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Harrisonburg Chamber encourages local spending

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of a new Member-2-Member (M2M) program. The program encourages Chamber members to save money and help support our local economy by choosing Chamber members for their business and personal needs.

Since the beginning of August, the Member-2-Member campaign has attracted more than 30 businesses that are offering valuable discounts to Chamber members, from local restaurants and accommodations to attractions and services.

“The Member-2-Member program encourages residents and businesses to support our local business community through their consumer habits,” said Steve Turner, vice chair of member services at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

The program is an effort to get Chamber members and the local community thinking about where they spend their dollars and the fact that it does make a difference.

“Money spent at local businesses is reinvested in our community,” said Frank Tamberrino, president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. An upward mark of a few percentage points in how much is spent locally can make a big difference in the economy.

Although the program reminds everyone to shop local, the discounts are designed exclusively for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce members and their employees. The M2M Program has its own branded look, making it easy for businesses and consumers to recognize. At the launch of the program, Chamber members and their employees were given an M2M card that must be presented at the time of purchase in order to receive the discounts. Chamber members also display a small plaque in their business location to identify their participation in the program.

For more information about the Member-2-Member program, including a list of participating businesses, visit the Chamber’s website at

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at