We believe one of the most meaningful ways we can make an impact is by empowering small businesses. We are driven to help local retailers use the power of technology and the global marketplace to keep their doors open, hire from their communities, live where they work, and continue to enliven their local economy.

Our innovative Retail Revival program helps train local business owners to sell their unique inventory in a global marketplace, while strengthening ties within their local business community.

Get to Know Retail Revival

Lansing’s small business owners have optimism, purpose, and grit. See how Retail Revival helps them grow in global markets.

Preuss Pets is a pet store with a purpose. Now the Lansing-based retailer is sharing its purpose with the world on eBay.

Retailers in Wolverhampton, UK, discover new?ways to grow and thrive by taking their storefronts to eBay.

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Good for the Economy

Small to medium businesses, like those participating in the Retail Revival program, are essential to economic prosperity beyond their communities.

According to a survey among eBay’s six million commercial and full-time US sellers, small businesses on eBay employ more than 690,000 people in the US, and more than a third of these sellers come from small towns and rural areas.

Online commerce enables businesses of any size and location to open new avenues for revenue and growth beyond their immediate geography. The vast majority of sellers we surveyed—80 percent—say that selling on eBay enabled them to start their ecommerce business, and a third also operate a local brick-and-mortar store along with their online business.

eBay empowers these businesses to reach customers worldwide (which 63 percent say they do) while keeping jobs close to home.

“People can live where they work,” said Grace Kontur, founder of Kontur Wood Works, one of the businesses participating in Retail Revival in Akron. “People can enjoy their community?and also make money?while being part of a global community and economy that’s never been possible before.”

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eBay works with local city leaders, universities, and others in regions across the world to develop innovative small business programs to address specific retail challenges—always with the mission to scale solutions to benefit retailers in other communities.

Regional Programs


Halifax, Nova Scotia, is home to Canada’s first Retail Revival. The program helps local small and medium retailers reach new domestic and global customers through specialized ecommerce training, workshops and support.

Launched in March 2019, in partnership with the Halifax Partnership, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Nova Scotia Business Inc., and Saint Mary’s University, the program aims to help 59 retailers grow online through eBay.

Halifax, en Nouvelle-écosse, est la première ville canadienne à participer au programme Relance du commerce de détail d’eBay. Ce programme aide les petites et moyennes entreprises à accéder à un bassin de nouveaux clients à l’échelle nationale et internationale grace à un soutien, à des formations et à des ateliers spécialisés en commerce électronique.

Lancé en mars 2019 en collaboration avec Halifax Partnership, l’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique (APECA), Entreprises Nouvelle-écosse Inc. et l’Université Saint Mary’s, le programme vise à aider 59 détaillants à développer leurs activités en ligne sur eBay.

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Find unique, inspired items and support local economic development in cities around the world by shopping Retail Revival businesses.

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Always Open on eBay

No matter the time, day, or distance, shoppers can always find great deals and unique inventory at local retailers worldwide. Customers simply scan a QR code on the store window of participating sellers or visit?Always Open on eBay?to explore the store’s inventory.

Are you a brick and mortar shop with an eBay store??Sign up here?to join Always Open on eBay.

Meet Heather Wood

Rosie’s Recycles?and?Secondhand Rosa?owner Heather Wood has built a thriving e-commerce career, and she’s passionate about helping other women do the same. She regularly shares tips, inspiring thoughts, and personal learnings with her thousands of social media followers. With a focus on selling retail overstock and customer return merchandise, Heather and her customers are helping to keep clothes in circulation and out of landfills.