DEVENS — Shopping local is always a good idea but now more than ever with today’s economy. When you decide to shop locally, you are not only helping to sustain and grow business in the area, but you are fueling our economy from both an investment and employment perspective. When shopping locally, you show your support of the community and loyalty to the businesses and other entities that make our city a wonderful place to work and live.

The Nashoba Valley Chamber has a program that benefits our members as well as the residents of our community. The “Chamber Change” gift check program is an easy gift certificate program that allows us to offer gift checks redeemable at any participating chamber member. “Chamber Change” gift checks are available for purchase at the chamber office or through the Web site, Along with each check, a list of participating members is provided. The recipient can then redeem it at any participating chamber business listed.

The free program provides a unique benefit to our members, yet affords the consumer a choice to pay for any type of goods or services. Chamber members, residents and visitors to the area are encouraged to use “Chamber Change” gift checks as a gift giving solution throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. By purchasing a “Chamber Change” gift check, consumers keep their shopping dollars local and gift giving has never been easier. The Chamber gift-check program is great way to truly provide the recipient the gift of choice.

The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit business advocacy, community and economic development association committed to the support of its members’ growth and success and the development of a positive economic climate. The chamber services the area communities of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, Westford and nearby towns and is funded by membership investments. For more information please contact the Nashoba Valley Chamber at 978-772-6976 or visit our Web site at