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Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street

Kawartha Lakes’ Economic Development and its partners have received a $40,000 grant from the Government of Ontario to fund a Digital Service Squad to help downtown small businesses throughout the municipality improve their online capabilities. The municipality received the grant as part of the Digital Main Street (DMS) program, run by the Ontario Government to establish a Digital Service Squad to help main street small businesses enhance their use of digital tools and techniques to better evolve and grow.

The Squad consists of a trained specialist, Toby, and team members who are visiting small businesses in downtowns across the municipality at no cost to help them set up digital tools such as a Google Business Profile, conduct a digital-readiness assessment and assist the businesses in applying for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant.

Toby, and his Digital Service Squad team are on the streets meeting with business in our Downtowns now! Interested in digital support? Sign up at digitalmainstreet.ca to get started today.

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OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. The Association supports and advocates on behalf of its members through the building and nurturing of strong relationships and partnerships. OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information,
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About Digital Main Street

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Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs, and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of small rural communities. The world is changing. Small main street businesses across Ontario must think about how to promote online, use e-commerce, and streamline their processes with digital tools to stay competitive and win. To help Ontario’s main street small businesses enhance their digital capabilities and online presence, the government of Ontario has invested $12 million into the Digital Main Street initiative and partnered with the Ontario BIA Association to deliver it across the province over three years. 

Digital Main Street offers two types of grants:

  1. Digital Transformation Grant: There are 2,000 grants of $2,500 each available to qualifying small “main street” businesses across Ontario to help them adopt new digital technologies.
  2. Digital Service Squad Grant: There are 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying municipal or business groups across Ontario to develop and implement local squads of digital vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.

Learn more by visiting their website.

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