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APEX Alberta, Community Futures Entre-Corp, Invest Medicine Hat and the District Chamber of Commerce launch online marketplace

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APEX Alberta, Community Futures Entre-Corp, Invest Medicine Hat and the District Chamber of Commerce launch online marketplace

Taking the local shopping experience online using a new multi-vendor marketplace called Shop YXH

APEX Alberta, Community Futures Entre-Corp, Invest Medicine Hat and the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce are taking the local shopping experience online with a multi-vendor marketplace called Shop YXH.

With or without an existing website, a local business may use the marketplace to sell online. Shop YXH will be comprised of small businesses in Southeast Alberta selling their unique goods and services. The platform empowers sellers to do what they love and helps consumers support local creators, makers, and entrepreneurs. Shop YXH is an aggregated site that makes it easy to find, discover and buy local, and gives businesses a competitive advantage online.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our local residents a one-stop-shop to support our local creators and entrepreneurs,” says Mayor Ted Clugston. “Thanks to the efforts of Community Futures Entre-Corp, APEX, the Chamber and Invest Medicine Hat, we are able to provide another avenue for our local businesses to promote and sell their products and services.”

Within a few clicks, a small business can be up and selling on the Shop YXH marketplace. With no fees, powerful tools, support and education, Shop YXH will help small business start, manage, and sell their products and services.

From the consumer side, the marketplace search tools help buyers explore all the unique businesses and products in Medicine Hat and Southeast Alberta. Consumers can search by product, location or business.

The project was made possible by the ‘Rural Opportunities Fund’, which is supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada. Through the ‘Rural Opportunities Fund’, the Community Futures Pan West Network, supports community resiliency projects and business retention initiatives, such as encouraging population growth or helping succession planning for small business owners.

General Manager of Community Futures Entre-Corp, Sean Blewett says, “Having an online store is a great way to future proof our independent businesses, the aggregated marketplace is a great way to stem consumer leakage. Knowing there is a single site to source and search local inventories will help our customers shop and purchase goods locally online.”

For further information about selling on Shop YXH, please email hello@shopyxh.ca or visit www.ShopYXH.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sandra Milne
Community Futures Entre-Corp / APEX Alberta
smilne@albertaacf.com

Lisa Kowalchuk
Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce
lisa@medicinehatchamber.com

Kelli Ireland
Invest Medicine Hat
kelire@medicinehat.ca

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