We Support Pennsylvania
The idea? To offer financial relief to PA businesses by way of an online portal – a portal that offers merchandise for sale with the express purpose of donating proceeds directly to Pennsylvania business owners. During times like this, it's not easy to know how to support your local business -- some are open and offering limited services, while others were forced to close for an unspecified time period. And throughout these perilous economic conditions, they all have overhead to cover, and employees counting on them for salaries and benefits. Help is coming from the government, but will it be enough? There’s no telling how long this shut down will last, and looking at this over an even longer period of time, there is no telling how long it will take our economy to recover.
That's why we decided to start this initiative – to bring attention to the importance of Pennsylvania businesses while providing a humble source of financial relief.
In a nutshell, we’re selling t-shirts sporting the logos of participating PA businesses – they’ll also feature “We Support PA” branding. We’ll keep enough from each sale to cover basic costs, but we’re donating the profit directly to businesses (e.g., if you purchase a Fork & Ale t-shirt, proceeds go directly to Fork & Ale). We estimate the average commission paid will be 50% of the total dollars collected.
None of the items we’re selling are high dollar, but things like this can keep the lights on – and the cash flowing – for local businesses.
Who is Giant Robo Printing and Amity Digital?
Who are we? We are small business owners in Douglassville, PA. About a year ago, we started a new business (two, in fact), and things were going well. We own Giant Robo Printing -- a print shop specializing in apparel, hard goods and promotional products -- and Amity Digital -- a Web Design and Digital Marketing agency. As with any new business, we knew it would take time to generate enough revenue to cover our expenses and grow our business. We grew to a small team of six highly motivated friends/colleagues and finally decided to move the business out of our collective basements and into a brand-new space on 422. Just weeks after we signed the lease and exactly one week after we moved in, all non-essential businesses were shut down and we were asked to work from home. We were experiencing the worst-case scenario – a scenario where fixed costs have never been higher as our revenue struggles to avert a nose-dive.
We built this site so we can work together with the local community and businesses across PA. We built this site to acknowledge and inspire solidarity during a time of international uncertainty. And we built it to keep money flowing to the small businesses that so desperately need it.