More than 70 local businesses offer discounts to the Tech community. Businesses participate in the purple pride program to show their Tech pride and appreciation of students’ business.
“The influx of students is really good for our local community,” Marketing Director Bobbie Maynard said. “It’s a way for a business to say thank you for its Tech supporters.”
Many require a Tech ID to get the discount or promotion, but some only require the customer to mention the Tech pride offer.
“These are mainly discounts for students,” Maynard said, “but some are offered to faculty and staff as well.”
A variety of businesses participate in the program. The businesses involved include restaurants, retail stores, banks and gas stations.
The list of participating businesses includes 19 restaurants and coffee houses and 18 retail stores. Applebee’s, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Smoothie King, and Burger King are just a few of the restaurants involved.
Some apartments offer discounts to Tech students. For example, Eagle’s Landing Apartments will waive the application fee, and Hampton Creek Apartments offers 50 percent off deposits.
Game Stop, Hills IGA, French’s Shoes & Boots and Sam’s Club are just a few of the participating retail stores.
These businesses sign up to offer discounts throughout the school year.
“Each year we contact businesses to ask if they want to be part of this program,” Maynard said. “It’s no cost for a business to be a pride partner.
“It’s really the only way for businesses to advertise on our website.”
There is a form on the Tech website for businesses wishing to participate.
Students can view all of the pride partners and discount details at www.tntech.edu/pridedays/partners.