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Main Street Small Business Support

Championing Small Businesses: GVC Supports Growth Amid Main Street Revitalization!

Exciting transformations are coming to Main Street in downtown Vancouver this year! The City of Vancouver is launching the "Main Street Promise", a visionary program that will significantly enhance the safety, accessibility, and connectivity of Main Street for businesses, residents, and visitors alike.

While the transformation will require temporary construction between 5th and 15th Street, the Greater Vancouver Chamber is dedicated to ensuring the vibrant small businesses along this corridor continue to thrive. We recognize the potential challenges of this process and are committed to supporting our local businesses every step of the way.

To achieve this, the Greater Vancouver Chamber has joined forces with the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Downtown Association, and local corporations to provide invaluable assistance to small businesses throughout the construction period. Together, we will help these businesses not only navigate the temporary disruptions but also emerge stronger and more prosperous than ever before.

Embracing the "Main Street Promise" means investing in a brighter future for downtown Vancouver, and the Chamber is thrilled to be part of this incredible journey.

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Join us in supporting local businesses and revitalizing our downtown corridor! The Chamber is thrilled to announce our goal of engaging 1,500 employees in our business support efforts by encouraging them to spend locally. By working together, we can inject an additional $270,000 into our Main Street restaurants, retailers, and services from 5th to 15th streets, during the reconstruction period. Let's make a positive impact on our community and support the businesses that make it thrive. Will you join us in this exciting endeavor?

Ways to Support Small Businesses

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Purchase a SPEND IT LOCAL eGift Certificate online

The SPEND IT LOCAL gift certificates are one way to support local businesses while giving a thoughtful gift to a loved one - including yourself! An eGift Certificate always ‘fits’! Let your loved one choose their own unique gift from downtown retailers, service providers, and restaurants.

Empower Your Team: Corporate Lunches Made Memorable with SPEND IT LOCAL

Energize your employees while uplifting local businesses! Pledge to provide each team member with $15 worth of SPEND IT LOCAL gift certificates every month for 12 months, redeemable at a delightful range of downtown merchants.

Embrace our enticing offer: Buy 11 months of certificates and receive one for free! Plus, GVC can personalize these e-Gift certificates with your corporate logo and tailored messaging, creating a truly unique and memorable experience for your staff. Support small businesses and enhance employee satisfaction with this thoughtful and rewarding gesture.

Merchant Highlight

Amid downtown reconstruction, we're shining a spotlight on the resilience of our small businesses with a special monthly event! Each month, a deserving local business in the impacted area will be featured through an exclusive lunchtime promotion. The first 50 customers visiting the selected merchant will receive $5 in SPEND IT LOCAL eGift Certificates to enhance their shopping experience.

Seize the opportunity to become a Hosting Sponsor: Showcase your support for the community! As a sponsor, your logo will be prominently displayed on each of the $5 SPEND IT LOCAL gift certificates, as well as on all promotional materials for the event. Join us in celebrating and bolstering our small businesses during this transformative period in downtown's history!


Are you a downtown small business?

As a small business owner, navigating the challenges of downtown reconstruction can be a daunting task. But you don't have to go through it alone. GVC is here to help you weather the storm and come out on top!

  • Stay Informed- GVC is part of the Main Street Project Advisory Group to stay up-to-date on all the latest developments and will provide you with the most accurate and timely information available.
  • Join for FREE our SPEND IT LOCAL Program- Let us help you promote your business during this difficult time! Local corporations and community members will be redeeming SPEND IT LOCAL gift certificates at downtown merchants during the construction. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your business. The program reimburses participating businesses 100% of the face value of the currency. Click here to join today as a merchant
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Thank you to our program sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Community Sponsor

Merchant Highlight Host