The Cash Mob was held at a local store.                                Photo supplied

The Cash Mob was held at a local store. Photo supplied

Cash Mob a boon for local businesses

There’s no better way to support local businesses than just by showing up and spending money

The resuscitated Kitimat Cash Mob campaign had a very successful first outing.

Organizers Cameron Orr and Nicole Goffinet organized the Cash Mob because “small business is such a big part of the character and life of a town”.

“There’s no better way to support local businesses than just by showing up and spending money. A Cash Mob hopefully is a helpful reminder that there are nice things you can have locally, without having to leave town and spending money in larger box stores,” said Goffinet.

The 13 participants of the Cash Mob spent nearly $400, and using Love Kitimat’s figures for local spending, Goffinet estimated that about $175 of that will circulate through the local economy, versus $50 if that money was spent at a chain, or even less if spent out of town or online. Orr said the comments from participants were all positive, with everyone very supportive of the effort to highlight local business.

”We haven’t made a plan for our follow-up Mob yet, but we’re hoping to do it monthly. We’ll be announcing our plans for December soon,” said Orr.

He said the locations are picked randomly from a list of local stores, the primary criteria being that the business is local to Kitimat.

For more information, visit the Cash Mob Facebook page: facebook.com/KitimatCashMob.