Chamber to launch Shoptauqua Gift Card Program

OBSERVER Photos by Gregory Bacon: The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce announces the launch of the Shoptauqua Gift Card program at Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture, Main Street in Fredonia. Shown (L-R) are Ron Pucci; Todd Tranum, Chamber of Commerce; Mickey Pucci; Chris Kennedy, Office Manager; and Mike Pucci.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is excited to launch the Shoptauqua Gift Card, a new program to help local businesses increase sales. Shoptauqua Gift Cards can be pre-ordered now and will be available for distribution in early October at Chamber offices in Dunkirk and Jamestown.

“We look forward to participating in the Shoptauqua Gift Card program as we see it as an opportunity to bring more people into our store,” stated Michael Pucci of Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture. “We appreciate that the Chamber is supporting us by investing in programs and technology to help us remain competitive.”

Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum said, “One of our core goals is to increase foot traffic into member businesses. The Shoptauqua Gift Card is a program that supports local businesses by helping them increase sales and it keeps dollars in our local economy.”

For many years the Chamber has been running a gift check program, which has worked to boost foot traffic into local businesses and helped to increase sales for local businesses, with an over $2.5 million economic impact on Chautauqua County. Now, the Chamber is transitioning that program from a check to a gift card, making it even easier to use for both local consumers and merchants. The Chamber is reaching out to current gift check participants to transition them into the new program and is inviting all Chamber members that accept credit cards to participate.

The Shoptauqua Gift Card is a closed loop system for participating businesses, meaning that cards sold will stay in the County with our members, keeping money in our local economy. Gift cards will be accepted by swiping them through existing point of sale card systems. Involvement in the new program is easy and free for Chamber members.

Submitted Photo: Pictured is an actual gift card that will be put in use this fall.

The Shoptauqua Gift Card program is administered by EML Payments, an international payment systems processor based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tranum added, “We researched a variety of options and we found that this system is designed to help our members increase sales, keeps dollars in our local economy and takes advantage of current technologies to meet the needs of our members and card purchasers.”

For more information about participating in the Shoptauqua Gift Card program, or to pre-order gift cards, please contact the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.