Helping vibrant communities create a sense of place online is our passion.
We empower organizations to unify their businesses online and connect them with customers through one local marketplace.
Our platform is a new tool in business support programs within the era of digital commerce. We offer affordable turnkey solutions to full-scale white-label marketplaces depending on your needs. We manage the platform, support and train businesses, and provide customer service to shoppers.
Co-Founder & CEO
Before devoting her work to helping small businesses and communities sell online together, Cherie was a small business owner herself, selling her products both locally and via online outlets. It was that experience that led Cherie to find a better way to help small businesses leverage their shared connection and help customers discover and buy from local businesses easier through a single customer experience.
Cherie has her Masters and Bachelors from the University of Northern Iowa, and fun fact, is one of twelve children in her family.
Angela manages overall marketplace submissions and serves as technical support to businesses, helping to ensure their success through the platform and share what they have to offer with their local communities. She enjoys getting to know some of the small business owners & community partners and hearing personal stories and experiences about their businesses and communities. Angela assists in managing social media and marketing efforts to engage customers and businesses across our platforms.
National Partnership Manager
Jody has worked in sales and business development throughout her career, more recently managing membership services strategy for an economic development organization, developing revenue growth strategies and leading a board tasked with community wide business support strategies.
As the National Partnership Manager, she uses her experience to help guide strategic initiatives for our partners across the U.S.
Business Development Manager
Ann has been in business development and account management for most of her career. As the Business Development Manager she will bring awareness of Member Marketplace’s many capabilities to economic development organizations, small business development centers and chambers of commerce across the United States.
Business Development Intern
Andrew is goal oriented and will be working this summer to gain experience in the sales world and get a good grasp of what it takes to run a small business. Andrew is currently a senior at the University of Iowa where he is majoring in Marketing with a focus on the Professional Sales Track. Prior to this year, Andrew attended Drake University where he played basketball for two years and was also studying marketing. In his time at Drake, he was a part of the first team in 50 years to make the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament.
Co-Founder & CTO
Robert had an epiphany one day after talking to his co-founder, Cherie, about a recent local craft show they attended. With such low attendance due to weather, there had to be a better way for people to support and buy products from local vendors. He got to work on the first prototype soon after and the first of many local marketplaces was born.