This October, the DVBA is celebrating Small Business Month.

Small businesses are an integral part of our society and economy. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were especially challenging for small businesses in downtown Victoria, as they rely on tourists and local office workers as customers. With most people still working from home, and without the usual heavy tourist populations over the last two summers, small businesses are still working every day to stay afloat.


Why October?

October is a shoulder month in most small businesses, business typically slows as the summer winds down and before we start thinking about holiday gifts and events. That’s why we want to encourage you to support downtown’s amazing small businesses during this Autumn month.


Did you know?

• 98% of business in BC is small business
• Small businesses employ over one million British Colombians


What’s the Big Deal with Small Business?

Remember that small businesses are the lifeline of individuals. Small business owners consider staff as family and want to keep them employed. These owners work tirelessly every day to offer products or services tailored to the needs of our local community. Their business is an expression of themselves and they care deeply about serving their community. When we shop small, we make a direct and positive impact on someone’s life.


We vote with our dollars. When we spend at small businesses, we support our community.


As part of the third annual Small Business Month, we talked to numerous downtown business owners. We want to share with you a little bit more about the individual stories and experiences that make downtown so vibrant. Check our blog to meet some of these amazing community members.


Small Business Month Blog Posts:

October 1 – October is Small Business Month!
October 4 – Small Business Month Feature: Crust Bakery
October 6 – Small Business Month Feature: Violette Boutique
October 8 – Small Business Month Feature: Urban Forage
October 9 – Small Business Month Feature: Zingaro Floral and Perfumery!
October 11 – Small Business Month Feature: The Good Planet Company
October 13 – Small Business Month Feature: Inspire Hair Design