Made in Halifax provides online business help

Marc Skelton develops a new business portal featuring links to businesses that might not have a large online presence otherwise.

Marc Skeldon credits his friend Sonia McAloney for hatching the idea of a creative online business collective in Halifax. She was the one who reserved the domain name years ago for her embroidery company Made in Halifax. Now it’s a website, madeinhalifax.com, just in its infancy, but growing as Skeldon gets more interest from local businesses that would like to take part. “Considering the economy, it’s good to help out the little guy,” he says.

If you visit the site, you’ll see it’s just getting going, but the concept is sound: a list of businesses with links to pages showing their wares, menus and/or addresses, business that maybe wouldn’t have a large online presence otherwise, including McAloney’s embroidery, Troy Wilson Carpentry, Steamy’s Restaurant and Skeldon’s locally made body mod plugs and jewellery, Concrete Jungle Organic Adornment. There’s no fee to be part of the site, Skeldon just requires that those who participate mention the url in their other advertising. Also, he “wouldn’t take another business that would be in direct competition” with a member already joined. But that still leaves plenty of room for other local endeavours, including those in the arts scene. “There’s going to be bands on there,” says Skeldon. “Broken Ohms I think is going to be on the roster.”

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