ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Local small businesses have been hit hard by mandatory closings and security measures implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Atlanta-based Kabbage encourages shoppers to support their favorite small businesses through an online platform that allows them to purchase gift certificates for immediate or future use.
The platform, www.helpsmallbusiness.com allows the customer to purchase gift certificates for any amount between $ 15 and $ 500. The income is then received by the small business the next day.
Kabbage co-founder and CEO Rob Frohwein said the website creates immediate cash flow for businesses that may be struggling. Kabbage is an online lender for small businesses.
“The impact of COVID-19 on small businesses requires the support of a nation,” Frohwein said. “If there’s a local small business you love, it needs your support more than ever. Many businesses are closing and others are seeing reduced demand. The site is a way for the millions of small businesses that employ more than half of all employees in America to continue to make sales and to feel your commitment to their long-term success. “
Kabbage is the latest in a series of Atlanta-based companies stepping up to help small businesses stay afloat in these uncertain times. The website was created by 100 Kabbage employees who set it up in three days.
“We encourage everyone to think beyond consumer goods and consider all service providers such as local DIY enthusiasts, lawn care providers, dry cleaners and laundromats; they all need our support, ”said Kabbage Co-Founder and President Kathryn Petralia. “Many weddings, birthdays and holidays are postponed due to social distancing. Think about what small businesses you would have contacted for these activities, and purchase certificates to plan for future dates.