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[MONTICELLO] – Local businesses can support community beautification projects throughout Sullivan County by joining in a Merchant Discount Program organized by Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.
Now in its tenth year, the program links volunteer Renaissance projects with businesses offering discounts 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 gives grants that provide community groups with seed money for beautification and spruce up projects. Grant amounts range from $200 to $5000 depending on the project. The discount program helps this money go farther, while encouraging local spending.
Merchants set the savings amounts – typically 10% to 20% or more – 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 reserve Saturday, February 26 for the annual Winter Conference and Expo at the CVI Building. The keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on community beautification and its positive effects on economic development and tourism. In addition to his keynote, Dr. Tarlow will be presenting a workshop on “How to Make the Most of Your Community.”