Follow the instructions below and on the next few screens to create a booth for your business.
To begin building your BRWM booth, please read and agree to the
Before you start, please take a look at some of the
booths already established in the BRWM to get an idea of how to build your own.
The BRWM is hosted and operated by the Mountain Area Information
Network (MAIN), the nonprofit community network serving 12 counties in
western North Carolina.
The Blue Ridge Web Market (BRWM) is an effort by the Mountain Area
Information Network (MAIN) to help WNC small businesses and
micro-enterprises participate in electronic commerce. The BRWM is a
cyberspace version of an old-fashioned public market, where visitors can
stroll among booths and stalls filled with goods and services from
locally-owned enterprises. The BRWM was originally funded by AdvantageWest,
Madison County, MAIN, Land of Sky Regional Council, Handmade in America,
Appalachian Regional Commission through the Governor's Office Connect NC
Program, and the Mountain Micro-enterprise Fund.
Ridge Web Market:
Participating businesses agree to:
Violating any of the above provisions can be grounds for removing the vendor
booth and terminating the obligations of the BRWM and MAIN.
- read, understand and accept the BRWM terms and conditions
- comply with all federal, state and local laws,
- refrain from posting material that violates copyrights or intellectual
property rights in their BRWM booth,
- respond to all sales orders and purchase requests in a timely manner,
with the suggested time-frame of 48 to 72 hours,
- provide advance notice of periods when they will not be able to respond
to sales orders and purchase requests within the suggested time frame (i.e.
you are going on vacation),
- keep the information about their business and product lines in the BRWM
registration form and booth current and accurate,
- determine their own shipping and handling methods,
- attend periodic meetings to discuss the progress of the BRWM
- provide data and information, as requested, to assist in evaluating the
- release MAIN, its Board and staff, and any institutions with which they
are affiliated, from any and all claims of any nature arising from
participation in the BRWM, or the inability to use the BRWM.
- compensate MAIN and its Board for any loss suffered by any of them by
improper use of the BRWM.
The BRWM agrees to:
The BRWM reserves the right to refuse to carry content which it deems is
inconsistent with the mission and principles of the BRWM, or incompatible
with the technical requirements of MAIN. Priority will be given to
participants whose goods and/or services reflect the culture -- past and
present -- of the southern Appalachian region.
- provide an automated webpage template to allow
participating businesses to market a limited number of products over the
Internet to a larger market (each business will be able to display a maximum
of 6 products in their BRWM booth),
- list the market on the top search engines, with the listings being
maintained quarterly. Additionally, the site will be linked to local web
sites that promote the Western North Carolina area
- offer participating businesses without their own e-mail provider the
ability to check, via a web page, an e-mail address provided by the
- provide a method for an individual to get on a business's mailing
- provide referrals to local business assistance resources
- and promote the market through local and national media sources whenever
MAIN and the BRWM cannot be held liable for the accuracy of any content on
MAIN and the BRWM retains ownership of the web site design, wording and
images it contains.
MAIN and the BRWM do not guarantee increased sales or revenue.
MAIN and the BRWM do not guarantee that the system will function error-free
or uninterrupted, or that it will meet any specific requirements
participating businesses may have.
MAIN and the BRWM are not liable for any indirect, incidental, or
consequential damages caused by the use or operation of the system, or the
inability to use the system.
MAIN and the BRWM will NOT distribute data or information on the
participating businesses to commercial organizations or private individuals.
However, MAIN and the BRWM reserve the right to use aggregate data to report
to funders, develop ways the program could be improved and to secure grant
funds to continue and expand the program.
MAIN and the BRWM reserve the right to revise this agreement as necessary.