Bizbie Locals

Bizbie Locals

From Ashley Norton-Smith

I am raising money to execute the development of the MVP for Bizbie Locals. The money will go towards the development, as well as other costs such as marketing, customer aquisition, and partnerships.

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Ashley was looking for ways to entice guests to choose her short term rental. After adding in two outdoor tubs, she took to google to find some partners interested in offering in-home services. She was looking for local DIY classes, private chefs or unique classes - anything to let locals know they didn't have to be from out of town to enjoy her property.

But she quickly learned that these things couldn't be easily found on google, so she went to her local community notice board on social media, and asked the dreaded "can anyone recommend... ?" question. Not surprisingly, she found several DIYs (a soap class, a hand made candle class, a in-home cooking class), several people offering services (such as in-home massages, reiki sessions, yoga classes) and a fair share of people offering goods for delivery (romance packages, platter boards, sea glass art).. but she also had to cop the abuse from people judging her for not 'just googling' it herself. 

The problem that she found was that these locals businesses, best described as local gems, were not able to spend the money on expensive websites to beat the SEO race. They were not able to afford the extra cost in advertising on social media only to find no results from the advertising campaign.

So, Bizbie Locals was formed. A platform for local businesses only, featuring profiles for both the user and the businesses that would allow for community engagment and real recommendations from actual customers. 

Bizbie Locals is designed to allow business listings to be found organically up to 8 ways within the app, and 9 ways with upcoming features. Users can find new local gems without actually knowing specifically what they are looking for - they can be inspired by their friends experiences to enhance their own lives and events with new and exciting things - all while supporting local businesses. 

Join me on my mission to help local businesses gain exposure in a way that supports local economies making it easier for real people to follow their passions and share their talents with their communities.

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