Community Web Site Tools and Features
At http://odasz.oldcolo.com is a simple first inexpensive community networking system to which a rich variety of practical information sharing tools and features can be added. Below are initial suggestions for content and features. Other community networks and related resources are listed at http://lone-eagles.com/community.html .
1. Local Business Directory
Sample directory from Bethel, Alaska's Delta Discovery Site
A. Ecommerce Successes - Representative from Simple to Elaborate
B. General Ecommerce Training Resources
General Rural Community Development Resources
C. Lone Eagle's Fast-Track Ecommerce Training
Ten Hands-on Two-hour lessons http://lone-eagles.com/ecommerce.htm
The 200 page Ecommerce Guidebook http://lone-eagles.com/eguide.htm
2. Crafters Emall - Free posting, nominal commission on all sales
3. Mentorship Survey - Let us know what you need and can share with others (mentor.)
4. Mentorship Roster - Alphabetical by topic (and by name, ideally)
5. Community Interactive Calendar - Everyone is invited to post events here!
6. Community Conferencing
(Anyone can start a private or public group discussion with web msg archives.)
7. Community Networking Clearinghouse http://lone-eagles.com/community.html
Here's a couple worthwhile community sites to review http://www.prairienet.org http://www.elynevada.com
Here's an outstanding model of a virtual incubator offering help
creating web pages and marketing your Ecommerce pages.
Idaho Virtual Incubator http://www.idahovi.org
State Small Business Development Centers offer E-marketing expertise
Many inexpensive services exist to help create initial Ecommerce pages quickly, but you'll soon learn there's more to Ecommerce than just posting a web page on the Internet. Beyond E-marketing, there are other issues regarding how you'll accept payments and interact with your growing number of online customers.