"We saw so many small businesses in our community struggle when everything shut down. They were coming up with new ways to serve their community and sell their products/services. Things were changing so rapidly, that it was impossible to understand who was open and how to support them. Because a lot of small businesses didn't have websites or the ability to attract new customers, we created a website where small businesses could share how to support them in one place. "
COVID-19 hurt small businesses. They were in a constant flux of determining how to provide their services and sell their wares. While they focused on keeping their employees employed and how to safely stay in business, we saw a way to help them share that they were still OPEN and ready for business. ShopeNorthernIndiana.com was our way of helping create a directory of small businesses that were open and looking for business.
Over 80 small business listings
Almost 2,000 users the first month after the site launched