CDF rolls out new members program

TUPELO – The Community Development Foundation on Monday launched a program that gives members a discount for doing business with other members.
Key tags that prove CDF membership were mailed last week to the more than 1,400 members, said Barbara Smith, vice president of CDF’s chamber services. The key tags, which are similar to Kroger keychain cards, enable members to get discounts at participating businesses.
Several members, such as the Tupelo Public School District, requested several hundred more for their employees.
As of Monday, more than 80 participating members were offering discounts, such as 10 percent off baked goods at Creative Cakes, free tickets to the Link Centre’s monthly music events and 10 percent off oil changes at D&S Lube Service.
The full list is on the CDF’s Web site, www.cdfms.org. Participating members also have a sticker saying that they are participating partners.
“It’s clearly quid pro quo,” said Dr. David Irwin, second vice chairman and membership chairman of the CDF board of directors. “You become a member of CDF and you have an incentive to shop in Lee County rather than somewhere else.”
The Chamber Advantage program was announced as part of the CDF’s annual member appreciation week. Other events will be happening throughout the week, including a lunch street party for members Thursday from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in downtown Tupelo.

Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal