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Today we get a special edition of conference room for -- talking about start -- Talking about the economy and it's probably going to the dogs yeah.
I want everyone to introduce themselves is -- -- talk about.
Small business as well as a way to take small business to another level accidentally and -- Caplan I'm one of the co founders of gift -- back.
And and Jan -- the other co owner get.
And lastly Candace -- with dog Alex -- First tell me about gift -- dot com what is it short get ours and I'm lying gift card marketplace we allow consumers to purchase did you digital gift cards at the best local merchants and their neighborhood.
And and this started how long ago we start about a year and a half -- also did debate launch in November 2011.
And then launched we launched in 2012 which -- in New York actually.
Obviously the idea is to get merchants like you -- A way to get into the gift card market.
Without being in a pat code years this is it's malls and shop in Chicago bought.
You can play with a big oh absolutely and and we we do have our own gift cards as our -- -- system here at the store.
But they aren't any exposure.
On online community or to the greater public for gift cards a -- arguments that I ask you care what.
What what sparked this where where we are yeah I think a lot of let local.
Merchants are being presented -- as far as trying to put them on line with a lot of discount opportunities obviously daily deal sites or out there.
And the end of the day those as we're working our merchants.
But we knew that we had to allow merchants to have a digital presence but not -- discounted way.
You -- wanted to -- the idea that you've gone to the discount -- to give somebody a gift.
That they think again the day when you give someone a gift it's -- a reflection on you when you really want to be known as sort of the cheap gift giver the -- gift -- and so.
Well we try to do is really elevate the experiencing great beautiful digital gift cards to your.
Local merchants can't rescue me take a Wafer for merchants like you -- in terms of the marketing that you do out there.
Well we do a lot of social media that we are -- -- And the moderator basis that tips not as I was asking for people to -- and you -- to actually give them you know some things that the consumer -- And we do -- live events do you feel about this economy right now we just had a kind of a week.
Retail sales report.
Is that reflecting what you're -- here what would you let the folks that -- -- -- is obviously dogs.
In some sense dogs cats.
A piece but it's and have you got one at that.
Right and were were fortunate we are doing really well compared one numbers might say but I think it is because pets are part of the gambling.
People even though they might cut back on buying clothes for the dogs like that settling not necessary but they still want to have high quality American made natural products for their -- out.
And in terms start.
-- was a year ago.
Starting up -- a time when the economy may or may not be recovering has that been.
It's -- actually wonderful for us we've been really fortunate because.
You know merchants like Candice they really -- -- -- -- offer more than just gift card to do a lot of marketing for them that they don't have the time to do so we've actually seen an -- in our business as well.
Ingraham and where were you think it's headed economy what what's your gut tell you I know when you start a small business you wanna be as positive as you can you -- And we got -- -- you wanna be as positive you can what you got really tell you all about the economy -- you know my gut says that things will turn around I think there -- number of setbacks for this month in terms of the number that just came -- and obviously the weather being one of you know.
-- -- cold winter this past march but essentially -- you know for the merchants and where you know going after they really are starting to see things pick up.
Okay perhaps economy not headed to the dogs although plenty of dogs fearless he can I entice.
Perhaps one more back I think these are some of the best fit dogs perhaps in America.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- This week's edition of conference room hopefully.
Some you can take away -- Jeff Flock thanks for watch.
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