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The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce is launching its online marketplace to encourage people to think of small businesses when looking to buy people holiday gifts. The Shop Where I Live campaign will be ready to go on Black Friday and it’s highlighting local businesses.”It’s created an opportunity for us to really allow all businesses in Solano, as well as the Fairfield-Suisun area to participate, and a lot of these businesses, are very small, maybe they don’t have physical locations so they’re able to participate virtually as well,” said Terry LeNoir, the incoming chairman on the Fairfield-Suisun board of supervisors.The website, which came through a partnership with Valley Strong Credit Union, only has five businesses available so far. But the chamber of commerce — it represents 607 members — hopes more businesses will join. Consumers will receive a 10% discount on first-time orders, which will come at no cost to businesses.Business owner Donna Doutel Ebert said that she’s been impacted by inflation, both from seeing her sales decline and increased costs to receive her products.”The holidays are coming, and everyone likes to pair some wine and food, and give out gifts, so we’re making quite a few Black Friday sales,” said Ebert, who will reduce up to 50% on items.The Shop Where I Live campaign will be extended to the entire Solano County region, giving an opportunity to other local businesses – this includes those that are not represented by the chamber of commerce – to take advantage and be able to showcase their products.”Sometimes the handicap for local businesses is being limited and restricted to the borders in which they serve, which is their community so we really like the idea of being able to extend that reach not only within the community but as far out as the business is comfortable,” said Jared Neumayr, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce.Toni Parkhurst, who owns Budget Blinds of Fairfield Vacaville is hopeful that locals take advantage of the sales they’re having and at the same time support each other as residents.”Local providers can give you almost everything that you can buy at a big box store or at the mall. Your service is better. It’s nice to know who you’re purchasing from and it gives you that feeling of supporting your own community,” Parkhurst said.This virtual marketplace is also here to stay permanently.

The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce is launching its online marketplace to encourage people to think of small businesses when looking to buy people holiday gifts.

The Shop Where I Live campaign will be ready to go on Black Friday and it’s highlighting local businesses.

“It’s created an opportunity for us to really allow all businesses in Solano, as well as the Fairfield-Suisun area to participate, and a lot of these businesses, are very small, maybe they don’t have physical locations so they’re able to participate virtually as well,” said Terry LeNoir, the incoming chairman on the Fairfield-Suisun board of supervisors.

The website, which came through a partnership with Valley Strong Credit Union, only has five businesses available so far. But the chamber of commerce — it represents 607 members — hopes more businesses will join.

Consumers will receive a 10% discount on first-time orders, which will come at no cost to businesses.

Business owner Donna Doutel Ebert said that she’s been impacted by inflation, both from seeing her sales decline and increased costs to receive her products.

“The holidays are coming, and everyone likes to pair some wine and food, and give out gifts, so we’re making quite a few Black Friday sales,” said Ebert, who will reduce up to 50% on items.

The Shop Where I Live campaign will be extended to the entire Solano County region, giving an opportunity to other local businesses – this includes those that are not represented by the chamber of commerce – to take advantage and be able to showcase their products.

“Sometimes the handicap for local businesses is being limited and restricted to the borders in which they serve, which is their community so we really like the idea of being able to extend that reach not only within the community but as far out as the business is comfortable,” said Jared Neumayr, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce.

Toni Parkhurst, who owns Budget Blinds of Fairfield Vacaville is hopeful that locals take advantage of the sales they’re having and at the same time support each other as residents.

“Local providers can give you almost everything that you can buy at a big box store or at the mall. Your service is better. It’s nice to know who you’re purchasing from and it gives you that feeling of supporting your own community,” Parkhurst said.

This virtual marketplace is also here to stay permanently.