Other Innovative Programs that Support Local Businesses

Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce

  • It’s Our Treat: Honoring Frontline Heroes: The It's Our Treat campaign focuses on honoring our local Frontline Heroes by providing lunches and retail gift cards from local member businesses. Capital Blue Cross is the lunch sponsor and First National Bank is the retail gift sponsor. Throughout this pandemic so many of our frontline workers have dedicated so many hours to ensure our safety, health, and security that we just wanted to say "Thank You". The campaign will run from October 2020 through March of 2021 with 2 sessions a month.

  • Think Big Shop Small: Help Carlisle Chamber Member Businesses during these very difficult times by "adopting" them.  Each time you sign up to "adopt" a small business you will be pledging to purchase a $25+ Gift Card or spending the equivalent at their place of business.  With your help, the Small Business Community will serve and thrive during these times.  Remember we are all in this together. Thanks to F&M Trust for being the Think Big, Shop Small Sponsor.

  • PA30 Day Fund: This is a forgivable loan program for PA-based small businesses called the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund. The forgivable loan is to provide immediate financial assistance (with a max of three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they wait on recently approved federal funding. Find out more about this program. Find out how to support the program through a donation.

Downtown Carlisle Association

  • LoveBuck$ Program: LoveBuck$ are designed to be a downtown Carlisle global gift certificate program. No matter which participating store or what their point of sale, product, or service, you can use LoveBuck$. LoveBuck$ are treated as cash. You can pay for all or some of your purchases with LoveBuck$ and will receive any change in US currency. LoveBuck$ are on sale at the Downtown Carlisle Association Offices at 53 West South Street, Lower Level, Carlisle PA  17033. Cash or Check is preferred. To reserve your order amount.  Your order will be assembled and you will be called when your order is available for pick-up.

Destination Carlisle

  • Save Our Smalls (S.O.S): This three-month program is designed to help businesses get through the slowest part of the year (winter) while they await additional funding. It has a simple but effective premise: individuals are encouraged to donate money. These donations are then used to purchase $300 worth of gift cards or goods from local downtown Carlisle businesses providing them with a quick infusion of cash. The gift cards and products are then given to nonprofit organizations or to workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of saying thank you. Find out how to help support the program through a donation. Destination Carlisle has been named by the Central Penn Business Journal as one of 26 honorees in their 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Awards, which recognizes individuals and organizations who go above and beyond in their work with nonprofit organizations in the Midstate. 

Verber Dental in partnership with Members 1st

  • Operation Restaurant Rescue: This initiative is designed to provide income to restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by purchasing hundreds of meals from these local restaurants and distributing them to organizations, individuals, and families in need.