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  Local Interest
BY JOHN HART Development Director, SBD
    local businesses at the same time!
The COVID-19 pandemic has creat-
We knew that many of our small restaurants were not set up for delivery or online sales before the pandemic began and the governor announced her Stay Home, Stay Safe order, and its sub- sequent extensions. We also understood that alternate food service platforms charge higher prices to both customers and businesses.
“It’s a great application to support the food community in the Battle Creek area during this time,” said Javier For- toso, owner of Torti Taco. “I hope that many restaurants will decide to join.”
ed challenges and chaos for everyone, our local business owners and workers included. Our team continues to stay in contact with these great individu- als and families, helping share resources, and promote those
Within one week up and running, 21 restaurants are in various stages of com-
  who are able to stay open during the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order.
ing on board with Eats BC. The site has 116 registered customers as of this writing.
We urge you to check out EatsBC.com, the brand-new, locally-developed website that gives local neighbors one place to look for their next carry-out or delivery meal. We are working on an EatsBC mobile app, so keep an eye on the Apple and Google Play app stores in the near future.
To create an affordable community platform, businesses have no direct cost to participate. They do pay a 3.1 percent cost on transactions.
The SBD team worked with corePHP to design, launch, and maintain the website. We also worked with Jon Galbreath of Jonic IT Consulting to help
each restaurant set up use of the service, as well as assist with the site’s launch, and initial support.
“We believe this is the perfect time to launch this directory; we need to be bold and adapt,” said John Hart, SBD Development Director. “It was clear from
the start that COVID-19 was going to be a great disrupter to traditional business practices of restaurants.”
The local small business communi- ty’s involvement in this project reached well beyond the design. Local attorneys and accountants reviewed processes and legal statements for the site. Local printers have engaged in creating EatsBC hats, T-shirts, masks, window clings, magnetic vehicle signs, and yard signs for participating restaurants and delivery drivers.
We were eager to help, and quick- ly assembled a local team of IT and software development professionals to create EatsBC, to highlight our local restaurants.
postponed. But many people, business- es, and agencies across the Battle Creek and Calhoun County communities have come together in collaboration and creativity.
Local graphic designer Andy Helmboldt, of Melvin Scott Creative, designed the EatsBC logo, with staff and work group input.
You will find the site organized by food type, service type, price, and more, to make finding the right meal easy for the customer. For the restaurants, it is easy to participate – they can register right from the website, and enter their information.
EatsBC is one of the great results of such collaborations. It is not only about carryout and delivery, but will serve as a great local restaurant guide for neigh- bors and visitors spending time out in the community later this summer.
This is what the Small Business De- velopment team is all about – lifting up our community’s businesses to succeed, collaborate, and innovate.
About a half-dozen restaurants tested the site in April. Many more are joining the site, and more likely will be avail- able by the time you read this.
“We love our community, and look forward to helping many businesses through this hard time with the EatsBC application,” said Michael Pignataro, CEO of operations for corePHP. “We see this system being used for years to come.”
Everyone has to eat, right? The City of Battle Creek Small Business Development (SBD) team has a great new resource to help you do just that, and support
You might notice the logo colors match the branding of the city’s annual summer event mailer. In line with
our themes – Get Entertained, Get Inspired, Get Active, and Get Local – now you can Get Fed!
• Barista Blues Café
• Cavoni’s Pizza & Grinders
• Clara’s on the River
• Mango Healthy Fruit & Food • Mr. Don’s Restaurant
• Spanky’s Tavern
• Torti Taco
EatsBC
As of this writing, participating restaurants are:
As the pandemic and stay- home order continue, some businesses have closed, some services are suspended, and many late spring and early summer events are canceled or
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