// Northern suburbs startup B2Me is attempting to help businesses lessen the financial impact of COVID-19…
Governments have certainly been busy these past few months, with the implementation of legislation in response to COVID-19, such as social distancing measures, restrictions, stimulus packages, tax incentives etc.
Understandably, business people may be so overwhelmed by all this information that they need access to good accountants right now, needing tax advice they can make sense of, particularly with the various stimulus safety net packages.
But rather than dealing with the hassle of sifting through unknown recommendations of social media networks like Facebook, B2Me Australia aims to make the search for a good accountant as easy as possible.
Established in 2018 by community development specialist, Dr Ray Bartell, B2Me Australia is an online service finding platform which allows small to medium sized businesses across all industries to offer their professional services to the wider community.
The community-driven platform allows people to support their local businesses, especially during a period where many of these businesses are experiencing financial struggle.
Finding services. Made easy.
One of the impacts of COVID-19 is an increased desire to support local businesses and with social distancing in place, the use of technology becomes increasingly relevant.
“B2Me is a great tool for individuals, families, businesses and community groups trying to navigate their way through these challenging times,” Ray Bartell told Startup News.
“The B2Me platform and the recently launched B2Me App, enables people to access, connect and engage with service providers within their community groups and wider associations.”Dr Ray Bartell, CEO of B2Me
Ray believes that finding trusted service providers endorsed by others in the community in which you belong is one in which schools in particular, not just state-wide but Australia-wide “have embraced”.
“Families are able to easily find a reputable business operating within their community group or locality – it’s a win-win situation,” he said.
Ray also noted how great it has been to see small businesses adapt to the pandemic.
“The uncertainty and economic impact of the pandemic is enormous. What has been amazing to see is those small businesses who have experienced significant impacts such as forced closure or loss of business, pivoting and thinking outside the box in order to keep their doors open – for example, florists turning to delivering veggie boxes, and breweries manufacturing hand sanitiser.”Dr Ray Bartell, CEO of B2Me
“Job losses have led some to look at freelance opportunities and get creative in the types of services they can offer. B2Me supports all these efforts by allowing those individuals and businesses to be seen and supported by their community.”
City of Joondalup’s Mayor, Albert Jacob, has thrown his support behind this organisation.
“Joondalup is an incredibly diverse community and one which has always welcomed people from all backgrounds and walks of life. B2Me offers a chance to not only strengthen existing networks but also to open up opportunities to new networks of people who share this community with us.”Albert Jacob, Joondalup Mayor.
For more information, visit the B2Me website: https://b2me.com.au/
Schools looking to get on board with B2Me to help support their local family businesses will be joining a wide variety of local educational facilities in the Perth/Peel region.
Schools can find out more by visiting https://b2me.com.au/schools
MAIN IMAGE: The B2Me team, from left to right, Nicholas Cannon (junior web designer), Ray Bartell (founder/CEO), Simon Bracegirdle (developer and code writer) and Barry Oudtshoorn (web designer). Not pictured – Hayden McQueen (intern).