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Alerting All Small Businesses to Opt-In & Information for Purchasing Certificates

All Small Non-Essential Businesses wishing to Opt- In to the BOOST gift certificate program, Please call or e-mail to let me know.  I will need all your contact information when you opt in.  You have until 5pm on Saturday the 18th to opt in.  I will be in the office on Saturday, the 18th, from 10 am to 5pm.  Once I have a list of all the businesses opted in, I will produce a list of those businesses to advertise, by Chamber e-mail blast, Facebook (both town and chamber) and website (both town and chamber). 

All should be posted by Sunday the 19th and certificate sales will start on the 20th.   Each Business is limited to receiving (60) sixty gift certificates. 

Once your quota is reached, we will take no further orders for your business.
I will mail checks to participating businesses on a weekly basis ($50 per certificate, along with certificate #'s and names of purchaser).  Beauticians/Nail techs, all will be sent to your salon address with each participant receiving their own check.
 Each Household may purchase (4) four gift certificates, on a First Come, First Serve basis, as certificates are limited. Sales will stop once the funds are depleted. 
 We want to give everyone a chance to support their local small business.

I will be in the office on Monday from 8am to 5pm for sales.  All sales will ONLY be taken by telephone (728-7000) or email to

PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO PURCHASE CERTIFICATES BY ANY OTHER METHOD (no facebook, website, messenger, instagram, etc.) 



The purchaser may pay for the certificates by Credit Card, check or cash.  If  paying by credit card, your information will be destroyed as soon as payment is processed  
You may pay by telephone when you order, by e-mail, regular mail or  you may leave an envelope with your order, all pertinent information and payment in the mail box just outside the Chamber office door.  (While I'm at the office) 
You may also send payment by regular mail.

  Once I receive payment, your certificates will be processed and mailed to you. 
If payment is delayed, I can't guarantee your certificate purchase.

    Thank You and please feel free to contact me if you have further questions.

Dear members,
Attached, please find a list of businesses who have opted in to the Boost Program.  I will also post on Facebook and Website .  Town of Madawaska will also post on their site and Facebook.  As soon as possible, a list will be provided to all Media.
Please thank the following sponsors for adding to the UDAG Fund - This allows us to sell more certificates to help our community Small Businesses.
Special Thanks to: Town of Madawaska UDAG funds
         Paradis Shop & Save  in Madawaska
 United Insurance in Madawaska
                    Acadia Federal Credit Union in Madawaska
      And two citizens of Madawaska who wish to remain anonymous
This will allow us to sell 432 Gift Certificates to Help Our Small Businesses.
4 Certificates Only per household
Sales Start Monday, April 20th and will continue until all funds are depleted
Must Telephone 728-7000 or email 
Due to COVID-19, All sales will be done through telephone, e-mail, or drop box at the Chamber office.  Your certificates will be mailed to you, so please be sure to include your mailing address.
Thank You and Have a Great Weekend.  I'll be in the office on Monday from 8AM to 5PM.

              Town of Madawaska/St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce Announce
                                Madawaska Small Business  BOOST PROGRAM
                Helping Our Non-essential Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

Madawaska – On Monday, April 6th – the Madawaska Board of Selectmen approved a $10,000 appropriation from the UDAG Revolving Loan Fund to create the Madawaska Small Business Boost Program.  This program’s purpose is to help those Madawaska small businesses who are most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and have been forced to close completely, or drastically reduce the amount of traffic to their establishment.   The money is being appropriated to the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce, who will be administering the program.

The Madawaska Small Business Boost Program will give people a chance to purchase $50 Gift Certificates to eligible businesses for a cost of $25.  The remaining $25 will come directly from the funds being appropriated.   The Chamber will issue checks to the local businesses for the full value ($50) of gift certificates sold on a timely basis.  Our hope is that we get a chance to put money into these businesses now – to help them weather the storm.

Madawaska/St. David businesses, affected by the pandemic are asked to OPT IN to this program starting today, April 8,2020 until April 18,2020, by contacting the Chamber.   To be eligible, the small business must be in Madawaska/St. David and be willing to accept a “generic” gift certificate issued by the Chamber of Commerce.   To OPT IN, contact Sharon Boucher at the Chamber at 728-7000 or e-mail at, with your business name and contact information. 

On April 19, 2020 a list of all businesses opted in, will be made public and the gift certificate program promoted, It's a win -win for all.  The customer doubles their money and the business they are helping receives needed funds.  Each business will be limited to receiving 60 of these $50 gift certificates and each household will be limited to purchasing 4 certificates.

Our larger, essential businesses, though feeling the effects of this pandemic, but able to get through, may support this program and their small business neighbors by donating funds which will be added to the UDAG dollars to support and grow the program  This will infuse these businesses with needed cash on hand.  You may support this program by contacting Keith Cyr at the Town Office at 728-3612 or Sharon at the Chamber.