ShopCloseBuy.ca Launches in Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes Offering the First 20 Vendors a Free 6-Month Membership
Local e-marketplace expands to support more businesses, non-profits, and the regional economy.
March 29, 2022 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (“Innovation Cluster”) client ShopCloseBuy.ca (the “Company”), a locally-driven e-commerce platform and marketplace, announced today it has expanded its reach to include the Greater Peterborough Area and the City of Kawartha Lakes (“CKL”) to support a larger number of local businesses and non-profit organizations. To celebrate this milestone, the Company is offering the first 20 Peterborough and CKL vendors that join a 6-month membership at no cost.
Initially serving Haliburton County, ShopCloseBuy.ca connects consumers with their favourite businesses, non-profits, artists, farmers, and entrepreneurs via its secure online platform. The PCI-compliant website offers a complete e-commerce solution and includes a sophisticated auction engine that enables businesses to move excess inventory in a creative and engaging way, recouping revenue that may otherwise be lost.
“ShopCloseBuy.ca provides a local online shopping experience that keeps dollars in the region,” commented Company Founder, Donna Enright. “Approximately 75% of Canadian online shoppers purchase through at least one online marketplace, and too often this money leaves our communities and lands in the large pockets of global retailers and marketplaces like Amazon.”
As a web developer for more than 20 years, Enright understands the difficulties small businesses face trying to compete in the digital sphere. These challenges drove her to provide fellow business owners and consumers a locally-focused alternative to online giants.
ShopCloseBuy.ca also provides opportunities for non-profit organizations to increase funds and build awareness through online fundraising auctions. The Peterborough Petes has recently partnered with ShopClosebuy.ca to host this year’s ‘Pink in the Rink’ online fundraising auction, furthering the team’s commitment to supporting local.
Michael Skinner, CEO of the Innovation Cluster stated, “ShopCloseBuy.ca expanding its reach to the Peterborough and CKL communities will be an invaluable benefit for more local businesses that are still feeling the effects of Covid-19. Our region has always been passionate about supporting one another, and this platform provides a convenient online shopping experience to increase this support.”
Visit vendor.shopclosebuy.ca to join ShopCloseBuy.ca’s vendor community! To support Pink in the Rink and raise funds for cancer research and programming, go to ptbo.shopclosebuy.ca/vendor/peterborough-petes. The online auction is live now until April 9th.
ShopCloseBuy.ca is a unique e-commerce platform providing a one-stop online marketplace with a local focus. ShopCloseBuy.ca has sophisticated auction capabilities as well as traditional shopping carts and offers shared marketing and cross-promotion for participating merchants. ShopCloseBuy.ca is a property of TechnicalitiesPlus, a web application development company committed to making a difference by utilizing the power of technology to support individuals, organizations, and communities to be healthier and more resilient. For more information, visit www.shopclosebuy.ca.
About the Innovation Cluster
The Innovation Cluster is a not-for-profit organization that drives innovative, determined entrepreneurs in the formation and growth of their technology-based companies. Supporting four key sectors, agtech, digital, healthcare and with a strong focus on cleantech, the Innovation Cluster’s dynamic programming and mentoring ensures start-ups find their best path to market.
Core Funding is provided by The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, Peterborough Region Angel Network, The City of Kawartha Lakes, OMAFRA, Feddev Ontario, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Peterborough Utilities Group. Visit www.innovationcluster.ca
Michael Skinner, CEO
Donna Enright, Founder & CEO