Husband and wife team Andrea and Hans Gönner have been entrepreneurial partners for many years. Before starting their online business Garnwelt, the Gonners owned a big textile company in Riedlingen. This company manufactured and sold ladies’ clothes for many years.
Andrew Borakove, owner of Gongs Unlimited, began the journey of launching his own business in 2004. At the time, he was working in Hollywood as a comedy writer, and decided to try his hand in online retail. While sitting at the beach, he came up with the idea of selling gongs.
Brian Robinson has lived in the Canton, Ohio area most his entire life, and earned his first job in the area when he was just 15 years old. Brian started in the music business in 1992, and the company he was working for began going under in 2004, he started looking for a new job.
Business owner Cori O’Steen started UPak as a single mother of two young children. She wanted to be at home with her children, so she began selling clothing items on eBay to make ends meet. She has since transitioned her business model to selling shipping supplies.
Saddle Up, a Western Saddle and Tack Shop, is a family owned and operated small business. In addition to Saddle Up having a great selection of new and used western saddles and tack, they also take trades, consign and buy customers’ used saddles and tack.
David Lahme started his career in media and advertising sales before diving into the computer industry. He joined a national value added reseller, as a National Account Executive selling technology products and integrated services such as eCommerce platforms.
AeroMarine Products started with one man who had a great vision. He had been in the chemical industry for about 20 years when he started selling products out of the trunk of his car. Soon after, he moved to a small warehouse, where he later sold his business to a private corporation.
Before becoming a small business owner, John Ray worked as a chemistry teacher and rowing coach for ten years in Michigan. In 2009, John and his wife moved to Florida, thinking he would continue his career as a teacher. Unfortunately, he had difficulties obtaining a job at a local school.
John’s business of selling new and used restaurant equipment began with his father Bill Stack in 1973. The businesses thrived through the 70s and 80s when John Stack decided to commit full-time to the family business. In 1999, sales were falling fast as demand in their area decreased.
Jon Golberg first started Outdoor Bunker in 1979 as an agricultural exporting business. About eight years ago, Jon decided to partner with another North Dakota businessman and they repurposed the business to focus on selling a variety of hunting, camping, and survival gear.
In the early 1990s, the Johnson family emigrated from Canada, where Willis, Kelly’s father and co-owner of UneekSupply, had been a farmer. Willis chose to move the family to the Bakersfield community because it was both family and business friendly.
In 2008 Mace Brasher started selling jerseys and other athletic apparel online. At the time, he was selling as a means for extra income while working as the manager of a call center. Creating his business online allowed Mace certain flexibilities as his sales steadily began to grow.
Both Manjinder Singh and his wife Renu had jobs in education when they began selling items online. At first, their efforts served as a hobby and as a way to make some extra money on the side. In 2015, they saw that they could expand on the eBay platform.
Marc Ducey started his career as a U.S. Naval Officer. After his military service, Marc transitioned to a sales career. While in a sales capacity, Marc saw an opportunity for an eCommerce business and he began selling golf equipment on eBay for additional income.
Marianne Turbes started selling on eBay while going through a difficult divorce. She was having a hard time financially, and her friend suggested selling on eBay. Marianne started off selling treasures she found at estate sales, and soon Garden Devotions was born.
Founded in 2000, Sonic Electronix is an audio and electronics specialist dedicated to delivering sound savings and expert advice. With over 2,000 shipments per day, including exports to countries like Canada and Australia, Sonic Electronix understands everything it sells.
While living in his Volkswagen Bus and only the task of riding a bike on his to-do list, Nick Martin began a simple mission: sell all of his worldly possessions on eBay. Minus his bike and his bus, Nick sold everything. Fast-forward 8 years to today and we present to you, The Pro’s Closet.
After a number of less successful business ventures, the Novocins found themselves at a breaking point. With practically no income, Norb used his uncertainty as a motivation to begin selling items on eBay, in an effort to earn a living for his family.
Rod Adams founded R & S Equipment, Inc. in 2001 after nearly 20 yearsof experience as a small engine mechanic and managing service centers for several local businesses. After years of running a business for someone else, Rod realized he should try being his own boss.
Ruby & Peter Hodgman began selling online on eBay in 2002 as a way to make additional income. Back then the couple never imagined that their venture would transform into a fullfledged small online business. It all started when a friend told Peter and Ruby about eBay.
Founded by Sarah Davis in 1999 and built on a foundation of her love for fashion and practicality, Fashionphile has worked hard to become the leading online reseller of pre-owned luxury handbags. The business’s online success has enabled Sarah to open three boutiques across California.
Scott Wool and his business partner started their business in 1987 as a brick-and-mortar store, but online retail saved it. Scott now has two brick-and-mortar locations, but running specialty shops like Omni Comics & Cards has become impossible without an Internet presence.
The McClellan family started Hardware Sales, formerly Powder Sales, in 1962, specializing in sales of dynamite to loggers, miners, and road builders. In 1971, the owners expanded the business and moved across the street, changing the name to Hardware Sales.
In 1986, Vivian Vassar rehabilitated an abandoned building from which she began selling vintage clothing. In 1999, one of her customers introduced her to a new online marketplace called eBay, and in that moment she recognized its enormous potential.
Tire Net USA was founded in 2006, after co-owners Wes Myers & Michelle McConnon discovered a need in the tire industry for a business that sells discontinued inventory tires for vehicles ranging anywhere from light trucks, to passenger cars to performance and racing vehicles.