Interactive Map App that features local and/or minority owned businesses

Michaelineabout 2 years ago
Create an interactive map of locally and/or minority owned businesses that serve the consumer market. The option for an establishment to offer coupons/announcements/menu updates through the app if their map identifier is clicked can also be an option. Markers could be designed for consumers to distinguish local, women, and/or POC owned businesses, and/or could distinguish business type (restaurants, hardware store, etc.), and/or could distinguish by size of business. 

This could potentially be further publicized, once at the implementation stage, by the Minnesota Office of Tourism or others interested in promoting Minnesota businesses.


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  • Bill Bushey Bill Bushey • about 2 years ago

    Be sure to checkout local startup Tuloko. They're creating directories of minority owned businesses around the country, including in the Twin Cities.
  • Michaeline Michaeline • about 2 years ago

    Thanks! It appears to be a good resource in development for those looking exclusively for black owned businesses as that is how it is being presented on their website. I was surprised that they hadn't yet gleaned more businesses from the SUBP (Minneapolis), MCUB (Met Council), and HUBzone programs since company contact info is easily available via a spreadsheet (and a cumbersome online search option that most would not use unless larger companies), although since these programs are not specific to black owned business and rather underutilized businesses generally (another term for minority and women owned businesses) Tuloko may not be able to distinguish black owned businesses on the list from others so it makes sense that none are included. Most companies listed on Tuloko, including in other areas also seem to be geared towards restaurants, hair salons, etc. as oppose to plumbers or residential roofing companies, for example. I'm not invested specifically in this app for adoption in the hackathon though, these are just general comments and I appreciate you letting everyone know of Tuloko as a resource.