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Small Biz Heroes

A virtual community to connect small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with “heroes” who can help them for free.

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Small Biz Heroes is a virtual community to connect small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with “heroes” who can help them for free. I started Small Biz Heroes three weeks ago as a passion project, and it has quickly grown to over 2600 followers on Instagram. More importantly, we have connected 100+ small businesses in need of support with FREE assistance from professionals, and 50+ “heroes” have joined us to offer their skill set for free!

What is the need are you focusing on?

Small businesses need our help, but can't afford to pay for it.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Small Biz Heroes is a virtual community to connect small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with “heroes” who can help them for free. I started Small Biz Heroes two weeks ago as a passion project, and it has quickly grown to over 2600 followers on Instagram. More importantly, we have connected 100+ small businesses in need of support with FREE assistance from professionals, and 50+ “heroes” have joined us to offer their skill set for free!

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Small businesses are able to connect with professionals willing to offer their assistance for free. This will allow small businesses around the world to adapt to the impact of COVID. As a result, Small Biz Heroes has the potential to protect economies across the globe that are so highly leveraged on small businesses.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Small Biz Heroes

What is your profession?

Account Manager

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • Less than 1 year old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

I need to get the word out about this platform, so when we launch we can get as many small businesses and heroes on board as possible.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

How quickly can we implement. Speed to development of the online platform.

Website URL

instagram.com/smallbizheroes

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Love this initiative! There is an excel file for offering creative help for businesses in a similar manner and I think this is a great platform to be able to extend the opportunity to multiple businesses. This might also be a solution for a lot of students who are currently struggling to find work experience for the summer and involve their skills for the better of the local communities. A great way to quickly extend reach would be to post on the Facebook/LinkedIn pages of universities and communities like GraceHopper, which most students use for networking. Recruiting campus ambassadors to spread the word in their local communities might be another way to form a team with a wide reach.

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Great idea thank you !