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

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The Town has 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 will work with local main street businesses to expand and improve their online presence, as well as assist them with an application for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant.

The Digital Service Squad member will assist businesses with:

  • Completing an audit of their digital presence (website, social media, etc.)
  • Adopting new technology for their business
  • Enhancing digital marketing and social media
  • Building a basic website or improving an existing one
  • Optimizing online presence through tools like Google My Business
  • Setting up online ordering systems
  • Creating customer databases

Those who wish to apply for the Digital Transformation Grant must do so before December 15, 2020, however there are a limited number of grants available from the OBIAA and they are still first come first serve. If successful, grant funds must be spent by February 28, 2021 regardless of when you apply.

 

How does the program work?

Contact the Halton Hills’ Digital Service Squad Member to walk you through:

  1. Completing the Digital Main Street registration and free online assessment
     
  2. Reviewing the assessment recommendations
     
  3. Developing the Digital Transformation Plan needed to apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant (deadline: December 15, 2020). Click here to find out if you are eligible for the grant. Digital Transformation Grant FAQ
     
  4. Depending on demand, businesses may book additional sessions with the Digital Service Squad member to work on overall digital transformation or specific assessment recommendations.

 

Eligibility

Halton Hills’ Digital Main Street Program provides digital marketing support for small business with 1-10 employees (25 employees for food service industries), with a physical storefront located within a BIA boundary or from the following areas zoned under downtown commercial.

  • Downtown Georgetown BIA Boundary
  • Downtown Acton BIA Boundary
  • Hamlet of Norval
  • Hamlet of Glen Williams

How to Apply

The Halton Hills Digital Main Street program is FREE and the process is simple:

  1. Contact Sarah, the local Halton Hills’ Digital Service Squad member, at DMS@haltonhills.ca.

  2. Meet online virtually or by phone to complete your Digital Main Street registration and free online assessment.

  3. Review the assessment recommendations and work with the Sarah to develop your Digital Transformation Plan (which is needed to apply for the $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant if you are eligible)

 

For additional questions, contact DMS@haltonhills.ca.

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Who will I be meeting with?

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The Town has brought on Sarah Schicht to be our local Digital Service Squad member for Halton Hills. Sarah was born and raised in Halton Hills and is currently completing her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management at the University of Guelph. She is the Vice President of the Marketing Management Student Association and has worked on a number of digital marketing projects for businesses and public service agencies. She is extremely knowledgeable in easy-to-use web platforms and how to utilize social media analytics for business performance.

Find out if you are eligible to participate in a digital assessment and apply for the OBIAA Digital Transformation Grant, Contact Sarah at DMS@haltonhills.ca.

Supported by:

The Digital Main Street Program is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) and the Province of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA).

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