The Union County Chamber of Commerce is giving away an iPhone and an iPad at the beginning of September as part of its new "i Shop Local" campaign.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce is giving away an iPhone and an iPad at the beginning of September as part of its new "i Shop Local" campaign.

And all you have to do to win is shop locally.

"The truth is, the more products and services we buy from Union County businesses -- from groceries to cars or haircuts to home construction -- the more money stays here to strengthen the local economy, create jobs and improve our local standard of living," said Jacquey Yoder, president of the chamber's board of trustees.

The chamber is handing out "i Shop Local" cards that can be presented at area businesses for discounts on acupuncture, a massage, senior portraits, chocolates or a printing job.

"For every $100 we spend at locally owned businesses, $68 stays right here in Union County, helping businesses grow, purchase services, pay their employees and add jobs so local residents have more money to spend and recirculate through our economy," chamber Tourism and Public Relations Director Tina Knotts said. "It's that easy -- just shop local."

The iPhone will be awarded to the shopper who brings to the chamber the most receipts for local purchases made from July 13 through Aug. 31.

The iPod Touch will be awarded to the shopper who turns in the highest total dollar amount of receipts for local purchases from the same period.

"We're calling this the Dog Days of Summer promotion, but i Shop Local will be an ongoing push for the chamber," Knotts said. "We'll do a different promotion in the fall."

She said the Dog Days promotion includes all businesses in Union County, not just in Marysville.

"I've had people call and ask about the iTouch and wonder if they're purchasing a car or building materials for a home project, whether that counts towards the highest dollar amount," Knotts said. "And I tell them yes. As long as you buy it between now and Aug. 31 in Union County, it doesn't matter what the purchase is."

The chamber is encouraging Union County residents to visit the new i Shop Local website at http://www.shoplocalunioncounty.org/

Businesses are encouraged to enroll in the program at the same site.

"We'd like every business in Union County to enroll and give us their promotion," Knotts said. "We're essentially giving them free advertising and hope they'll want to take advantage of that. We'll add the businesses to the website as they join."

The prizes were donated by the Uptown Marysville Historic District and Best Buy.

Knotts said businesses and consumers can get more information about i Shop Local by dropping by the chamber office at 227 E. Fifth St., Marysville, or by calling 937-642-6279.