SLNconnect Partners with Google and ThriveHive to Help Local Businesses Flourish 
SLNconnect’s Grader, CustomerConnect, and CustomerConnect + Consulting make powering and managing local brands online easy, fast, and effective. 

Cleveland, Ohio (May 23, 2019) — SLNconnect, in partnership with Google and ThriveHive, announces new offerings to NOACC Chambers at their Spring meeting — Andrew Heiderscheit, Google IT Product Manager, there to present. 

With today’s local businesses facing more competition than ever, the ability to manage a storefront while simultaneously creating and managing an online presence is essential to success. However, many local businesses don’t have the manpower, the knowledge, or the funds to oversee these critical duties.

“For five years, SLNconnect has been providing incredible technology to our Chambers and their members, according to Cindy Holzheimer, Executive Director of NOACC. “They are constantly innovating to help our members keep up. We’re so excited to be the first to benefit from these new services and partnerships.”

The new offering rolls out in August and starts with Grader. At no cost, users simply enter their business email to receive immediate, extensive insight on how their business measures up on Google, which controls over 88% of the nation’s search traffic. 

After receiving their Grader score, businesses can opt to use CustomerConnect ($20 per month), an all-inclusive brand platform that serves as a virtual marketing manager for small businesses. CustomerConnect not only teaches organizations how to optimize their Google profiles, it also serves up information, suggestions, reviews, comments, and actionable advice via a real-time feed from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Yelp. Local businesses seeking further assistance can engage ThriveHive experts to receive monthly coaching, personalized support, and content creation assistance ($99 per month).

“We’re excited to introduce these new offerings in our home state of Ohio, where there is such a tremendous opportunity for local businesses,” explains Keith Latore, CEO of SLNconnect. “Our partnership with NOACC ensures that our hometown businesses, no matter how tech savvy, are empowered to grow online and drive sales.” 

“Small businesses are so challenging to reach, but SLNconnect cracked the code and has become a leader in the small business marketing space, says Sean Marrero, Strategic Project Manager at ThriveHive. “We’re excited to work with SLNconnect’s Chamber partners and members to deliver first class technology, guidance, and support at a very manageable cost.”

Roll-out begins in August, 2019 to all NOACC chambers and members. If you are not yet a member of your local chamber and would like access to SLNconnect, please visit

About SLNconnect

Since 2011, SLNconnect has been helping small businesses thrive in a complex digital world. We strive to make digital marketing simple and effective for our small business partners, so that they can spend their time, dollars and energy doing what they do best. Through an easy to use, mobile platform, we provide the digital marketing tools, insights and support that your business needs to better connect, engage and grow your audience. SLNconnect currently supports over 300,000 businesses in 427 communities in 28 states.


Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) is a regional partnership of over 120 community-based chambers of commerce in northern Ohio dedicated to helping chambers deliver competitive and cost-saving benefits and services for almost 30,000 member businesses. Our mission is to harness the power of the NOACC chamber partnership to provide benefits and resources that the individual business or chamber would be unable to obtain on their own.


We know you’re busy. It’s hard to find time to market your business when you’re constantly on the go. ThriveHive is here to help. ThriveHive empowers small and midsize business owners to take charge of their growth, combining human guidance with easy-to-use technology to make marketing understandable and effective. 


Renee Sexton