HALIFAX — Online shopping and auction giant eBay Canada has chosen Halifax as the first Canadian city for its e-commerce training course, saying the Nova Scotia capital was selected on the strength of its small business community.
Andrea Stairs, general manager for eBay Canada and Latin America, says the local retail sector has strong potential to grow by reaching new customers through the company’s online marketplace.
She says the free 12-month training course, dubbed Retail Revival, will be offered to up to 70 businesses in the region.
The federal government has provided $60,000 for the training program through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, while the province is contributing $25,000 through Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says the city has always had a strong business sector, and the training will help independent retailers stay competitive in a global marketplace.
He says eBay is an “awesome fit” for the city, and will help local companies supplement their “bricks and mortar” retail with “bits and bytes” sales.
Halifax MP Andy Fillmore says small- and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the local economy, and eBay’s online marketplace will help them expand.
The Canadian Press