About Yelp Business Community Connection

Since its start, Yelp's mission has been to connect people with great local businesses.

We know that great local businesses are made by the people who run them. So we're launching communities across the US just for business leaders. Our goal is to arm you with best practices, inspiration, and resources to help your business thrive.

Through events, partnerships, and in-person education, your Local Business Partners are here to help. We're also connecting business leaders to each other and sharing fresh insights for running a buzzed-about local business.

Yelp’s Business Community Connections are a celebration of the community and a forum for driving your continued success.


The Business Outreach Team

Darnell Holloway

Director of Business Outreach

Genna Gold

Business Outreach Manager

John Caroll

Business Outreach Manager

Matt Donzella

San Francisco Local Business Partner

Sophie Lapkin

Phoenix Local Business Partner


Ali Shwartz

New York City Local Business Partner

Emily Washcovick

Chicago Business Outreach Manager

Christy Augsburger

Seattle Local Business Partner