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Group forms to promote Brookings businesses

There is still time to submit an entry into the Brookings Merchants Association’s logo contest to win $100 in cash, plus additional fame and fortune.

The winner will be interviewed on “Your Community” on KBSC TV cable channel 9, and be featured with the winning logo in an article in the Curry Coastal Pilot.

The logo will be used on all the newly formed merchants association’s advertising and displayed in all member stores and offices.

The Feb. 19 kickoff for the Brookings Merchants Association (BMA), billed as “Spicing up Business in the Heart of Brookings,” included a dinner prepared by culinary instructor Anne Boulley.

The approximately 50 diners at the Event Center on Chetco Avenue, business owners and guests, joined together in an effort to promote the Brookings business community.

The BMA mission statement states that the “Brookings Merchants Association is an organization of business people in the heart of Brookings whose primary mission is to help one another maximize their business potential by a common unity of purpose, believing the concept of good business promotes good business.”

The success of that Brookings merchants’ promotion in bringing visitors from the Port of Brookings Harbor into downtown Brookings during the Slammin’ Salmon Derby was a motivating factor in forming the new association, according to BMA chair, Candace Michel.

“We wanted to provide something to entertain the non-fishing guests, something fun to do, while spouses and friends were fishing,” Michel said. The Brookings merchants all had special sales and they provided a shuttle bus from the port into town.

The success of that event suggested an ongoing effort to promote having fun in Brookings downtown and uptown, she said.

Other BMA board members include vice chair Martha Vanderzanden, secretary Sue Butler, treasurer Pamela Downing, and members at large, Jack Cook, Christine Tonini and Kim Banfield.

Any business located between the Chetco River and Harris Beach may join the association. General meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at MoVino Wine Bar, 625 Chetco Ave.

The goal of the group is to promote “Having fun on 101,” by providing affordable marketing, publicity, and advertising, sponsoring and endorsing community events, encouraging cooperation in the business community, participating in Brookings economic development discussions,  and becoming a resource for information and services to help businesses grown.

But, back to the logo contest, now is the time to enter. Guidelines for entrants include minimum size of 8- by 10-inches, reproducible from business card to banner size in color and black and white, and including the words “Brookings Merchants Association.” The BMA tagline is “In the Heart of Brookings,” which can be included in the design, or not.

The contest is open to anyone in the community. Professionals, amateurs, artists, or students may enter, with no age limitations.

Entry deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. Submissions may be delivered to Signatures Gallery, 656 Chetco Ave.

For information about the logo contest, or membership in BMA, call Sandy Bonney or Christine Tonini at 541-469-1085.

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