MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Residents of the Myrtle Beach area are encouraged to keep their dollars local this holiday season.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce's "Shop Our Members" campaign offers money-saving discounts to the public, while promoting the great products and services available along the Grand Strand. The initiative continues through Dec. 16.

"Our loyal chamber members offer a wide range of goods and services that will make the perfect holiday gift for friends and loved ones," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the MBACC/CVB. "We couldn't think of a better holiday gift for the community at large than to see those spending dollars recirculated through our local economy."

As an added incentive to shop locally, the MBACC will be awarding holiday cash! Shoppers can simply drop by one of the MBACC's three welcome centers, show receipts from area businesses totaling $150 or more and be entered into a drawing for one of five $250 gift cards. The drawing will take place Dec. 17.

In addition to the Shop Our Members campaign, residents are encouraged to hit the sidewalks of Myrtle Beach for the Myrtle Beach Shopping Days on November 30, where they'll find huge sidewalk sale bargains. This event coincides with American Express' Small Business Saturday.

For more information on the MBACC's holiday campaign and for a full list of discounts, visit www.ShopOurMembers.com or call (843) 626-7444.