A Summer of Island Good Celebrations

It has been a pack-filled Island Good summer and the second annual Island Good Market Day and Island Good Days were a resounding success! On June 17th we kicked off the summer with our second annual Island Good Market Day! Hosted by Island Good Arbutus Meadows Farms, 34 of our… Read more

Playing the Market

Island Good is now well into its 5th year.  The 2nd Annual Island Good Days and Market was in June with a great turn out and vibe. Island Good’s dedication to helping promote local business is evident and there is growing support from retailers, businesses, and consumers alike. Island-made products… Read more

Good and Local – 5 Years Running

From Island Farm & Garden Magazine May – June 2023 Island Good is celebrating its 5 year anniversary, and the whole Island is joining in the festivities. Since its launch five years ago, Island Good has been a trusted tool for Island consumers to: ● Discover locally made products and… Read more

weeds? all good!

From Island Farm & Garden Magazine March-May 2023 In 2018, the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) developed four business cases to attract Foreign Direct Investment. The business case found that “A multitude of products are derived from aquatic plants including food stuffs and skin care products. Kelps, for example, are considered to be an… Read more

Products made on Vancouver Island see boost in sales with local shopping campaign

Source: CTV News, Vancouver Island, Brendan Strain, CTV News Vancouver Island Journalist Updated March 4, 2022 6:44 p.m. PST Published March 4, 2022 5:56 p.m. PST At the Country Grocer in Saanich, there are little blue labels under some products which identifies them as local. The stickers were part of… Read more

Show Your Local Love This Month – Shop Island Good!

Feeling like the clock is ticking and you need some Valentines Day gift ideas for those special people in your life? Island Good has you covered! Following are 10 GREAT local, Island Good ideas that will surely be a treat for any Valentine. 1. Love is Ale we need. Head… Read more

SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout) First Nation – An Historical Moment

Tsawout First Nation has issued license to Cascadia Seaweed for 20 km of production line – now the largest provider of ocean cultivated seaweed in North America. In 2018, the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) using its new designation as FTZVI, Canada’s 12th Foreign Trade Zone, developed four business cases… Read more

Supporting local Nanaimo businesses just got easier!

Island Good branding and a new directory at ShopLocalNanaimo.ca make local products easier to find   Source: Nanaimo Bulletin, January 31, 2022, 6:00 a.m. It seemed like a simple idea: the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) was hosting a luncheon a few years ago, and they wanted to serve a… Read more

Expand Your Market Reach with the Export Navigator Program

We are excited to continue to market and celebrate the Island Good brand this year. As part of our partnerships with stakeholders we would like to introduce you to Export Navigator. Export Navigator is available to support you grow and expand your market (locally and beyond). Not ready to export?… Read more

ShopLocalNanaimo.ca Launches Local Web Directory

A grant from the federal government to reinforce ‘shop local’ promotions and drive a legacy for local business spins itself into cyber space from Nanaimo today. The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce launched registration for its free online directory of Nanaimo’s local business community at ShopLocalNanaimo.ca…. A key partner in the… Read more