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Glenn Beck is launching an online marketplace that sells goods from small businesses and describes its business model as “real-world trickle-down economics.” “I strongly believe in the power of small businesses,” Beck says. “Their stories, their products and their passion is what makes America great.”

Glenn Beck marketplace

Glenn Beck’s multimedia company Mercury Radio Arts is launching an online marketplace that sells goods from carefully selected small businesses and describes its business model as “real-world trickle-down economics.”

“As a small business owner myself, I strongly believe in the power of small businesses. Their stories, their products and their passion is what makes America great,” Beck said.

The Marketplace is the new iteration of Markdown.com, Beck’s flash-sale site. The site has about 50 partners at launch, selling 1,500 products across categories like food and drink, camping and outdoors, toys and games and education.

The Marketplace by Markdown.com will be promoted across Mercury’s platforms, including Beck’s radio program, which has 10 million weekly listeners, and his Facebook page, which has over 2 million fans.

Keith Ferry, president of Markdown.com, becomes president of Marketplace. “We are handpicking and curating [small businesses] for our audience,” Ferry told GigaOM. “They all met the rigorous criteria we set up,” including tests of samples and customer service reviews.

Each business had to have “a story to tell,” Ferry said. For example, maybe “they suffered a layoff and picked themselves back up off the mat to support their family. That’s probably the biggest requirement. Each company has a story to tell about why they’re doing what they’re doing. Our audience connects very well with that.”

Ferry says that the companies are not required to share Beck’s politics and political stance was “not one of the requirements,” though “many of them do follow Glenn and are fans of Glenn.” Many of the launch partners sell products that relate to themes on Beck’s show. MyPatriotSupply.com and EmergencyGoBags.com sell emergency preparedness supplies, for example; Simple Schooling and Creative Learning Connection sell homeschooling materials; and Sent For Him sells Christian greeting cards. Other partners — BaconFreak, Nuts For You, The Charleston Soap Chef — sell more general products.

The site features the small business owners prominently, including stories and pictures. “First and foremost it’s the stories, being able to connect with a small business in a way that [shoppers] ordinarily cannot do online,” Ferry said. “It harkens back to the days when you could walk down Main Street in your own town and do business with a handshake. That’s the kind of environment we want to create.”

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  1. Glen: I trust you 100%. Hope the new business venture is profitable for everyone.

  2. TeaLadyElaine Monday, May 21, 2012

    Special Thank you’s to Lisa, Keith, Colin, John and last but not least, Glenn Beck for this once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re proud to be one of the first 50 invited. http://www.markdown.com/
    http://www.markdown.com/founding-fathers-tea-home
    -Elaine Willingham
    Founding Fathers Tea
    Saint Louis, Missouri

  3. TeaLadyElaine Monday, May 21, 2012

    A very heartfelt Thank you to Lisa, Keith, Colin, John and last but certainly not least Glenn who are giving us a chance for survival. We are one of the proud 50 invited to be part of
    http://www.markdown.com
    http://www.markdown.com/founding-fathers-tea-home
    For your tireless, sleepless work to get us up and running, may God Bless You All!
    -Elaine Willingham
    Founding Fathers Tea
    Saint Louis, Missouri

  4. Judyann Joyner RN Monday, May 21, 2012

    Glenn Beck is awesome. Still miss him on Fox every day but proud to be a GBTV member!

  5. PF Pillows LLC Monday, May 21, 2012

    PF Pillows would like to thank Glenn and all his staff Markdown for the opportunity to be one of the first 50 company to launch the new Market Place.
    http://www.markdown.com
    http://www.PFPillows.com

    Paulette Fellows
    President, PF Pillows LLC

  6. Bluff Bunny Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    I am happy to share this site with all my friends and family….we NEED to help create more business from the private sector- not from the government! You go, Glenn!

  7. Glen,

    I totaly agree with David Barton regarding his article in The Jefferson Lies on the Jefferson-Hemings Report. I would like you to contact me and find out how Mr. Jefferson is being maligned in the name of historical revisionism and political correctness. You will be astounded and disgusted at what is being done by Monticello, Annette Gordon-Reed and others that undermine Mr. Jefferson’s great legacy. I have the inside facts of this study because I was Dr. E.A. Foster’s assistant and have many inside e-mails from Nature, Foster, Dan Jordan, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (they have dropped “Memorial” from their title because their mission has now changed, not honoring Mr. Jefferson but the slaves there. Dr Foster absolutely REFUSED to tell Nature Journal that the man he was testing, John Weeks Jefferson, had always claimed descent NOT from Thomas but his much younger brother, Randolph, known to the Eston Hemings family as “uncle Randolph.”

    I urge all of your readers and listeners to click on http://www.tjheritage.org and http://www.jeffersondnastudy.com for full particulars exposing these people. Please read the book reviews there. Our children’s textbooks are being altered to indicate this LIE…..meanwhile unsuspecting thoughtful citizens continue to donate to such an organization.
    Their tactics and agendas MUST be stopped NOW.

    Herb Barger
    Founder, Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society

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