Increase your reach & drive sales.


The E-Commerce Accelerator provides comprehensive support to help rural businesses (like you) increase your online sales.

It's simple - the E-Commerce Accelerator is an 8-week program that helps businesses sell more online. First, we help you create a kick-butt online store. But this program goes beyond simply "getting your stuff online."


We spend a lot of time helping you understand and implement key digital marketing strategies to actually help people find your products on the web and grow your e-commerce sales.

Each week, you'll participate in a two experiences: 1) a group session in which you'll learn about core strategies to drive online sales, and 2) an individual session with your program mentor to apply those strategies and build your online business.

All sessions are conducted virtually using video-conferencing, so you can do them from your living room. New to video-conferencing? No worries, we'll help you master that skill ahead of time too, so you can participate like a pro.

In just 8 weeks, we'll help you:

1) launch (or improve) an online store,

2) learn how to leverage existing e-commerce platforms,

3) develop a social media marketing strategy,

4) learn the right ways to spend on digital advertising,

5) apply strategies to re-engage customers,

6) use automation to reduce your workload.


The cost to participate in the E-Commerce Accelerator is $1,200/business.

We are lucky to have generous sponsors who support this program by providing business scholarships. Thanks to this support, the average business pays just $500-$700 to participate in the E-Commerce Accelerator.


The first step is to apply. We only select up to 10 businesses to participate in each session.

We're looking for businesses that genuinely want to learn how to sell online, can put in the effort to make it happen, and have a unique personality.

Selection is NOT based on your technology skills. We've helped a range of businesses - from zero web presence to tech-savvy operations looking to take their online sales to the next level.


The next E-Commerce Accelerator begins August 6, 2020 and runs through September 24, 2020.


Group sessions meet virtually each week for 8 weeks, on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm (CST). Individual sessions with your mentor are scheduled weekly based on your availability.

Schedule a chat with us to learn more about the program and how to apply.

The Rural Ideas Network provides tools and connections that help innovators and entrepreneurs spark growth in rural America. Together we create positive economic outcomes for small towns and communities. 



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Fulfillment & Refund Policies

All of our services are delivered virtually. Once payment is completed you'll receive an email with instructions to access your purchased services. All sales are final. For services with automatic recurring payments, you can cancel anytime.