How to support local businesses this holiday season

Many of our clients are busy taking care of last minute holiday preparations in these final weeks of December. While everyone celebrates the holidays differently and has a unique wish list to shop for, there are many opportunities to support local business during the festive season. Here are a few ways to support Montreal-based businesses and entrepreneurs over the holidays.

Shop local

It all starts with shopping where you live, work and play. Consider buying gifts from local stores and vendors (including gift cards to independently-owned shops or restaurants) and recommending local businesses to friends, colleagues and relatives. It also helps to leave a positive review on a small business’ website or Facebook page, as this encourages others to make purchases. Ask friends for small business recommendations when buying gifts and services. Holiday craft markets are an excellent way to support favourite local businesses while discovering new ones. The annual Merry Market in Old Montreal opens on December 20th, making it a great option for last-minute shoppers.

Eat local

The holidays are a time for gathering with friends, family, co-workers and more. In all corners of the city, there are many business dinners to be held and New Year’s celebrations being planned. As these year-end holiday events are organized, consider choosing to reserve your table at a locally-owned, independent restaurant rather than a large chain. The city boast dozens of spectacular local eateries and this is an excellent way to support local business.

Donate local

Many Canadians are thinking about charitable donations as 2018 comes to a close. While shopping and eating locally is important, one can also choose to donate locally. Look into Montreal-based charities such as food banks, homeless shelters, hospital foundations, community organizations and more. We found Charity Intelligence to be a useful resource. It feels good to give back, and it’s wonderful to make an impact here at home. Happy holidays!

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