Student Life Centre’s Business Market shifts online

SLC connects student-run businesses to a virtual platform for bi-annual business market

The SLC will provide each student-run business with a time slot and product promotion through its Instagram.  
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To maintain the safety of Queen’s students during the pandemic, the Student Life Centre (SLC) has moved online to conduct the Student Business Market on Sept. 30. 

In previous years, the SLC Business Market has taken place in the Queen’s Centre, with each vendor operating at their own booth. Owing to the pandemic, the market was unable to take place in person this year.

Instead, the SLC has shifted to an online forum which will provide each student-run business with a time slot and product promotion through its Instagram.  

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“We are very excited to host the market virtually this year. We believe that online platforms have allowed local businesses to reach a wider audience of people than they would with a physical location,” CJ Heart, SLC outreach manager, wrote in a statement to The Journal. 

“One downfall may be the extra cost of shipping that vendors will face, but the SLC is working towards helping the vendors as much as we can during this time.” 

Heart said the SLC is excited to host the 12 businesses slated to participate, including Jewels by Juls, Opal & Fern, the School of Fitness, Beads by J, Limestone City Thrift, Good Apparel, Long Branch Wood Craft, Big Spoon Lil Spoon,, Saudade Designs, Magpie Beading, and Santina’s Sticker Box. 

“The Student Life Centre has always aimed to support and promote local businesses, but it is especially important right now, as local businesses have been the most impacted because of COVID-19,” Heart said. “By supporting local businesses, we continue to grow and strengthen the Queen’s and Kingston communities.” 

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