Our ManifestoWe think small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and that it’s from small business that true innovation will arise.
We believe small businesses should have access to the same tools and technology that big companies have without paying a huge amount.
We know simplifying access and increasing integration to our products and services will benefit all of our customers.
We want small businesses to succeed and we want to help.
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 BatchBlue, 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 cloud-based software for small businesses. Nearly 200 companies are working together to make the Open Web the best place to build, find and sell software for small businesses.
Meet the Directors
- Pamela O’Hara, Chair — CEO at BatchBlue
- Sunir Shah, President — CMO at Olark live chat
- Matt Kane — Head of Developer Partnerships at AppDirect
- Stephen Cho — Director, Software Partner Business Development at Google App Marketplace
- Chris Generalis — Partner Development at X.commerce
- Kevin O’Brien — VP Partners at HootSuite
- Joshua Scherman — Senior Manager, Platform Partnerships at Constant Contact
- Jamie Sutherland — President at Xero