Hi! Our names are Dhriti Jagadish, Eric Ryu, and Mridini Vijay. We are students of Rocklin High School, and Mridini recently graduated and is attending UC Berkeley. During the COVID-19 quarantine, all three of us were feeling pretty hopeless over the state of our world. We realized that if the planet was to come to a standstill, we had a lot of time on our hands to make a change. We founded this organization because we came to understand that small businesses make up the heart of our community. Right now, they're struggling, and they need our help.
Businesses have had to reduce productivity or even close, due to social distancing and shelter in place orders. Unlike large national companies, smaller establishments depend on the day-to-day operations to stay afloat. We wanted to provide an avenue for stores from all over the community to introduce themselves, showcase their products, and share their personal stories. But even after accomplishing this for a variety of local businesses, we still strived to do more. In October 2020, we launched our Student Store, which features the small entrepreneurship projects of our own peers, both high school and rising college students!
After launching our website in July 2020, our team has grown tremendously! Though we're based in Rocklin High School, our team of over three dozen high school students comes from all over the greater Sacramento region! Without them, we wouldn't have been able to reach so many small businesses across our community!
We hope that you consider donating however much you can. Any donations we receive go directly into video equipment, website fees, promotional tools, graphic supplies, and any other expenses we run into! Every penny counts!
As of right now, our goal is to display small businesses from all of Northern California. Our list of businesses is by no means exhaustive, so if you have a favorite local store, restaurant, know of any student-led entrepreneurship projects that we aren't currently featuring, or have any other inquiries, don't hesitate to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for your support!