Retailers, Mayor To Strategize On Biz Tonight

In Park Ridge's effort to boost business and lessen the property tax burden for homeowners, owners of retail businesses are invited to confab with the mayor and city council at 6 p.m.


Sheila Duda, owner of TeaLula, has a message for owners of Park Ridge retail businesses: be at Park Ridge City Hall at 6 p.m. Monday.

"Mayor Schmidt wants our ideas on ways the city can help promote shopping in Park Ridge this holiday season. We can’t afford to miss out on this opportunity," she wrote to business owners in her capacity as Retail Committee Chairman of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

Duda ticked off some possibilities for expanding business, and invited businses owners to add their own suggestions to the mix. So far, suggestions include: 

  • An every door direct mail campaign
  • Online and other social media advertising
  • An announcement on the city’s website
  • A “shop local” article in the Spokesman (city newsletter)
  • A robo call message
  • A banner at Hodges Park.

Likewise, the city's website reads: 

"(Mayor Schmidt)  has scheduled a workshop meeting on November 19, 2012 at Park Ridge City Hall at 6:00 p.m. so that businesses can discuss ways that the city can help promote shopping in Park Ridge during the holidays.   This workshop emphasizes the city’s desire to be more active in partnering with the business community and receiving their valuable input. City staff will be on hand to discuss implementing some of the ideas presented at the workshop, making the holiday shopping season a success for all of Park Ridge, and to help encourage our residents to shop locally."

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