On May 31, PayPal hosted the final event of the inaugural PayPal Small Business Month in Omaha, Nebraska. The event was held at Metro Community College’s downtown co-working offices at Do Space, a startup facilitator in Omaha, and included approximately 50 small business owners from the surrounding area.
Entrepreneurs came from around the area to learn how to expand their businesses using digital tools that companies like PayPal offer. Workshops and presentations were given throughout the day that focused on adoption and use of these digital tools as well as strategies for navigating the digital marketplace.
In addition to these sessions, there were also keynote presenters and speakers throughout the day. Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) participated in a fireside chat discussion during lunch with Lynette Lane-Ryan, Sr. Dr. at PayPal. The discussion focused on the importance of small businesses to the Nebraska economy and what Rep. Bacon has been working on in Congress to help entrepreneurs.
The day concluded with a panel discussion on cross-border trade that included Nebraska small business owner, Andrew Borakove, Tricia Van Orden from the Department of Commerce and PayPal Dr. of Global Initiatives, Melissa O’Malley. The panel participants all shared their experience with cross-border trade including the opportunities that it presents as well as the barriers that still exist. Each panelist was able to share their unique perspective on strategies for expanding international sales and resources available to small business owners. Paul Disselkoen, PayPal Government Relations Specialist, moderated the panel discussion.
PayPal was proud to host the final event of PayPal Small Business Month in Omaha, a community that our company is so closely connected to. The event was a valuable opportunity to share and learn from local small business owners.