The program, which offers consumers gift checks in $10 increments, is designed to encourage people to shop at home and pump money back into the local economy. The checks can be used at more than 200 participating chamber members.
“We had such a good response with the Chamber Checks, from citizens as well as our retailers, so we definitely wanted to do the program for a second year,” said Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County. “This is a great way to keep dollars in our county.”
Lewis said the program was such a success in 2009 that other cities have implemented the idea for the 2010 holiday shopping season. Gardendale and Vestavia Hills have recently kicked off similar initiatives.
“I actually went to speak to the Gardendale chamber about the program, and I had conversations with Vestavia before they started theirs,” she said. “Ours was the first, and it feels good to know that it was an idea that other areas found worthy of trying.”
Lewis said to give Chamber Checks, individuals or companies should send or bring a check for the total amount, along with a list of recipient’s names to the Chamber office, located inside the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper.
The Chamber will then print the checks, which will include the recipient’s name, the dollar amount and the company/individual’s name who purchased the checks. The Chamber will also provide an information brochure to give to the recipient, explaining how the program works and where checks can be redeemed.
“Because Chamber Checks can be used for goods and services provided by chamber members, recipients are able to spend the dollars however they want or need,” Lewis said.
For more information on the program, contact the Chamber at 205-384-4571.