KDCC was awarded $98,000 from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to reinvigorate businesses not only in Kenora, but in Dryden, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Fort Frances, and the smaller communities in between. Shopping locally means that revenue stays within the communities which helps them to continue thriving.  

KDCC President, Andy Scribilo discussed the difficult impacts that COVID-19 has had on local businesses. “Businesses, small businesses, medium businesses, they’ve all really taken a hit. They need a boost and we were very lucky to get this amount of money to do it” said Scribilo.  

The development of the program will involve local vendors in creating website design, digital marketing, radio, and social media advertising and promotion programs. This will also include video production to emphasize the need to shop in our area.

The campaign will run from October 18, 2021, until January 16, 2022, and is expected to be the main theme for the remainder of 2021 and well into 2022.