Happy New Years from Shift Local! We thank you for supporting us last year and joining our quest for a more vibrant local community. We promise that 2013 will be more fun and much, much better for our local community – especially here in the Bay Area.
Unfortunately 2012 brought an unexpected surprise when my mom’s face was bitten by what is still unknown today. It was a painful and life-changing four months from July to October. I couldn’t get myself to do anything and I’m sad to say Mari and I lost touch with the small business owners we met during the cash mobs.
This put a halt to the plans we had for Shift Local, such as featuring more independent locally-owned businesses and introducing their owners to the community they are investing in. We want to run contests and give away Shifterficates to promote the products/services from these businesses. Basically we hope to engage those who understand and support the Shift Local journey and provide an opportunity for more personal interactions between owners and consumers.
However we have been pushing hard the past two months to launch www.ilobresources.com
Mari, Jay (our 3rd teammate) and I have been developing this website to act as a portal for independent locally-owned businesses (ILOB) to not feel so “alone” while starting, running and growing their business. We also plan to provide all the resources they need to obtain needed capital, enhance their expertise, expand their knowledge and strengthen their weaknesses.
Many of these ILOB owners have difficulty networking with other ILOBs, keeping up with the trends and challenging themselves to keep learning so that they build a sustainable business.
If you know any independent small business owners that could use our help, please send them our way. Our business model is based on disrupting the current system of marketing, consulting, financing and social media management support – a lot of what we offer is FREE (seriously, check our site, no “selling” involved, our use of “free” is not a marketing gimmick).
Once again, Happy New Year!!