The Hettinger Chamber of Commerce is starting a new program called the Perks Program to incentivize more people to walk into Hettinger businesses. Avid downtown shoppers can purchase a discount card for chamber businesses. The discounts on the card are limited to what the businesses are able to offer.
“The great thing about this discount card is that the special discounts offered will be able to change throughout the year,” Fosheim said.
Because of the adaptable nature of the Perks Program, the discounts will not be printed directly on the card. Instead, the discounts will be listed on hettingernd.com and the rTown app. A paper form of the discounts will also be available to pick up at the Community Promotions Office for those who are less tech savvy.
“We are making these cards for our local consumers and especially our businesses. Offering businesses the ability to give different deals at different times of the year allows businesses room to decide what works for them,” said Fosheim.
By listing the discounts online, Fosheim hopes to be able to include new businesses at any point in the year.
“Ultimately the businesses will be benefitting because we will be driving people into their stores and hopefully increasing sales.”
Only four businesses have enrolled in the perks program, however the Chamber is hoping to add more to the list. So far, three of the businesses have offered a tentative deal, subject to change. The Peacock Mercantile is planning on offering a free 16oz. espresso based drink for those who purchases over $25 in Peacock retail products. The Compass Counseling Center in Reeder is planning on offering a free 30-minute consultation for new clients. Lastly, RZ Motors Inc. is offering four oil changes and two tire rotation on gas engines for $89.95 within two years of purchase.
According to Fosheim, the discounts could apply to more than just retail and food businesses.
“As a hypothetical example, a photography business could offer half-off headshots. It can be applicable to just about any business and the discount is very flexible.”
Fosheim continued to say that the discount cards should be available in early January and that the costs of the card are yet to be determined. However, once the price is decided and the cards are released to the public, the funds from the cards will go towards improving the perks program.