Making good ‘Connections’

Being a member of a cooperative brings many benefits, but there is one benefit you may not be aware of.

Did you know that as a member of KIUC you have access to valuable discounts at businesses on Kauai and throughout the nation? The Co-op Connections program is available to all of our members and this year we are re-launching it with brand new discount offers at businesses all over Kaua’i.

Co-op Connections has been in existence for 13 years, and KIUC is one of more than 500 cooperatives around the country whose members are enrolled. The wonderful thing about Co-op Connections is that you will not only find deals here on Kaua’i at restaurants, shops and businesses offering a variety of services, but you will also find deals when you’re traveling in many areas throughout the mainland.

Our local businesses can also benefit from offering a discount to members of the Co-op Connections program. Your discount will be available to KIUC’s 25,000 members, and also to the 25 million Co-op Connections cardholders all over the nation. Co-op Connections has launched a new mobile app, which will make it easy for members to find all the available discounts wherever they may be.

In addition, your Co-op Connections card will help you access a 20% discount with 2,000 on-line retailers like Bed Bath &Beyond, Target, and Lands’ End. You can also save an average of 20% on hotel stays and 10% on sporting events, concerts and more when you’re traveling.

Another benefit of Co-op Connections is the Healthy Savings program, which has saved KIUC members more than $16,000 on prescriptions. Healthy Savings also offers significant savings on dental, vision, hearing, lab and imaging services and chiropractic work at more than 20 local pharmacies.

So how do you take part? It’s easy. As a KIUC member you are already enrolled. Look for your Co-op Connections card in the mail this summer, or go to www.connections.coop to learn more. If you are a business interested in participating with a discount offer, please send us an email at connections@kiuc.coop and we’ll get information out to you right away.

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Teofilo “Phil” Tacbian is a KIUC board member.

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