Shop. Eat. Give. Celebrate. Local.

Supporting local businesses means supporting our neighbours and our neighbourhoods. It’s about celebrating the good in our communities and the humanity behind our local economy.

At the start of November 2021, The Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce kicked-off its Step Up for Local campaign by giving away more than $18,000 in gift cards from local businesses to organizations and employees that have been essential throughout the pandemic.

The Chamber team drove the Step Up for Local van throughout the CBRM, and visited essential workers at local organizations and businesses. To say ‘thank you’ for their efforts over the past 20 months, they distributed gift cards through a one-of-a-kind, custom vending machine. At the same time, they delivered one big message: Step Up for Local.

Now, it’s your turn to Step Up For Local by winning a trip to our Step Up For Local van and one-of-a-kind vending machine to receive a gift card to one, or multiple, of over 70 local businesses by entering in our our Step Up For Local Photo Contest!

Win gift cards to local businesses! Here’s how:

The focus of this contest is to encourage all communities within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to shop, eat, give, and celebrate local this holiday season and all year round.  By posting a photo of a receipt from a local business on social media and using the hashtag #StepUpForLocalCB, and sharing our post to your Facebook or Instagram story tagging us (Facebook: @cbregionalchamber, Instagram: @cbregionalchamber), you will be entered into a draw to receive one or multiple gift cards to over 70 local businesses across the CBRM. You can also enter by submitting the photo of the receipt to a local business through our website HERE. Every receipt clearly detailing the name of the local business is one entry. Winners will be contacted via Facebook, phone or email on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Please ensure you check the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page on December 16, 2021 before 5 p.m. for the post announcing the winners. Continuing reading for official contest rules.

  1. The Step Up For Local Photo Submission Contest begins at 8:55 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021, ending at 12 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021
  2. All participants must upload a photo clearly showing the name of the business on the receipt to be eligible for the contest. It is not required to show the item or amount of money spent on the purchase, however showing it will not hinder your entry.
  3. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, or have a legal guardian accompany them to the Step Up For Local van and vending machine should a person under the legal age be drawn.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter the Step Up For Local Video Contest

Facebook is not affiliated with this contest.

Less money leaves the community

Less money leaves the community

45 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned business stays in the local economy versus 14 cents spent at large chains.

The money that stays cycles

The money that stays cycles

This creates tax revenues to fund healthcare, education, safer communities, streets, and sidewalks.

Local businesses pay it forward

Local businesses pay it forward

Not only are local businesses more likely to support other local businesses, but they also contribute 2.5 times more to local initiatives and non-profits than non-local owners.

Better service

Better service

Local businesses, including B2B, professional services and retail, are more in tune with the local landscape and the needs of the community members.

Create jobs

Create jobs

Small businesses employ the largest workforce base in the country, employing 70% of all Canadians.

Local businesses care more

Local businesses care more

Local businesses are more eager to reflect their communities’ values, needs, and feedback than big chains.

Step up as a local business

We are painting the town yellow by putting decals in the windows of businesses that are interested in supporting this initiative.

Step up as a community member

Make a conscious decision to spend locally. Whether you are shopping, eating, giving, or celebrating, think local first.