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Accept the bills like you would cash. This may include giving the customer back change in cash. We will be printing denominations of $10, $20, $50, and $100.
Once you have accumulated some #HintonFirst Bucks you can contact the Hinton Chamber for reimbursement. We will work with your business to verify the denominations and then either send you an e-transfer or issue a cheque for payment. You can decide how often you'd like to be reimbursed (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly).
Yes, we will be planning to create a landing page online that promotes the initiative and a list of all our participating merchants and organizations that accept #HintonFirst Bucks. There will also be digital and print marketing efforts put into promoting the local program and showcasing our participating vendors.
We understand that many businesses don't carry a large cash float so part of the communication that will be shared when someone purchases our #HintonFirst bills will be that the maximum change allowed back on a purchase will be limited to $20. If there are any issues between the customer and merchant, the customer can reach out to the Chamber and get their large denomination into smaller amounts.
Yes, anyone that accepts payment for a service or product is invited to participate in this program. We'd like to get as many businesses as possible on board with accepting #HintonFirst Bucks. This may even extend to some of our local non-profit organizations that accept memberships or other services. We may need to make some exceptions for approval in the program so if you are unsure, please reach out.
We are working with a local supplier to procure these secure, numbered bills for circulation. It will be important for you and your staff to be familiar with the look and feel of these bills as we want to make this as secure as possible to avoid fraudulency. Once you accept this tender and communicate with the Chamber for payment, we will ask that you destroy or void the bills, so they don't get recirculated.
This will be an ongoing initiative - the more opportunities we have to keep dollars in the community the better. We may be having special #HintonFirst events and promotions throughout the year but the intention is for the program to run year round.
If you need any more information, please reach out to the Chamber of Commerce by calling 780.865.2777 or emailing Natalie Charlton, Executive Director at email@example.com.