Shop Where I Live

Economic development office unveils new online marketplace

Whiteside County is proud to unveil its latest initiative, the Shop Where I Live Whiteside County Marketplace. This online platform provides a seamless and convenient way for small businesses within the county to expand their digital presence and reach a wider customer base, while fostering a stronger sense of community collaboration.
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The initiative aligns with the county’s commitment to nurturing local businesses and bolstering economic growth from within. By harnessing the power of technology, this platform empowers local entrepreneurs to establish and maintain an online storefront.

One of the key strengths of this initiative is the partnership between Shop Where I Live, Whiteside County Economic Development, and a network of Local Champions. The Local Champions include chambers of commerce, cities, main streets, and small business development centers throughout Whiteside County.

The platform is online at and offers an array of products and services ranging from artisanal crafts to locally sourced goods. The platform is designed to offer a user-friendly experience, allowing shoppers to browse, discover and purchase items from multiple local businesses in one seamless transaction.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and it’s crucial that we provide them with the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital age. Shop Where I Live Whiteside County Marketplace is more than just an online platform – it’s a testament to our commitment to fostering a resilient local economy and a close-knit community,” said Gary Camarano, Whiteside County Economic Development director.

Local businesses that want to be included on the platform can contact Whiteside County Economic Development at or 815-772-5182 for additional information.

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