Readers may have noticed a growing variety of local advertisers in The Times.
That’s because this newspaper is offering a special advertising stimulus program for local businesses affected by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic.
The Times gives free advertising to any business in the community that ne it. There are no strings attached, no hidden costs. It’s a free program, according to Tim Timmons, CEO of Sagamore News Media, which operates The Times.
Advertisers in the program can expect to see their ads in the daily edition at least twice a week.
For local businesses, this is a win-win opportunity to reach customers.
For Times readers, it’s a win-win opportunity to find out what businesses are open during the pandemic and their hours and addresses. Times readers can find eateries with curbside pickup, carryout and delivery, plus at least one that offers freezer meals. A farm market is open to walk-in shopping. A downtown photography studio is doing front-porch photos to raise money for a local youth organization. There are attorneys, Realtors, a deejay, a flooring specialist, a duct-cleaning service, a plumbing/heating/cooling service, pest control, insurance companies, mortgage lender, phone repair, a certified armorer, an interior remodeler, pet sitting and a tree service open to serve the community. A wine shop is offering virtual wine tastings. A downtown dry cleaner, which has a drive-thru for pickup and dropoff, is celebrating 60 years in business. A boutique is scheduling private shopping appointments. An attorney is offering free or reduced-fee legal services on a case-by-case basis. Auto repair shops, auto body shops, auto-glass company, auto parts, and a car wash are open. An organic pet bakery has opened dog boarding. A women’s boutique and angus beef farm have free delivery. A Christian bookstore has curbside service. A downtown hardware picks up and drops off screens and windows for repair. A mercantile has curbside delivery. A Westfield brewery offers carryout and delivery. A yoga studio has virtual classes. A home builder offers virtual tours. An eye doctor offers emergency care for lost or broken glasses and contact-lens renewals.
Also, in The Times, readers can find a service directory with automotive, landscaping, home improvement, all kinds of services, restaurants, retail shops and garden centers. Readers can also enjoy an array of classifi ads and public notices, along with the news.
Any business that would like to take advantage of the stimulus package should simply complete the application at https://thetimes24-7.com/. When approved, a representative from The Times will promptly be in touch to get the ads set up and begin being published, according to Timmons.
Those in the stimulus program can expect to see their ads in the daily edition of The Times at least twice a week – and possibly more.
“We wanted to do something more to help businesses in our community – some of whom are our customers and some who are not,” said Sen. Phil Boots, one of the owners of the newspaper and president of the board of directors. “This is not the time to worry about anything other than helping those in need.”
The Times appreciates all of its customers. Sign up for The Times e-edition and/or print edition at https://thetimes24-7.com/
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