ST. MARYS — St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Andrew Mohney is passionate about St. Marys — and he’s inviting everyone else to be, too.
Recently, Mohney initiated a “Believe in St. Marys” campaign, encouraging area businesses, organizations and individuals to sport a sticker that stands for community support.
His recent campaign idea came from a sign he saw in an Erie Avenue business window, Mohney said.
Years ago, there was a “Believe in St. Marys” campaign, where area businesses had the same idea, Mohney said, placing stickers on things like hats and T-shirts that circulated around town.
“So I thought, ‘why not bring it back to life?’” he said. “I came up with a new intention for it.”
Businesses can hang the red, white and blue-colored sticker in their store window, or people can really place them wherever they’d like, Mohney said.
Mohney teamed up with Mickayla Poland of “PAMADE,” who designed and printed the campaign logo.
“It’s to build awareness of our community, implement a change in how our community is able to grow and sustain and to be able to have a helping hand through the Chamber in support of new businesses, while helping existing ones.”
Each vinyl sticker requires a $4 donation, and proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s “Business Endowment Fund,” which was created by Mohney and SMACOC Managing Director Ann Pistner Gabler at the beginning of the year.
“(The fund) was opened at the beginning of this year for the purpose of revitalizing, support, growth and general improvement to business within our community,” Mohney said.
Portions of funds raised at annual events such as the Women’s Dinner, Wing Fling and others have gone into this account, Mohney says.
“We are still working on some guidelines for the fund, but generally, businesses (old or new) can apply for this money for needs ranging from computer updates, new doors or windows, etc.,” he said.
Applicants are reviewed by the SMACOC board of directors.
“As St. Marys continues to grow, so will the campaign. We can only go up from here,” Mohney said. “I am very confident that St Marys is making a big comeback.”
Funds raised through the campaign will go directly back into community efforts, Mohney said.
The vinyl sticker can be placed anywhere, the campaign flyer says. To purchase one, message Andrew Mohney on social media, stop by Tablespoons Cafe & Deli on Erie Avenue or contact the SMACOC.