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Grant Offers Local Businesses the Chance to Improve Digital Presence

November 6, 2018

By: Joshua O’Reilly

A new provincial grant program offers small businesses $2500 in non-repayable funding and assistance in the implementation of digital technologies.

The Digital Main Street program is made possible through funding by the Province of Ontario and the Ontario BIA Association. The program objectives are to help small main street businesses across Ontario in adopting technology to help with their online promotion, sales and back-end efficiencies.

To qualify for the grant component, your business must first meet the following criteria:

  • Pay commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent.
  • Have 1-99 employees.
  • Be located within a BIA or within a defined central business district or downtown by a municipality’s OP / ZBL.
  • Must be a registered business in Ontario and/or incorporated
  • Be owned by someone 18 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be owned by someone who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be owned by an Ontario resident or operating a business in Ontario

Your business must then create a “Digital Transformation Plan” on the Digital Main Street website. This plan will outline which digital strategies you will implement and allocate how the grant money must be spent.

Once this plan is complete you can apply for the grant. There are only 2000 grants available so it is essential to apply as soon as possible.

For assistance with the grant application reach out to the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre by emailing cpollard@cornwall.ca or by calling 613-930-2787 x2277.

 

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