Miller said anyone who visits at least five of the businesses he highlights over the next two months will be entered to win a gift certificate to those businesses. Entries must be emailed to email@example.com
“Watch so you can find out about some of these businesses you might not know of,” the mayor said. “We really, really as a community have to get behind some of these businesses and help them.”
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kert Radel said he applauds the mayor’s initiative and “is a very positive step.”
“It shows how the city is in touch with the needs of the business community and their needs,” he said. “
Radel said he’s getting emails from businesses daily about the struggles, and all help is needed.
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Radel said all of Butler County's chambers are pushing a Small Business Administration $10,000 grant for small businesses negatively impacted from the COVID-19 outbreak with 500 or fewer employees. There's $2 million SBA low-interest loan available for businesses, but is a more involved process than the grant, Radel said.
Miller said support for small businesses is vital, not just for the businesses but for the city. He said small businesses are part of the fabric of the Fairfield community.
“Over the years, they’ve done a lot to help us. They’ve been very community-oriented, they’ve given to fundraisers, charities, they’ve given to us and helped us,” Miller said. “Now, it’s our turn to give back to them and help them when they need us. If we don’t support the small business, we don’t get out there and help them, then they’re not going to be here for us when this ends, and we don’t want to lose these small businesses.”