VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is excited to participate in a new initiative that promotes small business while encouraging residents to shop local.

As part of Small Business Week, the Chamber has partnered with The Local Gift Card, an Okanagan-based program that can be used at local, participating businesses.

“Gift cards have been around for a long time, but Sarah Coffey had the vision to embrace the growing desire of local residents to support small entrepreneurs right here at home,” said Dione Chambers, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

“Through a special arrangement, the Chamber is making The Local Gift Card available to its members, and it’s a great opportunity for restaurants, hair salons, spas and boutique shops to have access to a gift card that will be cross-promoted.”

Chamber members save 15 per cent on their annual fees with The Local Gift Card, and the first 20 Vernon businesses that sign up will be invited to an exclusive reception. Gift cards will be available for purchase at the Chamber office.

“We believe The Local Gift Card will increase the profile of participating merchants, particularly as they are a great gift idea for corporations and agencies to acknowledge their clients and staff,” said Chambers.

Residents of Vernon can purchase gift cards to support local small business by connecting with the Chamber staff or online at https://thelocalgiftcard.ca/ More information on The Local Gift Card can be found at https://thelocalgiftcard.ca/

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