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Ponoka chamber receives federal shop local funds

Funding received from the federal government will go towards supporting Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing efforts to support local businesses with shop local initiatives.

The Ponoka chamber will receive over $32,000 of federal shop local funding.

“This is an amazing opportunity,” said Heather Bendera, chamber executive manager in a press release.

“Thanks to the Government of Canada, this grant will help us greatly step up our ‘Shop Local Mandate.’”

The funding will support various projects such as a prize for Almost Midnight Madness Shoppers, shop local commercials, and an interactive kiosk which will work like a mobile visitor information centre.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, community chambers have truly been a lifeline for businesses,” said Ken Kobly, Alberta Chambers of Commerce president and CEO in the release.

“As we transition to reopening and recovery, we still have a long road ahead to rebuild our economy. This federal funding will help chambers do what we do best: support local job creators.”

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