Chamber Cash MOB designed to aid retail

At the Chamber of Commerce, we are always looking for ways to promote our members and support the local economy. In the summer of 2012, we took the national Shop Local Initiative (sometime referred to as a Cash MOB) and applied it to supporting our restaurant members through what became known as the MOV Chamber Lunch MOB. We worked with a member restaurant, selected a date, then encouraged everyone to stop by that day and have a great meal. What better way to support our restaurant members than by simply eating lunch?

We are excited to now launch the Cash MOB concept for our Chamber member retailers. Nationwide the Cash MOB concept was launched to breathe some life back into a business and remind the community of the value of its businesses to the local economy. And 3 Cash MOBs have been scheduled for November, just in time to start your holiday gift purchases.

How does a Cash MOB work?

This month each of our Cash MOBs is tied to a ribbon-cutting, welcoming a business as a new Chamber member. And we thought, since we will have Chamber members on hand to help celebrate this accomplishment, why not encourage everyone to stop by that specific day at that specific retailer and commit to spending at least $10 to support a Chamber member and local retailer?

Mark your calendars for the following dates and locations and plan to participate in one of our first Cash MOBs:

  • Gift Gallery, grand opening/ribbon-cutting/Cash MOB, 3-3:30 p.m. Nov. 5,1515 Grand Central Ave., Vienna
  • Craft House of Parkersburg, grand opening/ribbon-cutting/Cash MOB, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., Nov. 9, 1111 Division St., Parkersburg
  • Juxtapose Boutique, grand opening/ribbon-cutting/Cash MOB, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. , ribbon-cuting at 11 a.m., Nov. 16, 2703 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg

This is just the launch of our Cash MOB initiative. If you are a retailer that is interested in setting up a Cash MOB at your location, please contact the Chamber office as we are working on setting up a schedule for 2014.

Upcoming Chamber events:

  • Moe’s Southwest Grill, brand opening/ribbon-cutting/Lunch MOB, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4, 900 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. Chamber members are invited to a special event to celebrate the grand opening of Moe’s Southwest Grill. We are also delighted to welcome Moe’s as a new member of the Chamber. Join us to cut the ribbon, then stay for lunch. Open to all Chamber members.
  • West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Town Hall, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Parkersburg City Council Chambers. Morrisey has made job creation a top priority of his administration. To advance that goal, he is launching a town hall meeting tour to collect input from all West Virginia stakeholders on the regulations that may impair business growth in our state. RSVP for this event by contacting his office at 304-558-2021, ext. 2206.
  • Chamber Breakfast hosted by Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7:30-9 a.m. Nov. 8, 200 Cherry Tree Lane, Marietta. Join the team at Fairfield Inn & Suites for a fun breakfast. Awesome door prizes and a great way to start your day networking with fellow Chamber members. We are also delighted to welcome Fairfield Inn & Suites as a new member of the Chamber. Free for Chamber members.
  • November Business After Hours hosted by Ohio Valley University, 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 1 Campus View Drive, Vienna (Cronin/Ramsey Board Rooms – Administration Building). Join the team at Ohio Valley University for a fun evening – entertainment provided by Express, tours of the facility, refreshments by Aladdin Catering and door prizes. First $50 drawing sponsored by Network WV. Free for Chamber members. Register on-line at

Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at, or stop by the Chamber office at 409 1/2 Market Street in Parkersburg.

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Jill Parsons, president/CEO, of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.