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If You Own or Love a Small Business in Town, Read This

Claiming your business on Patch offers huge rewards.

Call it a thoroughly modern dilemma.

You can get any style of shoe delivered right to your door in 24 hours via the Internet, but must sort through five pages of random Google results just to find the right number for the pizza joint down the street. Oh and P.S.—the hours on some robo-generated listing are completely wrong.

Well Patch would hate to see anyone pizza-less and hungry (or without those killer boots) so that's why we launched Milford Patch in November 2010 with the area's most comprehensive and detailed business directory, called "Places."

You can find descriptions, hours, what credit cards are accepted, even parking — all verified by an actual human being, and all 100 percent local.

And no more driving around to a shop only to find it closed three months ago. We are constantly updating our database to reflect reality on the ground.

Yes, we are pretty proud of it, but we still need your help.

Above and beyond a free listing, owners of local businesses can "claim" their own listing on Patch.

What's in it for you or your customers? Once you've claimed your listing (and our super quick verification process is complete) you will be the proud owner of a small business dashboard where you can make certain changes and updates to your listing. The first step is to get your free Patch account, find your listing and find the button that says "Do you own or manage this location? Claim it." The rest is easy.

Once up and running, you can see how many users have rated, reviewed or follow your business on Patch. You can e-mail your customers to seek out more reviews, and link the Patch Place to your Facebook or Twitter account. Add a scrumptious photo of your latest dish or update contact information when you finally have a minute to rest, which we know is usually at 2 a.m.

It's as easy as typing out a Facebook status update or uploading a photo of the kids.

Think we got something wrong? We hate mistakes at Patch so we'll do everything we can to get it right. You can request a new description if you think your business is inaccurately described.

Everything above is completely free, which is awesome, but we know some of you want to do even more. For a fee you can upgrade your listing with a personalized video profile, add a direct message to your customers and become a featured business on the Places page. 

Our readers support our local shops and establishments because they care about their community. We know you do too, so please let us know whatever we can do to help maximize your presence on Patch.

Have more questions about claiming your listing? Email Regional Editor Gary Jeanfaivre at gary.jeanfaivre@patch.com or call 203-556-0777.

Pam Landry January 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM
C'mon local businesses! Patch is here for you!
James Givens (Shaw) January 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Thanks Pam and Patch. Promoting business in Milford makes for a healthier community.
Priscilla Lynn January 29, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I am always inviting/encouraging others to read and use the Patch publications. I'll be sure to forward this article to my business peeps so they can check to see about 'claiming' and updating their listing, as well. Keep up the great job, Patch peeps.
Patty Schein, M.Ed, LMFT, LPC January 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I'm not sure how appropriate this would be for professionals such as myself. I have a private practice in psychotherapy for individuals and couples. What do you think? Patty Schein, M.Ed.,LMFT,LPC
Pam Landry January 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Hi Patty: It seems to me that whatever your business/service/specialty is, you can always benefit by "getting the word out" about it!
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) January 30, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Pam's right! Having your business listed in Patch Places will greatly enhance your online presence and potentially draw in many more new clients. But just being listed is only the beginning. I'm happy to help any local business or resident take advantage of this free service Patch provides -- my contact info is at the end of the article so don't hesitate to reach out. If there is interest, too, we can host a workshop to help local businesses that want to learn more about this great feature.
Jeff Williams January 30, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Right on, Pam. Claim your business listing and realize the power of Patch in the local community. It's the easiest and most cost-effective way to brand your business . . .because it's free. Contact me direct and I can show you how to use your dashboard once your claim is approved. Also, take advantage of posting events, adding announcements, and reaching out to your Local Editor to explore blogging on the site. Become Patch-ed in with your customers.
Rebecca Davis January 30, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Supposing that I own a business or service in Milford that is not already listed. I cannot "claim" my page as it hasn't yet been created. How might I go about getting a listing? Sadly I have no money to advertise with Patch yet as I too am struggling in this economy, but I would like to participate. I offer freelance consulting services and have a clientele of individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits.
Jeff Williams January 30, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Hi Rebecca, We'd be happy to help. Please send me your company's basic contact information and we'll coordinate with our Business Directory Team. My email is jwilliams@patch.com. Thanks!
Clair Gray February 01, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I love Patch.com, claiming my listing has been invaluable for my business. When I first published my webpage and it took some time for it to show up in search engine's top listings, my Patch.com business profile was always #1. I have also utilized the events listings, and gotten some great reviews for my business. I tell everyone about Patch, I think it's a great resource for our community I love the super local focus :)
Mark Ahrens September 04, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Just started my business in Milford --math tutoring center called Mathnasium. We are in the ShopRite plaza on Cherry Street. Will claim my business listing ASAP.
Priscilla Lynn September 04, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Hi Patty. I personally think the Milford Patch is the place to be for your private practice.
Priscilla Lynn September 04, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Congratulations on your new entrepreneurial business venture, Mark. Best wishes for all great things to come. Hope you explore the opportunities that the Milford Chamber of Commerce offers. Tell Nell Moll Priscilla sent you.

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