Chamber uses weekly promotion to support businesses during difficult time

Thursday, June 4, 2020
The Remsen Chamber of Commerce is using a Weekly Chamber Bucks Promotion to help small businesses during this difficult time. Pictured above, businesses in the downtown area are slowing opening back up to the public.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

When Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds started announcing restrictions on businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Remsen Chamber of Commerce came together to figure out a way to help support local businesses and the small community of Remsen in a safe manner during this tough time.

Remsen Chamber President Rachel Keffeler stated, “When the restrictions came out, the Chamber Board put their heads together to come up with ideas to promote our Chamber Members while also promoting social distancing as well. We came up with the weekly drawing in which people turn in their receipts when they shop at a Chamber Business for the chance to win Chamber Bucks to be spent in the future at one of our businesses. This rewards people for shopping locally and gives them an opportunity to potentially win more money to be spent at one of our Chamber Members.”

On the Remsen Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, a post made on May 7 lists the current 2020 Chamber Business Members and a reminder about the Weekly Chamber Bucks Promotion. The post states, “Remsen is so fortunate to have GREAT chamber businesses! Remember to shop locally! Many of these businesses offer curb side service for all your needs and have gift certificates for purchase also! Shop locally and save your receipts! Spend $10 at a Chamber Business and put your receipt with your contact information on it in the drop box at City Hall to be eligible to win some Chamber Bucks!

(Photo by Megan Sabin)

Support these Chamber members: American Bank, Arens Lawn Care, Arens Trucking, Barry's Electric, LLC., Beer City, Bill Ruba Cabinetry, Brady Law Firm, Carl's Body Shop, Catholic Order of Foresters, Christ Lutheran Church, City of Remsen, Clear Water Bay, Conners/Charlies Lounge, Corner Nook Salon, Farmers Co-op, Feeck Crop Insurance/Krier Insurance, Fisch Funeral Home, Floyd Valley Healthcare, Frericks Repair, Furnishings On Second At Mullers, Gengler Feed Service, Golden Pheasant, Happy Siesta Health Care Center, Iowa State Bank, J&W Tankline/Melanders, Jeri A Photography, Klein Realty & Auction, KLEM, Klip & Kurl Salon, Maple Lanes Bowl, Matgen Insurance Agency, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., Moeller Carpet & Floor Covering, Mouser Digging and Pump, Inc., Mrs. B’s, Neal Chase Lumber, NW Iowa Mutual/Nielsen-Galles Insurance, Perfect Petal, Remsen Bell-Enterprise, Remsen Bible Fellowship, Remsen Golf Course, Remsen Heritage Museum, Remsen Pharmacy, Remsen Processing Center, MMCRU Schools, RGS Seeds, Rick Waldschmitt Construction, Schorg Ag Supply, Schorg’s Custom Cabinetry, Smith Insurance Services, Sonnichsen Construction, St. Mary’s Church/School, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Thompson, Phipps & Thompson, Tucker Photo, VFW & American Legion, Village Northwest Unlimited (Sheldon), Weiland Accounting & Tax, Inc., and WesTel Systems.”

The Weekly Chamber Bucks Promotion seems to be well received according to Keffeler, “I believe by the numbers of receipts that have been turned in that the program is working well. We have seen a variety of businesses represented. People are doing some updates to their homes and outdoor areas and receipts to Neal Chase Lumber, Moeller Carpet & Flooring Covering, Perfect Petal and Furnishings on Second at Mullers are being turned in; even with the pandemic, people still need their prescriptions, so we’ve seen receipts from the Remsen Pharmacy; and people need to eat, so we’ve seen many receipts from our restaurant members (Beer City, Mrs. B’s, Golden Pheasant), and Remsen Processing.”

The Weekly Chamber Bucks Promotion started on Friday, March 20, with an announcement on the Remsen Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. The first winner was drawn on Friday, March 27 and has continued every Friday since. A second chance drawing was also added starting for the May 15 drawing. At this time, the Chamber Board of Directors have not set an end date for the promotion, but will discuss it at their June meeting.

Keffeler also commended the businesses on how they are creating safe ways to serve customers, “Our businesses have been great about also coming up with innovative ways to accommodate customers and make their business work during this time. For example, Mrs. B’s, Beer City, and The Golden Pheasant all offered delivery. Beer City expanded their hours and opened more days of the week to accommodate people wanting food to go.”

The community of Remsen has been up to the challenge to support each other during this trying time. Keffler explained, “Remsenites tend to lift each other up during crisis, and I think that both the businesses and customers have risen to the occasion to support one another during this difficult time.”