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[MONTICELLO] – Local businesses are being invited to support community beautification projects throughout Sullivan County by becoming part of the Sullivan Renaissance Merchant Discount Program, now in its tenth year.
Earlier this month the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to its members asking them to offer discounts – typically 10% to 20% or more – on products and services used to clean up and beautify communities. “This is a really good approach,” said Chamber President Terri Ward, “Renaissance groups are able to stretch their resources while keeping the dollars local and at the same time merchants are able to increase their business. Everyone wins.”
Sullivan Renaissance offers grants that provide community and school groups with seed money for beautification and spruce up projects. Grant amounts range up to $5000 depending on the project. The discount program helps this money go farther, while encouraging local spending.
Merchants set the savings amounts and are given a list of participants. Project leaders are given special cards to identify that the items they are purchasing will be used for Renaissance projects. Stores are publicized in flyers, news releases and on the Sullivan Renaissance website [www.sullivanrenaissance.org].
To register for the program, individuals should contact the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce at 845-791-4200 or Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2452. Businesses do not need to be chamber members to participate.
Individuals interested in Sullivan Renaissance should mark their calendars to reserve Saturday, February 20 for the annual Winter Conference and Expo at the CVI Building. A special workshop for volunteers under 21 will be offered along with other topics such as gardening, community development, the environment and economic development. The keynote speaker is garden expert and author C.L. Fornari “The Garden Lady.”
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.