Selling Products on 3rd Party Websites | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

Selling Products on 3rd Party Websites | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

Selling Products on 3rd Party Websites

How to Livestream Your Business to New Customers

Selling your products on 3rd party websites. The question we are ultimately attempting to answer is should you sell your products on 3rd party websites? What does it ultimately take to get on those websites and how do you get there? 

Key takeaways include

  • Benefits of online retail
  • What does online 3rd party retail look like?
  • Success stories and why it is recommended
Cory Morris

Meet The Presenter | Wesley Gizel

I’ve been working on Amazon for 5  years. Along with my partner, we’ve built a business of managing the Amazon account of over 30 businesses. My background is in economics & accounting and I live in Lincoln, NE.

Shipping 101 | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

Shipping 101 | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

Shipping 101

How to Livestream Your Business to New Customers

Learn what to ship and how, pricing strategies, and see some examples of problems and solutions. Get tips and strategies to provide cost savings, service improvements, and other benefits to your bottom line and customer experience with our package shipping services.

Key takeaways include

  • Under 1lb, Important but not Urgent
  • Why 1-3 days is better than 1-5 days
  • Returns; we will cover them.
Cory Morris

Zoe Terry is our in house shipping expert! She has been finding the perfect way to ship all of our products for a while now. She enjoys finding new ways to ship better, safer and more cost effectively. Zoe is young and ambitious and sure to show you how you can improve your bottom line.

Facebook Strategies To Grow Your Small Business | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

Facebook Strategies To Grow Your Small Business | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

Facebook Strategies To Grow Your Small Business

How to Livestream Your Business to New Customers

In this presentation, I will show you Facebook Strategies that helped me grow to 10,000 followers in 2 years and gain a loyal following.

Key takeaways include

  • Keep Your Bio Up To Date
  • Plug Your Website Provide Links or Tag Products
  • Invite People To Like Your Page
  • Produce Video Content
Cory Morris

Emily Malcom is a social media marketing guru who has grown her brand through social media marketing on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok. In 2021, one of her dresses was featured on Season 25 of “The Bachelor”. Emily also has experience creating websites and implementing traditional marketing strategies through her business, Simply Blessed Boutique.

Creating a Social Media Plan You Can Stick To | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

Creating a Social Media Plan You Can Stick To | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

Creating a Social Media Plan You Can Stick To!

How to Livestream Your Business to New Customers
No better way to start the year off right than with a plan that you can actually stick to for social media.

Join Lindsie Breazeale, Director of Marketing and Business Development as she shows how to create a sustainable social media plan for your business.

Key takeaways include

  • Quality, Quantity, Consistency
  • What platforms should you be on?
  • Sticking to your plan!
Cory Morris

This webinar is presented by Lindsie Breazeale of Director of Marketing and Business Development at GROW Nebraska.

She has years of experience with buisnesses big and small. As a previous marketing director at a mall she knows first hand how hard it can be to wear many hats and perform many jobs. Finding time for social media and other small marketing can often be overlooked but in this training she will give you her personal tips and tricks for getting the job done!

Brownie Bar expanding with new location in West Omaha

Brownie Bar expanding with new location in West Omaha

Brownie Bar expanding with new location in West Omaha

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OMAHA – If there’s anything we love more than seeing one of our members gain enough success to expand operations and open a new location, it’s when one of our members gains enough success to expand operations and open a new location because of dessert!

Michael Mitilier, co-owner of The Brownie Bar with Jim Friedman, took some time to tell us about the company’s exciting new developments, as well as provide some insight into their success. After the challenges that small businesses endured due to the pandemic, it’s especially encouraging to see such dynamic growth from one of our members!

After seeing so many cupcake, cookie, and donut shops around Omaha, Michael and Jim realized there was an opportunity in the dessert market for something different, and in 2019, the Brownie Bar was born. 

If you haven’t heard of (or visited) the Brownie Bar, here’s a quick rundown of the innovative concept:

Step 1: Choose from 3 types of signature brownies: Traditional, Blonde, and Dark Chocolate

Step 2: Choose 1 of 9 different toppings

Step 3: Enjoy them for yourself, ship them to a loved one, or make a large order for an upcoming event!

This simply delicious business model not only helped the Brownie Bar get on its feet, but kept it upright throughout the pandemic. In addition to producing a high-quality product that people love, their active presence on social media has been extremely useful in not only getting the word out, but actually expanding to a new location. 

“We were getting so many people who were coming down to our location in the old market,” said Michael. “I think a lot of those people were traveling from West Omaha, and would say things like, ‘We would have gotten down here sooner but we just don’t get downtown as often,’ or ‘We’ve been following you for about a year and finally got down here.”

So when it was time to expand, how did Michael and Jim decide where the next location would be? They took it to Facebook and let the people decide. They offered three zip codes and, after around 300 people voted, it was clear that West Omaha was the right choice.

Michael had plenty to say about the benefits of social media. “Social media is probably one of the biggest factors of our success. It gets the word out there quickly, and we can adjust it and play with it to see what’s working and what’s not working. Email marketing has been pretty good for us, too, allowing us to constantly remind clients and potential clients of our presence. That helps a lot.”

The ability to ship their brownies was a big help during the pandemic. “We do a lot of shipping. That saved us through COVID for sure, especially for the holidays and Valentine’s Day. We also have a food truck/van for private things and corporate events, which helped a lot, too.”

The fact of the matter, though, is that The Brownie Bar provides a unique, delicious dessert option that is consistent in quality and hard to forget. 

“Everything is made from scratch.” Michael laughed, “Some days I’d love to find out how many pounds of butter we go through a month! The packaging has a lot to do with it, too: cute little boxes with our logos on them. And if they order a 6 pack or 12 pack, there’s crinkly paper and an instruction sheet on how to heat your brownies. It’s the little things that make it just a little more memorable.”

Michael also believes in the power of simplicity, when it comes to success. “Keep yourself lean; don’t offer 5000 products. You need space, and you need the people to do all that work, and you need to be able to do everything well.

GROW Nebraska would like to wish a hearty “Congratulations!” to Michael and the whole Brownie Bar team. Your hard work, ingenuity, and talent has certainly paid off!

Story by Lauren Bonk, owner of the Curtain and Pen Copywriting Services, a GROW Nebraska member. Lauren hails from Kearney, NE, where she works as a freelance copywriter for small businesses, startups, and even larger corporate entities in need of professionally-written marketing content for their businesses and organizations.