Let’s be honest, 2020 is not what any of us had envisioned on December 31st as we counted down to the new year with glasses raised. This year has been a real doozy. In one way or another, we have all been affected by COVID-19, and many small, local businesses are at risk of not making it through. Thankfully, in times of crisis, we see communities come together. People step up and go out of their way to help one another. We’ve watched Londoners adapt and fight back. We’ve watched as the people in this city donned their masks, kept their distance, and stayed home to slow the spread. And now, as the city opens up again, and we navigate new stages and phases, it’s time to work together and make sure that we hold tight to all of the wonderful small businesses that make London the great city that it is. It’s time to lift up the mom and pop shops and support the young entrepreneurs to help their businesses survive COVID. Some local professionals are stepping up to help give a little jump-start to this process. The Santa Sells Houses Team and Andrew Young from The Community Mortgage Movement are giving away $20,000 to help stimulate the local economy during COVID-19. These real estate professionals have recently joined the ‘local professionals network’ at Locorum. This network of professionals is all part of the new initiative called Locorum Rewards. Locorum Rewards is simple. Whenever you choose to work with anyone from the network of Locorum Local Professionals, you’ll get money that you can then spend to support your favourite local business. You’ll be able to earn up to $1500 Locorum Credit to spend in Shop Locorum. It’s like getting paid to do something you were going to do anyway! You can check Locorum Rewards out here. When you’re choosing to partner with a Locorum Local Professional, you’re supporting small London businesses in a really big way. Not only are you using the services of a London-based professional, which is supporting local, but you’re also then given money so that you can buy something you love from another local business, which is stimulating our local economy again. Oh, and on top of that? You’re doing it all through Shop Locorum, which is a London-based company that has everything the Forest City has to offer under one virtual roof. That is a whole lot of local support. We know that the unfortunate truth is that COVID has caused some businesses to close while many others are still struggling, which is why we’ve stepped in with Locorum Rewards and Shop Locorum. The Locorum Team has built an online marketplace for all things local: Shop Locorum. Londoners can now shop locally in one convenient location online. Shop your favourite London brands, support your favourite local businesses and get the convenience of 48 hours delivery. Check out www.shop.locorum.ca to find everything from apparel and home decor to beauty supplies and delicious treats! London is a city that supports local. We stand behind our own. Shop Locorum is simply just a convenient place to do all of that. And with the Santa Sells Houses Team and Community Mortgage Movement giving away $20,000 so that people can then pour that money back into our local economy through Shop Locorum, we can start spreading the love to London’s small businesses. Why support local? You’ve heard it time and time again that supporting local is good for your city. But why is it so important? Take a look at 6 main reasons why you should be supporting local. Are you a local business owner? Know someone who owns a local business? If you’re interested in having your local business on Shop Locorum check out https://shop.locorum.ca/pages/vendor-onboarding. PS: It’s absolutely FREE to join with no subscription or start up cost.