The new checks, printed in purple ink will be good through Dec. 31, 2013. The old checks, printed in blue ink, will expire at the end of this month. Jeff Meredith, chamber executive director, said there are still some of the 2011 series still outstanding that need to be spent.
"We decided to use the purple ink in honor of the great season so far of the Monett sports teams," said Meredith. "Go Cubs."
Meredith said that approximately $5,000 in Chamber Checks have arrived and more can be printed if needed.
"This is a great way to keep money in our community," said Meredith. "It is also a way to get out-of-town shoppers to come to Monett. We presented the checks as a prize at the golf tournament and they will be presented to Christmas parade float winners."
A total of 26 merchants are participating in the program this year. Each check is worth $10 and can be used at any of the businesses that are registered.
"The Chamber Checks have been a long running program that encourages residents and out-of-town people to shop in Monett," said Meredith. "I am excited to continue the tradition."
Meredith said that if someone wants checks and cannot make it to the chamber office that he will deliver, "just like Santa."
The following businesses are participating in the annual program:
* Acambaro Mexican Restaurant
* All Smiles Dental Care
* Big Baldy's Bac-Woods Bar-B-Q
* Bruner Pharmacy
* Coffee Ternurita - Organo Gold Representative
* D.B. Graphics
* Denali Dreams
* Dixie Printing
* Doug's Pro Lube, LLC
* Family Care Chiropractic, LLC
* Fashion Crossroads
* Mocha Jo's Coffee Café
* Modern Variety
* Monett Coast to Coast
* Monett Plaza Eight
* Nestleroad & Roberts, Optometrists
* Old Town Pharmacy
* Peppers & Co.
* Prime Cut
* Stephen E. Stidham, DDS
* The Family Room Steakhouse, LLC
* The Monett Times
* The Trunk, Inc.
* Top Hat Cleaners
* Tried & True Candles
* Weber/Carr Chiropractic
* Wickman Gardens, Inc.
For more information, call the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 417-235-7919.