City of Shreveport and Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Launch Cardshop318.com to Help Local Businesses

Free Gift Card Option for All Local Businesses

The City of Shreveport and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of Cardshop318.com a free platform to enable local community members to purchase gift cards

to support local businesses. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many local businesses are closed, are offering reduced services, or delivery, drive-thru and take-out options only. By enabling customers to

purchase gift cards now for future redemption, Cardshop318.com directs critical funds to local businesses now.

“Local businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic. This partnership between the City of Shreveport and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce provides area-residents with an easy and effective way to

support local businesses,” said Mayor Adrian Perkins. “Gift cards provide businesses with cash now, and customers get to shop later.”

“We brought together a distributed team of policymakers and developers to craft a solution that delivers immediate value to local businesses,” said Keith Hanson, Chief Information Officer for the City of Shreveport. “The IT team at City of Shreveport was delighted to create this opportunity on behalf of our citizens.”

Cardshop318.com allows any local business to sign up to offer gift cards to the public. Members of the public can visit the site to purchase gift cards for redemption for current needs, or for redemption after

the crisis has passed. Either way, funds are available to help keep businesses operational.

“During this crisis, we are leveraging technology to help our local businesses stay in business,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber. “We encourage all local businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to connect directly with their customers, and we hope customers will visit and help support their favorite businesses. This is a critical time for us to work together.”

The public can visit http://Cardshop318.com to purchase gift cards.

Businesses wishing to enroll should visit http://Shreveportchamber.org/cardshop318.html or email carole@shreveportchamber.org.