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Justice Chamber of Commerce promotes shop local program

By Carol McGowan

The Justice Chamber of Commerce, and its 2021 board members, President Ron Patrick, Vice President Bill Beahan, Secretary Hank Oszakiewski, and Treasurer Juanita Durkin are sponsoring a new promotion that’s now in full swing.

Along with with Shop Local and Win promotion being announced, the chamber expressed thanks to Orley Betcher Sr., the founding president of the chamber, for 21 years of service as he retired in 2020.

“His community action, foresight and ability to gather business owners and managers together to form this chamber was important for both Justice businesses, as well as village government,” read the thank you citation. “He made sure the chamber worked together with the village to promote business opportunities and carried the voice of village businesses to many village board meetings.”

Patrick said Orley still owns Betcher Landscaping and the board looks forward to seeing both him and former Chamber Secretary Carolyn Judd at future meetings. “We also want to thank Carolyn Judd for her years of service to the chamber, as she also retired as Chamber Secretary in 2020.”

Shop Local & Win kicked off a couple of months ago and is going strong. The idea is for a customer to shop at three different chamber members in a month, then turn in their receipts to the chamber for a raffle ticket. The chamber will then draw two raffle winners each month, and each winner will receive $50 in Chamber Bucks to be spent like cash at participating businesses. It’s a great way to get folks to shop and support local businesses, and in turn make it fun to be included in the raffle.

Be sure to look for Shop Local & Win signs at participating businesses, and keep your receipts to turn in. For more rules and details, visit justicechamberofcommerce.com.

On another note, while the COVID-19 pandemic was going strong last year, the chamber was busy looking for financial relief for village businesses. They teamed up with the village board and back in December, announced that the village is waiving business license fees for 2021 to all businesses in Justice.

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