Thursday, March 18, 2021, Ed Dowd, Executive Director of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce was a guest on 101.3 WMCI.  Here is a brief description of what he covered during the interview:

With gas prices just rising over $3.00 a gallon, now is the time to think local and save money by not traveling out of town to shop and dine. Chamber Buck$ is a great way to ensure money is spent locally. The Mattoon Chamber of Commerce has offered the Chamber Buck$ program for over 20 years. Our program helps keep tax dollars in our community.  The Chamber Buck$ program is currently being used by over 70 Mattoon Chamber member businesses. How does it work? Any business or individual simply stops by the Chamber office and purchases Chamber Buck$ to be given away as gifts, employee incentives, employee bonuses, etc. These Chamber Buck$ are then used just like cash at any of the participating member establishments with no cost to the individual or the member businesses. We handle all the costs of running the program to make sure everyone has the full dollar for dollar benefits of the program.

Chamber Buck$ are available in increments of $5, $10, $20, and $25. They are dollar-for-dollar! In other words, if you purchase $20, you receive $20; if you redeem $20, you are reimbursed $20. There are no hidden fees or costs; it is a service provided by the Chamber. Participating businesses simply turn in the Chamber Buck$ they receive to the Chamber office for reimbursement. If you have any questions regarding our Chamber Buck$ program, you can contact us by calling 217-235-5661. You can also e-mail us at We also have a link on our website,, which highlights the participating Chamber members where the Buck$ can be spent.

Using Chamber Buck$ is a guarantee that the money will be spent locally. This supports your families, friends and neighbors who run these businesses and services and rely on your support to succeed. Last year over $150,000 stayed local through the program.

You can listen to the complete interview here: