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    Initiatives to Support Small and Local Businesses

    The Dwight Economic Alliance encourages residents of Dwight and neighboring communities to support their local businesses by obtaining goods and services locally whenever possible. Our initiatives include:

    DEA Gift Certificate Program

    DEA Gift Certificates are sold to individuals and to businesses. They may be used at any DEA Member business, encouraging the recipient to shop locally. In the past, these gift certificates have been a huge hit as Christmas presents for children, civil servants, co-workers, and employees.

    A Taste of Dwight

    Each summer, the DEA hosts A Taste of Dwight as a way to expose residents to the goods and services that local businesses have to offer. Restaurants expose guests to their best and newest menu items. Other businesses can either sell goods at a vendor booth or set up an exhibitor’s booth to explain what they do and to start conversations with potential clients.

    Small Business Saturday

    Each fall, the Dwight Economic Alliance takes the lead in coordinating and marketing Small Business Saturday.  This includes locating external funding sources for promotional materials, soliciting participation from local businesses, and educating the public about the benefits of supporting small businesses.

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    Networking, Seminars, and Roundtables

    Continuing education plays a vital role in the success of any business. The Alliance surveys its members each year to determine if there are any training needs that are common among multiple member businesses and, when possible, may arrange for a workshop, seminar, or roundtable discussion to be held locally to address the need.
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    Website Placement

    The Dwight Economic Alliance website is a central point of information about the village both for residents and for visitors. Members receive exposure on the DEA website.

    Ambassadors are listed in the Business Directory.

    Members at the Bronze level and above appear on appropriate context-specific pages, such as:

    Platinum members appear on the Home page.

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    Individual Membership of Dwight Economic Alliance in 2016:

    Bill and Mary Flott
    Irv and Lynn Masching
    Kevin McNamara
    Louis and Lynne Cronin
    China Oughton
    Robert and Sally Maierhofer
    Rudy and Judy Piksule
    Tim and Diana Henson

    Event Sponsorship

    As a member of the Dwight Economic Alliance, you are considered a sponsor of any special event sponsored by the Alliance. Events include:

    • Red Carpet Corridor / Springfest
    • Cruise Night
    • Fourth of July Fireworks
    • A Taste of Dwight
    • Christmas Lights Parade

    Your membership level and the nature of the event determine exactly how your business will be recognized as a sponsor. Examples include:

    • Verbal recognition over loud speakers
    • Logo and Web Address on Banners
    • Name on Plaque
    • Name or logo on event t-shirt
    • Name or logo on programs
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    Logo Placement on DEA Materials

    As a Gold or Platinum member, you are a primary contributor to the Alliance’s ability to perform its work. As such, we attempt to recognize you on any materials that describe the Alliance or its work.

    We place your logo on printed and e-mailed materials. This includes paper and electronic newsletters, membership materials, etc. Print advertising (such as newspaper ads) are generally excluded.

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