Michael Shuman is a world expert on local economies and author of several books, most recently, Local Dollars, Local Sense. On February 26, he gave a lecture at the Whistler Conference Centre hosted by Whistler Sustainability about creating strong local economies. The main points Schuman emphasized during his talk were the importance of local business ownership, community self-reliance and quality of work and life. He suggested that while the Sea-to-Sky corridor is doing well, and even excelling in the areas of local ownership and quality of work, we are lagging in self-reliance.
As a tourism-dependent town during times of unpredictable climate change, Shuman suggests it would be wise for Whistler to view this period of heavy tourism as a time of surplus and invest now in business diversification. Creating and supporting new businesses that ‘plug the leaks’ of where money is leaving the Corridor is one of many ways to support local business and retain money in the region.
At Olives, we are proud to support local food artisans and young entrepreneurs such as Jules Fuel, Living Light Coconut Butter, Be Clean Naturally, Pemberton Distillery, local farms such as Camel Back, Root Down and Helmers, bakeries such as Two Birds Eatery, Sunflower Bakery, the Nita Lake Bakery, Solfeggio Fine Eats, The General Chocolate Store and many others. We are committed to supporting local businesses and love watching our supply chain diversify.
Thank you to all of our clients and local suppliers for understanding the importance of local eating and generating demand for it. If you are interested in learning more, you can pick up a copy of Local Dollars, Local Sense at Armchair Books in the Village Square.