Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce to host second round of BOGO Bounce Back progam

DOWAGIAC — Anyone who missed out on the first two sales of BOGO Bounce Back gift cards, sold earlier this month by the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, will have another opportunity to purchase gift cards this Saturday.

Consumers who purchase a $20 Universal Dowagiac Gift Card from the chamber of commerce will receive a second $20 gift card free. Gift cards will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the train depot and will continue until designated funds are depleted. People attending the sale are asked to wear facial masks and to follow social distancing guidelines. One person will be allowed into the train station at a time.

Each individual in line will be limited to a purchase of five gift cards. Only exact cash or checks will be accepted.

The first sale of the buy one, get one free gift cards, hosted earlier this month, was sold out in a few hours, according to the chamber. The program was launched by the chamber as a way to stimulate the local economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also serves to reward consumers who patronize chamber-member businesses.

Chamber president Kim MacGregor, of Edward Jones, said the community support for the economic stimulus program was been “phenomenal.” Nineteen businesses and private individuals joined hands with the Chamber to fund the program, which contributed almost $20,000 into the local economy.

“This Saturday, we are increasing that by another $10,000,” MacGregor said.  “As a result, following the long weeks of the ‘Stay at Home, Stay Safe’ mandate we were able to successfully jump start our local economy.”

Donors helping to fuel the program included: Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital, Badner Construction, Chemical Bank manager Nick Barber, Clark Chapel / Starks Family Funeral Homes, Dowagiac Area Federal Credit Union, Fifth Third Bank, Honor Credit Union, Janel’s Industries, Jansen Valk Thompson Reahm PC, Kemner Iott Benz, Mayor Don Lyons and his wife Joan, Lyons Industries, Kim MacGregor of Edward Jones, Dave Mahar of Mahar Insurance, May Oberfell Lorber, Midwest Energy & Communications, Southwestern  Michigan College president Joseph Odenwald and his wife Laura, Wolverine Mutual Insurance Co. and Jim Weaver of Wings Etc.