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Elk Grove Village launches website encouraging residents to support local businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic

Post Date:04/29/2020 10:34 AM

Shop Elk Grove, a searchable web portal, provides detailed information about how residents can frequent businesses, shop safely and keep the local economy strong

Elk Grove Village has launched a new website that provides residents the latest information about how local businesses are continuing to operate and serve customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Shop Elk Grove website (shop.elkgrove.org) also encourages residents to shop local and support businesses that are still open, albeit with limited hours, operations or product offerings.  The Village aims to provide a resource for residents so they can shop and access services safely and conveniently.

The site is searchable by business type and provides information about what accommodations are still available and how goods and services are being provided (online ordering, curbside pick-ups, etc.).  Currently there are over 100 businesses listed on the site with more being added daily. 

“The men and women who run these small businesses are doing great work to keep our community going during this very challenging time. They are our neighbors, our family members and our friends,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson.  “So, I encourage everyone to shop local and support the business establishments that have done so much to make Elk Grove the exceptional community that it is.  I am proud of the work we’re doing with Shop Elk Grove to show local businesses that we have their back during good times and challenging times.”

To build out the website content, the Village’s economic development team sent surveys out to over 300 retail establishments, restaurants, auto repair shops, service providers, and retailers asking them for specific information about how customers can access their goods and services safely and conveniently.

Businesses that did not respond to the survey can still be included in listings by accessing the website and clicking the “Add Your Business” link.  Village officials said they will be frequently updating the site to add more businesses or new information provided by businesses. 

The site also includes a “special offers” section where businesses can let potential customers know about deals and coupons that are available to those who visit the site.

“We want our residents to stay safe, clearly.  But we also know that they need to access essential businesses to feed their families; keep their cars, appliances and homes operating safely and get various everyday tasks completed.  We’re privileged to put forth the effort to support these businesses because they support us in so many ways,” said Mayor Johnson.

Shop Elk Grove is the next step in a series of initiatives the Village has launched to support the local business community during what has been an unprecedented downturn in the economy brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, the Village announced that it was waiving business license and liquor license fees for local businesses for the year 2020.   Earlier this month, the Village launched a microsite to provide local businesses and manufacturers with a go-to resource for managing the multiple challenges presented by the pandemic. 

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