Digital Main Street is a program and service that helps main street businesses (within Business Improvement Areas) achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and our Digital Service Squad, a team of highly trained recent graduates who help main street businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology. The Digital Service Squad is here to help businesses within:
- Lundy's Lane BIA
- Historic Drummondville - Main & Ferry BIA
- Fallsview BIA
- Victoria Centre BIA
Digital Main Street (DMS) is a program focused on assisting main street small businesses (MSB) with their adoption of technologies. Through a partnership with FedDev Ontario and the Province of Ontario, grant opportunities are available to enable this digital transformation process. The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and contributions to main street small businesses looking to increase their capacity through digital transformation.
The Digital Service Squad can help eligible businesses apply for up to $2,500 through a Digital Transformation Grant. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2020.
Umberto Campana – Digital Service Squad Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (289) 687-2710
Matt Anthony Guarasci – Digital Service Squad Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (289) 696-2780
Digital Main Street Programs
Digital Transformation Grant
The objectives of the Transformation Grant are to: (1) provide main street business owners a comprehensive plan to guide their digital transformation; and (2) Provide main street businesses with the digital literacy skills they need to execute their digital transformation either through a do-it-yourself approach and/or being a smart consumer when purchasing these services.
For a full listing or participant requirements and eligibility, click here: Digital Transformation Grant
ShopHERE creates online stores for independent small businesses and artists at no cost. The program creates and configures your online store and trains you on how to manage it. You are also provided support to get your store live and marketing assistance with getting the word out there. For more information, click here: shopHERE
The program is meant as a detailed deep dive to support businesses that require support in either transforming their business model or developing and implementing an advanced digital transformation plan.
Building on valuable COVID-19 support measures from the federal government, and layering niche, added-value on to existing main street business programs and services, this new program will help ‘future proof’ our small business’ and drive recovery. It will ensure main street firms are well equipped to maintain clients, jobs and revenue in any economic storm, and continue to operate and grow in any climate. For more information, click here: FutureProof