Small businesses are often hit the hardest during times of uncertainty. As the COVID-19 pandemic compels people to engage in social distancing to safeguard our communities, an unfortunate side effect is that many businesses are left in a difficult position. Declines in foot traffic and mounting expenses weigh heavily on business owners and staff.

Tortoisemart is steadfast in our support of small businesses during these challenging times, and we’re actively looking for ways we can alleviate this pressure.

To start, we’re enabling our BTC cryptocurrrency coinbase feature and Gift Cards feature on all orders indefinitely to give communities another way to support small businesses.

We hope this helps alleviate some of your cash flow constraints during this time, though we know it’s not the only adjustment you’ll need to make in the weeks ahead. Additional content, tools, and support will be provided in our COVID-19 resources center.

Abrupt declines in sales are hard to manage because expenses still need to be paid: wages, rent, utilities, and critical supplies. This leaves businesses vulnerable with cash going out, but less cash coming in.

Many local communities have responded in support by purchasing digital gift cards, or using the coinbase electronic wallet from their favorite businesses.

Offering coins and/or gift cards gives customers a way to easily support business today. In the short-term, this provides customers with a safe option to make a purchase they can redeem at a later date and safely, which can help free up cash flow for businesses.

Remember that because this is an advance on future sales. You can ask for more information about this. So contact us at


There is currently no end date set. Extending the coinbase and gift card features to all is designed to help merchants during the economic difficulties resulting from COVID-19. These features are intended to be available until the impact of the virus begins to subside, and businesses start operating without interference from the virus. You will receive a notice before the coinbase payment or gift card feature is removed from your plan.

How we use coinbase or gift card sales to supplement our cash flow

They’re delivered digitally by email and can be redeemed online or in-person at any time. You can read our help docs or contact us for a step-by-step guide on how to make your payments with ease and success.

Once you’ve set up your payments, you should reach out to us and let us know. Please do this to support our business, even while social distancing has all of us stuck at home.

  • Email us to notify us of changes to your operations and services: This greatly supports our business through this time, even if they can’t be visits in-store. And even if you don’t need your products or services right away.
  • Stay active on your existing social media account from which you contacted us; it’s more important than ever that we hear from you. As you check in on us, let us know how you’re doing if you plan on a future purchase. This is one of the best ways we can support you.’

Tortoise Mart is rapidly exploring more ways we can to help us or small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. Our hope is that making cryptocurrency and gift cards accessible to all merchants is one immediate step we can take to help local businesses address their cash flow concerns. You can contact us by email at to find additional tools and support as they become available.