It's free, it won't add to your workload. It will make life easier, Karla Briones, Franchisee of Freshii

Digital Main Street

It’s not one-size–fits–all. Every small business is dealing with different challenges

You might need to build a website. Introduce a point of sale system. Create promo videos or take high–end photos for Instagram sales. Attract new customers with digital marketing campaigns. With all the above – we’re here to help.

We designed our new services for all kinds of local businesses, from owners of retail stores, plumbing companies, auto-mechanic shops, art studios, and restaurants, to home-based businesses and more.

Introducing Future Proof

Business advisors, digital marketers, and professionally led student teams are here to help in the way that works for you – for free. The results will be better online sales and more efficient business. How? Through three program elements:

 

Transformation Teams

A dedicated team of web designers, graphic designers and digital marketers at your fingertips.

  • Access your own mini–marketing agency led by a pro and top student teams
  • Create a new online business model
  • Implement a new digital marketing strategy
  • Create digital ads
  • Develop high–end photos and videos of your business

Even if you’re not sure what digital marketing services you need, no problem. Your digital squad will be your guide and have your back.

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Expertise

Your personal business advisors

  • Ask questions and receive direct advice
  • Connect with experts who want to help
  • Get one-on-one support and guidance customized to you and your business

Your online learning resource

Learn best practices, the latest trends, new tactics, and business models through resources and activities you can access – now

  • Peer roundtables
  • Online training sessions
  • Interactive webinars
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Digital Squads

Your mini-marketing agency

  • Access your own mini–marketing agency led by a pro and top student teams
  • Create a new online business model
  • Implement a new digital marketing strategy
  • Create digital ads
  • Develop high–end photos and videos of your business

Even if you’re not sure what digital marketing services you need, no problem. Your digital squad will be your guide and have your back.

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Expertise

Your personal business advisors

  • Ask questions and receive direct advice
  • Connect with experts who want to help
  • Get one-on-one support and guidance customized to you and your business
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Your online learning resource

Learn best practices, the latest trends, new tactics, and business models through resources and activities you can access – now

  • Peer roundtables
  • Online training sessions
  • Interactive webinars
Ready to future proof your business, for free - act now.
Not sure you’re eligible? Don’t count yourself out. Send us your questions to [email protected]

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Introducing ShopHERE

We build your ecommerce website AND cover the cost

You want to sell your products or services online, but you need the ecommerce site to do it. ShopHERE is meant for you. If you apply and qualify, you’ll receive

  • A custom Shopify ecommerce website built by an expert
  • Hands-on help to launch your ecommerce website
  • Access to free tools that support the launch
  • Training in digital marketing, shipping, and inventory management to support online sales
  • Account setup for Google My Business or Facebook and Google Ads
  • Digital ad credits for Google and Facebook

This program is powered by Google and includes critical support from Facebook, Mastercard, Microsoft, and Shopify.

Grant Application

Get funding to help your business go digital

The Digital Transformation Grant is $2,500 awarded to small, independent bricks and mortar business owners. The funding is meant to support training, advisory services, and digital technology adoption and implementation.

This application program is delivered by the Ontario Business Improvement Area (BIA) Association. To be eligible, your business must meet specific criteria.

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Program eligibility

Is Future Proof for you?

Small, independent businesses are eligible based on the list below:

  • Incorporated, registered, a home-based business, or located on a main street or in an industrial area, this includes independently owned franchises
  • Employ 1-499 employees
  • Locally owned and operates in Eastern Ontario
Is ShopHERE for you?

Small, independent businesses are eligible based on the below list:

  • Incorporated (or registered), an artist, a home-based business or located on a main street or in an industrial area
  • Employs fewer than 10 full-time employees or, you own a café, restaurant or bar that employs fewer than 25 people
  • Owned and operates in Eastern Ontario, this includes franchises

Program Information & Partners

Digital Main Street is cost-free. It is made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada and FedDev Ontario through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. It was introduced to help Ontario’s bricks and mortar businesses and the economy get through this challenging time.
Invest Ottawa, together with Launch Lab will be supporting business owners from Ottawa to Cornwall, Renfrew, Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston, Napanee, Belleville, Northumberland, Peterborough, and everywhere in between.
Not sure you’re eligible for Digital Main Street programs and services? Remember, don’t count yourself out – get in touch. Send your questions to [email protected].

 

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