Yes, you read correctly if you are interested in shopping local merchant in sullivan county the chamber of commerce wants you to pay $40 a year.
You are probably asking yourself “Shouldn’t the merchants be offering YOU the buyer incentives to shop their store?” well yes but …
The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce shop local program DEMANDS that the SHOPPER pay $10 every 3 months to get the savings?
That seems very backwards.
If we WANT to keep business local we must make it as seamless and as smooth as possible.
How DARE THE CHAMBER ask shoppers to pay a fee to keep money local and shop local, it is the store keeper who should WANT to keep their customers AND NOT demand an entrance fee.
This is exactly the lack of thinking that keeps sullivan county in feces.
We should thank the shopper for shopping local. To many it might seem like pure stupidity to ask shoppers to pay for a discount card.
GIVE IT AWAY TO KEEP THEM FROM GOING AWAY makes more sense to me.
One man one vote
In response Terri Ward president of Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce responds:
I just got back in my office today after a full day conference yesterday at the college and several meetings this morning to find this article and the e-mails that you sent regarding your issue forwarded to me from my Vice President. She also told me about the conversation that she had with you.
I cannot let something like this go without you understanding fully what the $10 we are charging goes towards. First and foremost you know that we are a private, non-profit, membership organization that does not receive any money from the government. Period. No. Taxpayer. Money. We operate our organization as a business because we have a fiscal responsibility to our members to make sure their membership dues are being used in the best possible way to serve them and their needs. In order to keep our membership rates low (one of the lowest county chamber dues in NYS) we have to charge for unbudgeted programs and services that cost us money on occasion. We did not pull the amount of $10 out of thin air, we carefully review how much it will cost us to print the plastics cards that will be given out as well as the staff time it will take to update the information on the ever changing discounts on our website, in social media, and in our advertising. We also take into consideration the amount of money we will spend on advertising the program. We do not profit from the program, but simply cover costs to run the program. You are obviously entitled to your opinion, however, I wanted you to have the full information before you jump to conclusions. Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. 791-4200. Thank you for your time.
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 405
Mongaup Valley, NY 12762