Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Fortuna Business Improvement District is holding their annual shop local contest to promote local shopping in the Friendly City. Shoppers can now be rewarded for keeping it local by submitting their receipts by Dec. 19 to enter for a chance to win Fortuna Bucks.

Fortuna Bucks are Fortuna Gift Certificates that can be bought now and all year around.

”Businesses big and small, more than 150 of Fortuna's 550 businesses, accept Fortuna Bucks as a currency,” FBID Executive Director Diana Rios said. “Every time you spend $200 or more in Fortuna between Nov. 29 and Dec. 19, you can enter to win up to $350 in Fortuna Bucks. Enter to win $50, $100, or $200 in Fortuna Bucks. For all contest rules and regulations, visit FortunaBusiness.com.”

Just take your receipts totaling $200 from Fortuna Businesses sealed in an envelope with you name, address, and phone number on the front of the envelope. Place your envelope in the entry box located at Fortuna City Hall by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.

”Receipts must be dated between Nov. 29 and Dec. 19 of 2013 and from a Fortuna business,” Rios said. “You may only use a receipt once and they will be checked for duplicates and those who provide duplicate receipts will be disqualified. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.”

There will be three winners drawn on Dec. 20 and winners will be contacted the same day. The first drawing will be for $50, second will be for $100 and the third and final drawing will be for $200.

You can look for businesses who accept the Fortuna Bucks by contacting FBID or looking for the yellow “WE ACCEPT the Fortuna Gift Certificate” counter card to spend your Fortuna Bucks.

If you have questions about the Fortuna Bucks program contact Umpqua Bank at 269-7309 or FBID's Diana Rios at 725-9261.