The Small Business Web
Building the small business cloud industry
The idea for the Small Business Web began, like many things, with a friendly chat between like-minded folks.
In 2009, as the 5 founding companies Batchbook, FreshBooks, Mailchimp, Shoeboxed, and
Outright readied themselves to head to SXSWi in Austin, they began talking about how similar their philosophies were about customer service and making life easier for small business owners. Wouldn’t it be great, they thought, if they joined
forces and took a stand for small business owners everywhere?
Thus, an alliance was formed, a manifesto was written, and the Small Business Web was born. With every additional company that joins the Small Business Web, the dream of the original founders expands: one small step for the Internet, one giant
step for small businesses.
Today, The Small Business Web is the trade association for companies selling cloud-based software for small businesses. Over 200 member companies are working together to make the Open Web the best place to build, find
and sell software for small businesses.
Connecting the Google Cloud Resellers
The gSocial Conference has become the one and only event by and for the Google reseller and partner community. These companies sell and service the software that the software vendors in The Small Business Web make.
In fact, by no coincidence, the first Small Business Web Summit held in 2011 happened to be at the same time and place as the gSocial Conference. We’ve always been two communities in the same industry.
Starting in 2014, the gSocial Conference will be part of the The Small Business Web Summit. As both groups have matured, it makes sense to officially join forces and bring the software vendors and the software resellers together in
Along with the gSocial Conference, Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global, the main organizer of the gSocial Conference will join the board of The Small Business Web. Allen brings over 20 years of experience bringing
information systems to small and medium businesses.