The Orange County Chamber of Commerce launches a new program aimed at encouraging everyone to shop local. Our Meredith Zaritheny has more how on this program could help you save money.
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y.-- "I thought this was a great way to get it out there," said Anna Irizarry, the Club at Storm King Golf Course and Annarella's on the Green Restaurant owner.
For Ann Irizarry, the Orange Advantage Program is the perfect way to bring in more business to her golf course and restaurant, while at the same time rewarding her loyal customers.
"They come here and use the Orange Advantage Card either at the restaurant or on the course, they can accumulate points and in turn they can go and use that at other merchants that are in this program," said Irizarry.
The program designed by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and SB Merchant Services allows customers to earn points for shopping at participating businesses, and use those points instead of cash.
"What we've done is created a program where the consumers of Orange County can shop locally and be rewarded. At the same time it gives the business community to compete with the big box stores," said Scott Goren, SB Merchant Services of Newburgh President.
The rewards program is free to the customer and each business sets their reward percentage.
"We thought this is good for our businesses, it's good for our community," said Carol Smith, Orange County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Government Initiatives.
Right now, about 60 businesses are participating and more than 13,000 cards are registered.
"It's really going to help our community and it's great for Orange County," said Irizarry.