Your mission is community recovery and resilience. We focus on your success.

Whether connecting your businesses to relevant resources or answering their questions or giving them license deferment, we will support your team to help every business in your community to recover and thrive.

Bring the FORWARD platform to your community:
All local government agencies can utilize the FORWARD platform together. Let us send you information today:
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An integrated platform that gives a single, shared view of every business in your community:

  • Conduct business with all businesses in your community

  • Improve services to businesses without increasing costs

  • Streamline and automate manual processes

  • Quick & easy deployment – be up and running within 2 weeks Free for all businesses

  • Simple, intuitive, and easy for businesses to engage and understand

  • 5X engagement compared to best-in-class B2B websites

Frequently Asked Questions

+ How can we use FORWARD post-COVID?

  • FORWARD can be used for long-term engagement within the business community
  • FORWARD allows governments the ability to conduct business with businesses

+ We have budget shortfall, and this is extra cost for my city and county.

  • FORWARD was built to help you to retain businesses. In most cases, saving between 3 to 8 businesses will pay for your investment of FORWARD.

+ Will this add more work for my over-extended staff?

  • FORWARD will streamline the work of your team and expand the team’s capacity.
  • With FORWARD, your team can provide direct, personalized, support to every business.

+ Will this duplicate the efforts of our economic development group?

  • No, FORWARD augments your economic development team, enabling them to provide personalized service to every business.

+ Our businesses need help immediately. How quickly can we deploy this to our businesses?

  • We can have your businesses using FORWARD within 14 days.

+ I have multiple cities in my region. Is there extra cost for each city to deploy a portal?

  • No, there is no extra fee whether you want one portal for the region or separate portals for each city/county in the region.

Bring the FORWARD platform to your community:
There is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming for business owners. FORWARD will generate available funding sources based on the individual business profile, so each business owner sees only those resources that apply to them.
— Stephanie Acri, Mayor, City of Moline, Illinois
 

Benefits to Cities
  • Create and implement a comprehensive recovery program
  • Automaticaly connect your businesses to resources and track their progress
  • Quickly depoy millions of dollars in resources
  • Reduce costs for city without reducing service quality
  • Get accurate picture of city revenue recovery
  • Track economic recovery with real-time data
  • New features added weekly
Benefits to Businesses
  • FORWARD quickly matches businesses to available Covid-19 recovery resources
  • Comprehensive access to grants, loans, and incentive programs at city, state, and federal levels all in one place
  • Save hours searching online for resources and filling out forms
  • Track your application process from start to finish
  • Receive alerts of new programs available for your specific business's industry, size, and location
  • Get access to special local incentive programs available only through FORWARD
 
I’ve been trying for weeks to apply for the EIDL on the SBA website and have been unsuccessful. I kept seeing that initial funds had been exhausted and they would post when they began accepting additional applications. The link provided via your Forward email allowed me to apply this morning. I really appreciate your assistance!
— Kevin Hird, Sports Depot
 

FORWARD Launches in Arizona
Thanks to our friends at LiveStories. They worked with us - I don’t think they stopped working the last week because I wanted it done tonight, so we can unveil it tomorrow.
— Toby Cotter, City Manager, Bullhead City, AZ
Bullhead City, AZ - Population 40,421
  • Launched with more than 30 local, state, and federal programs all in one location.
  • Quick deployment & adoption
  • Relief from local business licensing
  • Up to 3 months of deferred sewer payments
  • Free advertising with local radio & news outlets
  • Request additional police patrols & neighborhood watch programs
Rather than chasing this stuff all over Google, and not able to find any of it, our businesses, starting right now, once they get that email from us with their user name and password, are going to be able to go into this portal and have all 30 of those programs available to them right now. Our goal is to move forward, and that’s where we’re at.
— Toby Cotter, City Manager, Bullhead City, AZ
 
Trusted Partner
To cities, counties, and states, nationwide
 
The LiveStories team has a new solution that I believe can help our Alaskan businesses to quickly find and connect with resources during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
— Shirley Marquardt, Executive Director, SWAMC
I found the website to be very helpful and informative. Logging in was simple and reading through each program that I could qualify for was a snap!
— Chris Panouses, Uncle Pete’s Restaurant
It seems quite easy to use with a simple interface and I like the idea to expand the details into more specific information. I would recommend this as a good resource/portal for acquiring knowledge to all the various programs and if they would apply to a business.
— Bob Rebitzer, Bier Stube Restaurant
 
Bring the FORWARD platform to your community:
All local government agencies can utilize the FORWARD platform together. Let us send you information today:

 
 
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