The SouthCoast Chamber is thrilled to invite you to participate in our new Key Tag Program, Shop Local – Save Now! This program will help  your business to connect with consumers within the community through specialized discounts or offers, redeemable only to those who have purchased the Shop Local – Save Now! Key Tag through the Chamber.

We ask that your business put forth a unique offer for Key Tag holders; one that is not currently available to the general public. Chambers throughout the United States have exhibited success in their own way through Key Tags, so we are hopeful Shop Local – Save Now! will encourage the SouthCoast community to shop local, eat local and be local!

According to a study published in 2012, shopping at locally owned small businesses generates four times more economic impact if compared to the spending of money at chain retail stores. Similarly, the recirculation of revenue within the community is at a higher percentage compared to that of national chains. This means that with every dollar spent, a dollar is staying within our local communities.

Along with money being retained in our area, shopping local can also aide in the creation of jobs, advance environmental sustainability, diversify the local economy, support healthy communities and create vibrancy and prosperity for all.

Participation in Shop Local – Save Now! means that your business will consent to a one year commitment with the program, from May 2017 to May 2018. All employees must be aware of the Key Tag Program and in compliance with it. The Chamber will supply your business with a notice of participation that must be hung in an area that is easily recognizable to consumers.

Businesses must be members of the Chamber to offer a discount for the Shop Local – Save Now! program. For general inquisitions or more information on participation in this program, please contact Ian Abreu, Manager of Business Development & Public Policy at the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, at (508) 999-5231 ext. 24 or [email protected] Key tags will be available for purchase in May at the Greater New Bedford Home, Health & Wellness Show, at the Chamber office and online at www.newbedfordchamber.com.