Local to Legend
Local to Legend
Jan 4, 2022
46 - From Local Business Owner to Local Business Champion with Cherie Edilson from Member Marketplace Inc
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In this week’s podcast episode, Emily chats with Cherie Edilson, local business enthusiast and CEO of Member Marketplace Inc. Cherie digs into her journey as a local business owner and shares how that experience gave her an honest look at the challenges small businesses have to face. This spurred her to create Member Marketplace Inc, a business that makes it easy to implement an e-commerce marketplace for your community or organization, creating a one-stop shop for buying products and services from businesses online.

After becoming a mother, Cherie launched a hair bow business called the Pink Barrette when she was looking for something with flexible hours that would still allow her to stay home with her kids. She started selling at farmers markets, on her website, and on Amazon.

It was at one of these farmers markets that she realized a lot of local businesses relied heavily on events to sell their products. Because of her experience with the Pink Barrette, she knew the impact that e-commerce could have on a local business. This led her to create Member Marketplace with her husband, a web developer. From there they’ve expanded to work with local businesses and organizations all over the country including Shop Iowa, Shop Made In Nevada, California Shop Small, and Shop North Dakota.

Cherie chats more in this episode about her pivot from local business to startup and what it’s been like to be a part of a startup accelerator. She shares more about how her business model has changed and the vision for the future of MemberMarketplace Inc. 

Check out this episode to learn more about Member Marketplace Inc and the power of e-commerce!

Tune in for topics like:

  • Cherie’s journey to starting her own local business
  • Lessons Cherie learned from her first business
  • Common challenges local business owners face
  • Joining a business accelerator program
  • How the pandemic affected the MemberMarketplace business model
  • Why e-commerce is such a powerful tool for small and local businesses

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