Ann Arbor Chamber launching iPhone app to boost local businesses
The Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce is set to introduce an iPhone application to boost the local business community.
The application, to be released in November, offers a quick way to find chamber member companies that are offering deals to other chamber members and their employees. It also provides a quick way for all users to get addresses, phone numbers and Web sites for participating local companies.
“We want to show that we understand technology,” said Megan Crosbie, marketing coordinator for the Ann Arbor Chamber. “We’re not your grandfather’s chamber.”
Dave Koziol, principle software engineer for Arbormoon, said the application took about five weeks to develop. He declined to discuss the costs associated with the development, though chamber officials said Blue Cross Blue Shield was a sponsor.
Bonnie Valentine, director of business development and consulting for The Whole Brain Group, said the application also could offer a needed boost to the retail community during the holiday shopping season.
About 100 chamber members have agreed to offer deals through the application, which still needs to get approval from Apple to be distributed through the iTunes Store. A demo is available here.
Chamber officials hope to get 300 companies to participate by the time the application is available to the public.
"You can see what businesses are offering discounts and then you can use them," Crosbie said.