Choose Local San Mateo County App Launched Across San Mateo County

"In advance of the holiday season, the County of San Mateo and seven cities are asking shoppers to support local small business and rewarding those that do through a new points-based mobile app that lets them earn cash discounts at participating locations.

The 'Choose Local San Mateo County' program is a way for both shoppers and businesses to benefit while helping the post-pandemic recovery."

"The easy-to-use 'Choose Local San Mateo County' mobile app enables shoppers to earn rewards automatically at hundreds of participating local businesses, which include restaurants, cafes, spas, boutiques, yoga studios, and more. 

This initial launch includes participating businesses from seven pilot areas: Daly City, Half Moon Bay/Coastside, Millbrae, Redwood City and North Fair Oaks, San Carlos, San Mateo, and South San Francisco, with plans to expand to additional cities soon. To date, over 290 businesses are participating in the 'Choose Local San Mateo County' program, with new businesses joining daily.

One point equates to one dollar, which can then be redeemed as cash discounts at select businesses. All rewards are reimbursed by the County of San Mateo through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding at no cost to the small businesses or consumers."

How 'Choose Local San Mateo County' Works:

  1. Download the free 'Choose Local San Mateo County' app from Google Play or the Apple Store and securely link your credit cards, debit cards, or prepaid debit cards to your account. The first 700 users to download and link a card will receive 10 'SMC Points!'
  2. Join reward offers and start shopping and dining locally, earning 'SMC Points' automatically through qualifying purchases made with your linked cards at local businesses.
  3. Redeem 'SMC Points' for cash discounts at redeeming local businesses. Each 'SMC Point' is worth one dollar.
  4. Encourage your favorite businesses to join 'Choose Local San Mateo County' signing up here.

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To read more of the County of San Mateo's press release, please click here.