Merchant Advocates

Our Members

Small businesses play a critical role in the global economy. They create jobs, strengthen communities and drive economic impact. At PayPal, we have a strong small business empowerment message to share. We prioritize our merchants by providing financial services and tools that help them compete in the globally connected economy. To communicate this message and achieve this goal, we have created the PayPal Small Merchant Advocacy Delegation, a community of small business owners who advocate for the interests of other entrepreneurs on the issues that matter to them as well as PayPal. Check out some of our SMAD members below.

Member Andrea Harrison smiling in front of brick wall

"Sometimes sales can be slow, or a large amount of your cash flow is tied up in inventory and you just need some money upfront to pay off other parts of your business. It was so easy to apply, and I was approved in seconds."

Andrea Harrison


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Mike Schmiedicke

"PayPal Working Capital was a dream come true. It was a game changer. The terms are flexible and it works the way our business works. On a good month you pay back a lot and in a slow month you aren't penalized."  

Mike Schmiedicke

Strong Oaks Woodshop

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Nikki Gentry

"It is really a huge weight off my mind knowing that I have that extra little bit of financing when I need it to take advantage of a marketing opportunity, or buy some much needed supplies. It helps me breath and not panic."   

Nikki Gentry

My Dreamlines

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Geothermal Products | Ankeny, IA

Gary Henderson

Before starting Geothermal Products in the early 2000s, Gary worked in a partnership for geothermal installations for seven years.

Marine Products
Performance Product Technologies | Stillwater, OK

Andy Logan

Andy Logan has been in the Marine product industry for his entire professional career. As a native Oklahoman, Andy began working for Mercury Marine in 1992 after graduating from Oklahoma State University.

Dull Knife Terminator | New Castle, PA

John Moesta

John Moesta started sharpening knives from his home as a hobby about three years ago. Soon thereafter, he decided to add a retail component to his growing hobby.
Wilford's Boutique | United States

Jess Pate

Jess first started selling online while attending Wake Forest University, which at the time was the number one wired college campus in the U.S.

Comic Books
Greg Reece Comics | New Market, MD

Greg Reece

Greg Reece Comics started as a small brick-and-mortar store in the 90’s. However, the small business wasn't making ends meet and Greg had to close the shop.

Apex Motorsports | Louisville, KY

Chase Robbins

Chase Robbins joined the Small Merchant Advocacy Delegation in May of 2013. Since joining, he has traveled to Washington D.C.

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