Oakville’s Digital Service Squad receives $195,000 grant to support small businesses

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Published October 11, 2022 at 11:29 am

The Town of Oakville, Bronte Village BIA, Downtown Oakville BIA, Kerr Village BIA, and Oakville Chamber of Commerce received a $195,000 grant recently from the Digital Main Street (DMS) program. PEXELS PHOTO

More Oakville small businesses will be able to increase their online presence thanks to a $195,000 grant from the Digital Main Street (DMS) program.

Presented to the Town of Oakville and the Bronte Village BIA, Downtown Oakville BIA, Kerr Village BIA, and Oakville Chamber of Commerce, the grant allows the  Digital Service Squad (DSS) in Oakville to employ three trained specialists that can help support small businesses to digitally transform how they promote and run their company.

More than 500 businesses have been assisted by the Oakville DSS since it launched in 2019. The help comes in the form of grants, webinars and one-on-one consultations designed to build their digital knowledge and skills.

“More than 500 local businesses have enhanced their online presence thanks to the Digital Main Street program and with the additional $195,000 in funding, our Digital Services Squad can continue helping more small businesses in Oakville transform digitally over the next two years,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

“If you are a small business owner and haven’t met with our Digital Service Squad yet, I would encourage you to reach out to them for one-on-one support and online marketing expertise.”

The additional funding will allow the DSS squad help more local businesses adopt online technologies to improve sales, marketing, and back-office operations.

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That work can now continue until at least 2024 with the grant.

“Small businesses are innovative and entrepreneurial, but often lack the resources to respond to change, be resilient, yet flexible. OBIAA is delighted to work once again alongside the Digital Main Street team and is thrilled to support Oakville’s squad,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director, Ontario BIA Association.

“The Digital Main Street program’s resources, grants, training, and Digital Service Squad assistance provide the means for more small businesses in communities across Oakville to adopt innovative ways, create new revenue streams, expand their markets, and face the future with optimism and confidence.”

Digital Transformation Grants

Small businesses in Oakville and across Ontario are encouraged to apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant through the Digital Main Street program. The process is simple:

  1. Create an account to register the business for Digital Transformation Grant and complete the digital assessment.
  2. Pass the pre-qualification quiz, complete the 2.5 hours of online training, and develop a Digital Transformation Plan.
  3. Submit your application for a $2,500 grant.

The online application portal for the Digital Transformation Grant is open until October 31, 2022. There are a limited number of grants available, so businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The DSS is also available to assist businesses with their grant application.

 

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