Baton Rouge’s economic growth is rapidly increasing, thanks to eBay.
The city of Baton Rouge has been chosen to be the home of eBay’s Retail Revival and eBay@Home programs. The online marketplace CEO Devin Wenig announced the business venture on May 7 at the new venue, Red Stick Social in downtown Baton Rouge.
eBay’s Retail Revival is a 12-month program that aims to encourage small business owners or people who want to be a business owner to “stay local & sell globally”. The program gives free comprehensive training, individualized coaching, an eBay premium store subscription & ongoing marketing support to business owners to compete in a digital economy.
The Business Report reported the announcement, as Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome commented on the business venture for the city, “Baton Rouge has small, growing businesses in every sector, from retail & restaurants that exemplify local flavor, to innovative tech companies growing in our local small business incubators.”
Baton Rouge is one of many cities that is a part of the eBay program. Other cities include Akron, Ohio, Lansing, Michigan, & Greensboro, North Carolina. The program has hit overseas as well, with cities like Wolverhampton, United Kingdom & Halifax, Canada that are in the portfolio of eBay’s program. There have been more than 200,000 transactions by around 300 participating businesses.