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The Commerce City Chamber of Commerce and Commerce City’s Economic Development Division are collaborating on a new shop local program to provide small businesses additional support through an …
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The Commerce City Chamber of Commerce and Commerce City’s Economic Development Division are collaborating on a new shop local program to provide small businesses additional support through an e-commerce marketplace, Shop Where I Live.
A city statement said independent businesses and restaurants that sell unique local products and services to consumers can widen their online reach and increase product, service and gift card sales through this program.
“Similar to other online marketplaces, businesses have their own shop on the website with a login to manage their shop, products, respond to inquiries, and fulfill orders,” the statement said. “The website will be promoted through the city and chamber social media channels and websites.
Even if a business already has an online presence, this program can still enhance customer reach.”
“We must band together as a community, now virtually, to help our local businesses stay operational during this trying time,” said Rene’ Bullock, Commerce City Chamber of Commerce director. “Providing this platform free of charge to businesses and chamber members is one way we are helping businesses during the pandemic.”
Through the marketplace, the statement said customers can easily buy from multiple businesses online, with options to choose local pick-up, delivery or shipping if those options are available for each vendor.
Participation is free, but businesses need to be physically in Commerce City, have or apply for a Commerce City business license and sell a unique product or service done locally. Restaurants are encouraged to add gift certificate opportunities or offer take-home items for purchase, such as a salsa.
Home-based businesses can also apply to participate.
“With all of the changes that are happening with the pandemic and online commerce becoming essential to retail survival, we have recognized how important e-commerce readiness is for our community,” said Michelle Claymore, economic development director in the city statement. “We hope that local businesses take advantage of this opportunity right away and set-up a virtual shop so that we can start promoting this resource to the community.“
Interested businesses can email SBRC@c3gov.com.
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