Update, May 2: The Economic Development Committee is partnering with Community Futures Big Country so that businesses are able to apply for an interest free loan to pay for the matching money required by the grant. Call Brock Harrington at Community Futures.
 
A program that helps Drumheller business owners improve the look of their storefronts is back for a second year.
 
"We handed out almost $20,000 last year," stated Julia Fielding, the town's Economic Development Officer. "Sunrise Auto got some money, Body Works had some money for some new signs and a lot of people had help putting up signs and redoing the frontages on their buildings."
 
The Storefront Grants see the town's Economic Advisory Committee award up to $3,000 in matching funds to any Drumheller business to improve the look of their operation. Other 2016 recipients included the Chiropractice Wellness Centre and Marilyn's Fashions and Aesthetic.
 
"We recently showed a Roger Brooks film and he was talking about how important first impressions are," noted Fielding. "People make decisions whether to come into your store within the first two minutes by just looking at the front of your store."
 
"Last year there were no deadlines or anything, it was just an ongoing program, but we found that was very hard to manage," explained Fielding. "This year it's a shorter time period so you need to apply between May 1 and May 31. We will be going through all the applications at our meeting in June and by the end of June we'll be able to tell everyone who was successful in applying."
 
You can download the application form at www.dinosaurvalley.com/enhancements-and-partnerships.
 

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