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How to get Support from the Business Community

March 22, 2011

[FERNDALE] – Successful communities have found ways to engage local businesses not only in improving the appearance of their properties, but volunteering their time or donating goods and services to support Sullivan Renaissance projects.

“Getting Down to Business: How to Get Support and Participation from the Business Community” will feature a panel of local experts who will talk from first-hand experience about what motivates business owners to get involved in local beautification efforts.  Attendees will also learn the best ways to approach local businesses for their support and participation.

The seminar is held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale.  It is sponsored by Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.

Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner Helen Budrock will moderate the panel:

·         Lisa Lyons , owner of Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, will provide her perspective as a business owner and Renaissance volunteer.  She will talk about what motivates her to work on projects; how she volunteers and runs a business at the same time; and how she benefits directly or indirectly as a business owner from involvement in Renaissance.

·         Catherine Scott , project manager for the Jeffersonville JEMS, will reflect on her experiences as a Renaissance volunteer and project manager, and talk about what has worked in Jeffersonville.  She will discuss how she approaches businesses for participation in a planter box project, a Main Street Chalk Walk and other community events. 

·         Terri Ward , President and CEO of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, will talk about what motivates a typical business to become involved in Renaissance.  She will address the different ways businesses can be involved, for example, by sprucing up their business, donating time as a volunteer on projects, or simply donating a raffle prize.

Pre-registration is requested.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to register, contact Sullivan Renaissance at or 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.