ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that the recipient of its sixth annual $5,000 Curb Appeal Makeover Contest is Rochelle Child Care Center, 1010 North 15th Street.
Previous winners of the grant include the Hope Chest Thrift Store, Country School Restaurant, Body & Sol Tanning & Fitness, Ogle County Civic Authority at Hickory Grove, and The Cypress House.
Central Bank Illinois partnered with the Chamber to offer an optional loan package since the total cost of the project exceeded $5,000. The Child Care Center took advantage of an opportunity to apply for an interest-free, 0 percent APR loan of up to $10,000 for a term of five years through the loan program at Central Bank.
“Central Bank Illinois is proud to support Rochelle’s small businesses and the Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce through participation in the annual Curb Appeal program” said Jeff Glen, Community Bank President for Central Bank. “This year’s recipient, the Rochelle Childcare Center, will make excellent use of the funds and will continue to contribute to Rochelle’s quality of life,” continued Glen. “We are excited to be a part of that.”
The Rochelle Child Care Center opened 1995. Dedicated to the enrichment of children, the non-profit offers accredited day care, preschool, and school age programs in a safe, clean, and nurturing environment staffed with loving, caring, and qualified professionals.
Since then, very little remodeling had been done to the building exterior. Updated signs on the building and at the curb will help clients locate the facility. Faded parking lot stripes, Fire Zone and handicap markings were replaced with fresh designations, making parking more efficient and safe. Aging landscaping was traded for new rock, shrubs, bushes, and flowers. The children participated by painting colorful pallets which are on display in the front of the building.
“We would like to thank the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to participate in the Curb Appeal Contest. Because of this contest Rochelle Child Care Center has been given an updated exterior appearance,” commented Sarah Thuestad, RCCC Director. “We would also like to thank our contractors, Wyatt Pavement Maintenance, Inc. Hub Printing, and Hidden Timber Gardens who made this project possible,” she said.
The $5,000 Curb Appeal Contest was created by the Chamber Board of Directors in 2012 as a way to give financial assistance to a member aspiring to improve the outside appearance of one local business each year. The exterior of any commercial building plays an important role in brand image and attracting clients. Grant money was used by the Center to make significant improvements to the parking lot, landscaping, and two colorful wayfinding signs.
Contest rules require that work must be done by member businesses, obliging contractors, suppliers, and vendors to join. The Chamber welcomed Wyatt Pavement Maintenance to its membership. Improvements can include but are not limited to landscaping, paving, signage, paint and repair, awnings, clean-up, or any other outdoor physical upgrade.
“With our new exciting outdoor appearance, we can continue to provide outstanding child care for the surrounding community,” Thuestad said.
“Not only did the Rochelle Child Care Center benefit from the program, but local money was also spent with three other members of the Chamber, as an added benefit for their investment of membership,” said Peggy Friday, Chamber Executive Director/CEO. “The program is designed showcase and bring exposure to as many members as possible through one annual project,” she added.
Applications for the 2018 $5,000 Curb Appeal Contest will be available to Chamber members in the spring of 2018.