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How eBay Helps Small Business Survive & Thrive Online with Rebecca Michals

When the pandemic first hit, small businesses took a huge blow with many being forced to shutter their doors.

In response, Engage for Good sponsor, eBay, stepped in to help tens of thousands of these small businesses get “Up and Running” online through their platform, providing tremendous support to convert brick and mortar stores to accessible, online ones.

They also developed the Up & Running Grants program which gave 50 grantees $10,000 apiece, as well as mentorship and resources in collaboration with business accelerator Hello Alice.

After a wildly successful first year of the program, the eBay team decided to run it again.

This year, the second annual small business support program marks $1 million in total investment for grant winners. In today’s episode, EFG’s Alli Murphy is joined by Rebecca Michals, Director of Community & Engagement at eBay.

Tune into today’s episode to learn all about:

  • What makes this program so successful for eBay and its sellers
  • What the company learned from last year’s group of grantees
  • Trends Rebecca and her team are seeing from this year’s applicant group
  • Success stories from past recipients
  • What’s on the horizon for eBay and the Up & Running Grants Program

Links & Notes

Elevate Your Social Impact

  • (00:00) – Welcome to Cause Talk Radio
  • (00:58) – Introducing Ebay’s Rebecca Michals
  • (02:21) – The Up and Running Program
  • (04:53) – The “For Profit” Cause Paradox
  • (06:01) – Lessons Learned
  • (09:43) – Evolution for 2021
  • (12:05) – Hello Alice
  • (12:35) – This Year’s Grants
  • (17:16) – What Makes eBay Special?

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