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Local online company working to help small businesses stay profitable during the COVID-19 scare

Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 20:48:49-04

GRAND RAPIDS — Made Eats is the brainchild of Grand Rapids man Andrew Russo, who launched the venture in early 2019.

The service works similar to other apps like UberEats and Postmates, where customers can order food and drink from area-businesses and have it delivered to their door.

Russo is making the decision to join Made Eats an easy one for West Michigan businesses struggling in the midst of fears over COVID-19. He is waving the company’s usual 15 percent commission fee for businesses for the foreseeable future. He hopes this will help companies struggling right now to keep profits up.

“So this is primarily for mom n’ pop shops, locally made food. The goal is to give them an opportunity to compete against the big companies that offer their options on UberEats or Grubhub,” Russo told FOX 17 Monday morning.

“This would help people focus on the local businesses that are having a tough time with the shutdown that's going on right now.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday morning that all restaurants and bars in Michigan would have to close dining areas starting at 3:00 pm. Restaurants can remain open for pick-up and delivery service.

Made Eats is looking to offer just 1 more ways to facilitate these sorts of deliveries.

You can visit the company’s website to join as a business or a customer.