Why become a Main Street Partner?

Sterling Main Street is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to promote a growing, thriving and prosperous business community in Sterling’s downtown district, with the goal of achieving a responsible balance between historic preservation and economic development.  As a volunteer-driven organization, we invite all businesses, organizations and residents to become a partner as we continue to improve the heart and soul of our city.

Established in 1999, and having received our state and national Main Street® program accreditation in 2009, Sterling Main Street has worked tirelessly to promote the revitalization of Downtown Sterling.

Since Sterling Main Street is a community project, you don’t have to be located in or work in the downtown area to be a part of it.  The downtown belongs to all of us.   A vibrant downtown sends an important message about our community pride.

Your Partnership helps support Sterling Main Street’s ongoing revitalization efforts within the downtown.  They help us continue to provide the community with events such as Movies at GrandonSeasonal Sights & Sounds,  Hot Dog Day, and more.  Sterling Main Street is very proud to state that all partnership contributions are reinvested in the community and are not used for its administrative expenses.  Please join us as we continue on our journey to revitalize downtown Sterling. Download our 2020 Community Partnership form using the link below which offers options for event sponsorship, specific project contributions and unrestricted contributions.

2020 Community Partnership Campaign

Donations are always appreciated at any time.  CONTACT US to learn how or donate now using the link below.


Other ways to give…

During 2019, 200+ volunteers donated more than 2000 hours to Main Street activities and events!  Our volunteers are the heart and soul of this organization. Their dedication to our community and its betterment is a testament to this place, Sterling, that we call “Home.” Contact Us today and ask how you can get involved.

Whether you made an unrestricted contribution to our organization or helped sponsor one of our annual events during 2019, we cannot say enough thanks to those who provided support to Sterling Main Street!  It is through your commitment to our community that we are able to continue our efforts to make Downtown Sterling a Vibrant Experience for All!

Business Sponsors

Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust

SBM Business Equipment Center

McCormick’s Nursery

Showplace Antiques

Boston Leather

Sterling Kiwanis

The Factory Pub-n-Grub

River Ridge Animal Hospital

Hollyhock Hill Farms

Illinois American Water

Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, P.C.

Scholl Insurance Agency

Vintage Cousins Emporium

Mead’s Bike Shop


Friends of Main Street

Jon Byar

Vern & Shelley Gottel