Size Doesn't Matter to Survive, E-Commerce is a Must

  • Date: Nov. 17, 2020
  • Format: online
This self-paced course on E-Commerce consists of 4 modules, each less than 15 minutes, that stresses the need for businesses to add an online store to meet growing customer demand. This addition to their existing business model is necessitated by the past and projected growth in the use of e-commerce. This is not a technical or how-to course. Rather it demonstrates the growth of e-commerce and the need for every business to provide their customers, even their local customers, an online shopping option. A discussion of the planning needed when adding an online store to a business and the options available to do so are part of the course as are recommendations for taking the next steps and links to other resources.

Course Developer

The course developer is a Business Development Field Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  The SBDC is a network of centers located throughout the state on University of Missouri campuses and facilities, and on the campuses of other state universities.  Each center provides counseling, coaching, training, and specialized services for start-up and existing businesses.  If you have questions on the course's content, contact the center most convenient to your location. Our centers can be found at

Course Description

The purpose of course is strictly to provide information and knowledge. There are no prerequisite knowledge and competencies.

The E-Commerce course, consisting of 4 modules, stresses the need for businesses to add an online store to meet customer preferences.  This adjustment to their existing business model is necessitated by the growing use of e-commerce.  The impact of Covid-19 has accelerated this trend, which is predicted to continue growing.  Additionally, the course provides a review of the options and planning needed when considering the addition of an online store.  This is not a technical course, it does not review website hosts or e-commerce platforms or provide recommendations, rather it arms the participant with sufficient information to begin their research to select the host and platform best suited to their needs. 

Course Objectives

By completing this course the student will understand:

  • Demonstrate the growing use of E-commerce
  • Explain the benefits and challenges
  • Discuss the planning and considerations of adding E-commerce to your business
  • Describe the next steps to add an online shopping option to your business


Course Organization

All 4 modules are delivered in a lecture format using videos.  

Assessments and Grading

The course is ungraded.  There are quizzes at the end of each module to reinforce the learning as well as an end of course survey.

Textbook and Reading Materials

Copies are each module’s slides and speaker notes are available for download.  Links to online reviews are included in the course.  There are no other materials needed.

Course Completion

A course completion certificate is provided with the submission of the training registration form, completion of all six modules and the submission of the course satisfaction survey.  

Technical Requirements

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