This letter is from an example that was used by the Ravenna Chamber of Commerce in Ravenna, Nebraska.
(edit bolded areas with correct info/links before sending to businesses)
Dear (BUSINESS OWNER),
We here at the Chamber of Commerce love (your city/area). We shop on (main street). We raise our kids here. We choose to live in (your city/area) because we believe in what the town— and its people — stand for.
We also think (your city/area) has some of the coolest stores in the world. And as that world changes, we have a duty to keep up. We’re proud to announce a new website that will showcase all of what (your city/area) has to offer.
(your city).ShopWhereILive.com is an online portal that lets (your city/area) businesses advertise and sell products to anyone. We worked hard to find a platform that is affordable with great tech support.
Of course, this website, like (your city/area), will be nothing without the support of great businesses like yours. That’s why we’re inviting you to our (INSERT EVENT NAME) on (INSERT EVENT DATE) to see if becoming a founding member of (your city).ShopWhereILive.com could work for you.
Building this site together is an incredibly cost-effective way for us all to buy locally, sell globally, and advertise together. As a member, you understand the impact every sale can make. Every dollar spent in (your city/area) helps our community thrive.
We’re excited to work as a community to take this great new step for (your city/area). Together, we’ll show the world why we love our town.
We hope you’ll join us at (INSERT EVENT NAME) on (INSERT EVENT DATE).
(Your name and contact info here)