GROW Nebraska Opportunities
If you want more online sales, YOU need to promote it when you are at craft shows or farmer's markets, demoing your products, anywhere you have an audience. Word of mouth is still the best form of advertising – people NEED to know they can buy your product online. So:
1. Tell everyone where they can buy your product, including your web site, the GROW eCommerce site, stores, etc.
2. Give everyone a handout or sack stuffer that tells them where they can buy it online after you tell them.
3. GROW will make you a customized handout promoting your items on the GROW eCommerce web site at ShopGrowNebraska.org. Click here to view.
If you are interested in having a custom handout made for your business to print, promoting your items on the GROW eCommerce site, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The GROW eCommerce and eBay stores are a great way to get MORE SALES at little or no additional cost! 109 of GROW's 362 members are on eCommerce. Are you? 70% of our orders on eCommerce and 90% of orders on eBay are from out of state. How many out-of-state sales do you have? We'll help you to increase your promotion with out-of-state customers!
To find a full step-by-step instruction on how to get online please click here. We ask that you please fill out an online form to assist staff in adding the correct information. You know your product better than we do! We ask that you submit one form per product needing to be added. Please send any photographs for the item to email@example.com.
Don't wait! Items will be added on a first-come first-serve basis, so the sooner you sign up, the sooner your items will be added. Any forms filled out after October 1 are not guaranteed online for the holidays.
To find out if your products are online please click here and find your company. If your business is not in the drop down your items are not on the eCommerce site.
The eBay store can be found here. Only members who paid bundle can be on eBay for free. Any members who paid basic fee will be charged $6.25/month for the remainder of the year prior to items being added. To find out if you paid bundle, please click here.
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We are very pleased to announce that REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Project), a project of the Center of Rural Affairs, would like to help GROW Nebraska members that do not have a business plan develop one or help members that have a business plan but would like it reviewed.
A business plan is a critical step to ensuring your business is profitable and provides the plan of where your business needs to go in the future. REAP has business specialists all across the state that are interested in meeting with you at your place of business. Please click here to sign up for this opportunity. REAP business counseling is personal and confidential.
REAP business specialists can also provide counseling on all topics for start-up and existing businesses. Finance questions, pricing and business plans are just a few of the many topics your business can receive personalized free training on.
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We are currently in a trial period. If you business has been selected by staff to be a part of the trial promotion, you will be contacted in the coming weeks as to when your product will be promoted. Those signing up for this opportunity will begin to be promoted the middle of October. The calendar will be set on a first-come-first-server basis, so be sure to sign up soon since we are fast approaching the holiday season.
We are opening up the promotion to all members. If you are interested in having your item added please fill out the form here.
To qualify, you must meet the below requirements.
- Item must be located in the Kearney retail store.
- We ask that the items promoted are worth at least $10 – if your item is lower priced, please bundle them (I.e. 5 seasonings).
-The item must be re-produceable, so if it is a "one-of-a-kind" you must be able to make similar reproductions . Reproductions do not need to be "exact" as they are handcrafted items.
- You must have a decent quantity on hand of the product so we can contact you in case we need more. If the items are one-of-a-kind they need to be able to be reproduced within 10 days of the promotion running. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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