ST. CHARLES – Since the start of Illinois’ COVID-19 shut down, the St. Charles Business Alliance has worked to find new efforts that continue its goal of supporting St. Charles businesses.

The focus of the Alliance has been to continue to spread positivity and information about St. Charles businesses and hotels during the shutdown, according to a news release from the St. Charles Business Alliance. Recently, the Alliance published its 11th Good News video, which highlight businesses in St. Charles and how they are supporting the community.

Featured businesses include the Arcada Theatre, DRM European Café & Delicatessen, Riverlands Brewing Co., Blue Goose Market, Kimmer’s Ice Cream, Gia Mia, Francesca’s by the River, Core Nutrition, Flagship on the Fox, Kava Diem and Hairy Ant Printing Inc. St. Charles businesses interested in being featured on a Good News Video can send an email to info@stcalliance.org.

Kava Diem owner Leah Jenski said she enjoyed being a part of the Good News Videos.

“I was so grateful to participate in the Good News Videos and have a chance to share some good cheer and an opportunity for individuals to help their community,” Jenski said in the release. “These videos give our community exactly what it needs during these unprecedented times.”

The Alliance also created website pages to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These pages include a list of St. Charles businesses offering takeout and delivery as well as gift cards with details on how to purchase them.

The website also has city, state and federal government information on updates for COVID-19-related resources and more. To find the information, go to stcalliance.org/covid19

The Alliance has been offering St. Charles Business gift card giveaways. To receive a gift card, individuals shared the gift card giveaway post on Facebook and tagged their favorite St. Charles business and the St. Charles Business Alliance. So far, the Alliance has given out 47 gift cards.

The Alliance marketing team has also been creating and sending out short marketing videos for businesses that focus on topics such as cutting down menu sizes, making full use of social media and more. St. Charles Business Alliance Executive Director Jenna Sawicki said the social marketing tips may help businesses get more exposure and customers.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for St. Charles businesses to stay relevant and promote themselves the best they can,” Sawicki said in the release.

For more information on St. Charles businesses and how to support local business, go to the Alliance's website at stcalliance.org.