eBay, together with the Halifax Regional Municipality, announced the launch of Retail Revival, a program designed to help small and medium-sized retailers harness the power of ecommerce and global trade. This eBay program, the first of its kind in Canada, is supported by all three levels of government.
When childhood friends Preston Clark and Frank Miller III started Seventh Floor Clothing in Akron, Ohio, in 2016, the new entrepreneurs quickly gained a boost from a hometown hero. One of the streetwear brand’s first products, a “Kiss the Trophy” hat hyping the championship chances of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, was promoted on Instagram by none other than LeBron James.
Small businesses are the biggest generator of jobs in America, making up nearly half of all private sector employment. Yet many of those small businesses have been locked into local—and sometimes depressed—markets. Nearly 75 percent of small businesses don’t have any e-commerce presence, and less than 2 percent of U.S. small businesses export.
In partnership with the City of Wolverhampton, eBay aims to support local small businesses growth.
This week eBay UK announced the launch of its first Retail Revival program in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton. This program is designed to help small retailers to get online. It will give them all the tools they need to sell on eBay’s global marketplace and compete in a 21st-century retail landscape, demonstrating that online and high street retail can survive and thrive together.
The partnership will help local businesses in Lansing utilize eBay’s global marketplace to boost their reach and revenue.
Members of eBay’s leadership team gathered with the Lansing Mayor’s Office, local government officials and small business owners to celebrate the announcement of eBay’s Retail Revival program in Lansing, Michigan. The second partnership of its kind, the 12-month program will provide training to Lansing entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to harness the power of technology and eBay’s global marketplace to help boost their reach and revenue.
A week after 9/11, New York Governor George Pataki and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani approached Meg Whitman, the CEO of eBay at the time, for suggestions on how to raise money for victims of the attacks. Putting in intense weekend hours, eBay staffers created Auction for America—a website that allowed eBay users to earmark auction items to benefit 9/11 victims. In short order, the site raised $10 million.
Commercial sellers and full-time entrepreneurs on the eBay platform are responsible for creating more than 690,000 jobs, and more than a third of our U.S. sellers come from small towns and rural areas.
by Dan Tarman, Chief Communications Officer, eBay
Online commerce has been one of the most powerful innovations in commercial history, enabling almost anyone, anywhere, to reach customers around the world. And eBay is one of the pioneers. We are guided by our purpose to empower people and create opportunity for all. The nearly $90 billion worth of merchandise sold on eBay last year forms what we call “the eBay economy.” We conducted an online survey among eBay’s 6 million US sellers to gain more information about the scale and impact of the eBay economy.
Brent Wesley started an urban beekeeping movement in Akron, Ohio, creating natural honey and personal care products featuring pure, all-natural ingredients. Today, Brent is one of more than 100 small businesses participating in eBay’s Retail Revival program, a 12-month economic development pilot. Retail Revival harnesses the power of technology and eBay’s global marketplace to support and grow small businesses, strengthen local economies and foster vibrant community growth.