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Yates Chamber, Finger Lakes Economic Development Center team up for ‘Be Local, Buy Local’ program

Together is better. And local is best. That’s the takeaway from a new initiative launched by the Yates County Chamber of Commerce and the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, which was announced on Thursday.

The “Be Local, Buy Local; a Gift Certificate and Bonus Bucks” program aims at helping local businesses in Yates County, as they navigate the economic impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Gift certificates are available for purchase. Retail shops, restaurants, wineries, and craft beverages, movie theaters, a vet clinic, and others are included in the program. The listing contains close to 50 local businesses and is growing by the day.

For every $25 gift certificate purchased, $5 bonus bucks are issued.

“We are excited to be offering this program that allows simple purchasing all in one location. This is our way of allowing those who wish to support our area businesses easy access to do so. Our vision statement at the Chamber is to Promote, Support and Engage and there is no better time than now to act on that vision,” said Jessica Bacher, President and CEO of the Yates County Chamber.

The Chamber says support from the team at the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center was crucial in the development of the program.

“We are encouraged by the continuous outpouring of support for our community. Thanks to several generous donations from local organizations, we were able to create the Bonus Bucks addition to the Gift Certificate Program. That means for every Bonus Buck dollar donated, five times that amount will be spent back at Yates County businesses. Please contact the FLEDC at [email protected] if you are interested in contributing to the Bonus Bucks program. We encourage all to support our local businesses by purchasing Chamber gift certificates and Be Local, Buy Local,” Steve Griffin, CEO of the Yates County Economic Development Center said.

Purchasing gift certificates from your local businesses can help stimulate the economy now. Click here to shop and participate.