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  • Matt Moloney

Leveraging a new shop local app for Small Business Week (and beyond)

As Small Business Week approaches, it's a perfect time to reflect on the vital role small businesses play in our communities and economies. Small businesses are the backbone of local economies—driving innovation, creating jobs and contributing to the unique character of neighborhoods. 


In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of Small Business Week and discuss how both local governments and small businesses can leverage technology—such as Bludot's Open Rewards app—to thrive in today's competitive landscape while encouraging local patronage. 


Fueling Small Business Week with Open Rewards

Small Business Week is a dedicated time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of small businesses. It's an opportunity for communities to show appreciation for the hard work, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners. 


Moreover, Small Business Week serves as a reminder of the importance of supporting local businesses, especially in challenging times such as economic downturns or global crises.


Local governments play a crucial role in fostering economic development and supporting the well-being of their communities—not just during Small Business Week, but year-round. Bludot's Open Rewards app aligns with these objectives by promoting local commerce, stimulating economic activity and strengthening community connections.


  • Economic stimulus: By encouraging residents to shop locally through the Open Rewards app, local governments can stimulate economic growth and job creation within their communities. Increased spending at small businesses translates into higher tax revenues, which can be reinvested in essential services and infrastructure projects

  • Community engagement: Bludot's Open Rewards app fosters community engagement by promoting collaboration between local businesses and residents. By participating in the program, businesses demonstrate their commitment to the community, while residents feel empowered to support local enterprises and contribute to the local economy

  • Data-driven decision making: The data generated by Bludot's Open Rewards app can provide valuable insights for local governments in understanding consumer behavior, market trends and the effectiveness of economic development initiatives. This information enables policymakers to make informed decisions that support the growth and vitality of small businesses


We sat down with the Arlington County, VA team to talk about the huge impact the program is having both with their business community and residents in this video case study:




Empowering local businesses with Open Rewards

In today's digital age, technology has become an indispensable tool for small businesses looking to stay competitive and engage with customers. Open Rewards offers a powerful solution for small businesses seeking to enhance their visibility, attract new customers and foster loyalty among existing patrons.


  • Enhanced visibility: With Open Rewards, small businesses can increase their visibility within the local community. The app provides a platform for businesses to showcase their products, services and promotions, reaching a wider audience of potential customers. In addition, businesses receive marketing materials to use in-store and on social media.

  • Attracting new customers: Small businesses can attract new customers through exclusive offers and rewards. The app incentivizes local patronage by offering cashback rewards for purchases made at participating businesses. During the holiday season, Small Business Week, etc. rewards percentages can be increased ensuring even more foot traffic to businesses.

  • Fostering loyalty: Building customer loyalty is crucial for the long-term success of small businesses. Bludot's Open Rewards app enables businesses to reward loyal customers for their continued support, encouraging repeat visits and fostering a sense of community among patrons.


By leveraging technology like Bludot's Open Rewards, small businesses can thrive in today's competitive landscape while fostering loyalty and engagement among customers. 



Open Rewards App Screens - Small Business Week Blog


Together, let's empower small businesses to succeed and continue making invaluable contributions to our neighborhoods and economies, with the support of local governments dedicated to promoting economic development and community well-being.


To learn what Open Rewards would look like for your community, schedule some time with us.

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