Calling All Artists & Creatives:
MIEDS recently secured government funding to develop an e-commerce marketplace to support the talented artists, vendors, and creatives on Haida Gwaii. We are just about ready to launch and are looking to get interested artists, resellers, businesses and makers signed up on the site and infant of customers looking to purchase your work across Canada.
Did you know that a 2020 Statistics Canada study found that “Canadian retail sales fell by 17.9%. However, retail e-commerce sales nearly doubled (+99.3%). We are here to support you as you take your business online!
To clarify, this is not funding for individual vendors, but island-wide funds to build tools (online shop, shipping calculators, workshops etc.) to help vendors better sell their products off-island.
The store will sit on www.gohaidagwaii.ca (the tourism site which receives 65,000 visitors each year) and vendors will be able to directly synch their existing stores (Shopify, WooCommerce, and tentatively Wix and Squarespace as well) to the site. Artists without webstores (e.g. Etsy or Facebook Marketplace) will be able to create their own profile on the marketplace site.
Are you interested in becoming a Shop Haida Gwaii Vendor, are you curious about how e-commerce can help your business, do you want to learn more about island-specific resources to empower your business? Contact our E-Commerce Coordinator Amanda Salmon at Amanda@gohaidagwaii.ca.