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As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Sterling Main Street is an organization that works to promote a growing, thriving and prosperous business community in Sterling’s downtown district, with the goal of achieving a responsible balance between historic preservation and economic development.  As a volunteer-driven organization, we invite all businesses, organizations and residents to get involved as we continue to improve the heart and soul of our city.   Sterling Main Street was established in 1999, and received our state and national Main Street® program accreditation in 2009.

Since Sterling Main Street is a community project, you don’t have to be located in or work in the downtown area to be a part of it.  The downtown is everyone’s neighborhood, and a vibrant downtown sends an important message about our community pride.

Your contributions, both financial and in donating your time, help support Sterling Main Street’s ongoing revitalization efforts within the downtown.  They help us continue to provide the community with events such as Seasonal Sights & Sounds,  Hot Dog Day, and more.  Sterling Main Street is very proud to state that all financial contributions are reinvested in the community and are not used for its administrative expenses.  Please join us as we continue on our journey to revitalize downtown Sterling.

Learn More:

2023 Annual Report to our Community


Ways to give…

Your Donations – Partnership Contributions and Event Sponsorships are what allow us to do what we do. Donations are welcome from both the business community and individuals….Anyone who wants to help make downtown Sterling a better place for all to enjoy.

2023 Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities

Online Response Form


You may also donate at anytime using the DONATE NOW button below.  Your support is appreciated at any time and your contributions are tax deductible.  CONTACT US to learn how or donate now using the button below.

Make a Donation to Sterling Main Street

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During 2021, our dedicated volunteers donated over 1500 hours to Main Street activities and events!  Our volunteers are the heart and soul of this organization. Their dedication to our community and its betterment is a testament to this place, Sterling, that we call “Home.”  Learn More HERE or Contact Us today and ask how you can get involved.

We cannot say enough thanks to those who provide support to Sterling Main Street!  It is through your commitment to our community that we are able to continue our efforts to make Downtown Sterling a Vibrant Experience for All!  Our 2023 Partners are listed below.


CANDLELIGHT GROUP:  Candlelight Inn, Palmyra Pub & Eatery, Brink’s, Lucky Lucy’s, The Industrial, Corner Tap & Barnicopia









Select Employees Credit Union
Edward Jones | Nick Lareau, Financial Advisor
First OnSite
Lundstrom Florist
McDonald’s  – Sterling, Dixon & Oregon
Champs on Light Street & Banquet Venue
River Ridge Animal Hospital

McCue Tax & Accounting


Abiding Word Church

Country Financial – Curt Repass


McCormick’s Nursery & Landscaping

Mead’s Bike Shop

Merle Norman / Crafted Roots

Mike Farm State Farm Insurance Agency


Steel River Systems

Law Office of Paul Whitcombe

Martin & Co.

Showplace Antiques & Treasures



Central Heating & Cooling

Heritage Woods of Sterling

Illinois American Water

Massage Works by Becky Murray

Friends of Main Street

Joe & Keegan Strabala-Bright

Nick & Jennifer Lareau

Jodie Gaffey

Jon Byar





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