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CHECKOUT Jenn Donovan & Sarah Britz from Spend WIth Us | #165

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Nathan Bush is a director at eCommerce talent agency, eSuite. He has led eCommerce for businesses with revenue $100m+ and has been recognised as one of Australia’s Top 50 People in eCommerce four years in a row. You can contact Nathan on LinkedIn, Twitter or via email.

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Jenn Donovan, marketing thought leader, change maker, coach and mentor for small businesses, keynote speaker and podcaster (Small Business Made Simple – 160 episodes and growing!). Founder of Social Media and Marketing Australia, founder of the extremely successful community Facebook group - Buy From a Bush Business (currently 340,000 members) and the Co-Founder of Spend With Us - Australia's answer to Amazon but only for rural and regional small businesses. Jenn lives on a farm near Rennie with husband Ruston and their 3 children. Jenn has 10 chooks, 2 peacocks, 2 guinea fowl, 1 dog and 1 cat and several pet lambs – she’s banned from going around the sheep in lambing season now

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Creator and founder of Spend With Us - Buy From a Bush Business Marketplace, an online shopping marketplace directly supporting Australian rural and regional families and communities. The platform supports small businesses that find it hard to compete due to location, size, technology, and other adversities. Sarah has been working in the digital media space for over 17 years and during this time has developed a broad range of industry experience in design, inception, and development. She has been freelancing since leaving her full-time position as Multimedia Manager for Sydney based Spanton Media Group in 2009 and has worked closely with The Onn Agency in Sydney over the past few years as well as partnering with a wide range of organisations from individuals, to startups, as well as large enterprise.

In this episode of Add To Cart, we checkout Jen Donovan and Sarah Britz from Spend With Us. Jenn and Sarah are Co-founders of the online shopping marketplace and directory for rural and regional small businesses of Australia who have taken a hit from bushfires, drought, and coronavirus.  Sarah, a web designer, had built a website to help bush businesses as they struggled with adversity.  Meanwhile Jenn, with her marketing background,, was growing a community with her facebook group ‘Buy From a Bush Business’.  These women joined forces and Spend With Us was born.   The marketplace showcases the rich crop of talents that operate in the bush, with over 1000 businesses listed, selling everything from fashion and art to food and drink….you can even book accommodation. 

Questions answered in this episode include
  • What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever bought online? 
  • Who is your favourite retailer? 
  • Which retail fad do you wish was history?
  • Can you recommend a book or podcast that our listeners should immediately get into? 
  • Finish this sentence.  The future of retail is… 
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