Digital Main Street
Helping Small Businesses Grow by Adopting Digital Tools & Technologies
Digital Main Street: Keeping Small Businesses Connected
OBIAA is proud to release its new report, Digital Main Street: Keeping Small Businesses Connected, demonstrating how the DMS Ontario Grants Program has been critical and effective in sustaining main street small businesses and helping them stay ‘open for business’ throughout the pandemic.
Ontario’s main street business communities – the retailers, restaurants, personal and professional services – have been impacted significantly. These businesses are what stimulate our local economies and contribute to keeping our local communities vibrant and relevant.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the lifeblood of our communities, which is why the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade recognized the pandemic crisis, and in June of 2020 and responded with the funding needed to extend Digital Main Street’s Ontario Grants Program until June 2021.
Digital Main Street: Keeping Small Businesses Connected and its accompanying video tell success stories of businesses using the power of digital tools and techniques, with the help of Digital Service Squad members, to generate new revenue streams, stay connected with customers and find back-end efficiencies
- 91% of participating small businesses said they were more resilient.
- 67% of participating small businesses were women-owned.
- 10% of participating small businesses were owned by new Canadians.
- More than 9,000 businesses participated in various DMS training on topics such as digital marketing, e-commerce and back-end systems.
We kindly urge you to share the report and accompanying video on social media and for BIAs to directly share with your members, your municipal councillors, and your MPP and MP. Let’s celebrate Main Street and commend the commitment of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT).
There’s never been a better time to rebuild resilient communities across Ontario by supporting main street small businesses as they implement new and innovative solutions to become future-ready.