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Ecommerce for Beginners

August 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT

What you need to know to start selling products online

Got an idea for a product that you’d like to sell online?

It can be challenging to figure out how to choose the best methods of selling your products online. In this e-commerce for beginners course, you will learn what you need to know to transform your idea into an online store including how to choose the right ecommerce model that’s right for you such as selling your own products, or reselling products offered by other businesses. We will examine the pros and cons of building your own site or utilizing existing platforms such as Shopify, Amazon, and Facebook. After helping you figure out the best ecommerce business model and platform, we will dive into the practicalities of getting your product on the market. Learn tips for attracting customers, fulfilling orders, and managing your finances as the sales start rolling in.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 4th at 6:00 pm Mountain Time.  This workshop will be delivered online utilizing the Zoom platform.  The workshop can be taken on computers and smartphones.

You can register by visiting: www.iaia.edu/cecourses

There is a $5 registration fee to be paid to IAIA Continuing Education.

About your presenters:

Roxanne BestRoxanne Best (Colville) is a multi-talented and multi-disciplinary entrepreneur. She began her entrepreneurial journey as an underwater photographer and Scuba instructor in Turks and Caicos. Once on dry land, Roxanne continued her photography career and now focuses on lifestyle portraits and business imagery under the brand Roxtography. Her work as a photographer was recognized by the First People’s Fund when she was admitted to their Business Fellowship program in 2018. Roxanne has also been teaching yoga for the past 8 years and is a culinary artist focusing on traditional Native food preparation. In addition to all that, she is a regular small business consultant and trainer providing online training on a number of topics. Roxanne has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a minor in Business with a specialty in the SCUBA Diving Industry, an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts, and a 200RYT Yoga Certification. She loves quirky fashion, makeup, leather boots and leather jackets, bell bottoms and anything she can find that is a little strange.  She can be found at roxannebest.com.

Lynn WilsonLynn Wilson (Cherokee) serves as the Microenterprise Development Specialist for the IDRS Acorn Project. She has championed small businesses and entrepreneurs for 16 years working with tribal communities across Indian Country. Lynn’s work has focused on entrepreneurial training, business counseling, economic and demographic and social research related to economic development. For nine years she taught part-time for the School of Business and Technology at Rogers State University and she most recently joined the staff at IAIA teaching Advanced Entrepreneurship under the Business and Entrepreneurship certificate program. Lynn received her M.B.A and Professional Certification in Entrepreneurship from Cameron University and is a certified market research specialist through the National Center for Economic Gardening. She lives in Claremore, OK with her husband Clint (also a citizen of Cherokee Nation) and their two sons, Chandler and Quinton.

Mark Thompson serves the Executive Director of Indian Dispute Resolution Services. He also guides the IDRS Acorn Project, IDRS’ microenterprise development program, where he provides entrepreneurial training and technical assistance to Native American entrepreneurs and works with businesses operated by Native American tribes to conduct feasibility studies, develop business plans, establish internal accounting procedures and secure grant funding to further economic development through the creation of small businesses in Indian Country.

Outside of his work for IDRS, Mark has formally been involved in several small businesses including a real estate company, a restaurant, and a mobile disc jockey service. Mr. Thompson received his BS in Business from University of California, Berkeley and completed the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He lives outside Sacramento, California where he and his wife Mandi operate a small horse boarding facility and are raising two children, Zane and Marina.

This workshop is sponsored by the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Continuing Education program.

For more information about the Institute of American Indian Arts Continuing Education Program, please visit: iaia.edu/outreach/continuing-education/


Mark Thompson


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