They are in Pennsylvania. South Carolina. Texas. Florida. Alabama. Georgia. Wisconsin. Wyoming. Maryland. British Columbia and Ontario. Communities all over North America are stepping up to help their local businesses survive the restrictions resulting from COVID-19 shutdowns with GIS Planning's brand new ZoomBusiness web directory.
Less than four days after we first announced the new product to clients in beta mode, more than 20 organizations across the US and Canada are already using ZoomBusiness to promote local businesses open during the shutdowns.
From restaurants offering delivery to main street retailers offering curb-side pickup, the businesses in these communities have found new ways to connect with area residents seeking to help keep their local businesses alive. What they needed - and found in the ZoomBusiness online mapping directory their community provided - was a regional leader to help direct residents to spend their money with them, instead of resorting to national online retailers from outside.
Using GIS, maps and advanced interactive searches, residents in these different communities can search for business that are open and shop local. The application is responsive to design which means it can be used on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.
ZoomBusiness is available to any community in the U.S. and Canada. We can have your link ready to go in less than one business day. ZoomBusiness is free for all full-edition GIS Planning clients and available to everyone else at very affordable rates, indexed to population size to make it accessible to both small towns and large metro areas.
Here are a few examples of our newly launched, innovative clients:
First State organization: Wyoming Business Council
First in South Carolina: Columbia Economic Development
First in North Carolina: Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
First in Pennsylvania: Wayne County EDC & Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
First in North Carolina: Greater Winston Salem Inc
First in Alabama: Opelika Economic Development
First in Texas: Kerr Economic Development Corporation, Pasadena EDC, Helotes & Katy EDC
First in Maryland: Calvert County Economic Development
First in Wisconsin: Racine County Economic Development
First in Florida: Santa Rosa Economic Development
First In Georgia: Fayette County Development Authority
First in Arizona: City of San Luis
First in Canada: City of Abbotsford Economic Development & Niagara Region
Congratulations to all of these innovators for stepping up to help their area businesses survive with ZoomBusiness. We know economic developers and chambers of commerce work hard to support and nurture the restaurants, retailers and service providers that are the lifeblood of their regional economies. Their quick actions in helping open businesses connect with residents when they need them most may well make the difference between a return to a tolerable new normal and a period of deep economic hardship.