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T&D announces Local Business Stimulus program

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As a leading provider of news, information and advertising solutions in Orangeburg, I am excited to announce the launch of The Times and Democrat’s Local Business Stimulus program. 

This program offers matching marketing credits to our local businesses to help them navigate the changes brought on by the COVID-19 virus. It comes on the heels of our highly successful Local Marketing Grant program, in which we provided financial advertising support to many local business partners.

Put simply, things have changed, and our local businesses have lived this change over the past few months. Their customers are looking to do business with them in new ways, asking for new services and looking for new ways to connect every day. That’s why we stand ready to build on our commitment to help our local businesses succeed with our Local Business Stimulus Program.

With our large local audiences and world-class digital services including text marketing, website design and managed email and search campaigns, we can put together the right combination to help our local businesses not only tackle change, but thrive in it.

For nearly 140 years, The Times and Democrat has partnered with local businesses across our region to deliver their messages to customers in both the best of times and in times of change.

While the COVID-19 virus has created difficulties for all, the ability of our local business community to market to their customers remains essential to their, and all of our, sustainability and recovery. Our company’s greatest assets are the local communities we serve, and we’re firmly committed to supporting them through this stimulus program.

This program will be available to locally owned and operated businesses within The T&D Region.

We will provide matching advertising credits for use in The Times and Democrat print and digital publications as well as our broad suite of digital services. Through products like website design, text marketing, managed email marketing and more, we are enabling small business owners to access a much broader portfolio of marketing products than ever before.

This combination of our local audiences and digital services will allow us to take a far more comprehensive approach to helping our local business partners thrive in the face of changes brought about by this pandemic. And the stimulus program will make it more affordable.

Grants will range from $250 to $15,000 each month, and will be awarded in August, September and October. Applicants may apply online at

As a trusted source of news and information for the communities that we serve, The Times and Democrat is uniquely positioned to assist the local business community during these challenging times.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen record-setting trends in page views and users who are accessing our content both in our printed newspaper and on the website. These audiences present a tremendous opportunity for local businesses to get their messaging out to local residents each day and throughout the day.

During these changing times, we believe all of us can do our part to help our community come through the other side of this pandemic stronger and equipped to tackle the challenges that lay ahead. We ask that you continue to support our local business community in the weeks and months to follow.

T&D Publisher Cathy Hughes can be reached at and 803-533-5535.


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