October 31, 2016
United Way of Kennebec Valley invites small businesses to give back
United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) has launched a new initiative to allow small businesses to give back to the community in easier, more rewarding ways.
The 365 Small Business Circle provides an opportunity for local businesses in Kennebec Valley to create a lasting impact in the community for only a dollar a day, or $365 a year. Investments in UWKV support areas of need, including child care, emergency food and disaster relief, health care, domestic violence prevention, youth mentoring and more.
Debbie Paszyc, owner of three local Dairy Queen restaurants, is UWKV's Small Business Circle chair for 2016. "When United Way announced a new initiative to bring small businesses in our community the opportunity to affect change, I knew I wanted to help lead the charge and represent my company," Paszyc said. "I can't wait to see what local business leaders can accomplish together, right here in Central Maine."
Small businesses represent 97 percent of Maine's employers, according to the Small Business Administration. In support of community development, businesses can contribute to the UWKV initiative through a direct owner contribution, a staff or customer challenge, or a fundraising event.
As a member, businesses receive a window decal for display, showing customers that they are committed to supporting positive change for their neighbors. Members will benefit from increased business visibility through full-page newspaper advertising, promotion on the UWKV website, acknowledgement in the agency's annual report and additional public recognition. Businesses donating $600 or more per year will qualify as leadership givers.
Participants can write a one-time check or request to be billed monthly or quarterly. To become a 365 Small Business Circle member, visit uwkv.org or contact 207-626-3400.
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