PARKERSBURG - Seeking to further stimulate the local economy, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel has joined forces with more than 30 local businesses to launch the "I Shop Locally" program.
News and Sentinel Advertising Director Matt Tranquill described the program as a way to give back to local business partners and readers.
"The shop local contest is designed to encourage and reward customers for supporting local businesses."
Customers can pick up the "I Shop Locally" cards at reward centers in participating business. The "I Shop Locally" cards are stamped each time customers make purchases at participating merchants. Three stamps a week and card carriers can register for a monthly $500 gift card drawing. Participants can drop the completed cards off at the area rewards centers to enter.
Businesses in Wood, Washington and Jackson counties, including Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre, Ravenswood, Ripley and Marietta, are involved in the program, which will run until Oct. 13.
"You can have all three stamps done at one business or at a variety of them," Tranquill said.
Participants will be listed in the daily editions of The News and Sentinel three times a week, beginning today.
Participants will also be listed at www.newsandsentinel.com.
Any businesses wishing to participate can contact Tranquill at 304-485-1891, Ext. 360.