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eBay thinks small with latest initiatives

BY Dan Berthiaume

eBay is bidding to empower small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the US.

The online marketplace is unveiling a set of partnerships and entrepreneurial initiatives aimed at supporting the growth of US SMBs. Beginning today, eBay is kicking off the company’s 14th annual seller advocacy day in Washington, D.C. During the two-day advocacy event, 24 sellers from 20 states are meeting with members of Congress to discuss issues facing small business, such as postal reform and cross-border trade legislation.

eBay is also expanding its Retail Revival economic empowerment program to a sixth city, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Local retailers in Baton Rouge will join participating sellers in Akron, Ohio, Lansing, Michigan, and Greensboro, N.C., in the U.S., plus Wolverhampton, U.K., and Halifax, Canada, who are accelerating their growth with training and support from eBay. To date, eBay has partnered with more than 300 small businesses through Retail Revival.

Additionally, Daymond John, founder of Fubu and featured investor on the TV series “Shark Tank,” is hosting a special virtual conference on Instagram Live, “Daymond John x eBay Power Talk,” to offer small business owners tips and advice for success. On May 9 at 6:30 p.m. EDT, John will answer questions via his Instagram account that focus on e-commerce growth.

eBay is also partnering with the SCORE Foundation, a network of volunteer, expert and business mentors, and making a $50,000 donation.

“eBay is built on the invaluable contributions of small businesses around the world, and we jump at every opportunity to lift them up and show our appreciation,” said Steve Wymer, senior VP and chief communications officer at eBay. “This week, we’re standing alongside our sellers nationwide to put a spotlight on their needs, while also providing resources and guidance to support their success.”

These SMB-focused initiatives follow eBay’s recent announcement it is accepting entries for the fourth annual eBay Shine Awards for Small Business, which recognize the eight most inspirational SMBs selling on the eBay platform.

Editor’s Note: Chain Store Age will run a Q&A interview with Daymond John on our site Wednesday, May 8.

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