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Gift Certificate/Gift Card Program
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Dorothy of Wizard of Oz fame shops local - so should you!

The Chamber currently facilitates a Gift Certificate program to encourage citizens to spend their dollars locally. By choosing to shop local, you help our community in a variety of ways.

On average, businesses and citizens purchase over $200,000 in gift certificates that are spent in Aberdeen businesses. These gift certificates are not able to be cashed or directly deposited into the bank. Gift certificates are sold dollar for dollar by the Chamber and can be redeemed at any Aberdeen business, not just Chamber member businesses. There is no charge for businesses or individuals to purchase or redeem certificates.

This Fall, we will be unveiling a brand NEW Aberdeen Gift Card.  The Gift Card will replace our current Gift Certificate Check program.

With this change, the program will become a closed-loop system, which means that participating merchants must be active members of the Chamber to accept the card. Aberdeen gift cards will continue to be available for purchase at the Chamber by businesses and citizens at no charge.  Participating merchants process the gift card as they would any credit or bankcard on their store’s register. 

There are no software or equipment changes necessary to current POS systems. The only requirements for participation is that the business accepts credit transactions utilizing the MasterCard® payments network and that they authorize all transaction requests. Gift cards will also make for quick and efficient transactions and easy end-of-day reconciliations for businesses.

The card will be administered by StoreFinancial, an international payment systems processor based in Overland Park, Kansas. StoreFinancial offers comprehensive turnkey gift card programs to communities and shopping centers around the world.  

A representative from StoreFinancial will be on site the week of September 19th to provide one-on-one training, and set up Chamber member businesses to accept the Gift Card. All participating merchants will be provided with reference training material and support. 

If businesses receives a printed Gift Certificate check for payment after we have implemented the new Gift Card program, they should still accept it until it expires. We will no longer be issuing them, but they are valid one year from the purchase date which is printed on the check.  

We look forward to further enhancing our Shop Local efforts with our members and the Aberdeen community.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call at (605) 225-2860.