St. Lawrence County Chamber kicks off program to promote local commerce
Ben Dixon, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, presents a check to Denise LaBar, Owner of the Village Diner in Potsdam. $1,500 in gift cards to the Village Diner were sold through the Chamber’s Love Local campaign. Photo submitted by SLCC.
Ben Dixon, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, presents a check to Rainbow Crabtree, Owner of Nature’s Storehouse in Potsdam. More than $1,400 in gift cards to Nature’s Storehouse were sold through the Chamber’s Love Local campaign. Photo submitted by SLCC.CANTON — St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s LOVE LOCAL campaign kicked off during the month of February to help promote local shopping at area businesses.
A key part of the campaign is the “Love Local Gift Card Bonanza,” which encouraged local chamber business members to post their gift cards on www.ShopSTLC.com.
ShopSTLC is the Chamber’s one-stop-shop for e-commerce that enables purchasing from multiple businesses in one shopping cart. The Love Local Gift Card Bonanza was amplified with contributions from ALCOA and NBT Bank totaling $5,500 in funds to grant to each business based on a match of their gift card sales.
The gift cards went live on Friday, Feb. 5 and in just 10 days, 57 customers purchased 141 gift cards worth $5,775 from 18 local member businesses.
The top sellers of gift cards were, respectively, the Village Diner in Potsdam, Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, and North Country Showcase in Massena, the chamber said.
Ben Dixon, the new executive director of the chamber said the program would be “a key tool in building community self-reliance, community pride, and a stronger local economy. Local purchasing keeps our dollars circulating within our economy, providing more stability to locally owned businesses and the jobs they provide.”
“Such local investment highlights the uniqueness of our community while supporting our main streets, preserving good jobs, and ultimately contributing to community infrastructure,” said Brooke Rouse, the Chamber’s former executive director and now director of tourism.
Gift cards continue to be available on www.ShopSTLC.com throughout the month of February. The site will also have gift cards and goods available from member businesses that have eCommerce shops on the site, which provides a one-stop-shop to buy online locally.
Those wishing to learn more about the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce or to apply for membership may visit www.slcchamber.org or call the Chamber at 315-386-4000.