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Announcing the 2018 Shine Awards for Small Business Winners…

This week we welcomed more than 2,000 eBay sellers from across the country to our annual celebration for sellers, eBay Open, in Las Vegas, to connect, learn, and share.

Our community of sellers make eBay one of the most diverse marketplaces in the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in our SHINE Awards for Small Business contest, which recognizes some of our most inspirational sellers across the U.S.. 

In June, we narrowed down thousands of submissions to just15 finalists across five categories. And then, we turned to the eBay community for an even tougher job – picking just one winner in each category. Our finalists relied on their friends, families, communities, and even eBay customers to spread the word about why they deserved to win. Their call was answered – in just a few short weeks, we received nearly 25,000 votes.

Each award submission was a testament to the potential for opportunity on eBay.  —from a single mom working to support her family to a college student launching his career, or a brick-and-mortar family business expanding its reach online.

While the community was voting on the 5 category winners, we selected our 2018 Small Business of the Yearfrom 15 fantastic finalists. We were joined by an all-star group of judges, including:

·      Angie Cardona-Nelson, 2017 Small Business of the Year and Owner of eWaste Direct

·      Kevin Chung, Marketing Principal, eCommerce Alliance Marketing, FedEx

·      Bob Kupbens, Vice President, Seller and Marketplace Operations, eBay

·      Rieva Lesonsky, President and CEO, GrowBiz Media and

·      Guy Longworth, Global CMO & SVP for the Small Business & Self-Employed Group, Intuit


We were honored to present the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award to Cori O’Steen of UpakNShip!


Cori founded her business in 2003 as a single mother packing orders while her children played in her living room. She began selling clothing that her children had outgrown, but always had difficulty finding the proper packaging to ship the clothes in. After locating the appropriately sized poly mailers, Cori began selling shipping supplies on her eBay store. In 2012, Cori’s family proudly created their own Poly Pak Brand product line including the new Poly Pak Designer Mailers, which are a custom designed colorfully printed line of poly mailers in stock and ready to buy in the quantity you need.  She is actively involved in her community and through eBay for Charity, donates a proceeds of her sales to help fund addiction recovery centers.  


We’re also proud to recognize our category winners as voted by the eBay community:


Click-and-Mortar: John M. Stack, ACityDiscount