Buy Local: The ORD Option

On August 16th the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce will be launching a campaign called “BUY LOCAL: THE ORD OPTION”. The campaign’s purpose is to inform residents of Ord and the surrounding area of the importance of buying locally, resulting in benefits for both consumers and businesses.  As part of this campaign, we will inform consumers of the points listed on the enclosed article, The Benefits of Buying Locally.

In our efforts to encourage consumers to spend their dollars locally, the Ord Chamber of Commerce will distribute reusable “Ord Option” shopping bags as well as “Ord Option” cards, both displaying the logo below.  At participating businesses, customers will receive one initialed box (initialed by the employee making the sale) if they spend $5.00 or more on a single purchase.  If they spend $5.00 or more and use their Ord Option reusable shopping bag, they will receive two initialed boxes.

Please note, customers only receive an initialed box if they spend $5.00 or more, not for every $5.00 they spend.  When customers complete an entire card, they may turn it in at the Ord Chamber office to enter a drawing at the end of each month for Ord Chamber Bucks.  The chart below explains the dates of the drawings, prizes, and the use of cards in the drawings.  Only completely filled cards will be accepted in the drawing.  Customers can pick up new cards at the Ord Chamber office as well as participating businesses.

Drawing Prize  
Friday, September 24 $500 Ord Chamber Bucks September Ord Option cards
Friday, October 29 $250 Ord Chamber Bucks October Ord  Option cards
Friday, November 26 $250 Ord Chamber Bucks November Ord Option cards
Friday, December 24 $500 Ord Chamber Bucks Sept.-Dec. Ord Option cards

In conjunction with this campaign, a brief online survey is being conducted to gather information on how much our local businesses give back to our community in terms of donations and charity work. We hope the results will educate local consumers on the positive effects shopping locally can have for their local community. If your business has not yet taken the survey and would like to do so, please contact the Ord Chamber office and we will provide you with a link to the survey. 

As a local business, we encourage you to take the survey, mentioned above, even if you do not wish to participate in the “BUY LOCAL: THE ORD OPTION” campaign. If your business does choose to participate, all that would be required of you and your employees is to accept the Ord Option cards according to the guidelines above.

If you are interested in participating in this campaign, please contact the Ord Chamber office by e-mail, listed below, or call us at (308) 728-7875 by Friday, August 13 to ensure your business is included on the Ord Option list of businesses. If you are not a retail business but would still like to participate in the Ord Option campaign, please contact the Chamber office to discuss alternatives to replace the $5.00 purchase.

We appreciate your support in promoting our local community!

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