Local businesses invited to participate in Member Savings Advantage

Member Savings Advantage is Farm Bureau’s newest member benefit, an online discount program that provides member-only savings at restaurants and retailers across Ohio, as well as national brands such as Target.com, AMC Theatres, Disney and Carnival Cruise Lines. Member Savings Advantage also comes with a mobile coupon app, and many of the offers include savings of 25 percent to 50 percent.

Member Savings Advantage offers local deals in nearly every town across the state including many single location, mom-and-pop restaurants and retailers. There are nearly 2,000 locations in Cincinnati, over 1,700 in Toledo and another 1,600 in Columbus.

One such location is Firehouse Pizza in Middle Point, a community of 500 in Van Wert County. Molly Welch purchased the business in 2012. Firehouse Pizza offers pizza and subs for carry-out and includes a small convenience store.
Welch said becoming a vendor in the program was very easy.

“Jessica (Vandenbroek, the organization director) nominated us and they called within two days of her sending in the request online,” she said. Access, the company that runs the benefit, had suggestions of what to offer, based on what they’ve done with similar businesses like theirs in the past. “They suggest a one-time deal, then an ongoing deal,” Welch said. Firehouse Pizza decided to offer buy one, get one pizza for a one-time redemption, and then 10 percent off any future food purchase.

She said Access was “very polite and not pushy. They were very knowledegable and answered any questions. They present information in a good way knowing what you’re looking for and then went through it all with me.” Welch said her offer was posted within three days of talking to her.

Businesses can offer savings via the website or the My Deals app, and Welch said they are doing both. “I like the app; it’s very nice. Plus, if customers do the one-time coupon, they can’t redeem it again. The phone can tell. People love a deal and a bargain so it’s nice that we can offer something local.”

To nominate a business, log in to the Ohio Farm Bureau website, then visit Member Savings Advantage. Members need their Ohio Farm Bureau Member ID to log in. The nomination form is at the bottom of the website.

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Firehouse Pizza began its Customer Appreciation Day in 2013 and will host it again this summer, the week before Lincolnview Local Schools start, according to owner Molly Welch, pictured above. Community members enjoy free food and giveaways from local businesses.