Homegrown in Durham Kicks Off

The startup community in Durham, NC is one of the fastest growing startup hubs in the country. It is also the place Shoeboxed calls home. Homegrown in Durham is an initiative started by Shoeboxed to help other small businesses grow, succeed and thrive.

At Shoeboxed we’re developing a platform to help build and grow small businesses, starting with their receipts. Our ambitious goal is to have a hand in creating more small businesses by alleviating the time and headache surrounding accounting and bookkeeping.

The need for services like Shoeboxed is increasingly felt in our hometown of Durham, NC where an economic and social revitalization has led to a record number of small businesses. There is still much room for growth though. Seeing the struggle firsthand and knowing the potential impact we can make has led Shoeboxed to start our “Homegrown in Durham” initiative.

85920741We couldn’t be prouder to call ourselves a “Homegrown in Durham” company and wish to help other small businesses in the Triangle (Durham, Chapel Hill & Raleigh) succeed by supplying them with the best benefits Shoeboxed has to offer.

Our commitment to creating new businesses is two-fold. We also want to have a hand in shaping the next generation of potential entrepreneurs. And for that reason, we pledge 10% of the money from “Homegrown in Durham” to be fueled back into the community through The Iron Yard.

The Iron Yard is a professional development, coding academy and co-working space devoted to cranking out the next generation of developers fit for stardom in the tech community.

TheIronYard

We wish for this money to help sponsor access to Iron Yard programs for individuals who do not have the means to enroll themselves. The potential is there, the problem is connecting the best possible resources with that potential though.

We hope that “Homegrown in Durham” can start to bridge this gap.

So what do you say Durham? Are you ready to grow business and entrepreneurship in Bull City? We are.

Find out how to get started on our Homegrown in Durham Page.

Join the Shoeboxed Team at Paradoxos!

For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014.

For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C.

This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014. The schedule includes events that will show off all the awesome stuff happening in the tech, art, food, music, beer and nightlife scenes in Durham. PARADOXOS features a wide variety of events so it’s sure to appeal to everyone, including the construction of a Rube Goldberg machine, a pub crawl, a trivia night, a dynamic speaker event called The NEXT, art installations and the best food trucks Durham has to offer.

If you’re located in the Triangle (or are in the mood for a roadtrip to Durham), we’d love for you to join us at the festival! Just for being an awesome Shoeboxed customer, you can get 25% off a festival pass! Grab yours here.

You’re Invited: The Startup Giveback

The Startup Giveback is a community cookout event aimed at allowing people to build their businesses and their community at the same time, all while having fun with friends, family and colleagues. The first event will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 1p.m. to 4p.m. at Shoeboxed HQ at 112 Broadway Street, Suite B, in downtown Durham. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Triangle Community Foundation.

Here at Shoeboxed, we’re passionate about the community where we live and work.  Durham, NC, is a unique, vibrant place that we’re proud to call home.

Recently, we’ve been talking to our friends at other local companies like Coursefork, The Startup Factory, American Underground and others to come up with meaningful new ways to give back to our local community. Out of these conversations, the Startup Giveback was born.

startup givebackThe Startup Giveback

The Startup Giveback is a community cookout event aimed at allowing people to build their businesses and their community at the same time, all while having fun with friends, family and colleagues. The first event will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 1p.m. to 4p.m. at Shoeboxed HQ at 112 Broadway Street, Suite B, in downtown Durham. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Triangle Community Foundation.  There will be a $10 suggested donation for free food, and local craft beer for a $5 suggested donation.  100% of the gross proceeds will go directly to Startup Endowment. RSVP now!

The Startup Endowment

The goal of this event (and future ones) is to build an endowment that will benefit local charities for years to come.  We’re both raising money and asking entrepreneurs to donate what they have to give: equity in their businesses.  Here are our shared goals:

  • $10,000 to open a charitable fund with the Triangle Communitiy Foundation.  And then,
  • $50,000 to endow the fund so that it will provide a reliable resource for area charities.
  • 100 entrepreneurs to pledge 1% of the equity they hold in their companies to our fund.  And then,
  • 1000 entrepreneurs to pledge 1% of the equity they hold in their companies to our fund.

And these are just the goals for 2014! Stay tuned for more opportunities to support the Startup Giveback and get involved. We hope to see you at the event on Saturday, November 16! You can learn more about the event and RSVP here.