Two Calgarians want to shine some light on local businesses, and they’ve started a grassroots campaign to do just that. Developers Travis Martin and Leighton Healey launched the Made in Calgary sticker campaign on March 4 in efforts to help promote home grown talent.
“We want Calgary to be known as a place where local businesses thrive and for people to easily see that there are Calgary bred businesses,” Healey told Calgary Buzz. “For an entrepreneur to start a business, they have to overcome certain obstacles. Will people actually try my business is one of them, and sometimes people will purchase a franchise instead because of the security. We looked at the ‘cowboy mentality’ that has kind of become a social norm in Calgary (at least everyone owns a cowboy hat, or something related), so we wanted to bring upon another social norm, support local Calgary businesses.”
‘Spot the dot’ is the slogan and it’s as easy as it sounds. When you see a red “Made in Calgary” sticker in a store front window, on a website, or on the packaging of beer, you’ll know that company is truly Calgarian.
“We really wanted it to be a prominent dot. You’ll spot the dot and that will hopefully inform your decision to get your coffee from there.”
Local owners can grab their spot the dot stickers from three sites around town:
- Little Rock Printing in Inglewood
- The Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) in Victoria park
- Higher Ground in Kensington
If businesses don’t have a store front but still want to use the logo, Made in Calgary will send over digital files so the dot can be spotted on flyers, websites, and even packaging.
Martin and Healey are using social media and their website to help make the dot fun and interactive. People can visit a local business, take a picture with the dot, and then tag them on Instagram and Twitter. On their website, the duo has integrated the use of Google maps where Calgarians can click on the interactive map to find out where local businesses are.
To help spread the word and identify the 51,845 local businesses in Calgary, a volunteer run ‘dot squad’ will be starting up later this month. Stickers will be given to squad members to find those hidden gems around town.
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