A good year for Houston Merchant gift certificates

Last year panned out as the best year for Houston Merchant Gift Certificates.

Last year panned out as the best year for Houston Merchant Gift Certificates and the Chamber of Commerce would like to see further expansion of the program.

According to a report made to council, economic development officer Maureen Czirfusz attracted $90,546 in gift certificate purchases. Czirfusz credits the community’s involvement for making the program a success.

“With incredible involvement of the community, because if it wasn’t for the community, we’d never could have done it,” she said. “We had a lot of businesses participating this year, which was really wonderful and getting the word out.”

Sales for 2013 stood at $71,000 and $70,000 for 2014. When the Chamber first took over the program, they received $15,000 in sales.

Last year’s $20,000 jump in sales can be attributed to more gift certificates around.

“We had more companies involved this year. More companies were buying them either as incentives, safety programs, Christmas bonuses, or thank-you gifts,” she said.

Currently, 27 companies accept the gift certificates. The latest adopter being the District of Houston.

“It’s a very successful shop local program, encouraging people to spend money in Houston,” she said. “Our slogan at the bottom is, ‘Keeping businesses in town, while keeping your town in business.’ ”

Czirfusz revealed that sales spiked in October 2013 when the Houston Forest Products (HFP) mill closure was announced.

“I think people just see value in keeping the money in town and keeping the businesses active when HFP closed,” she said. “And that was our big jump – we went from $39,000 to $70,000.

“I think a lot of it had to do with the mill closure and how to keep our community vital and people supporting it.”

Czirfusz adds that other communities such as Burns Lake, Fraser Lake and Invermere have adopted similar programs, with more to come.

“I did a conference call last week with [Ministry of] Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training from Vancouver Island and with their chamber managers and some of their economic development officers because they’re looking at adopting the program on Vancouver Island,” she said.

 

Just Posted

Houston senior brings home gold medal

Golfer Andy Grobins wins gold at the 55+ BC Games

Six cattle killed on Hungry Hill

After a brief closure Friday the highway is now open to traffic.

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Smithers couple wins $1 million

Smithers resident Brenda Graf went to Safeway to pick up some groceries… Continue reading

Houston aims to improve emergency response

The district only has two emergency support services personnel

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Most Read