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Living Locally

Announcing the 2016 Be Local Awards!

July 27, 2016

REAP’s 2016 Be Local Awards (the fourth annual) start Tuesday, August 2nd. The Be Local Awards are our opportunity to showcase the amazing businesses in our directory with daily blog articles.

This program is always evolving along with us, so here are some new things to expect this year:

We’re featuring two REAP businesses per day from Monday through Friday for 13 weeks (except on statutory holidays). Each day you can show your support for all your favourite local businesses by voting for them - just visit the Find a Business page or the directory listing for the business you wish to vote for and click the vote button.
After you vote, share your choice on social media using the hashtag #BeLocal and tagging @reapcalgary. You could win cool prizes from local businesses each week as well as the opportunity to attend the exclusive Awards Gala at River Café in November.
You told us that daily emails are too much and we listened. New this year we will be sending out one weekly digest instead. We’ve recruited some of Calgary’s icons to select three stories for the weekly newsletter based on what inspired them the most. Our judges include famous media personalities like Dave Kelly and Julie Van Rosendaal, Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson, and Olympian Mark Tewksbury!
Make sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter to see who’s judging each week and, of course, which local businesses they pick!
This year you can nominate your favourite business for one of four leadership awards. Impressed with the energy conservation, poverty reduction or community economic development initiatives a REAP business is undertaking? Know a REAP business that could use some help to undertake its next big environmental initiative? Then nominate that business to win:
Encompassing Energy Leader
Empowering Communities Leader
Community Economy Leader
Environmental Transformation Leader

Email for more details about how to nominate a business. If the business you’ve nominated wins, you’ll receive two complimentary tickets to attend the Be Local Awards Gala event at River Café in November to see the business receive its award firsthand and party with Calgary’s coolest businesses!


Sign up to receive REAP’s Local Buzz emails by clicking here.
Start browsing REAP’s online business directory to get a sense of all the amazing businesses you want to vote for this year.
Click here to read more about the awards, including winners from previous years.

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Did you know?

For every $1 spent locally, 30 more cents stays in the local economy.

Featured Event

Sustainability for Breakfast: The Calgary Food Centre

July 22, 2016 - July 22, 2016

4920 17 Ave SE

Sustainability and food go hand in hand. This month’s Sustainability for Breakfast topic will showcase Calgary’s brand new Community Food Centre. A partnership between The Alex and Community Food Centres Canada, The Alex Community Food Centre is slated to open later this year. A Community Food Centre is a welcoming place where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. Community Food Centres are an innovative, upstream model of addressing food insecurity, mental and physical health, and social isolation in low-income communities through the power of good food. Come learn about the role of the Community Food Centre in Calgary’s sustainable food system, the sustainable features of the garden design, and take a quick tour through the centre. We will hear from: Renee MacKillop, Program Manager, The Alex Community Food Centre and Michael Magnan, Associate, Sr. Landscape Architect, O2 Planning + Design Inc. This session is co-hosted by REAP and The City of Calgary’s Office of Sustainability Visit for transit options. Parking is available around the building. Don't forget to bring your travel mugs for drinks! Arrival, breakfast & networking 7:30-8:00 am Presentations, discussion, and tour 8:00-9:00 am Payment is required at the time of your RSVP and is $10 per person. There will be a limited number of spaces at the door for those wishing to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment.
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