While state and local officials are betting on brick-and-mortar retail to fuel small business recovery and revive mainstreet shopping in Iowa, local entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders have partnered with SHOP WHERE I LIVE (d/b/a Member Marketplace) to launch the SHOP BLACK IOWA™ platform for historically disenfranchised and economically disadvantaged small businesses to cooperate in selling products and services online. 
“We must band together as a community to accelerate business growth and help our historical disenfranchised and economically disadvantaged small businesses recover from the recent Pandemic” Said Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Rethink Iowa LLC, Matthew Gilbert. 
“For emerging small businesses, investing in an e-commerce storefront can be more cost effective and efficient than burdening the business and their family with a commercial lease.” 
“We greatly appreciate the kind grant from Iowa C.O.R.E. Inc., which provided seed funding for the development of the web-based platform and subsidizing the initial costs for the first 100 eligible businesses that register to sell their goods and services on the platform.”
“Providing this platform free of charge to business owners is one way Rethink Iowa LLC is helping black businesses accelerate their recovery and future success. This platform provides a safe and convenient way for the community to support economically disadvantaged businesses from the comfort of their own homes, and choose curbside pickup, shipping, or even local delivery if offered by the small business vendor.”  
“Consumers interested in buying local and supporting underrepresented communities, oftentimes find it difficult to locate and visit multiple stores to find culturally conscious products and services.” Said Cherie Edison, CEO & CO-Founder of Shop Where I Live d/b/a Member Marketplace. A key component of SHOP BLACK IOWA™ is that historically disenfranchised small businesses can all sell on one website, which provides an incredibly convenient way for shoppers of all cultural backgrounds to choose from, then buy from local small businesses with just one easy checkout.”
Get your products and services added to the SHOP BLACK IOWA™ platform by:
(1) Visiting  RETHINKIOWA.SHOPWHEREILIVE.COM and (2) Registering your Business to Start Selling on the platform. 
Please contact Rethink Iowa LLC at if your business is interested in adding items for sale or to request additional information.