Oakland CA | http://www.LOAKL.com
LOAKL.com is a social enterprise that aims to shift dollars from massive online retailers to local independent stores. Currently, LOAKL helps customers find books across local independent bookstores in the Bay Area. In doing so, LOAKL supports local businesses by helping them compete against distant online retailers! It's simple: Users tell us the book they're looking for, and once we find it locally, customers can pick it up or get it delivered.
We make it more convenient for customers to find what they need and support local retailers. Plus, when you buy locally, you help small business owners provide local jobs and pay local taxes—which go towards local schools, roads, and infrastructure—further benefiting your community!
We would invest the grant in expanding our user base and increase daily sales—keeping more dollars in our community that would otherwise go to shareholders of large multinational corporations. We source our books from independent, locally-owned businesses in our community.
Focus on expanding our customer base in the east bay (Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville, Richmond, and San Leandro, California).
LOAKL.com is all about helping other small businesses in our community, that's built into our business model. In fact, we were inspired by a book called "The Local Economy Solution" which talks about the need for small businesses that exist to support other local, small businesses. As we grow, the businesses in our community benefit—and everyone who lives in our community wins too!