Looking to order take out tacos, shop for Detroit-centric clothing, or decorate your home with festive decorations? Avoid the giant online retailer and find these local products and more on a new ecommerce platform that showcases businesses in southwest Detroit.
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised fears and uncertainty for small businesses across the country; According to the latest quarterly survey on the impact of the coronavirus on small businesses in the United States House, more than half (58%) of business owners surveyed were concerned about having to shut down permanently. And entrepreneurs in southwest Detroit have felt the pain as well.
In our article published on November 17, SBDA President and CEO Robert Dewaelsche told us that global trade in southwest Detroit is currently due to the pandemic. “We haven’t seen a lot of businesses shut down, but the vast majority have had to shift gears.”
As many businesses are adjusting to stay afloat despite great challenges such as finding and keeping frontline workers, The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) has launched “Shop Southwest Detroit,” a one-stop e-commerce store featuring local businesses, to help homeowners and entrepreneurs adapt and bridge the digital divide.
Supported by Bank of America, the platform, which went live on Black Friday, is organized by category: take out; fashion and clothing; electronic; electric bicycles; and household items. Participating companies include: All About Technology; Alvarez designs; Restaurant Antojitos El Catracho; Juice bar and café El ArteSano; Detroit Forever 313; ESI hardware; Hacienda Mexican Foods; Joyeria Panchos; La Jaliciense Supermercado & Taqueria; La Palapa del Parian; La Posada; La Terraza; Consulting in London; Los Altos Restaurant; Lotus essences; Neveria Guadalajara; Quince Primaveras; SDBA gift shop; the pizzeria and the submarines of Sicily; TS designs; and Xochi’s gift shop.
“This exciting new initiative will accelerate the evolution of small business models in our community to deliver a more effective online marketing and customer experience,” said Dewaelsche. “If successful, participating businesses will be able to reestablish lost ties with their customers while attracting new customers to purchase their products and services online. “
Companies each have their own dedicated online page that showcases their products and / or services. Customers can browse and add to their carts, then choose shipping or delivery.
The SDBA annually serves more than 300 businesses and entrepreneurs representing restaurants and other food service providers, retailers, healthcare, manufacturing, and human services. Most businesses in southwest Detroit are typically owned by immigrants, minorities and women, who often face barriers as entrepreneurs, from lack of training to resources to respond quickly to economic problems, says Dewaelsche. .
Despite these challenges, “our business owners recognize opportunities for growth and are ready to try new strategies when an opportunity presents itself within their economic capacity. We pride ourselves on helping them overcome the obstacles they often face in their day-to-day business practices, ”he says.
For more information on the SDBA and its “Shop Southwest Detroit” program, including sponsorship opportunities, visit the website or send an email [email protected]