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Sunrise Coffee: Serving Up Coffee, Community and Connectivity During COVID-19

For Juanny Romeo, coffee has always been brewed with a little bit of hardship and a whole lot of community. A former barista, Juanny opened her first coffee shop on the first day of the Great Recession in 2008. Now, she owns three (soon to be four!) Sunrise Coffee cafes and couldn’t think of anything…

Goodr: Feed More, Waste Less, and Digital-First

While feeding people on the streets of Atlanta in 2013, Jasmine Crowe was angry. She knew that every year, millions of Americans suffer from the effects of food scarcity – and yet, huge amounts of edible food are dumped in landfills.  So, she decided to do something about it.  Today, she is CEO of Goodr, a…

Peeko Oysters Has Hope for a Digitally-Enabled Future

Oyster farming is a tough business – but CEO Peter Stein’s determined grit as an oyster farmer served him well when the COVID-19 pandemic took everyone by surprise. Peter has always been interested in aquaculture. When he found himself laid off from a job in the educational software industry, he decided to turn a difficult…

New Study: Majority of US Small Businesses are Optimistic, Digitally Empowered and Resilient in the Face of the Covid-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2020) A report released today by the Connected Commerce Council (3C), in partnership with Google and conducted by LRWGreenberg, finds small businesses are optimistic about reopening their businesses, empowered and fortified by digital tools and services, and resilient in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.  Digitally Empowered: How Digital Tools Power…

Thousands of American Small Businesses Ask Governors for Help During COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC (May 14, 2020) – Community leaders and small businesses throughout the country called on Governors and other state policymakers to preserve access to business-critical digital tools and resources during the Covid-19 pandemic and the long recovery period ahead.  Led by the Connected Commerce Council (3C), the letters were signed by 2,400 digitally empowered small…

Reopening The Economy: What’s Next for Small Biz?

As more and more states cautiously begin to move toward reopening their economies, small businesses are balancing the pressure to reopen with concern for the safety of their employees and customers. Many states still lack adequate testing and business owners in states like Georgia are worried that state officials’ reopening announcements are premature.  At the…

Helping Students Master Math During A Shutdown

As a student, Marcus Blackwell used his piano-playing skills to overcome his “math phobia.” Now, Blackwell’s educational app Make Music Count is helping 3rd – 12th grade students across the country master addition, subtraction, fractions, algebra, and more – while helping parents successfully homeschool their children during the pandemic. Blackwell began playing piano at age 5,…

The Spice House: Supporting Small Businesses While Staying Tastefully Safe

The Spice House is as much a community as it is an expert spice business. The 60-year-old business has a steady customer base of restaurants, chefs, and foodies, as well as a close-knit network of suppliers (with some so secret, even CEO Charlie Mayer doesn’t know them).  Mayer calls The Spice House stores “a sensory…

3C Small Business Week

National Small Business Week 2020 has been postponed by the Small Business Administration due to the coronavirus pandemic.  While made with the best intentions, the postponement comes at a difficult and challenging time for American small businesses. Social distancing has forced millions of business owners to choose between their livelihoods or the law, while a…

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