Who we are
This website is owned and maintained by the Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s purpose is to promote and celebrate independently owned and operated businesses in Lambton Shores, South Huron and Bluewater. It was created as part of a local campaign initiative funded by the Shop Local Program, which is a joint initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Government of Canada.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
As part of the business nomination and voting phases of the We Love What’s Local campaign, we collect your name, email address, and phone number. During the voting phase, we require you to create an account on this website. This requirement is to ensure that every vote comes from a real account.
We will not share your email or phone number with anyone. It is collected entirely to ensure nominations and votes are legitimate and fair and only for the purposes of this campaign.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.