New app helps consumers connect with nearby small businesses | Davidson County


NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Have you ever wondered how you can find more local small businesses in Nashville? Now there is an app for that.

Joshua Davis created the BuyLocal app with the goal of connecting small businesses to consumers directly in their communities.

Inside the app, users can enter their location and five small businesses within a five mile radius.

He decided you needed this app during the pandemic, especially since many entrepreneurs were out of work and had to find a way to turn their businesses around.

“There are so many brands in Nashville that just a few miles around you would be surprised how many people are cold giving you the things you need,” Davis said.

You can find exactly what you need by sharing your location and then finding small businesses to meet that need.

“It’s ordered by who’s closest, and then you can call them, go to their social networks and connect with them,” Davis said. “It’s really just a directory where you can find where people are going to be physically.”

Davis worked on the app last year. This has been a beneficial platform for Hannah Vaughn, who has two small businesses where she sets up and owns a marketing company.

“BuyLocal was another way for me to market my business name and put my art in people’s hands without having to pay for Facebook advertising or any other kind of social media marketing,” said Vaughn.

Davis said during the pandemic a third of small businesses were not operational, so he came up with the app to connect consumers in the region with businesses nearby.

“I like to call it the local Amazon specifically for the small businesses that are here,” said Shandy Butler.

Butler is the owner of Nashville Craft Beverage Company, an organic juice and wellness chef business. She said the app gave her a lot of online traction for her site.

“People weren’t allowed to leave their homes, so if you’re kind of like the best in juice and something directly affects you locally, you know rather than going through Whole Foods or Amazon, basically it has. increased because of it, ”Butler said. noted.

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