Whitby Mayor Recognizes Local Businesses

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All fifteen Whitby business that took part in last year’s Facade Improvement Grant Program have now been recognized by Mayor Mitchell and members of council.

In 2015, the Town of Whitby gave out over $60,000 in grants that were an investment into the local economy.

“The town has made our downtowns a real priority and we’ve set aside funds to support business owners who want to improve their businesses and make them look better and make more accessible.”

It’s called the Facade Grant Improvement Program.  The purpose is to increase the architectural and curb appeal of commercial properties in downtown Brooklin and downtown Whitby.

Thursday, Mayor Mitchell and members of council presented eight of the Whitby businesses with commemorative plaques.

Mayor Mitchell “To thank them for their support for our downtown.”

Helder Rego is the owner of Caldense Bakery.  He installed new windows with his money.  He says the town’s grant program is a great idea.

Helder Rego “This attracts new people to the community and of course business, too”

Up the street is Geekspeak Marketing, a former dance studio.   Founder Isaac Wanzama says they painted the front of the building and topped it off with a brand new sign.

“Having a well designed, well presented downtown, I think is important to economic growth and just overall community pride.  Our part in contributing to that, even in the small way we did is something we’re very proud of.”

Last week the recipients of the grants in Brooklin received their commemorative plaques.

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