Egg Harbor City’s Neighborhood Preservation Program wanted a way to connect its residents with its small businesses, so it turned to Boom Local, an online directory service that does just that.
The Boom Local platform allows users to easily search for restaurants, stores, service providers and more. They’re also able to use filters – or badges – that search for specific types of enterprises, such as veteran-owned, female-owned and minority-owned businesses.
Small businesses that create profiles on the site – free of charge – can customize and update their information, social channels, product categories and more.
According to the May 25 announcement, Boom Local co-founders Alexander Coles, Eric Fischgrund, Andrew Raub and Jeremy Stoltzfus designed the platform amid COVID-19 to help small businesses. NJBIZ recently highlighted consumers’ priority shift to local shops because of the pandemic.
“Cities are at their very strongest when their small business scene thrives, creating revenue and jobs,” Fischgrund said in a statement. “We’d like to thank [EHC NPP Coordinator] Candace Negron and her team at the NPP in Egg Harbor City for trusting us with the important goal of simplifying the means for connecting residents and visitors with the small businesses they love.”
Negron praised the Boom Local team and said the platform is “very easy and effective to navigate.”
“We are part of a state funded program called Neighborhood Preservation Program, and Boom Local has helped organize all of our businesses, churches, schools and community gardens and put them on one digital directory for residents and visitors to find exactly what they are looking for at that moment,” Negron added.