We would like to introduce you to almost 300 small businesses from over 18 diverse industries who cemented their digital footprint through Rebrand Cities.They are people who are changing the cities in which they live, work and play. Sixty-two percent (62%) of them are powerful, innovative women building brands in their communities. Twenty percent (20%) are members of the creative community and almost ten percent (10%) of them are social impact or community organizations. 100% of them believed in their vision we were excited to partner with them.
Rebrand Cities has touched the communities of eight cities nationwide…Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Mesa (AZ). The dynamic stories that have grown out of these communities have redefined what it means to be an entrepreneur. Small businesses across America are speaking up, sharing their stories and showing their strength. This is a revolution, and we are striving to expand and grow in as many cities as possible, both at home and globally in 2019.
On September 27, 2018, 75 high school students from local Detroit public schools attended the AT&T Believe Detroit Technology Challenge. Students learned how to build their own WordPress.com sites in support of one of two of AT&T campaigns, ‘It Can Wait’ (distracted driving) or Cyberbullying. The event cultivated an environment of possibility, with guest speakers Rhonda Walker and Evrod Cassimy from Local 4 News sharing stories of inspiration and encouragement, highlighting the vast opportunities that exist for these bright young minds. The challenge expanded Rebrand Cities’ reach to a younger audience, educating the youth about the digital divide, and encouraging them to get involved and make a meaningful impact in their communities. #BelieveDetroit
We hosted a 60-Day Website Challenge from Oct. 8 to Dec. 7, 2018. Business owners, web designers, web developers, and creatives participated in this challenge from cities all over the country to build the best site on the WordPress.com platform. Sites were evaluated in five categories: Aesthetics, Responsiveness, Accessibility, Functionality and Purpose/Mission. It was difficult to pare down the entries to the 15 finalists. Our $10,000 grand prize winner was Erica P. Dallas from Memphis, TN.
Rebrand Cities Stories + Partners
Rebrand cities continues to connect and expand into 2019
The inaugural run of Rebrand Cities was filled with exciting introductions, invaluable partnerships, amazing discoveries of small business owners and lessons that we are using to serve more small businesses in 2019!