I am currently working on a project for Microsoft called Local Spaces. Their goal is to develop technology that makes the not-so-fun elements of small business owners’ work easier, allowing them more time for the work they find more meaningful. And to that end, I’m looking to speak with businesses owners to learn more about their stories: how they got started, what their goals are, roadblocks they’ve successfully navigated around, as well as pain points they are currently experiencing.
The types of businesses I’m looking for:
- Located in or around Seattle (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, etc.)
- 2-50 employees (these numbers are somewhat flexible)
- Businesses in the following fields:
- Construction (i.e. general contractors/home remodeling company)
- Subcontractors (e.g. drywall, electricians, flooring, HVAC, painters, plumbers)
- Field service and repair (e.g. appliance repair technician, handyman, gas line repair, MRI calibration technician, etc.)
- Hospitality (e.g. bar, event space, hotel, nightclub, spa)
- Warehouse (any business with a workers interacting with each other in a warehouse)
The process: I would visit your business to do a casual interview and take pictures of you and your space, which should take no more than an hour and a half.
What you get: In exchange for your time, we will provide you with all the images I take during my visit so you come out of this experience with some great photos for promoting your business. (Here is a selection of images from this project so far.) As a longer-term benefit, this content will also be published externally in the future*, so there will be exposure for your business at that point.
Contact me: You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Local Spaces.” Please include the following information in your email:
- Name of business and brief description:
- URL to website:
- Number of years have you been in business:
- Number of employees:
Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing from you!
*NOTE: This content will likely be published in blog format on the Microsoft website, though these details are still being worked out. And at whatever point Microsoft does share this information externally, either myself or someone else from the team will reach out for your approval of that content before it goes live.