FHSU to host first regional eBay conference
09/16/2008

A two-day convention on the ins and outs of e-Bay will be held under the name of the Central States Kansas Jubilee on Oct. 3 and 4 at Fort Hays State University' Memorial Union.

The focus is to teach people how to use eBay and its wide variety of tools to conduct business, and another part is to teach charities and non-profits how to use Giving Works, eBay's charity arm, to raise funds.

The event will not only feature two days of instruction on how to use e-Bay, dinner on Saturday night will also include a charity eBay auction to help Chapman USD 473 rebuild schools destroyed by a tornado on June 11.

A conference such as this one has been a "goal of mine for the last three years," said organizer Joyce Banbury, Russell, a "loyal FHSU alumna" and a 10-year veteran of eBay.

While eBay has conducted five national conferences, called eBay Live!, this is the first regional conference in which eBay corporate has participated.

"I see FHSU as a key to economic development in the region," she said. The university's College of Business and Leadership is a primary sponsor. Co-sponsors are eBay and the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The convention's Friday lineup includes a star of the eBay universe, Jim "Griff" Griffith, eBay executive, dean of eBay Education and eBay radio personality. He was the third employee hired by eBay, in 1996, and is the only remaining employee of the original staff.

Presenters also include Jason Miner of PayPal, who will present a seminar on how to make PayPal work as a "complete business solution" for online businesses and non-profits. PayPal is owned by eBay. Miner is an educator for both companies and hosts PayPal Radio, a twice-monthly Internet radio program that covers PayPal information and also provides tips and techniques for success in all aspects of online business.

Another special presenter will be Danna Crawford, who is not only an eBay seller but is a specialist in Giving Works, eBay's charity tool set. She will conduct a workshop showing how eBay's charity division can be used to help raise funds. Giving Works has

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helped raise more than $200 million for charities since 2001. Saturday night's charity auction for Chapman schools, which will be conducted live on eBay, will be part of her presentation.

The convention also includes:

--Cindy Shebley, an eBay Certified Business Consultant and Education Specialist from Seattle, will conduct two seminars, each about an hour-and-a-half long: "Easy Auction Photography" and "Marketing Your eBay Business."

--Sharon Ware, CEO and founder of Dandelion Consulting, Orlando, Fla., is a Certified Business Consultant and Education Specialist and a mentor in the Education Specialist program. She will explain the growing importance of establishing a brand to stay competitive, and she will demonstrate how easy this is to do with an eBay Store.

--Carolyn "CJ" Jacinto, Irvine, Calif., left a full-time career in retail to begin an eBay business in 2002. The company, XOXmas, began selling vintage and antique Christmas items both online, using eBay, and in a retail location. She teaches four different eBay classes at Irvine Valley College and as a Certified Business Consultant teaches an MBA eBay business class at Concordia University, Irvine. She will conduct the seminar "Learn the Basics of Shipping with USPS and PayPal."

--Suzanne Randa, a native of rural central Kansas, returned to the area in 1999 after spending 20 years in Topeka. Originally eBay was her way to stay productive despite her disabilities, but now it has become her passion to encourage people in rural areas to embrace eBay as a route to economic development and to enhance the lives of rural people. She presented "eBay & Rural America" at eBay Live! 2008 in Chicago.

Registration for the conference is $49 per person ($39 per person for charities and non-profits) and includes the Saturday dinner. Also included is a continental breakfast on Friday, Oct. 3.

Pre-registration is required, with payment through PayPal or by credit card. To register, go to http://kansasjubilee.com or call 1-800-654-0381. For inquiries, e-mail kansasjubilee@gmail.com.


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