The River Connection is a website launched in May to promote local businesses and events in Cartier, Headingley and St. François Xavier.
Bobbie Marshall, a representative of The River Connection, is doing demonstrations this month for area businesses and groups.
"It’s called The River Connection because the Assiniboine River connects all three communities," Marshall said.
"A lot of locals are unaware of what’s available. Residents said they want to support local businesses and events; they just don’t know about them or where to find them," Marshall said.
"This is where www.theriverconnection.ca comes in. It’s an online source where businesses and groups in the three rural municipalities can get their message out for free."
With so much development in the area, Marshall hopes it will help new and existing residents get acquainted and support local businesses and upcoming events in the three regions.
"I was surprised to learn Cartier has a medical centre with a doctor accepting new patients, a pharmacy, and public health unit. People are discovering businesses they weren’t aware of, even residents of 20-plus years," said Marshall.
"Users say it’s like a one-stop shop to source events, businesses and attractions in the area. We want it to be a hub for the latest information," Marshall said.
There’s also a business directory so that people know what services and attractions are in their local and neighbouring communities.
"We set it up like a mall directory where you would look up the category to find the specific store you wanted to go to," Marshall said.
Residents, groups, or businesses within the region can create a free profile on the site. This gives them access to discussions and posting events. A person doesn’t need to have a profile to view the information on the website, just to contribute.
Businesses can add pictures, contact information, and a description of their attractions, products, and/or services.
"Websites are often static. The River Connection is intended to be dynamic, where people can source, add, or update information, easily," Marshall said.
People can book demonstrations of theriverconnection.ca through Paul Warthe at 1-888-947-2332.