Building an online store can be a daunting task – but using an already built eCommerce platform can make things much easier. Shopify is a hosted eCommerce platform used by big brands like the LA Lakers, Kylie Cosmetics and Tesla – as well as more than 800,000 small businesses in 175 countries.

The Shopify platform makes it easy to design, set up, and manage a store anywhere — including mobile, web, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. You manage your products, inventory, payments and shipping all from a streamlined back-end and you can use your own domain name.

This course is taught by Marinela Miclea, who runs Mendo Digital, a local Web optimization company and approved Shopify partner.  Certified in SEO, digital marketing, marketing strategy, and social marketing, Marinela has 20+ years of experience in high-tech and marketing. She serves as Communications Director for Coast Women in Business and writes the popular Mendo Coast Biz column in The Mendocino Beacon and Fort Bragg Advocate-News.

If you are curious about selling online but don’t know where to start, this workshop with teach you how quickly (and successfully) you can start. It will cover everything you need to know to set up your own Shopify store, from adding products to connecting your business’s social media.

*Please note: Attendees are required to bring a laptop to this workshop

What you will learn:

  • Why choose Shopify over other eCommerce platforms

  • How to add products and create collections in your Shopify store

  • How to connect to social media and use analytics tools

  • How to navigate and use your Shopify store

  • Best practices for Shopify success (Do’s and Don’ts)

Shopify: Start Your Online Store – Ukiah

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

5:30 PM 7:30 PM

West Business Development Center

185 E Church St.


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Shopify: Start Your Online Store – Fort Bragg

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

5:30 PM 7:30 PM

West Business Development Center

345 N Franklin St.

Fort Bragg

RSVP here.


Free Business Advising at West Business Development Center

If you are a business of one or a company of 100 employees, at any stage from startup to established, WestBDC offers free business advising  — on whatever topic you might be stuck on. If it’s finding the right loan to expand, staffing your business with the right people or even just wading through new minimum wage requirements, we have experts ready to help you right now.

Click here to sign up for free advising. We’ll schedule a free, thirty-minute call and then we’ll assign you the free expert advisor you need.

See how these successful businesses set up, grew and expanded with West Business Development Center Free Advising services:

Stan’s Maple Café, Ukiah

MendoTechNet, Ukiah and Lakeport

SlamDunk Pizza, Ukiah

Or read about how these small businesses were helped by WestBDC through one-on-one advising and low-cost workshops.


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