Launch Pad Ecommerce Progam

Ecommerce Development Program

SOKONI Launch Pad helps small businesses reduce the time, barriers, & burden of launching an online.

This program is designed to build small business owner's e-commerce muscle so they can operate profitable, sustainable and scalable online businesses post- program.


SOKONI partners with community based and economic development organizations to help businesses within their corridor's launch their ecommerce business.

Designed for...

  • Growing, packaged, product- based businesses 

  • Food: shelf stable, pre-packaged & produced in licensed facility

  • Non-Food: General merchandise (ex: fashion, beauty, home decor, etc)

  • Product digital marketing & selling experience

  • Has no or a stagnant e-commerce site

  • 3 month membership

  • Administrative: Item set up & maintenance

  • Collaborative marketing support 

  • Ecommerce promotion management

  • Customer service

  • Coaching

  • Order & fulfillment management *

  • Product photography *

  • 37 Oaks University Ecommerce + Strategy & Innovation Courses

    • Intro to Ecommerce

    • Intro to Ecommerce Shipping Strategies

    • Intro to Ecommerce Marketing

    • Elective Course


  • E-commerce sales platform on

  • 37 Oaks University Ecommerce + Strategy & Operation Courses

  • Item set up & maintenance

  • Warehousing

  • Order & fulfillment management 

  • 1:1 monthly coaching sessions

  • Product photography *

  • Item set up & maintenance

  • Collaborative marketing support 

  • Site promotion management

  • Customer service

* Some limitations may apply

Current Launch Pad Cohorts

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USC Columbia Technology Incubator + Wells Fargo
Columbia, South Carolina

FedEx + Accion Opportunity Fund

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SBDC Illinois + Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Chicago, Illinois

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Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce
Chicago, Illinois

Successful Launch Pad Cohorts

Quad Communities Development Corporation

Southside Chicago, IL (Bronzeville)



SBCD Illinois + ICNC Cohort

Chicago, IL

Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce

Southside Chicago, IL (Englewood)