Forty percent of small businesses in areas hit by natural disasters such as storms and wildfires never reopen. A group of talented technologists in Washington, D.C. came together this week to help this number go down, in a special hackathon held during National Small Business Week, an annual event celebrating America’s top entrepreneurs.
Watch the video to learn more about how the competitors came up with ways for small businesses to recover, restore revenue streams, maintain payroll and do more in the wake of major disasters. Visa is committed to supporting small businesses with a variety of resources and initiatives, including:
- The Visa Back to Business project, a database of U.S. businesses impacted by federally declared disasters that helps that are recovering after natural disaster and invites consumers to support them.
- She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, a global initiative to support women small business owners as they build, sustain and advance their businesses.
- A special offer with Yelp and opportunities for discounts with Visa SavingsEdge.
 Hurricane Ready Business Toolkit, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security