Small businesses are the local deli where you pick up sandwiches on a Saturday afternoon, the bookstore where you find your next adventure, or the dry-cleaner who miraculously saved your favorite jacket after your aunt spilled ketchup on it. Day in and day out, small businesses feed us, care for us, and often employ us or someone we know. The pandemic has demonstrated that more than ever, our communities thrive when our small businesses thrive.
Small businesses are a critical part of our communities, and we're committed to helping them not only recover from the challenges of the last 18 months, but grow even stronger. Today we are announcing our first ever Small Biz Block Party, a 20-event workshop series where business owners can come together to learn industry-leading tools and tactics that will help them reach new communities and grow their business. All events are free and open to anyone who works at or owns a small business. You can learn more and RSVP here.
"Businesses of all sizes are using the magic of the TikTok community to reach new audiences and expand their business — whether it's a startup or an iconic local business," said Becca Sawyer, TikTok's Global Head of SMB. "Our goal is to give every business owner in America the same opportunities as the biggest brands and to help them turn their dreams into a reality."
The Small Biz Block Party kicks off on August 5, 2021, with an event designed for businesses of all sizes and co-hosted by Main Street America, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development.
“We're thrilled to work with TikTok as they develop new avenues for small businesses to market their services, reach new audiences, and expand their recovery efforts," said Main Street America’s President & CEO Patrice Frey. “Small businesses across the country have demonstrated incredible ingenuity in the face of the challenges of the past year, and we’re excited to provide them with this support to help them thrive in the next phase of recovery.”
Small Biz Block Party Dates
August 5 - National Block Party Co-Hosted with Main Street America
August 12 - Texas
August 19 - North Carolina
August 26 - Midwest (MO, NE, KS, ND, SD, IA)
September 2 - MT, ID, WY
September 9 - Illinois
September 16 - Southwest (AZ, NM, CO, NV, UT, OK)
September 23 - Tennessee
September 30 - MD, VA, DC
October 5 - Ohio
October 7 - Great Lakes (WI, MN, MI, IN)
October 9 - Alabama
October 14 - New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI)
October 19 - California
October 21 - Northeast (PA, NJ, NY, DE)
October 26 - Florida
October 28 - Southeast (AR, LA, GA, MS, SC, WV, KY)
November 4 - Northwest (WA, OR, AK, HI)
November 10 - Veteran-owned small businesses only
November 18 - National Block Party Finale (Open Session)
For more information, please click here.