eBay are expanding their Retail Revival programme to the Texas capital, with an official launch scheduled for the 10th of October. Applications are now open for Austin small businesses to join Retail Revival, a program designed to equip local retailers with the skills and training needed to thrive in the global marketplace.
One of the fastest-growing cities in the US, Austin is renowned for its vibrant arts and culture scene. Austin is also home to one of eBay’s largest corporate offices. For more than a decade, eBay has been an active member of the local community.
In the last five years alone, eBay’s Austin office employees served over 4,500 volunteer hours in the city and supported dozens of nonprofits through grants and donations. eBay also boasts an honoree of “Austin Best Workplaces” since 2010.
“Through our Retail Revival program, we want to deepen our reach into the Austin community and help more local small businesses bring their unique products to new customers around the world. We love our city, and we’re committed to ensuring that its continued growth is as inclusive and vibrant as Austin itself.”
– Mike Petersen, head of eBay’s Austin office.
Participating Retail Revival sellers receive comprehensive training, personalised coaching and promotional support from our teams – all at no cost.
Austin joins other partner cities including Akron, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Wolverhampton, UK; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in showcasing its small business community to eBay’s 182M customers around the world.
Chris Holbrook, owner of the Austin-based online footwear store “Sneaker Jesus,” noted that becoming an eBay seller enabled him to become a full-time entrepreneur and give back to his community.
“There is no other resource that has been a bigger contributor to my business’ success than eBay” he said. “Without eBay, we would never be able to get even a fraction of the exposure that we achieve with our listings. I’m thrilled to see Retail Revival program expanding to my hometown.”
In the lead-up to the program’s October’s launch, eBay are also looking forward to joining Austin’s dynamic community of artists and makers at Pecan Street Festival, on the 21st and 22nd of September.
As a festival sponsor, eBay will be showcasing some of the unique handmade products eBay has to offer at their booth, located near the intersection of 6th Street and Neches. Austinites are encouraged to stop by to shop and for a shot at winning some great prizes.
The Retail Revival application period opens today and will close on Tuesday, the 24th of September.