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Help Your Small Business With Ebay

Bay, the world’s largest on-line marketplace, is attracting small businesses in record numbers. Small
businesses are using eBay to purchase equipment, supplies and resources for operating and growing their
businesses. Some of the types of businesses that are using eBay are accountants, jewelers, photographers,
and restaurant owners. Small businesses are selling on eBay in record numbers, as well. According to
eBay, there are more than 430,000 sellers on eBay.com selling full-time or part-time. Meg Whitman, president and CEO of eBay, says, “Members of our community are evolving the way
they utilize eBay, proving that our marketplace is just as relevant for small business use as it is for personal use. eBay has become an important destination for small businesses. Here, they can discover amazing business buying opportunities that can help them achieve success.” With the increased focus on small
businesses, eBay created a new web site called www.ebaybusiness.com,
   Business Sense Teresa Rayburn is a business consultant in the Albany office of the Georgia SBDC Network. To find your local SBDC, call the state office at 706-542-2762 or locate it on the
web at www.sbdc.uga.edu. which brings all business-related items together under one destination. In just
one year, the business-related listings have increased from $500,000 to $1,000,000.
eBay is adding new services to help small businesses in the areas of cash flow management by offering
equipment leasing and financing by Direct Capital, employment services through Monster.com, and shipping
services in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service. The new shipping features include free co-branded
Priority Mail boxes from the U.S. Postal Service and the ability to print shipping labels directly from eBay.
Jordan Glazier, general manager of eBay Business, adds, “eBay is enabling small business owners to build
a richer future. Whether they are saving money on equipment and inventory, tapping eBay as a cost-effective sales channel or utilizing one of the many services we offer, small business owners are making eBay an integral part of starting, operating, and growing their businesses.” To get small businesses excited
about eBay, they launched a new campaign called “Dream Big. Save Big.” This was a contest that ran
between February 19 and April 15, 2004, in which they included weekly prize giveaways, discount offers from partners, and a special grand prize. The grand prize contest was a chance to win a $50,000 shopping spree on eBay. The prize was given in the form of eBay Anything Points which are
deposited into an account in Paypal, an on-line payment site, for use to purchase anything on eBay. To enter
the contest, a simple question was asked, “If I won $50,000, what would I buy on eBay to help my small
business, and how would it make my business dreams come true?” You had to give the answer in 250 words or less. The top five essays were posted on eBay and members voted for the best one.
The winner of this year’s contest is a tree farmer from Sandy, Utah. His essay told of his lifelong hobby of tree planting that turned into a full-time job after he was laid off from a technology job. His business was growing so fast that his equipment could not keep up, so he used the prize money to purchase new equipment for his business. Just think, if eBay can help a tree farmer, what could it do for your small
business! Visit www.ebaybusiness. com for more information


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