We asked COVID Business Resources founder, FaLon Thomas, about building an app that provides useful business tools and resources to help users during COVID-19. FaLon is the founder of Onyx Ocean Technologies, a software development company. She has nine years of experience working in tech as a web developer and software engineer. She wanted to use her skills to help businesses and startups during COVID-19. She chose Bubble because the no-code platform’s powerful features enables her to quickly provide access to resources when people need them the most.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
FaLon: When COVID-19 struck we noticed a lot of businesses were in need of resources and tools to help them grow, despite the circumstances.
We created COVID Business Resources, which helps businesses find COVID-19 business relief programs quickly based on their location. Users can also search our database to find tools that will help their business grow during these times of uncertainty.
How does your app work?
Once you get on the website, you can search for COVID-19 relief programs, like grants and loans. There is an option to search for the different COVID-19 Business relief programs by state. Covid Business Resources doesn't require users to create an account, but you can save all of your resources and tools on the platform if you create one.
Covid Business Resources features a "tools" section where you can find a list of tools to help your business grow. The app makes it easy for you to search through categories like analytics, customer support, marketing, design, and more. If you run across a tool that you think will be great for the community you can even add it directly to the app through your account.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I have been working in tech as a web developer and software engineer for the past nine years. Almost four years ago, I founded Onyx Ocean Technologies, a software development company that builds apps and websites for businesses and universities. I discovered Bubble while searching for an option to speed up the delivery time of our apps at Onyx, without sacrificing quality.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I chose Bubble to create COVID-19 Business Resource Hub because the no-code platform enables me to quickly provide access to resources when people need them the most. Since we already use Bubble at Onyx to provide fast, quality apps to our clients, the no-code platform was our first choice.
What have been your successes or milestones so far?
Within the first couple of months of launching, we saw a surge of users. Now the traffic is consistent. We are happy that business owners are finding value in COVID-19 Business Resource Hub.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
Users can upload resources directly to COVID-19 Business Resource Hub. We plan on allowing the app to grow organically. We hope to continue providing tools and resources to the business and startup community.
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