The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce has started an electronic gift card program to support Zionsville businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The gift cards can be used at local businesses and restaurants during the pandemic – when businesses are limited to carryout, delivery and online orders per Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home executive order – or in the future, after businesses are allowed to resume normal operations.
If a resident buys an electronic gift card of $30 or more from a local business, an additional $10 card will be added. The additional $10 cards are donations from Harris FLP, Price Baker Enterprises, LLC, and CK Price Properties, LLC. The chamber’s goal is to sell 1,000 gift cards, totaling $40,000 that would be injected into the local economy during a time when businesses have seen a drastic reduction in sales.
Previously, the chamber offered paper gift cards, but when Gov. Eric Holcomb mandated the stay-at-home order, chamber officials transitioned to electronic gift cards, reducing the number of people who would show in person to buy paper versions. But Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Allyson Gutwein said the chamber will still honor the paper gift cards.
“What we are trying to do right now is act as a buoy, make sure that people are as above water as they can be until their doors open back up or open back up in the same capacity as they were in the middle of March,” Gutwein said.
The chamber accepts cash or checks and can accept credit cards for an added 2.6 percent fee for gift card purchases. Residents can preorder gift certificates by contacting the chamber at 317-873-3836 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the chamber offers a chat blog on its website that can direct businesses to resources and advice. It has waived membership fees for new businesses for the next six months to give them access to the chamber’s resources during the pandemic.