Local developer website hailed a success for small business

By AMP TEAM

While COVID-19 has impacted small businesses, a partnership between the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and Kapptive Studios is helping to bridge the gap.

 

Algoma Marketplace launched its online platform earlier this year as a result of the Ontario spring lockdown and has been gaining steam ever since.

“For every one dollar spent locally, that generates seven to 10 dollars in the local economy,” Ring said. “That’s huge for some of these small businesses. We have to remember they’re the businesses who sponsor sports team, help the Rotary Club, the United Way and have their employees volunteer in our community.”

“This money stays in the community. If you order from (a big box store) online, then it doesn’t stay here,” Cavaliere said.

Plans are in place to make further enhancements to the site, which include adding delivery or taxi services to deliver products purchased and complete the continuation of the online purchasing system.

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