Valley in Progress, a Horizons community project, hosted their second annual Business Appreciation Dinner at the Valley School on Sunday, March 27. Over 50 local Valley businesses were represented. A spaghetti dinner was served to over 150 people and a free drawing for promotional items from local businesses was provided for those attending the dinner.
VIP started the dinner in an effort to make people aware of our local businesses and promote local shopping in the hope of creating great community that helps keep our families thriving. All the businesses represented were either based in Valley or owned by a Valley resident. Many people were surprised at the number of variety of services that our small town provides.
The Clayton Community Fair Royalty put in an appearance to lend their support of small town efforts at revitalization. Their presence helps us recognize the broader base of economic stability provided as small towns across the state support one another in their efforts to revitalize their existing businesses by sharing ideas and methods and awareness of what is available in their own town.
When we support local business, our local families thrive and strengthen our communities creating a ripple effect that extends to our neighboring communities, our county, our region, and our state.
A great big thank you goes out to all the businesses that provided an item for the raffle, those who attended in support of our local businesses, and the many people behind the scenes who worked so hard to make this event a success (you know who you are, give yourselves a pat on the back). A special thank you to the Valley Store for doing our shopping for us and the Cozy Bear Products for providing their our recipe garlic bread.