Alabama Coasting, is excited to announce a small business support collaboration with our longtime business partner DigiPro Media. BridgeTheGapBama.com has been set up to offer a lifeline to your small business to generate revenue opportunities, 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 and others who want to help.
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, we’re in a very uncertain time for all us especially the small business community.
is an initiative designed to connect businesses with their customer base and others in the community that want to help. It is open to all businesses in Alabama.
How The Program Works For Businesses
The cornerstone of The Bridge the Gap Bama initiative is the “Gift Card Bond” Program. Gift card bonds are a method by which businesses can gain access to immediate financial relief provided to them by their own loyal customer base. These gift cards work like a bond that they appreciate in value. For example, a customer purchases a gift card from their favorite restaurant's website for $75 that will have a value of $100 at “maturity." A business can create a special offer payable at “maturity” that may include drink discounts, additional consulting services, VIP benefits or the like. The terms of the “Gift Card Bond” are up to the business to decide, communicate to, and deliver to their customer.
To sign up and be listed, you must be willing to offer your customers a "Gift Card Bond" and honor the "Bond" when your business is permitted to re-open to its full operational capacity in the near future. When you complete the registration form, you’ll receive an email from BridgetheGapBama and a phone call to confirm your participation and offer. Your directory listing will be activated once the gift-card “bond” offer is posted on your website. There is no cost to participate in this program. Standard processing fees will be charged by your merchant vendor for gift card purchases. For those who are not currently offering online products, we can refer you to a solution for online order processing and/or gift cards at significantly discounted rates.
How The Program Works For Consumers
Consumers search for a favorite participating business and simply purchase an online gift card “bond” according to the terms outlined by the business. Upon “maturity” – when the business re-opens to full operations- the bond is eligible to be exchanged for products or services at the agreed upon terms. .
Tip A Server
Another exciting feature of BridgeTheGapBama.com
is the opportunity to help service industry employees impacted by social distancing and state mandated closures. Through Tip A Server, service industry individuals list their info and home town. When a patron goes to the site and selects a city, a randomly generated search result for a service industry staff person in that city is presented. Make a tip or hit the "random" button to find another individual. When you click "support on Venmo" you will be directed to their Venmo page where you can support them knowing the money is going directly to the individual. No third party "handles" the donation – it goes straight to the employee through Tip-A-Server.