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Enderby businesses eligible for beautification grants
Enderby businesses are being encouraged to look their best.
Enderby council approved a business beautification program Monday in conjunction with Community Futures of the North Okanagan.
“I’m really excited by this initiative as it has the potential to strengthen and add vitality to our business community while also building key partnerships," said Mayor Howie Cyr.
"This program could really stimulate the local economy and support our great local businesses. Revitalizing our commercial sector is a high priority not only for council but also for the broader community, as we’ve heard through our recent public consultations.”
Through the program, eligible businesses will be able to access an incentive fund covering 10 per cent of the material costs associated with a commercial façade improvement.
The minimum incentive value is $200 for projects with at least $2,000 in material costs and the maximum incentive value is $1,000 for projects with $10,000 or more in material costs.
The total value of the incentive fund is $10,000. All applications must be pre-approved.
If fully subscribed, at least $90,000 worth of private sector investment in beautification of commercial premises within Enderby will occur.
"This will stimulate the labour market and create new social and economic opportunities through beautification," said Cyr.
Businesses will also be provided with information about the range of services and programs offered by Community Futures of the North Okanagan.
These include targeted wage subsidies, employee training programs, entrepreneurial workshops, job postings, loans and other related business services.
"Partnerships like this further Community Futures’ objective to support small business and the dedicated entrepreneurs that run them," said Norm Metcalf, Community Futures general manager.
Business beautification program applications can be picked up at Enderby city hall.