by Darren Doyle:
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of it's brand new local business promotional program "Shop EC," just in time for the Christmas shopping season.
The purpose of Shop EC is to encourage shoppers to purchase items here in Edmonson County. Gift certificates from local retailers and businesses can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office, located in the courthouse as well as PBI Bank and Bank of Edmonson County.
"We have some really great businesses, products, and services right here in Edmonson County," said Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons. "You don't have to drive to Bowling Green or other places for great gift ideas. You can simply visit our office or one of the banks and purchase your certificate good for any local Chamber of Commerce business for any amount $25 and up."
Here's how it works for purchasers: You simply go to the Chamber office, PBI Bank, or Bank of Edmonson County and ask for the "Shop EC" program. You choose one or more retailers or businesses from the list of Chamber Members and select the amount of each certificate ($25 and up). The purchaser is issued individual certificates made out to the business(es) and serve as a check. An individual can pay for their goods or services directly at the business using the certificate.
For businesses, it works like this: You simply deposit your certificate as a check at your local bank as the certificate is actually a check made out to your business with a routing number. There is no service fee for either the purchaser or the business and all the money stays in Edmonson County.
The Chamber said they're working on expanding the program for online purchases, but that will be down the road as they work to make the program as efficient as possible.
You can visit the Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here.