New chamber activity supports local businesses and offers valuable prizes

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new program designed to encourage buying products or services locally.

The chamber’s Mob Squad has organized the mini-mob program, with a $100 Fred Meyer gift card as a prize for the winning purchaser and a $150 gas card and a free banner at the Music Fair and Feast for the winning business.

Local residents, business owners and their employees can take a card with them to each Sandy area business they visit. The card should be left with an employee or the business owner, and they should be given instructions to mail the card to the chamber office or hand-deliver it to the chamber.

A stamp on the card makes it easy for the business to get it in the mail; however, if the business owner wants to drop it off in the chamber office, no stamp will be needed.

Cards will be collected at the chamber office until June 30, when a drawing will be held for the top prizes.

“This program is to encourage people to shop locally,” said Chamber Board Vice President Lisa Foster, “and to help businesses understand that, the chamber is supporting them and the idea of shopping locally.”

Any business and any resident of the Sandy area is eligible for this program. The businesses do not have to have a storefront, and they do not have to be chamber members.

Foster suggests picking up a group of cards at the chamber office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd., which is open seven days a week, and writing the resident’s name on each card. Then, she says, put them in the car so they will be accessible during shopping trips.

“If a local business has a card given to them, they should know that the chamber has a goal of helping businesses thrive,” Foster said. “We want all businesses to thrive, not just chamber members.”

The numbers of cards, businesses and residents who are already involved in this activity is growing. At press time, a little more than a dozen mobbers have mobbed about two-dozen businesses, and about three-dozen mini-mob cards have been delivered or mailed to the chamber office.

For more information, call the chamber at 503-668-4006 or

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