Small Businesses in Your Neighbourhood Need You to Survive

They’re your confidant, your welcoming host, and your trusted sounding board…. please be there for them as they have been for you.

Over the past year, Digital Main Street programs delivered in Eastern Ontario by Invest Ottawa in partnership with Launch Lab, provided free support to more than 1,700 businesses impacted by the pandemic to help them get online and get selling. The following is a sample of success stories from DMS clients.

As we now work towards recovery, please support these and all small businesses online and safely in person.

Backcountry Wok

Backcountry Wok

Melanie Ang, Founder

Backcountry Wok is on a mission to inspire sustainable, nutritious and inclusive adventures with convenient on-the-go meals.

Beck and Adele

Beck + Adele

Jeff Jenkins, Founder

Beck + Adele is “changing the look of sound” with retrofitted antique radios and solid wood speakers.

BeetBox

BeetBox

Angela Plant, Board Member

BeetBox is an organic vegetable farm located in the urban area of Nepean.

Business Sisters

Business Sisters

Doreen Ashton Wagner, Founder

Business Sisters is an organization which aims to bring rural women entrepreneurs together to learn from each other.

Calita

Calita Intimates

Rebecca Mazzara, Founder

Ottawa-based Calita Intimates offers comfortable garments in natural, breathable fabrics designed and made in Canada.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

Richard Plummer, Director, Business Development and Operations

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association works to break down barriers for those living with hearing loss by providing resources and technological devices that alleviate the effects of hearing impairment.

Booch

Carlington Booch

Jon Ruby, Co-Founder

Carlington Booch is a social enterprise that brews small-batch kombucha, a popular fermented tea drink, to help fight addiction in Ottawa.

Crowded Table Farm

Cynthia Franklin & Sarah Kerr, Co-Founders

Crowded Table Farm is a small-scale farming operation in Kinburn, Ontario aiming to provide fresh, healthy vegetables and eggs to the local community.

Roxanne Deevey

Deevey Strategic Communications

Roxanne Deevey, Founder

Through Deevey Communications, its founder Roxanne, advises clients across the public, private and non-profit sectors on how to improve their marketing and digital media.

Duckling Dating

Duckling Dating

Sue McGarvie, Founder

Duckling Dating is one of the only group-based dating communities in Ottawa.

Easy Breezy Dog Training

Easy Breezy Dog Training

Kyla Denault, Founder

Easy Breezy Dog Training offers dog training services for every pesky pooch so that dog owners can lead a happy and enriched life with their beloved canines.

ErgoPrime Inc.

ErgoPrime Inc.

Pam Grills, Founder

ErgoPrime Inc. was founded on the belief that all workplaces can optimize employee health through ergonomic assessments and training, thereby saving money on injury costs and boosting productivity.

Eventfluent

Eventfluent

Nichol Turner & Mireille Faucon, Co-Founders

Eventfluent is a virtual event planning firm delivering digital support and organizational services for online conferences and engagements across Canada.

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Faye Beverage | Jogo Juice

Marie Pierre Faye, Founder

Faye Beverage offers healthy and delicious vegan drinks containing only the finest and freshest natural fruits and superfoods.

FocalOttawa

FocalOttawa

Steve Georgopoulos, Founder

FocalOttawa is an intergenerational initiative using a two-fold approach to philanthropy by supporting small businesses while raising money for the Ottawa-based Bridges Over Barriers fund.

Glebe Osteopathy and Wellness

Glebe Osteopathy and Wellness

Liam Graham-Morton, Founder

Glebe Osteopathy and Wellness combines massage therapy services, manual osteopathy, and yoga to provide holistic wellness for its customers.

Good Choice

Good Choice Initiative

Noelle Le Conte-Good, Founder

Good Choice Initiative is an online business hub that encourages people in the Ottawa-Gatineau area to live sustainably.

good habets

Good Habets

Chris Habets, Founder

Good Habets provides Eastern Ontario with unique and innovative engineering services with the goal of lowering utility bills across the region.

Closet

Heart’s Content Consignment

Jill Wright, Founder

Heart’s Content Consignment shop in Rockland, Ontario, gives second-hand clothing a new life.

Hippie Mylk

Hippie Mylk

Jessica Lim, Founder

Hippie Mylk is a leading plant-based milk brand aiming to bridge the farm-to-fork gap for health-conscious people in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Hovey Industries

Hovey Industries

Marco Campagna, Owner

Since 1979, Hovey Industries has been focused on designing and fabricating high-quality metal products that meet the most rigorous industry standards and hold up under the harshest conditions.

Izere Coffee

Izere Coffee

Deborah Ntawigirira, Co-Founder

Izere Coffee is a Canadian and Burundian coffee company that sources specialty coffee from co-ops all across Burundi.

Karla Briones Inc.

Karla Briones, Founder

Fueled by her own experience as a Canadian immigrant and her passion for business, Karla now works as a consultant helping immigrants and under-represented entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses.

Lexine Photographie

Lexine Photographie

Lexine Ménard, Founder

Lexine Photographie is one of the most popular names in wedding and event photography in the Ottawa area.

Light your leadership

Light Your Leadership Inc.

Lisa Anna Palmer, Founder

Light Your Leadership Inc. is a top leadership consulting firm in Ottawa on a mission to help managers and executives connect with their inner leader to engage and inspire their employees.

MLD Labs

MLD Micro Labs

Lisa Desroches, Founder

MLD Micro Labs is a health and safety-focused, portable lab service provider that offers rapid on-site COVID-19 testing and infection control plans.

Mojo Creations

Mojo Creations

Jane Rogers, Founder

Mojo Creations offers a wide variety of handmade bracelets built with powerful gemstones that are believed to bring good energy and healing to the wearer.

MUST Boutique

Jessica Oliver, Franchisee

MUST Boutique sells Ottawa’s top fine Italian clothing and accessories in a personal and intimate storefront.

MBO

My ByWard Office

Eric McRae, Founder

My ByWard Office (MBO) is one of Ottawa’s premier co-working spaces.

NAFSI

NAFSI

Celine Hajjar, Founder

NAFSI is a slow fashion brand providing luxury, comfort, and self-expression through sustainably sourced and ethically made garments.

Nims Golden Bagya

Nima London, Founder

Nims Golden Bagya sells high-quality bagya, a traditional Djiboutian dish that serves as a nutritious and hardy treat.

Notaring

Notaring

Christian Azzi, Founder

Notaring is an innovative online notary service that is transforming how the legal industry serves its clients.

Odissey

Odyssey Showcase

Deborah Davis, Founder

For over two decades, Ottawa’s Odyssey Showcase has contributed to the study of Canadian history, music, art, and performance through engaging and educational programming.

Oneness

Oneness Career Coaching

Josephine Mensah, Founder

With dynamic career counselling and business advisory services, Oneness Career Coaching (OCC) is a leading name for Ottawa job seekers looking to make a big career change.

online food bank

Online Food Bank

Omer Livvarcin, Founder

Through Online Food Bank – the first of its kind in Canada – vulnerable members of our community will be able to access local foodbanks safely, efficiently, and from the comfort of their homes.

The Open Door

The Open Door

Heather Desjardins, Founder

The Open Door is an Ottawa-based resource that provides educational services for parents, students, and educators to help students through tutoring and assessments.

Ottawa Samosa

Ottawa Samosa

Owais Khan, Founder

Ottawa Samosa is an online family business selling high-quality, Halal samosas.

Ownershift

OwnerShift

Andrew Scott, Founder

OwnerShift is a virtual consulting firm teaching restaurant owners around the world how to scale up their businesses and effectively manage multiple locations.

PranaShanti Yoga Centre

PranaShanti Yoga Centre

Devinder Kaur, Founder

PranaShanti Yoga Centre is focused on teacher training, courses, and self-development.

Prezdential Basketball

Prezdential Basketball

Manock Lual, Founder

Prezdential Basketball is a social enterprise that breaks down barriers for vulnerable youth by providing foundational life skills and mentorship through basketball lessons.

Productive to Max

Productive to the Max

Ann Max, Founder

Ann initially founded her firm Productivity to the Max to organize professional office spaces but has since seen her practice evolve to exclusively help women entrepreneurs gain the strategies and tactics they need for business success.

Quinns

Quinn’s Ale House

Art Hodgins, Founder

Quinn’s Ale House is a popular Ottawa bar that puts a unique twist on pub favourites with its own line of authentic ales.

relation bliss

Relationship Bliss

Marie-Claire Thauvette, Founder

Relationship expert Marie-Claire Thauvette (M-C) founded her personal consulting business, Relationship Bliss, to teach individuals and couples how to improve their intimacy, communication and connection.

Room2Breathe

Room2Breathe

Martha Tobin, Founder

We all have clutter in our lives, when it becomes too much, Room2Breathe is available to help clients take control and reorganize their belongings and lives.

Silver 7 Martial Arts

Silver 7 Martial Arts

Chris Davison, Etienne Dugal-Tessier
& Delphie Dugal-Tessier, Co-Founders

Silver 7 Martial Arts offers martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, HIIT, and many more family-friendly services for adults and children.

Sunflowers and Butterflies

Sunflowers and Butterflies

Krista Ranne, Founder

Sunflowers and Butterflies offers weekly delivery of nutritious, delicious meal kits in the West Carleton and Ottawa area featuring carefully curated vegan, gluten-free recipes.

Teslica

Teslica

Kory Keogan, Founder

Teslica provides consumers with health, happiness and freedom through its modern electric bicycles.

True Bijoux

True Bijoux

Lindsay & Stephanie Appotive, Co-Founders

True Bijoux offers a wide range of jewelry and personalized services and is the sister store to Ottawa’s long-loved Howard’s Fine Jewellers.

unavailshop

Unavailshop

Tevin Haye, Founder

Unavailshop is one of Ottawa’s leaders in sustainable fashion. Founder Tevin Haye launched the business with a mission to cut down waste produced by the fashion industry by recycling and selling pre-owned merchandise.

Unearth Education Éveillée

Unearth Education Éveillée

Jennifer Regnier, Co-Founder

Through tailored certifications, programs, and events, Unearth Education Éveillée helps students build transferable skills that will ensure they are equipped to successfully secure employment and adapt to the future of work.

urban botanist

The Urban Botanist

Emma Terrell, Founder

The Urban Botanist helps residents of Ottawa’s urban areas meaningfully connect with nature and gardening through events and workshops.

Vivic Research

Vivic Research

Robin Shaban & Inez Hillel, Co-Founders

Vivic Research is an economic consulting firm serving advocates, think tanks, governments, and other agents engaged in public policy development.

Walking for Peace Publishing

Walking for Peace Publishing

Mony Dojeiji & Alberto Agraso, Co-Founders

Walking for Peace Publishing is a self-publishing company whose intention is to inspire and transform lives through the telling of the duo’s personal pilgrimage story in which Mony and Alberto walked 5,000 kilometres in 13 months across 13 countries.

Wild Idea

wild idea co.

Ryan Gencarelli, Co-Founder

wild idea co. is a brand consultancy and creative studio for purpose-driven businesses in the nation’s capital.

5:2:8 Creative Coffee Collective

Jay Lim, Founder

5:2:8 Creative Coffee Collective is a co-working hub and coffee shop all in one, where customers can book time to work in a comfortable, cool and equipped open office setting or try one of the shop’s specialty micro roasts sourced from across the globe.

Thank you for your interest in the DMS program.
At this time, due to the high demand for this program, we regret we are unable to accept new applications.

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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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

  • Discovery session to determine which ecommerce platform is right for your business
  • A custom 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, Square, and Shopify.

Grant Application

Get funding to help your business go digital

Thank you for your interest in the Digital Transformation Grant program. Applications are now closed.

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.

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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 (non-profits, and technology companies are not eligible)
  • Employ 1-499 employees
  • Locally owned and operates in Eastern Ontario
  • In business for 1 year or more
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