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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Joint Partnership Between eBay and the Cities of Akron and Warren

January 19, 2018
Press Release

Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement enthusiastically supporting the joint entrepreneurship partnership announced between eBay and Akron and Warren, Ohio. The “Retail Revival” program involves a 12-month partnership to help local small businesses and Northeast Ohio harness the power of technology and eBay’s global marketplace. The Ohio 13th Congressional District is the first in the country to be chosen as a pilot for this program.

Ryan hosted eBay officials in his Warren, Ohio and Washington, DC offices and strongly urged them to select Akron and Warren for the Retail Revival program.

“I am proud that my Congressional District was selected to host the first ‘Retail Revival’ pilot partnership with eBay. As technology and entrepreneurship continues to form the foundation of the twenty-first century economy, it is imperative that we in government be able to answer one very important question: How do we plug every community into the global economy? We have the perfect opportunity right now to help rebuild and rejuvenate communities that have been struggling with the loss of manufacturing by connecting them with tech companies traditionally located on the coasts. There is talent located all across America, but investments must be made in order to harness it. I applaud eBay for recognizing this reality and committing to investing in communities like Akron and Warren. This is a big deal for our communities, and I am thrilled to continue to support critical public-private partnerships like these,” said Congressman Ryan.  

The program will select 20-40 local businesses to participate in the program for 2018. Those businesses will receive exclusive support and resources to help them get started selling on the eBay platform including a comprehensive training program that will teach the eBay selling basics, a dedicated customer service support team to answer any questions the new sellers may have, a complimentary eBay store subscription, and an eBay selling starter kit. Akron or Warren, OH based businesses interested in participating in the program can apply by visiting and filling out a submission form by Friday, February 9 at 11:59PM ET.