There are lots of Shop Local sites around, but the online store we recently launched for Virginia's Growth Alliance is a bit different.
This groundbreaking project, funded by Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, provides a free platform for businesses in Virginia's Growth Alliance economic development region to sell physical and digital products online, bringing support to local businesses on a world-wide scale.
- Buyers can purchase from several vendors in one transaction.
- PayPal distributes proceeds directly to each vendor.
- Vendors have full control of all of their products, including pricing and shipping.
- Vendors can create discount codes for use exclusively in buying their products.
- VGA is providing all setup, training, and presence on the website free of charge to vendors.
- A directory of currently 1200+ businesses is included, as not only retail sales are "shopping.”