Thurmont Business Bucks is a gift certificate program to encourage those seeking a gift to keep the money local. Thurmont Business Bucks is a gift certificate program that are sold at the Thurmont Town Office in increments of $25 and $50 certificates. When you purchase Thurmont Business Bucks gift certificates, you receive a booklet with over twenty-five local businesses, from which the certificates are redeemable. Businesses include hair salons, restaurants, car service, and retail. The goal is to keep the money in the community. Studies show that for every $100 spent at locally-owned independent businesses, $68 remained in the community, versus $43 for chain stores. When you spend dollars locally, they are spent again in the local economy, another five to seven times, creating the multiplier effect. Local businesses are financially invested in your community’s future, contribute to a lower tax base for residents, and are a life line to non-profit organizations. Did you know non-profit organizations receive an average of 250 percent more support from smaller locally owned business owners than they do from large businesses? Thurmont Business Bucks makes the perfect gift, not only at Christmas, but all year long. View the advertisement on page 20.

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