Warren companies get first eBay training

WARREN — There have been 16 Warren businesses selected by eBay to partner with the internet giant so they can expand their reach to customers around the world through its Retail Revival program.

Representatives of the businesses went to Akron on Thursday to receive their first training as part of the program, which was announced in January. It is designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses in Akron and Warren maximize their use of the internet in growing their businesses.

There were more than 120 companies selected to participate in eBay’s first U.S. effort to do this Retail Revival program. It did a similar Retail Revival program in Germany.

The participating companies will receive a year’s worth of support, training and resources from eBay to use the best practices for selling on the eBay platform.

Last year, there were 245,000 eBay sellers in Ohio generating more than $938 million in sales, according to figures provided by the company.

The local businesses in the two cities will receive exclusive support and resources to help them get started selling on the eBay platform, including a comprehensive training program that will teach eBay selling basics, a dedicated customer service support team to answer any questions they may have, a complimentary eBay store subscription, and an eBay selling starter kit.

U.S Rep. Timothy Ryan, D-Howland, previously hosted eBay officials in his Warren office Nov. 21, in his Washington office on Dec. 20 and strongly urged them to select Akron and Warren for the Retail Revival program.

Participating Warren business owners and their companies, include: Clint Elston, Beautiful Whirl’d; Dave Maloy, Neal’s Shoes & Uniforms; Erik Hoover, Cockeye BBQ; Greg Bartholomew, All American Cards and Comics; Jessica Fincham, The Burlap Shack; Joshua Auden, INFI LLC; La Kita Williams, Sew Cute!; Lisa Davenport, Glam Candi Beaute Bar & Boutique; Lori Dubasik, Evaline’s Bridal; Mary Ann Porinchak, National Packard Museum; Michelle Beauchene, Blush Spa and Gift Boutique; Patricia J. Galgozy, Trumbull Art Gallery; Rosalyn Hill, 5 Grands Fashions; Thom Duma, Thom Duma Fine Jewelers; Thomas Crowley, Tom Crowley’s Jewelry Shop; and Tim Drummond, Artistics Silk Screening.

Greg Bartholomew, owner of All-American Cards and Comics, 161 W. Market St., has been selling items on eBay for approximately 20 years.

“It was a full day of information by eBay, helping people to set up and start their own eBay business,” Bartholomew said. “Although I knew much of the information presented, I can see how this program can help small businesses expand. This will give us more exposure and motivation to post more items on eBay.”

Over the next eight weeks, eBay representatives will contact the participating companies to work with them in promoting their businesses on the platform.