In an effort to help our local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked with my husband, Byron Delpinal to create SupportLocalAkron.com. The site gave Local Akron businesses a platform to showcase all the great products and services they still have to offer so that we could continue to support them in spite of the pandemic.
Since launching Support Local Akron on March 14, the site has accumulated 100 local businesses (as of January 1, 2021) from all different arenas, including Activity, Food & Drink, Handcrafted, Retail, and Service. When submitting their information, the site gives each businesses a space to tell their story and tell us how we can support them during this unprecedented time. For many businesses, especially restaurants that have been forced to close their dining rooms, this means telling us about new ways they are selling their products/services online.