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    Tuesday, December 7, 2021

    eBay Announces 2021 Class of Up & Running Grant Recipients

    eBay Inc. today announced the recipients of its second annual Up & Running Grant program, which was created to support small businesses with incremental funding and business development resources.

    This year’s list of 50 US winners includes sellers from 25 states across motors, electronics, fashion, beauty, collectibles and more. Each will receive $10,000 to re-invest in their businesses plus customized access to training resources and mentorship.

    “eBay is committed to helping sellers succeed, and we designed the Up & Running Grant program to fuel their growth,” said Andrea Stairs, CMO and VP of Seller Community.

    “Recipients are able to use funds and resources to increase inventory, adjust their business model, or hire more employees. Cultivating small businesses is embedded in the eBay DNA, and we continue to provide the crucial tools to help entrepreneurs thrive.”

    On eBay, 80% of all items sold are from a small business, and, in the past year, small businesses grew 27% on the marketplace (US). The 2021 grant recipients sell in categories like sneakers, luxury watches, handbags, trading cards, comics, electronics, sports equipment, motors and more.

    The 50 grant recipients are listed below:




    Jude Lugo

    17 Entre LLC DBA J&L Making a Difference

    Flower Mound, TX

    Lawrence Njuguna

    3N Group LLC

    Bowie, MD

    Adam Hathaway

    Advanced Manufacturing Supply, LLC

    Westbrook, ME

    Jake Mallerdino


    Pewaukee, WI

    Anna Packer

    Annaesthetic Miscellany LLC

    Flowery Branch, GA

    Nila Siok

    Appealing Signs

    Elk Grove Village, IL

    Kristina Compton

    Auto Parts Puller

    Scotland Neck, NC

    Katelyn Huffine

    Beauty On Point

    Lawton, OK

    Robin Thomas

    Books With Character

    Landenberg, PA

    Brandon Bergholz

    Bravo Charlies Kicks & Customs

    Ashland, OH

    Jacqueline Green

    Brendan Reid Imaging

    Frankfort, KY

    Vince Kachatorian


    Glendale, CA

    Dave Cole


    St. George, UT

    Jill Norton

    Dragon Tail Resale

    Saint Charles, IL

    Sandy Herrera

    Elias Collectibles LLC

    New York, NY

    Eric Sim

    EVS Trading Company LLC

    San Francisco, CA

    John Fetchko

    FarFetched Cards LLC

    Irwin, PA

    Maria Victoria Cerdenia

    Gift Ko LLC

    Washington, D.C.

    Shahrad Mohebbi

    Global Online Retail Inc.

    Katy, TX

    Jeff Lee

    Halo Custom Guitars, Inc.

    Cupertino, CA

    Lorri Rathz

    Jan's Jewelry Junction

    Ventura, CA

    Patricia Snead


    Henderson, NV

    Fal Upton

    Kindred Commerce LLC

    Tampa, FL

    Maykau Yang

    KraZGifz, LLC

    Brooklyn Park, MN

    Jeremy Maddox

    Left/ Right Liquidations, LLC

    Morgantown, WV

    Kathleen McNamara

    Lola Frocks

    San Francisco, CA

    Saini Kannan


    Irvine, CA

    Sunghyo Lee

    Newdelphe LLC

    Fairfield, CT

    Rachid Saint Jean

    Nismopar Inc.

    Orlando, FL

    Michael Payne Jr.

    Northwest Decalz

    Yelm, WA

    David Jordan

    Nostalgics Online

    Belton, MO

    Nhan Phan

    NP Galleria LLC

    Chicago, IL

    Shannon Hoolihan

    Parts At Your Door, LLC

    Belleville, IL

    Jacob Pendleton

    Pendleton Group, LLC

    Dothan, AL

    Sasha Wood


    Pullman, WA

    Lorie Wuttke

    Remember When LLC

    Delevan, WI

    Ian Roberts

    Remote Wholesalers, LLC

    New York, NY

    Serena Coleman

    Riff Raff Resale

    Sandy, UT

    Rhonda Abraham

    Ronnie's Closet 2 LLC

    Windermere, FL

    Alex Carrera

    Save A Suit Inc.

    Bethel, CT

    Shari Smith

    Shari Sells, LLC

    Erie, CO

    John Agnello

    Snap Goes My Cap

    Brooklyn, NY

    Tamara Baker

    Sneaker Solecial & Everyday Kicks

    Lyman, SC

    Carlos Solis


    Pomona, CA

    Margaret Sommers

    The Ladies Room Inc.

    Lombard, IL

    Richard Benedetti

    the TAG hut/MyWatchCare

    Saint Petersburg, FL

    Jennifer Walker

    Theory Comics

    Rye, CO

    Rosalia Villa

    Thrifting Babe

    Ventura, CA

    Marcus Binion

    Urban ReinVintage

    Washington, D.C.

    Waylen Hunsucker

    Way Motor Works

    Atlanta, GA

    Through Hello Alice, all grant recipients are enrolled in an online community of similar businesses for peer-to-peer networking and will also have access to their business center.

    The full list of 2021 grantees can be viewed here, along with a short video.

    In April 2020 eBay announced Up & Running, a $100 million small business accelerator program to address the devastating impacts of COVID-19 to small, local retail businesses. Built on eBay’s long-standing commitment to “enabling economic opportunity for all,” the program sought to help small businesses without an e-commerce presence transition to online selling.

    In November 2020 – to expand on its “Up & Running” pledge – eBay introduced the Up & Running Grant program in partnership with Hello Alice. Now in its second year, the program has received more than 10,000 applications from entrepreneurs sharing details of their small business and how they plan to use the grant to fuel their growth. Following a comprehensive review, 50 sellers are chosen to each receive $10,000 in cash along with premium access to Seller School — eBay’s e-learning platform — as well as direct training, Q&A sessions and mentorship from ranking eBay sellers.

    Hello Alice is a free, multichannel platform that helps businesses launch and grow. With a community of more than 320,000 business owners in all 50 states and across the globe, Hello Alice is building the largest network of owners in the country while tracking data and trends to increase the success rate for entrepreneurs.

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