Welcome to BridgeTheGapBama.com
First off, we hope that you and your loved ones are keeping healthy and being smart by observing Government guidelines.
Right now is a very frightening and uncertain time for our hospitality industry, our restaurants and lodging properties, and for businesses around the country - not to mention the millions of employees and families who depend on them. The future of these vastly important businesses depends on the decisions that are being made right now.
We must act immediately.
At SaveCaliforiaBusiness.com, we have made it our mission to assist American small business owners in weathering this storm that is the COVID-19 virus outbreak. This virus outbreak has forced restaurants, bars, hotels, and many other businesses to close down with no financial support or plan B in place. Simultaneously, the US government has made it mandatory for small businesses to continue paying employees sick leave during this time, even though these businesses are unable to effectively generate revenue.
This dedicated website (BridgeTheGapBama.com) has been set up to rapidly serve your business's needs, to better equip you and your team, and to help you get your messaging out there in the most efficient and profitable way - to reconnect you with YOUR customers.
This is what you can do
The content on your website should be simple and easy to read so a wide variety of users can enjoy your copy.
If you're a business...
List your business on this website.
If you're offering take out, delivery, curbside make sure to add them to your listing.
Promote your gift cards to add more cash to your bottom line.
If you're a customer...
Continue to dine out via online ordering and take-out orders.
Pay it forward with the purchase of gift cards.
Many staff members have been laid off, support them by giving them a "Tip" in their time of biggest need.
In addition to offering you added exposure to your business through BridgeTheGapBama.com, we want to make sure that you have more tools at your disposal:
Gift Card "Bonds"
Many businesses are promoting their gift cards heavily to be able to gain access to immediate financial relief provided to them by their own loyal customer base. But you can take your gift card initiative a step further if you offer them as "bonds."
For example, a gift card is sold for $75 but has a value of $100 at “maturity”. Gift cards may be redeemed at the time a business re-opens or resumes its normal operation. To find out when your gift cards may be redeemed, please check with the business from which you purchased your gift card (the date upon which businesses resume normal operations may vary by industry or location).
Customers can support their favorite local businesses by purchasing these gift cards and providing them with the revenue they need to keep the lights on and provide security to their employees.
Now is the time for us to rally together behind our American small business owners. Together, as a community, we can save our favorite local business from the economic fallout of this virus.
Does your business need to set up Online Gift Card Processing? The truth is that your loyal customers want to support your business. Online gift cards will give them a way to show you that support.
* We use the word "maturity" to signify when the gift card can be redeemed. Normally when the business re-opens, but dates are up to the business.
How to use the gift card bonds
Businesses are not required to sell gift cards to list their business on BridgeTheGapBama.com. You can create your own bond denominations, we recommend a $100 gift card for $75, but each business can create its own offer, for example, offer different denominations with the same 25% off. For your business to execute this program, you will, for example, first take the $75 payment online via your online ordering platform. The payment will process automatically to your account through your cc processing and POS system. You will still have to “load” a gift card with the agreed monetary value on it - you can either use your POS system to load the $100 onto the card or use a stand-alone terminal to load the gift card with money. Adjust your books on the back end to account for the $25 "interest" given to the customer.
With the Government-mandated closure of dine in restaurants and other "non-essential" businesses, it is imperative that your business has the ability to take orders and payments online.
Online ordering gives businesses the ability to receive and execute customer orders directly from their existing website in an efficient manner. Customers may then carry out orders from a business's location or have the order delivered should the business provide delivery services.
This additional functionality is available to all BridgeTheGapBama.com members who wish to opt-in through our trusted partner.
Even if you have online ordering set up through third-party providers such as GrubHub or DoorDash, now is the time to start thinking about setting up your own take-out system. Just think all the unknowns that come with using providers such as GrubHub or DoorDash: you don't know the driver, you don't know where they've been, who they've touched, what they've touched... With your own take-out system you can guarantee that you know the hands touching your product will be those preparing it for take out and your customer picking it up... If you do not have online ordering & need a solution, start the set up process with our trusted partner:
Having the ability to process payments directly from your business's website provides a huge advantage for your company. If your business needs assistance processing payments online, more information is available upon member sign up.
Additional financial savings opportunities
Our partner's team at HIVE V.O.C. is made up of seasoned industry veterans who have walked the walk and have used their expertise to help dozens of restaurants maximize their profitability.
- Restaurant Procurement
- Restaurant Payroll
- Restaurant Consulting and Coaching
- Labor Optimization
Also, marketing in these times can be tricky. Our Kulture Konnect team is available to advise you on your marketing and branding so you can be ready to figure out and take your next best step. More information related to these offers and services is available upon member sign up.
Small business patrons
Support your favorite local businesses by purchasing gift cards today!