April 14th, 2015
If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
Do you know where the closest Deaf-owned business is to you right now?
What does a community mean to you?
How many Deaf-owned businesses do you think are up and running in our country today?
What does it take for a community to thrive?
Those questions were displayed on the huge screen at our Milestone event in Austin, TX, on March 27th. They reflected the ideas that we felt strongly about and hinted at the purpose behind our Milestone event, which was a surprise. And oh boy, did we have several surprises that night!
Check out the long line outside of #ConvoMilestone event! | Tamara | #convorelay A photo posted by Convo Relay (@convo) on Mar 27, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT
The first surprise was from the Austin Deaf community. Over 300 of you came out to support our event that night! We couldn’t have asked for a better place to unveil our Milestone. Austin is also where Convo was born, so that meant a lot to us.
— Manny Johnson (@MannyJohnson) March 27, 2015
Once all of us were packed inside The North Door, we promptly began the show as the nation was tuning in to our live-streaming video to watch our big announcement as well. This was a special night for us and we could feel it in the air. Not only were we about to unveil something exciting, it was also Convo’s 6th birthday.
Wayne Betts, Jr. took us through the stories of the four Deaf-owned businesses that we’ve worked with in the past year, including By Mara and ASL NYC, which we featured in our first beyoutiful video.
The second surprise of the night happened when Wayne got a call from Jeremy Lee Sanchez, founder of ASL NYC! He had something exciting to share. Because of the tremendous amount of support they got from the community after the beyoutiful feature, he and Mara were opening their own studio the next day!
Finally, it was time for the biggest surprise of all. The Milestone itself…
This was the moment we had been waiting for, to introduce Deaf Ecosystem Directory to you! The newest Convo Mobile update comes with a directory of Deaf-owned businesses in a separate tab in your Contacts. The locations of these businesses are also shown on the Map, so you can see where Deaf-owned businesses are near you. It has never been easier to find and actually connect with Deaf-owned businesses!
Our Milestone event wouldn’t have been complete without Deaf-owned businesses in Austin. The four businesses featured in our video above were there that night: Silent Automotive, Nathalina’s Studio, Scan Mailboxes, and Crepe Crazy. It was a wonderful opportunity for our community to meet them and learn more about their businesses.
To the Austin Deaf community, thank you for making this event truly inspiring for us. We can’t wait to open our Call Center there this year!
Yes, we had a life-sized Deaf Ecosystem pin.