Chamber's cards offer savings and raise funds whising funds by David Lias Calls from telemarketers typically aren't welcomed by homeowners, but Jill LeCates, executive director of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce, hopes Vermillion residents respond positively to calls on the chamber's behalf by Quality Telemarketing of Vermillion.
Beginning next week, Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce Courtesy Cards will be offered to Vermillion shoppers. Fifty-one Vermillion businesses are participating by offering discounts to people who purchase the cards.
"Quality Telemarketing has volunteered their services to market the card for us, and so during the week of July 9 through July 15, people in the community will be getting calls on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce from Quality Telemarketing asking if they would want to purchase a Courtesy Card," LeCates said.
This is the first year the chamber has marketed Courtesy Cards. Funds raised from the sales of the cards will be used to fund a variety of community projects, she said.
"We will give a financial contribution to the DARE program, the Summer Arts Festival, the community's Fourth of July celebration and the Lewis and Clark Festival," LeCates said.
She urges Vermillion residents not to confuse the local Chamber's Courtesy Cards with similar cards offering discounts that will be marketed in the community by an out-of-town firm.
"There is another discount card out there. It's done by an out-of-town firm, they come in and get our businesses to sponsor it, and then they sell their cards to people in the community and all of those funds go out of the community," she said.
The Chamber's red and white cards will sell for $20 each, or two for $35.
"Citizens will be able to purchase the cards from participating business outlets, the Chamber office or from the telemarketing calls," LeCates said.
The cards are a very worthwhile purchase, she added.
"It will definitely be worth people's money to purchase the cards, and most importantly, their purchase of the cards will help support community projects.
"A person who buys a card will be able to save over $1,000 in merchandise," LeCates added.
The cards will offer free or reduced prices on a wide range of items, from video rentals and restaurant meals to oil changes.
"The cards are good from this July to the following July and we hope to do this every year," LeCates said. "And all of the participating businesses will have a poster urging shoppers to use their Chamber Courtesy Cards."