Qwally launches new platform for Boston area diverse business networking group
November 16th, 2020
The platform will help Get Konnected showcase minority businesses, allow small businesses to create a digital profile, and make it easier for Massachusetts residents to find opportunities to buy local.
“Get Konnected’s new digital marketplace is an incredible tool that will increase the visibility of local black and brown businesses, allowing our businesses to be more accessible to the public,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement.
The launch of the GK Market marks Qwally’s first foray into the Boston business ecosystem, as well as the company’s first partnership with a networking organization. The launch also highlights powerful new features of the Qwally platform including a business search tool.
Qwally also works with state and local governments to build a more inclusive digital landscape through online small business and supplier diversity programs. The platform offers self-serve tools to help small businesses connect with city programs, and navigate complex processes. The GK Market will be a critical tool in helping the City of Boston provide support to small businesses.
Get Konnected founder Collette Phillips said the platform gives the networking group’s members opportunities it didn’t have before.
“This marketplace will give companies a real opportunity and I am glad to be able to leverage the technology of the Qwally team,” Phillipps said.
Mayor Walsh also emphasized how the platform aligns with Boston’s small business support strategy.
“The GK Market is an important Equity Tool, and we are proud to support it,” Walsh said. “We want to make sure that companies who don’t have a web-presence, can get a web -presence” adding, “we are trying to help small companies who have never used digital platforms before, access these tools.”
Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Michael Kennealy, also expressed his enthusiasm for the GK Market saying, "This is a game changer. To have this collection of companies aggregated this way, and that it’s easy to search … it’s a true marketplace."
Get Konnected joins Qwally’s growing list of clients, which also includes the city of Kansas City, Missouri and the city of Mobile, Alabama.
“We are honored to partner with Colette Phillips and Get Konnected and we encourage small businesses to register at join.getkonnected.com, and build their profile,” Qwally Co-Founder Matt Cody said.
Qwally got its start in government through the City Innovate Start Up In Residence program. During a residency in Mobile, the team developed a platform to help women and minority owned small businesses navigate city contract requirements. Qwally built upon the success of the implementation and participated in the 2019 MassChallenge Boston Cohort. Since then, the company has worked to expand their team and bring their tools to new cities.
Qwally is a user-friendly, cloud-based software platform that helps small businesses navigate local government contracting and local government departments coordinate integrated support for small businesses. The company first broke into the government scene through a Startup in Residence program in Mobile, Alabama, and has since participated in several government technology-focused startup incubators.