When you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance.
Thank You For LOVING Local!
We absolutely love our community! We couldn’t be happier to work with some pretty amazing small local businesses. These businesses started out with an idea, and they have invested both time and money to make it bigger and bring it to the community.
What makes the Cedar Rapids Marketplace unique?
We’re not just a one-day craft fair or market. We’re not just another business directory with stagnant information. And it’s not about taking money from small businesses without getting results. It doesn’t matter if it is winter, or raining outside, or if it is 10 p.m. at night. We’re here.
We’re here promoting, sharing, and pinning the businesses on our site. We’re doing custom SEO for individual products and pages. We’re now getting traffic from all around the US, as well as Cedar Rapids. On top of that our fees are pretty small compared to even a one-day table fee at most markets and craft fairs OR the 50% discount it takes to get a product into stores.
It’s Not Always Easy
Though our site is just a month old, we have learned several things in our short time. Among them is what we’ve learned from other small businesses – it is hard out there.
It is hard to run a small business with all the aspects it takes to keep it going. Small business owners aren’t masters of all of the hats it takes to run a business. And sometimes, they just need someone else in their corner, fighting for their business, too. That’s what we’re about.
The goal of the Cedar Rapids Marketplace is to gather a community of small businesses and customers together. To make it easy for the small business to reach/sell to more people without more effort. To make it easy for the customer to find the products and services they’re looking for, locally, and to save them time and effort by purchasing them on one site.
Let’s Do This Together
We’re in this for the long run and we appreciate you coming along the ride with us and with these great businesses.
Every little LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT or PIN we get is a happy dance on our end.
We can’t do it alone. We need your help.
- Spread the word- We’re new and we need your help to spread the word about the Cedar Rapids Marketplace. Please share this post and our site. Like our Facebook page and then choose to “see it first” in your feed. As our following grows, so can our impact on local business.
- Give us feedback- What types of businesses or products would you like to see on the Marketplace? Is there a capability that you wish our site had that would make you use it more often?
- Recommend a business or recommend us to businesses- We’d like to get many different types of products/services to appeal to the whole community. Help us get the businesses you love on our site.
- Start the trend- Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to shop locally. Be the trend for them to follow.
Together, we can do big things, and our community can reap what we sow. THANK YOU FOR LOVING LOCAL and supporting the Cedar Rapids Marketplace.