Summit Unchained: Keeping it local!

More than a 100 local businesses are participating in this year's Summit Unchained campaign to help promote local spending. Click on the logo to learn more and find particpating businesses.

Shopping ‘punch card’ helps track economic impact — and could earn a $5,000 prize

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the third year in a row, local business are joining forces for the Summit Unchained challenge, with the goal of encouraging shoppers to keep their dollars in the local community. The Summit Independent Business Alliance is leading the charge once again, but countless hours by volunteer members make it all happen.

“People love feeling good about their purchasing decisions. And particularly over the holidays and considering the tough financial times, the decision to choose local has an extremely positive trickle-down effect on those who live and experience Summit County every day,” said SIBA director Katie Roberts. “The local business with more in its register has more to give back to others in our community.”

Click here to learn more and find the complete list of participating merchants.

At the heart of the buy-local campaign is a punch card that enables SIBA to track spending at participating businesses, Roberts said that, last year, the cards helped quantify the effort, showing nearly $50,000 in local spending.

“With over 100 businesses handing out cards this year, we have even more participation than ever, demonstrating the ‘buy-in’ on behalf of SIBA members, area residents and even Summit County visitors,” Roberts said.

Punch card holders try to fill up one or more cards at the participating businesses. All punch cards, whether fully or partially full, should be returned to the SIBA businesses by Jan. 10, 2011. Everyone who participates and returns their cards will be entered to win $5,000 in prizes.

Summit Unchained 2010 is co-sponsored by two SIBA founding members, Krystal93 and Copy Copy, as well as Summit Voice and Summit Daily News. Town of Frisco and Town of Dillon are also supporting the program through grant awards. The 2010 Summit Unchained has an amazing crew of volunteers, with SIBA business owners and citizen members donating countless hours to the campaign. Both the Frisco and Breckenridge visitors’ centers are helping to distribute and collect cards.

For the second year, Summit Unchained also has a reusable bag giveaway. Participating businesses will hand out a limited supply of red bags, emblazoned with Summit Unchained’s logo and an “evergreen” message: Breaking the chain in support of independent business. S

IBA members are also encouraged to decorate their stores or businesses in some fun way during the kickoff week to highlight the punch card and draw attention to the buy local campaign, which dovetails with various holiday celebrations throughout the remainder of the year.

“All of Summit’s local towns are having their special versions of holiday shopping events and festivities, and each provides a perfect opportunity to use your punch card and partake in celebrating our homegrown businesses,” Roberts said. “So before gassing up and heading down the hill to shop Denver for Black Friday and the days to follow, we’re challenging everyone to keep it local and shop Summit County instead.”

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