4WWL: New database makes veteran-owned businesses easy to find. “The Louisiana Veterans First business initiative launched Thursday. The program promotes veteran-owned businesses through certification, in-business displays, and an online database. The goal is to encourage consumers to do business with Louisiana’s veteran-owned businesses.”
1888PressRelease: New Website to Find Black Owned Eateries in Every Town (PRESS RELEASE). “Supporting minority owned businesses is very important for the economy. Finding these businesses is not always an easy task. That was the driving force for Edward Dillard to create Eat Black Owned. He set out to design a website for visitors to easily find black owned restaurants, cafes, diners, and bakeries.” I checked a 20-mile radius of my town, and it found several businesses but I know there are others it missed. Obviously a work in progress but enough there to make it worth a visit.
Search Engine Land: Google shortnames bug persists despite Google insisting it’s fixed. “The saga of shortnames continues. About two weeks ago, a bug caused Google My Business (GMB) listings to disappear when shortnames were added to accounts. That problem was supposed to be resolved and the missing listings restored early last week, according to Google. Problem appears to persist.”
NOLA: After a Facebook fracas, online map, new support network for black New Orleans restaurants. “In mid-July, with some unexpected time on his hands as Tropical Storm Barry effectively shut down the city, [Westley] Bayas decided to do something about it. He created an online map to help connect the dots, and connect more people with more of these restaurants, the Where Black NOLA Eat maps (see the map here and below). Today it shows 116 businesses, from full-service restaurants to bars and sno-ball stands.”
Curbed New York: City to create database to track scourge of retail vacancies. “The ‘Storefront Tracker’ bill, which was backed by 16 councilmembers, requires the Department of Finance gather an array of data on storefronts that will be bundled into a digital tool intended as a crucial resource to better understand the woes of the small business sector.”
Cayman Compass: Colours Cayman launches ‘Allies’ network. “Rainbow turtles have begun appearing in the doorways of some Cayman Islands businesses. The decals represent efforts by Colours Cayman to identify LGBT-friendly organisations on island and create safe spaces for all residents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Search Engine Roundtable: Local SEOs Say Google My Business Suspension Issues Not Fixed. “The other day we reported that the Google My Business issues were reportedly fixed according to Google. Well, many local SEOs and businesses are saying this is not true.”