Building Mighty: Reflections From The Road
Eyes wide open.
That's how I'd summarize what happened during our past weeks on the road in Washington DC and Helena, Arkansas, during which time our team put Mighty's developing product into the hands of community leaders, community builders, community fans and shapers of the impact economy.
Whether it was our talking to small business owners and local organizers gathered at the City First Third Annual Community Development Conference, or musicians and educators and travelers gathered at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, people's eyes opened wide as we introduced ourselves as a startup working out of the Polsky Business Incubator at the University of Chicago, dedicated to using public data to help everyone know the community impact of their banking business.
From that point on, we listened as people readily began talking about the importance of supporting local economies; small business development; affordable housing; equity of economic opportunity for low-income populations. We learned that across the spectrum, irrespective of job title or location, everyone cares deeply about the economy. Everyone is touched by it. Everyone is eager to build their agency in supporting the economies they value. A tool like Mighty, providing transparency of information and choice for the public to bank for impact, is an idea whose time has come.