E-commerce Internet Business Plan

FireStarters

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Executive Summary

Popular culture is no longer regional. The advent of cable television, syndicated radio programs, and the Internet has created a world where a fashion statement in New York will be on the streets in a small midwestern town in a matter days. The speed of our telecommunication system has increased young customers' expectations and demands for products that represent their own cultural statement.

FireStarters will offer young customers, in small towns and communities around United States, the youth-oriented products and clothing that are popular nationwide but not available locally.

The difference between FireStarters and other youth-oriented e-commerce websites is that FireStarters is focused only on its small-town America customers. The target customer is a young person, age 11-18, who listens to alternative music and participates in youth sports like skateboarding and snowboarding. Our target customer will look toward alternative clothing trends in large urban areas as their inspiration. FireStarters will exclusively advertise in small communities with populations between 100,000 and 150,000 residents. Communities of this size already have small youth-oriented businesses, like skateboard shops and alternative CD stores, that FireStarters can utilize to promote its product line.

1.1 Mission

The mission of FireStarters is to offer distinctive youth-oriented fashion and products to small-town America.

1.2 Keys to Success

  • Accessible website that is entertaining to surf. Like a trip to your favorite store where you always find something new that you want.
  • Excellent vendor relationship that will facilitate quick shipment of orders.
  • Establish an effective strategy for advertising in the communities' youth-oriented businesses.
  • Create a store image that our target customers sees as both attractive and trendy.
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