Honestly, I would focus more on getting the budget to pay developers.
If that is totally out of the question then I'd suggest contacting local hackerspaces and meetups, to see if people would be up for doing a 2-3 hour session on solving smaller well-defined issues.
Hope that helps!
To stay near 12% mgt numbers the tech budget has to be hyper restricted. Even at 2M+ rev, there is little there (back/front/seo/marketing etc).
Hackerspace support on specific items is interesting thanks. 👍
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