Townsquared Launches King County's Eastside Community
Following on the heels of its success in Seattle, Townsquared recently launched our expansion into King County’s Eastside communities. Townsquared operates online communities for small businesses in San Francisco, where we are headquartered, and in New York City, East Bay and Portland. Our online community and mobile app are designed to help small businesses connect and share resources with each other.
Early last year, we launched city-wide in Seattle, Townsquared’s fourth major city. After partnering with Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and OneRedmond, Townsquared has now grown to include twelve cities located on the east side of Lake Washington, from the city of Bothell to the north, Snoqualmie to the east and Renton to the south.
“We are always trying to find ways to better support small businesses here in the hopes that they all thrive and stay here in Redmond,” said Heidi Archer of OneRedmond, a private/public partnership for economic and community development in the city of Redmond. “This new small business platform is going to be a great way to increase communication and help us share all of our resources we have to support their business here.”
Our official Eastside launch was marked by a lively party at Tavern Hall in Bellevue on May 16, 2017. The energy was high as over 100 guests came together to celebrate the vibrant and growing Eastside small business community.
“I’m thrilled with all our progress in Seattle, and I’m excited about all the opportunities we’ll soon create for small business owners in the Eastside neighborhoods,” said Rohit Prakash, one of our co-founders of Townsquared. “This latest expansion shows the power of these strong communities and their willingness to better connect to one another.”
Now, local entrepreneurs and small business owners in Bellevue and beyond will have access to Townsquared’s innovative suite of services, which includes our events, our online social network and our soon-to-launch business tools. Townsquared is open to all verified small business owners and staff. Communities are small and private, so businesses can talk about what matters to them.
“Collaboration and community are a huge part of growing a small businesses. As a Chamber, it is one of our primary goals to provide the supportive network businesses need to succeed,” said Betty Capestany, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “We are excited to partner with Townsquared to expand our member community to help our members leverage the power of online social networks.”
Townsquared’s presence in Seattle’s neighborhoods has amounted to great progress for the city’s small business community. There have been over 7,000 connections between small business owners on the platform, and we’ve hosted over 40 educational workshops and networking events for small business professionals.
We love sharing some of our favorite success stories from Seattle! Amanda Bedell of Nuflours Bakery in Capitol Hill has expanded her business through our platform, and won new wholesale accounts. The founders of Seattle-based Babyriffic met through Townsquared’s platform and launched their company. The design and marketing firm Espresso Digital uses the platform to share their small business wisdom. Gregor Schmidt said his company has gained more qualified leads through the platform, than any other method.
We will begin hosting events and doing outreach in Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bothell, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Sammamish, Newscastle, Renton and Mercer Island in the upcoming months.
To further introduce the Townsquared community to Eastside cities, we hosted a panel of three business leaders titled, “Small Business Success Through Collaboration and Community” at our Eastside Launch Party. Margo Engberg of Pinkabella Cupcakes, Jamie Peha of Peha Productions and Kristen Schumaker of Heirloom Cookshop answered questions posed by our moderator, Rohit Prakash, visiting from our headquarters in San Francisco for the occasion. Rohit posed questions like, “What’s the biggest, business concern you face as a small shop?” to our participants, who brought different levels of expertise and experience to our informative panel discussion. The resounding message of the night was: we work smarter when we work together and build networks of support that help all businesses succeed.