Empowering Merchants

We support local economies by providing more access to opportunity, helping small businesses thrive, and creating new models for growth.

Helping Small Businesses to Adapt, Grow, and Thrive

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DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants

Through the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants, we are providing access to capital and education that aims to help small businesses flourish.

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DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods

The Accelerator for Local Goods is designed to empower early-stage consumer packaged goods businesses with a grant, training, and a chance to feature their product on DashMart.

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DoorDash Disaster Relief Fund

Restaurants affected by natural disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes can apply for grants to help keep their business going. Apply for a grant.

Merchant Stories

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    Meet Derick

    Even as a kid, Derick dreamed of becoming a restaurant owner. “I knew that I would have a restaurant since I was very young,” he says. “I think maybe about nine years old. I would tell my sister that I wanted a Cuchifrito."

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    Meet Susan

    In Brooklyn, New York, Susan runs a small-batch bakery called Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop. “We use mostly organic ingredients, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives for a taste that is wholesome and delicious."

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    Meet Omar

    Omar serves Caribbean-inspired ice cream at his shop called Creme and Cocoa Creamery. And thanks to the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods program, more people than ever are enjoying pints of Creme and Cocoa.

The Future of Local Commerce

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Flexible Partnership Options

Consumers, merchants, and delivery drivers alike should be able to choose what’s best for them. Government price controls limit choices for small businesses and can have negative ramifications for local economies.


Expanding Safe Alcohol Delivery

DoorDash encourages policymakers to safely expand local businesses’ and independent liquor stores’ ability to use third-party services for safe alcohol delivery to reach additional customers and grow revenues.

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Continual Feedback

With the Restaurant Advisory Council and our Chief Restaurant Advisor, DoorDash is committed to engaging with the independent restaurant community.