eBay’s platform provides small businesses instant access to a global marketplace. This year, eBay is recognizing Kimberley Wotherspoon of LumberMart
, a hardware and building supply store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for her success in selling beyond Canada’s borders. Kimberley’s “intrapreneurial” spirit (behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a business) highlights a growing sector of SME’s utilizing eBay’s ecommerce platform to reach a global audience. Kimberley was hired to build LumberMart’s online business, and within her first year on the job, she increased daily sales by more than 900 per cent. Today, LumberMart is shipping items around the world, with more than 60 per cent of shipments being exported to countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France and the United States. By bringing a ‘traditional’ bricks-and-mortar store online, Kimberley has helped LumberMart stay competitive even as big box retailers have started to move in to the local market.