Digital Service Squad: Free Digital Resources & Training for your Business

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In September, 2020 The Town of Halton Hills secured a $12,500 grant from Digital Main Street as part of ongoing efforts to support the local business community and expedite economic recovery in Halton Hills. Read the official media release and article.

As part of Halton Hills’ Digital Main Street program, the Town’s Digital Service Squad (DSS) member worked with local main street businesses for 10 weeks to expand and improve their online presence, as well as assisted them with an application for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant, offered through the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA).

On February 1, 2021, The Town of Halton Hills Council approved a motion that called on the Provincial and Federal Governments to provide further funding for the Digital Main Street Program and to expand the program criteria to provide support to businesses outside of the existing criteria. Read the motion here.

Small Businesses are still able to take advantage of some Digital Main Street Support Programs like ShopHERE, Future Proof and training webinars.

ShopHERE

ShopHERE is available under a free trial program until March 2021. ShopHERE is funded by the federal government, province of Ontario and key corporate sponsors to help Ontario businesses and artists get selling online. Learn More about ShopHERE.

  • creates and configures your online store
  • trains you on how to manage it
  • provides support to get your online store live
  • helps with marketing the store

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • under 10 full time employees (25 if a restaurant)
  • registered business in Ontario
  • can be a business or artist
  • home based or commercial business

WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM BENEFITS?

  • free 1:1 support with building and launching an online store

  • ad credits including $100 for Facebook and Google
  • free .CA domain registration
  • and many more benefits

 

Tourism Business Webinar - February 12, 2021

Destination Ontario is teaming up with Digital Mainstreet and Google to offer a free tourism-focused webinar to get selling online.

This webinar will focus on how small businesses can learn about and participate in the ShopHERE Powered by Google Program to build a new online store or improve existing websites to support ecommerce. Take advantage of one-on-one support to be more effective in selling your product or service in a digital environment!

Eligibility: Tourism business registered in Ontario with fewer than 10 full-time employees (25 if a restaurant).

Join expert Emileah Baumen to learn how to get an online store for your business – with free supports:

  • One-on-one coaching to help build and launch your online store
  • Training on how to manage it (including inventory management, shipping, fulfillment, and more)
  • Support to get your online store live
  • Help with marketing on channels like Google, Facebook, and Instagram.

Emileah leads the ShopHERE Powered by Google program at Digital Main Street, with a mission to help as many small businesses get setting online as possible. She has years of marketing and sales experience and her work has always centred on empowering leaders and their teams to differentiate themselves and drive measurable results.

Date:    Friday, February 12, 2021

Time:    10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Webinar

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Questions & Answers

Register here to participate. Spots will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Your confirmation will include a webinar link. If you’re unable to attend, you can sign up for Digital Main Street’s upcoming webinars on Eventbrite at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/events/

 

DMS Future Proof

Future Proof is a 6 week program that will provide specialized and in-depth business transformation services and support that help existing main street firms adapt to changes in their respective sector. Applicants must be able to commit to working 1 hour a day, Monday through Friday (between 9am to 5pm) for up to 6 weeks of the program. Learn more about Future Proof here.

 

Weekly Digital Main Street Webinars

Business can sign up for free resources and webinars on digitalmainstreet.ca

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