Shopping outside the territory is hurting Yukon's economy, says the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber says half of every dollar spent at a local business stays in the local economy.

"No small business, no medium-sized business in the community [means] no community," said chamber member Mike Pemberton, who owns a furniture store in downtown Whitehorse.

But it's not only retail sales the chamber is concerned about. Pemberton said government contracts are being lost to outside businesses.

"More contracts seem to be going outside the community that could have been done here by local businesses," he said.

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Ruth Massie agrees. In a speech to a business conference last week, Massie said more procurement contracts need to stay in Yukon.

"[Local businesses] do have the workmanship and tradesmanship," she said. "They are all more than qualified to do the job."

With files from Mike Rudyk