Shop Tualatin, Shop Local

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Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local

There are several great reasons why you should Shop Local and spend your money within our own community. The money you spend with businesses within your city will provide the much-needed tax revenue for your local government.  These taxes pay for things like Police, Fire-Medical, Street Maintenance, and our Community Parks!

Case studies have shown that for every dollar spent locally, at least 30% of that dollar is injected back into the community. This translates into more jobs, higher property values, lower residential taxes, a more affluent community and a reduction in the impact to the environment.

Shop Tualatin/Shop Local is business retention and expansion (B.R.E.) program of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber B.R.E program recruits local businesses to participate in an electronic/digital promotional marketing campaign that distributes coupons/discounts to residents at no cost. The program encourages and educates residents to shop and buy from local merchants. The BRE program promotional elements include consumer education, social media, website, and digital SMS text marketing. Merchants, please click here for more information

Enroll

or Text  ‘ShopTualatin‘ (one word)  to 888-995-0368 to receive discounts from your favorite Tualatin retailers, restaurants and more!

Top 10 Reasons to Shop Locally

1) Buy Local – Support yourself

Several studies have shown that when you shop local significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms, which continues to strengthen the economic base of the community.

2) Support Community Groups

Nonprofit organizations receive on average 250 percent more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

3) Keep our Community Unique

Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.  “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.”

4) Reduce Environmental Impact

Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation, and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

5) Create more good jobs

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

6) Get Better Service

Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

7) Invest In Community

Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

8) Put Your Taxes To Good Use

Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services. The taxes paid by local businesses help support the police, fire and recreational services for the city you live in.

9) Buy What You Want, Not What Someone Wants You To Buy

A marketplace with lots of businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long term.  A multitude of businesses, each selecting products based on local needs with a desire to serve local customers guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

10) Encourage Local Prosperity

A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

Shop Tualatin/Shop Local is business retention and expansion (B.R.E.) program of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber B.R.E program recruits local businesses to participate in an electronic/digital promotional marketing campaign that distributes coupons/discounts to residents. The program encourages and educates residents to shop and buy from local merchants. The BRE program promotional elements include business education, social media, website, digital SMS text marketing, and email.

Special text deals are the sole responsibility of the business and may only be redeemed by individuals who have opted-into the program. Deals have specific limitations: expiration dates, not redeemable for cash, not valid on previous purchases, cannot be combined with other coupons and void if copied. Deals also limited at the sole discretion of the business making the offer. The Chamber does not endorse businesses, products or services. Information about our Shop Tualatin/Shop Local customers is never shared with third parties.

By entering your mobile # you agree to receive Daily Deals from local merchants and other marketing messages from the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. Your consent to receive deals and communications is not a condition of making any purchase. Message and data rates may apply.

The Chamber may change these Terms of Use at any time in its sole discretion. The modified Terms of Use will be effective immediately upon posting and, by continuing to use the Website/SMS text program, you agree to the new posted Terms of Use. You are responsible for staying informed of any changes. If you do not agree to the new posted Terms of Use, your only remedy is to discontinue use of the Website or to opt-out of the program.

Enroll

or Text  ‘ShopTualatin‘ (one word)  to 888-995-0368 to receive discounts from your favorite Tualatin retailers, restaurants and more!

Get More Customers

We encourage the community to “Shop Local.” Also, you can reach more customers with the Tualatin Chamber’s Shop Tualatin digital text marketing program. Great for restaurants and retailers.

More Effective Engagement with your Customers and Clients

Text Message Marketing is growing exponentially. Businesses use text marketing to build customer loyalty programs and to communicate with their clients. Why is text message marketing so popular? Compared to email marketing, which has an average open rate of 22%, the huge 98% open rate of SMS messages is even more impressive. Get a free trial for the month of August, pricing remains to be determined after the initial test period. This is a great communication tool for restaurants, retailers, home and personal services, small home-based businesses, and more.

What Businesses Need to Know

Merchants Click Here To Submit Your Deal Now

Shop Tualatin Deal of the Day (use the link in the header to submit your deal or a change)

  • Deals that offer value, timeliness, and exclusivity receive preferential consideration.
  • Special Preferences for New Restaurants and Grand Openings!
  • Loss Leaders Give Your Deal an Advantage!  A loss leader is a product or service at a price that is not profitable but is sold or offered to attract new customers or to sell additional products and services to those customers. This is a common practice when a business first enters a market or desires new customers. Essentially, a loss leader introduces new customers to a service or product in the hope of building a customer base and securing future recurring revenue. The Chamber recommends a business adopt a loss leader pricing strategy to attract Shop Tualatin customers.

Getting My Deal Accepted

  • Does the deal offer something of real value?
  • Is the deal being offered by a new business?
  • The deal is NOT duplicated elsewhere. (deals are not an everyday special, not found in-store or website)

Other Things To Consider

  • The message has an attention grabber and a sense of urgency: Today Only, Special Today Only, etc.
  • Is the deal in a business category that the Chamber has targeted?
  • How often has the deal be run previously?

​Sample Deals

  • ​Company Name: 50% off all Dinner meals, today only
  • Free Small Drink with any burger. Today Only- Fast & Tasty Burger
  • Bell Taco: Today ONLY! Buy One Grilled Chicken Taco and get one FREE
  • Tokyo Buffet: Buy one lunch, get one ½ off on the second lunch. This week only!
  • Graves and Sorbel Deal of the Day! 20% off one item. See store for details.
  • S & T Tire- Free Oil Change for the first 20 customers. 133323 W. Bell Rd Ref. Coupon Code 2346
  • Chicago Wild Wings-Traditional Wings For 70 cents Each- All Day Tuesday

Why Digital Text Messages?

The Chamber selected SMS messages (text messaging), because it is without question one of the most effective forms of marketing available today. Today texting is the most common form of communication in the U.S. among mobile phone users.  Consider that 98% of all sent text messages are read, and on average they are read within 4 minutes of being received, it is easy to see the effectiveness of SMS marketing. Unlike other forms of marketing and advertising, with SMS marketing could affect and impact business, not within days or weeks, but literally within minutes or hours. All Shop Tualatin customers have voluntarily opted-in to receive deals!

Helping Businesses Connect with their Local Customers ​

  • The Chamber’s automated SMS platform is the most complete text messaging solution.
  • Why use SMS marketing?  Because 90 percent of all texts are read within three minutes, you can ensure that your important messages, will be read promptly.
  • It enables you to send mass SMS or individual alerts to the right people at the right time – all automatically.
  • Let one of the most trusted and credible brands in America, your Chamber of Commerce, help your business prosper while helping your community thrive

How you can use Text Messaging in Your Business?

Automotive

Boost sales and provide better service by infusing text messaging into your
repair shop. Send out service specials to you VIP customers or new product announcements.

Clubs/Promoters

Message everyone about special upcoming events or guest performers. You can even sort your customers based on their favorite music genre to send more relevant alerts and invites.

Healthcare, Dental, and Cosmetic Services

Let your customers know about new services or procedures. You can also request yes/no responses should they be interested in setting an appointment or seeking additional information.

Hospitality

Add texting to inform your business customers of special rates. Customers will appreciate not having to take the time to call, and your front desk won’t be constantly held up on the phone.

Restaurants

Fill empty tables with a picture message containing your monthly specials, alert customers to special promotions and run a mobile loyalty program to reward your regulars.

Retail

Drive traffic through your doors with enticing digital coupons delivered via SMS. Also, create a customizable mobile rewards program to keep customers coming back for more.

Tualatin Residents

Receive Special Deals and Promotions from Local Tualatin Merchants Directly to Your  Phone! Get advance notice of new restaurants, grand openings and win prizes.

Enroll

or Text  ‘ShopTualatin‘ (one word)  to 888-995-0368 to receive discounts from your favorite Tualatin retailers, restaurants and more!

Shop Tualatin Contests and Drawing Guidelines

In order to qualify for our drawings, you must opt-in into the Shop Local digital deal program. No purchase is required. By opting in you agree to receive 3-5 text messages per week. Contests are open to legal residents where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have opted in the Shop Tualatin/ Shop Local digital text marketing program. All prize winners are required to pick up their prize at either the Chamber or the merchant’s place of business. Prizes not picked up after thirty days are forfeited. No cash equivalent will be offered in substitution of prize. Employees of the Chamber and their immediate families are not eligible to win. The Chamber reserves the right to postpone, reschedule, delay, and/or modify the contest dates and/or method of entry at any time. Winners allow the Chamber to use their name, voice and/or likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation. Entrants submitting images for contests allow the Chamber to use said images/photos for promotional means on its website or display in publicly accessible archives; such selections will be made at the sole discretion of the Chamber and its authorized representatives. Odds of winning are based on the number of Shop Tualatin/ Shop Local opt-ins. All winners will be chosen at random. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. The Chamber reserves the right to change or alter the official rules, the method of entry and/or prize(s) without prior notification. The Chamber keeps your phone number information confidential and will not make your phone number address available to any other company or organization. If you do not wish to receive text messages, please reply to your message with the word “stop”.