Grow Wabash County has secured a $50,000 grant from Region 3A utilizing EDA CARES Act funding to be able to identify and teach small, for-profit Wabash County businesses ways to improve their electronic commerce (e-commerce) presence.
Grow Wabash County invites for-profit small businesses in Wabash County to apply for its new E-Commerce coaching program presented in partnership with Cyclone Social.
This E-Commerce program will allow for 10 to 12 small businesses in Wabash County to receive high quality instruction and support to help them develop an e-commerce platform to sell their goods and/or services online. These coaching sessions will take place one-on-one between business owners and members of the Cyclone Social team and together they will take a holistic approach to creating and maintaining a successful e-commerce website.
Cyclone Social, a digital media agency based in Fort Wayne, has taken the lead on many projects geared towards giving brick and mortar businesses the tools and knowledge needed to establish a dynamic presence online.
"We have seen small, brick-and-mortar stores turn to e-commerce and absolutely explode with their businesses,” Andrew Lamping, founder and CEO of Cyclone Social, said. “It's exciting for us to be a part of this program and support so many remarkable businesses in expanding to e-commerce."
The selected businesses will be able to participate in this program free of charge, though certain ongoing fees (i.e. domains, website upkeep, etc.) to maintain their E-Commerce website will be the responsibility of the business owner.
“One of our main motivations at Grow Wabash County is to help our local business community grow, thrive and ultimately remain competitive in this ever-changing business landscape,” Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of Grow Wabash County, said. “Every day, more and more business in being done, at least partially, online, so we are excited to be working with Cyclone Social to help our local small businesses take the success they have as a brick and mortar business and multiply it by building out their virtual business presence.”
Business owners interested in applying to receive E-Commerce coaching from Cyclone Social are asked to complete the application
at: www.growwabashcounty.com/ecommerceprogram. In order to qualify for this program, a business must be a for-profit small business that operates in Wabash County.
A full copy of the Request For Proposals (RFP) can be found on the Grow Wabash County website at www.growwabashcounty.com/build-your-business.
Questions regarding the submission process may be directed to Chelsea at email@example.com or 260-563-5258.