The City of San Francisco Launches 30 Day Challenge to Encourage Local Support of Struggling Small Businesses

This May, the City of San Francisco is launching a 30 Day initiative to bring awareness to Small Business Month and encourage the support of local businesses. With many customers stating their waiting for the yellow tier to leisurely shop, it’s great timing  for the city to enter into the least-restrictive yellow tier next week. This would add an additional boost to commercial districts as they attract shoppers, diners and the nightlife crowd.

Source: ABC 7 


‘We’re Suffering’: How Remote Work Is Killing Manhattan’s Storefronts

A big shift toward working from home is endangering hundreds of locally owned Manhattan storefronts that have been hanging on, waiting for life to return to the desolate streets of Midtown and the Financial District. At risk is Manhattan’s unique retail culture — the jewelers, barber shops, event spaces and bars — that has long brought vibrancy and familiarity to the street-level canyons of its skyscraper-filled office districts.

Source: New York Times


Fisherman Raises $1M To Build The “No Effort Web” For Small Businesses

Not everyone can build a website for their business. Although there is a plethora of low-code/no-code tools out there, technological expertise and familiarity still acts as a barrier to adoption of these tools. Fisherman automatically builds and maintains business websites within five minutes. The Boston, Massachusetts-based startup has recently raised $1m from Good Growth Capital, Lorimer Ventures, SSC Venture Partners, The Food Loft, WePay CEO Bill Clerico, Privy CEO Ben Jabbawy, Venture Lane CEO Christian Magel, Trail Ridge founder Pete Behrens, and several other angel investors.

Source: Forbes