The Niagara Falls site is unique among community sites since it covers both sides of the Canada-USA border, recognizing that resident and visitors freely cross the border for shopping, recreation, entertainment and (of course) tourism. The Niagara.FoundLocally.com web site (no “www” needed) also provides details about communities around the Niagara Peninsula, and around New York's Niagara Frontier.
FoundLocally's portal sites provide complete information about each community including travel, entertainment, shopping, neighbourhoods, sports, education and government. It is an excellent trip-planning resource for both business and leisure travelers. Site visitors not only browse about a thousand pages of background information, pictures and maps about each community, and popular resources like weekly ski reports and movie showtimes and listings of golf courses and wineries.
The sites also include a useful business directory where visitors can search for (filter) businesses by name, category, street, community, or part of town. The free business listings are entered by businesses themselves and they provide descriptions, marketing information, and business categories. It is a popular marketing tool for small businesses often run from a home phone or cell phone, and therefore excluded from the phone directory. And once registered, businesses can post jobs and events as part of their listings. This service is free and well suited to those businesses without a web site.
The site earns its revenues from traditional web “banner advertising” and optional “Logos & Links” in the business directory, which combines a web site hot-link, priority before the free listings, and includes their logo on all their listing pages, for a small annual fee. Significant discounts are given to non-profit groups, and for those multiple establishments.
Communities now covered include: Victoria, Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Okanagan-Shuswap, Banff & The Rockies, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Niagara Falls, Ottawa-Hull, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax, and St John's.
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