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CertifiChecks leaves local chamber groups in limbo

DUBUQUE (KWWL) --  CertifiChecks, Inc., the company which administers gift certificate programs for chambers and other organizations across Iowa and the U.S. has ceased operations and intends to file for bankruptcy. 

Late Friday afternoon, the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and chambers of commerce across the country discovered the company ceased operations on February 26th. 

"We were not contacted directly, but rather learned of the program termination through the company's website, http://www.certifichecks.com," said a news release from the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce.

"Numerous attempts by our national trade association to reach the firm's office and officers have been unsuccessful. Regulatory agencies have been contacted and are examining this action by CertifiChecks, Inc.," the release said.

CertifiChecks, Inc has been in business since 1999 and is listed on Dunn and Bradstreet.  The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce has participated in this nationally known program since 2002.  450 organizations including the US Military and more than 60,000 local and national merchants in 47 states are affected by the news. 

"We apologize for this significant inconvenience and we share in the shock and disappointment that the program was ended without notice.  The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce is working diligently to serve, protect and provide more information to our members," stated Molly Grover, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO.

The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce is working through the details of this unfortunate situation and will post updates as they become available to www.dubuquechamber.com/play/shoppingnretail.cfm

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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