By: Valley Patriot Staff – December, 2010
The North Andover Merchants Association is an organization made up of North Andover businesses. We are committed to improving North Andover through the promotion, enhancement and growth of local businesses.
We at the North Andover Merchants Association encourage all residents to consider and act on our motto Stay Local. Shop Locally. The success of our business community means the success of our entire community.
* Help Yourself: Why drive out of town when you can find many of the same products at the same prices that you were previously seeking elsewhere, often within walking or biking distance. You’ll save time and help the environment!
* Help Your Neighbors: By shopping locally you help support existing local jobs while encouraging the growth of additional ones.
* Help Your Town: North Andover businesses make financial contributions to charities and organizations throughout North Andover. They also pay taxes which in turn supports our schools, our roads and our town services.
In this past year, NAMA has made quite an impact on the community of North Andover. The core of any town is to have a strong business community. The North Andover Merchants embraces the success of a wonderful 2010 year. NAMA also realizes it is the responsibility of the business community to give back to the ones that have helped their businesses thrive. In 2010 NAMA has been able to make donations to the following:
North Andover Scholarship fund $150.00
North Andover Fire Dept & TLC toy drive $100.00
North Andover High School Chorus $1000.00
NAMA also sponsored two major events:
The Hair & Mane campaign – local businesses donated hair and pet fur to help the relief efforts of the oil spill in the Gulf.
The Cystic Fibrosis campaign – local businesses donated raffle prizes for the CF event held at Rolfs Pub to donate money to the KC Robinson fund.
Town events that NAMA co-sponsored with the Festival Committee and the NAPD
Fourth of July
National Night Out
NAMA also hosted two contests in town this year to beautify the outside of our stores
Flower box contest
Holiday decorating contest
The North Andover Merchants Association also added 24 new members in 2010 and is looking forward to its continued growth in 2011. Please feel free to follow us on facebook and become a fan or visit us a northandovermerchants.com