Business: Town Hall Ventures

Owner: Bruce Weekes, 27, of Atlantic City and Brooklyn, N.Y., executive director and chairman of the DeVon C. Wilson-Weekes Foundation and LEAD Atlantic City Tomorrow fellow

Location: Ohio Avenue,

Atlantic City

Started: 2013

Employees: Owner operated

Phone: 609-992-7318

Town Hall Ventures is a community growth platform for city governments and small businesses.

For city governments, Town Hall is a way to streamline communication with residents through creation of a mobile app.

Our mobile apps allow city halls to save time and money and improve government service by allowing residents to conveniently report small problems before they become big problems.

For instance, it gives residents the power through their phones to report neighborhood blight or safety hazards such as potholes, graffiti, litter, abandoned vehicles or illegal dumping as soon as they see it.

Residents will also be able to receive what's known as push

notifications for important dates, including parking enforcements, trash and recycling pickup, as well as for community events.

Apps are compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android devices and mobile websites.

Town Hall also creates mobile apps for businesses, in addition to providing professional consulting services such as marketing, finance and operations.

All apps are customizable depending on the business. Features include GPS directions, food ordering, loyalty cards, mobile reservations and push notifications.

Mobile apps can increase revenue, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, social media engagement and visit frequency.

For small businesses, apps are available for $1,000 to $2,000 and then cost about $100 a month for maintenance.

For governments, the cost might run $5,000 to $7,000 up front, and then $100 to $150 a month.

Future plans: We're looking to scale out into other areas once we've mastered the business model here in Atlantic City.

Business editor Kevin Post