At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, local business owner Dr. Joe Schneiderbauer of Live Better Chiropractic recently approached Sterling Main Street and the three area Chambers: Dixon Area Chamber and Main Street, Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce, and Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce with an idea to show our resilience and strength amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. After several conference calls and Zoom meetings in a very short period of time, the Sauk Valley Strong T-shirt Campaign began.
While shirt sales are now closed, your shirt will still garner benefits for the remainder of 2020.
Over 600 shirts were sold and ALL of the proceeds raised are being used to support our small businesses in the Sauk Valley.
On May 15th we announced our first round of Micro-grants to area small businesses. Drawn at random from our Participating Businesses, 2 winners each from Sterling, Dixon and Rock Falls were selected to receive a $500 mirco-grant from the funds we have raised. Congratulations to The Spa at Central Park, UOI Boutique, JW’s 3rd Base, You in Photos by Nanc, Flowers, etc. and Basil Tree Ristorante! Additional grants will be awarded after June 1st.
How to support this project as a Sauk Valley Resident?
Wear this t-shirt when out and about to show your support, take a selfie and post to your social media account. Tag the small business you are supporting and use the hashtag #saukvalleystrong.
A huge Thank you goes out to the small businesses of the Sauk Valley who have partnered with us in this campaign. Wear your Stronger Together t-shirt when out and about. Visit our supporting partners, take a selfie, share it out on social media to show your support, check-in and use the #SaukValleyStrong hashtag. Our partner businesses are offering a variety of discounts and offers to thank you for your support!
Check out the deals you can take advantage of just by wearing your #SaukValleyStrong shirt:
Live Better Chiropractic – Your choice of gift cards to local businesses!
Bushel Basket Candle Co., Inc. – 25% Off all Bushel Basket Candle Co. candles, tarts and room sprays. Proudly made in Sterling since 2001!
Sterling Theater – $5 Buckets of Popcorn
YWCA of the Sauk Valley – TBD
The Cooler – $1 off your first drink
Merle Norman – 10% discount with your shirt worn; take your photo with their “Wings of Hope” Butterfly Mural.
PMIA, Inc. (Mattox Insurance) – be entered to win our monthly drawing for $100 in gift certificates from your choice of small, local businesses (or a donation to charity/organization of your choosing).
7:24 Fitness on the Rock – 10% off a 12 month membership
Select Employees Credit Union
Allstate Insurance, Tina Rajnowski – Gift Card to local business with your insurance quote
SBM Business Equipment Center – Free Gift with Purchase: Inspirational Word Block Art
Muddy Paws – 10% off all grooming services over $20
Destinations Travel Services – Gift Certificates toward travel packages booked with Destinations
Bartini’s – $1 off your first drink
Rockin’ Nutrition & Wellness – $1 off when you wear your shirt
Bella Vita Hair Design – Share your selfie and get 10% off your retail purchase
Selmi’s Flower Shop – 10% off your purchase
Country Financial, Rock Falls Agency – Free entry to our monthly drawing for a home/auto/life/business quote and a $10 donation to the charity of your choice
Wilcox Construction – TBA
Hootie’s Designs – 10% Off
Wally’s PLAYce – TBA
Total Construction Services, TCS – $250 off your home improvement project of $1500 or more.
Somkit – 1/2 off Saturday Lunch Buffet when wearing your shirt, dine-in only.
UOI Boutique – 10% Off
Beach Gal Travels – Receive a FREE gift certificate to a local business with each new booking.
Grummert’s Hardware – 10% Discount
Fun Jump – $1 off admission
Paper Escape – 10% Discount
Basil Tree Restaurant – 10% off total bill
Curate Kitchen – FREE 12 oz. coffee, ice tea or fountain drink
Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA – Free YMCA Lanyard
Coffee Crush – Free brewed coffee, iced tea or Italian Soda
Books on First – Free latte
Central Park Yoga – 10% Off any Class Package Purchase
The Spa at Central Park – 10% Off
Flowers Etc. – 10% Discount
Food Fitness You – Free Smoothie Bomb w/ $12 Purchase
Sterling Family Moose Center – 10% Discount on Friday or Saturday night dinners
Happy Tails Humane Society – 15% off any Dog Surgery
Trinity Insurance – TBD
JW’s 3rd Base – $1 Off a Large Pizza
You in Photos by Nanc – $25 Off a photographer gift certificate of $100 good towards any type of photo session
Hair Gallery – 10% off Products
Stone Bridge Running, LLC – With the purchase of a $25 gift card, receive an additional $5.
B’lush Salon – $10 off service when you share your selfie in front of the Salon.
Pam’s Hallmark – 10% off your total purchase
Chakra Tree Crystals – 10% your purchase