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Access up to $5,000 in funding for your digital marketing efforts to invest in and use digital tools and technologies.

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What is the Grow Your Business Online program?

The Grow Your Business Online grant will help small businesses across Ontario take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

Eligible businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies. Grants will be available through Digital Main Street. DMS will also support a network of e-commerce advisors who will advise and help small businesses adopt e-commerce.

The objectives of the Grow Your Business Online program are to:

1

Provide small business owners with a micro-grant of $2,400 to help with costs related to adopting e-commerce.

2

Provide small business owners with access to a network of eCommerce advisors where they can receive support and guidance.

PARTNERS

Digital Main Street Partners

Participant Requirements

Applications can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:
  • Is a for-profit business (including for-profit social enterprises and co-operatives)
  • Is a registered or incorporated business
  • Is a consumer-facing business
  • Can be accessed by end-use consumers or provides in-person services to consumers
    • Businesses that are not considered consumer-facing are those that focus primarily on wholesale trade or sell only to other businesses. Businesses that engage in drop shipping or online reselling are also not considered consumer facing.  
  • Has at least one employee on payroll that isn’t the owner or a contractor (full time or part time, but for at least three months prior to application) or have had at least $30,000 in annual revenue in the most recent tax year.
  • Must commit to maintaining digital adoption strategy for six months after participation in the program
  • Must consent to participating in follow-up surveys, sharing information with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada), and having the name of the business published as a recipient of funding
  • The following types of small businesses are ineligible:
    • Corporate chains, franchises or registered charities
    • Representatives of multi-level marketing companies
    • A brokerage firm and their agents (real estate, investment, insurance, etc.)
    • Businesses that engage in online reselling or drop-shipping businesses reliant on third party suppliers.
    • Wholesale or distribution businesses and manufacturers (unless their business model includes direct sales to the end consumer) 
    • Businesses that have already received a CDAP microgrant, either from DMS or another intermediary.

ELIGIBLE / INELIGIBLE COSTS

  • Digital Main Street reserves the right to determine what is eligible/ineligible on an as needed basis. These are merely an outline and represent best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions?

About the Program
When a visitor opens a website they don’t want to feel lost and exit the page. A visually attractive and well-structured design helps get their attention and guides them through the site so they can make a purchase. Similarly, a website that is user-friendly and well-developed not only lands customers better but also helps with SEO and marketing campaigns that eventually impact sales and revenues.
While our experts tend to specialize in almost all of the social media platforms we particularly work very well with Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Facebook.
While organic marketing is a great way to increase your brand visibility and generate web traffic it is slow and takes time to produce results. With PPC you can get an instant audience and visibility and reach a highly specific audience according to the nature and target of your business. PPC gives you the flexibility to have greater control over your ad campaigns and helps you achieve a competitive edge.

What sets us apart from our competitors is that we don’t take a client unless we are 100 percent sure we can help them achieve what they are looking for. Over time we have mastered different domains like search engine optimization, web design, and other aspects of digital marketing like social media and content marketing, and Pay-per-click advertising.

We have set protocols and established systems that can help our clients get leads, generate greater revenues and get strong ROI. We know what it takes to make an online business successful and our clients are the testimony of the work we do.

One of the things that our team makes sure of is to keep you in the loop with all the progress and insights of the project we are working on. You can expect daily/weekly meetings and progress reports with relevant analytics and insights so you can track what we are up to.

Yes, it is necessary in today’s digital landscape. Social media platforms have billions of users which can be targeted to increase brand visibility and expand user base. Engaging and promoting the business on social sites can result in a boost in brand identity, build meaningful relationships and drive website traffic which eventually benefits sales and revenues.

Typically you can start seeing results within 3-6 months but it can also take up to 12 months in some cases like competitive industries and new businesses.

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