How To Thrive In The First Year of Your New Business

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Join eBay and graduates of the Black Girl Fest x eBay Seller Academy programme for first-hand insight on starting and scaling a small business.

You will hear advice for selling online and best practice for trading on e-commerce marketplaces, alongside learning from fellow small business owners who will be sharing their business journeys. You’ll also have your chance to ask them your questions.

The webinar will also introduce you to the Black Girl Fest x eBay Seller Academy programme, a programme designed to equip Black women entrepreneurs with the right tools, skills and knowledge to grow a successful business on eBay.


Selina Jones – founder of Bloomin Boutique.

Blooming Boutique prides itself on three key features: Sustainability, Luxury homeware & Affordability. I sell past season stock which would otherwise go to landfill; the idea that some businesses prefer to destroy products rather than discount them to protect their brand is shocking. Always looks on the bright side & always on the lookout for a bargain! From which Bloomin Boutique Homewares was born. Lockdown was the right time to turn my side hustle into a business.

Selina is a graduate of the Black Girl Fest x eBay Seller Academy programme and is excited to share her experience with you during this webinar.

Taimur Ahmed – eBay Marketplace Advisor.

Taimur is a Marketplace Advisor and has been at eBay for over 6 years. Recently, he has led the training for participants of the Black Girl Fest x eBay Seller Academy programme and his passion lies in analysing the opportunities for business owners, right from inventory management to maximising revenue.

Chris Gale – Head of Social Impact UK

Chris Gale leads eBay’s Social Impact work in the U.K, focusing on the role of e-commerce in driving positive social change and empowering economic opportunity across under-served communities. 

Prior to joining eBay in 2020, Chris spent several years on issues surrounding education and skills development in Ghana, India and South Africa. He then transitioned into working more closely on how business can drive social impact, spending time at Marks & Spencer and Ben & Jerry’s where he led their social mission strategy in Europe, focusing on refugee and asylum rights.  

Chris has a BA in Geography from The University of Manchester and a Masters in International Business and Development from Birkbeck College, University of London. He recently relocated from South London to the Yorkshire Dales with his family and outside of chasing after his two young children enjoys hiking and is an avid rugby and football fan. 

Maggie Oyewole – founder of The Education Hub. Diverse children’s jigsaw puzzles and educational resources created to Inspire, Empower and Educate.

Inspired by my two sons, I’ve launched a range of jigsaw puzzles for children from diverse backgrounds. Formed to encourage children to explore careers that, up until now, have been largely considered “out-of-reach” to black people and often, white dominated. 

My mission is to Empower, Inspire and Educate our children of the future. That no matter what background you come from, anything they aspire to be is attainable. I’ve created a new generation of puzzles, empowering and inspiring young minds. Diverse puzzles are rarely seen in toy shops and Schools in the UK and this lack of representation needs to change.

About eBay

eBay Inc. is a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world. We exist to enable economic opportunity for individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations of all sizes. eBay Marketplaces operates in 190 markets.

About Black Girl Festival

BGF is a creative studio that builds projects with purpose to help create a
better future for our community. Projects include The Club, BGF Academy, BGF
Creative Fund, Girlhood + The Black Girl Festival.

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