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The Comox Valley is participating in the Support Local BC gift certificate platform! So far, the initiative has raised over $420,000 for local businesses throughout BC. If you are a local, independently owned business in the Comox Valley, and not a franchise, you may be eligible to use this platform to have Support Local BC sell gift certificates on your behalf with no associated costs.
The buyer gets an order confirmation email which has a unique order number and serves as their gift certificate or certificates if they purchase multiple. This includes the business name and the amount. The buyer will print it off and bring it to you or show it on their smartphone. On the back end, Support Local BC has a business portal that shows gift certificate sales for each business in real-time. Businesses use this portal to manage the gift certificates and redeem them as they are used. Businesses do not need to issue their own gift certificates. Funds for gift certificate sales are sent weekly via direct deposit using a service called RBC PayEdge (formally WayPay).