Empower Solano to Honor Five Companies and Owners – The Vacaville Reporter

Empower Solano will host a ceremony honoring small businesses that have successfully transitioned and continued to serve the community safely during the pandemic.

Five companies will be highlighted at the event and their owners will receive certificates or recognition from the offices of Congressman John Garamendi, California Sen. Bill Dodd and California Rep. Lori D. Wilson.

Director of the California Office of Small Business Advocates Tara Lynn Gray will be the keynote speaker. Tim Murrill, executive director of the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center, will also speak.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center, 500 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield.

The public is invited and business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone wishing to start a business are encouraged to attend. Admission is free. Drinks are served.

“We want to pay tribute to small businesses that have done an extraordinary job over the past three years to keep their doors open and serve the public in unprecedented circumstances,” said K. Patrice Williams, executive director of Empower Solano and a Fairfield City Council member , in a press release. “The event will also be a great opportunity for anyone involved in business or starting a business to network and gain valuable insight into the resources available to them at the county and state level.”

Honored companies include Fairfield and Vacaville-based Journey Coffee and company owners Morne and Nicole Van Staden; Bay Hauling of Vallejo and its owner Juan Vallejos; Two60 Kitchen and Bar of Fairfield and owner Molly Tau; Marina Lounge by Suisun City and owner Elease Cheek; and Tomorrow House Supportive Living, located in Fairfield and owned by Duke and Gabrielle Phillippe-Auguste.

The event marks National Small Business Month, held each May to commemorate the contributions small businesses make to their communities.

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