State Launches Online Retail Directory for Small Businesses | Business


Harrisburg, Pa. – A new website, launched last month, aims to connect small business owners in Pennsylvania with millions of online shoppers.

That commons Directory hosts thousands of Pennsylvania shops and businesses with a storefront or operations that also offer online sales. The directory can be searched by categories such as art, apparel, or pet products, as well as by location and ownership diversity.

“The little corner shops that line our main streets are part of the Pennsylvania identity,” the website reads. “But today more and more of us want to shop online, and finding local ones can be difficult Businesses That Sell Their Goods Online By compiling lists of Pennsylvania businesses that sell products online—whether through their own website or through third-parties like Amazon, eBay, or Etsy—CommonGoods makes it easy for us to show our PA pride and lead the way Place to shop when shopping online.”

Small businesses, defined as those with 500 employees or fewer, employ more than 2.5 million Pennsylvanians, or nearly half of the state’s private workforce. They also make up 99% of the state’s businesses, according to PA Business One-Stop-Shop, which compiled the directory.

The following products can be found on the website:

  • Clothing, jewelry and accessories
  • Household appliances, housewares and furniture
  • art and decor
  • Art supplies, crafts or toys
  • Auto parts and accessories
  • bath and body products
  • books and stationery
  • music
  • electronics
  • gifts or antiques
  • hardware and DIY supplies
  • health and wellness products
  • lawn and garden
  • pet goods
  • sporting articles and equipment
  • food retail

Franchise companies, multi-level marketing companies or chains are not eligible for the directory. Purchases are not made through the CommonGoods website; Instead, a link directs consumers to the retailer’s online store.

For retailers who don’t have an online store but are interested in creating one, the PA Business One Stop Shop offers helpful ecommerce resources, advice, training, and more on its website.

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