The Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce their Shop Local Campaign to benefit the residents and businesses of the towns of Chili and Gates.

    Our Shop Local Campaign is a movement to educate local residents and businesses about the benefits of shopping, doing business with and eating at locally owned businesses and restaurants.

    How to join the Shop Local Campaign

    Any business physically located and operating within the towns of Chili and Gates is eligible to join. Complete the Shop Local Membership form and we will invoice you for your Shop Local Campaign membership.

    For Chamber member businesses, the cost for one (1) year of membership is $100.

    For non-Chamber businesses, the cost to participate in the Shop Local Campaign for one (1) year is $150. Save $50 by joining the Chamber!

    Membership in the Shop Local Campaign is for one year. For example, if you join in March, your membership in this program ends in February of the following year. 

    What you will receive

    Businesses that join will receive a Shop Local Campaign Kit containing:

    • Welcome letter
    • Shop Local poster
    • Shop Local window cling
    • Information on how to promote the Shop Local Campaign to your customers
    • '10 Reasons to Support Local Independent Businesses' flyer

    Participating businesses will also have the ability to promote sales and other promotions on their Shop Local web listing.

    Shop Local businesses will be featured in press releases from the Chamber of Commerce. They will also be featured on the Shop Local Facebook and Twitter posts.

    Join the Chamber of Commerce in supporting and growing businesses in the towns of Gates and Chili today! 

    What Happens When You Shop Local?

    Here’s what happens when you Shop Local:

    1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy

    For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.

    2. You embrace what makes your community unique

    You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?

    3. You create local jobs

    Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you Shop Local, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.

    4. You help the environment

    Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.

    5. You nurture community

    Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

    6. You conserve your tax dollars

    Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!

    7. You create more choice

    Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wid­er array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.

    8. You can take advantage of their expertise

    You are their friends and neighbors. Locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They are passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?

    9. You invested in entrepreneurship

    Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business en­sures a strong community.

    10. You make your community a destination

    The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!