The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre has received a $65,000 grant from the Digital Main Street program for a one-year Digital Service Squad, which provides small business owners with the tools and support needed to digitally transform their businesses.
“We are thrilled to have been successful in securing additional support for small businesses in our community,” said Shauna Baggs, Business Consultant at the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. “We look forward to connecting with the many businesses across Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Akwesasne that will benefit from this innovative and much needed program.”
Digital Service Squads (DSS) are the cornerstone of Digital Main Street (DMS), with trained specialists who meet with brick-and-mortar small businesses, at no cost, to help them complete an online assessment and to introduce them to online training modules designed to build their digital knowledge and skills. This one-on-one DSS assistance includes support for basic website setup, Google Business Profiles, 360⁰ photos, social media presence, and much more. Squad members are also trained to help qualified small businesses with the development of their Digital Transformation Plan and then with the application process for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant.
“Small businesses are innovative and entrepreneurial, but often lack the resources to respond to change, be resilient, yet flexible,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director, OBIAA. “OBIAA is delighted to work once again alongside the Digital Main Street team and is thrilled to support Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre squad. The Digital Main Street program’s resources, grants, training, and Digital Service Squad assistance provide the means for more small businesses in communities across Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Akwesasne to adopt innovative ways, create new revenue streams, expand their markets, and face the future with optimism and confidence.”
The Digital Service Squad will be facilitated by Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre and will focus on supporting the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Akwesasne. We are currently recruiting for a Digital Service Coordinator to start reaching out to businesses in May 2023. Interested applicants can apply: by visiting: Digital Service Coordinator – City of Cornwall
Businesses interested in learning more about the program and eligibility requirements for the Digital Transformation Grant are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or add your name to the waiting list: Digital Service Squad Waitlist