Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street

Helping Main Street Business Grow by Adopting Digital Tools & Technologies

DMS Small Business Week 2020: A Hand Up for Small Business

OBIAA has released its progress report, A Hand Up for Small Business, and accompanying video, celebrating Small Business Week 2020 and looking at the impact of the Digital Main Street (DMS) Ontario extension in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The report looks at how:

  • The first expansion of Digital Main Street Ontario helped more than 15,000 businesses be better positioned when the pandemic hit through the adoption of digital tools and e-commerce platforms
  • The extension of Digital Main Street Ontario by the federal and provincial governments in June of 2020 is helping even more businesses maintain and even increase revenues through better digital competencies.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that Digital Main Street has been a lifeline for many main street small businesses, equipping them to stay open and keep revenue flowing even when main street is shut down.

The report (read here) provides a month-by-month snapshot at how the pandemic affected main street small businesses and how Digital Main Street Ontario has helped those businesses respond with knowledge transfer, grants, support and resources.

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 Small Business Week and commend the timely extension of Digital Main Street Ontario by Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT). It’s vital we work together to help even more main street small businesses in Ontario be ready for the future.

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About the Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative

Digital Main Street was created and first launched by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) in 2016 with direct support from the City of Toronto, and  supported by a group of strategic corporate sponsors, including Google, MasterCard, Microsoft and Shopify.

To help Ontario’s main street small businesses enhance their digital capabilities and online presence, the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) and the Province of Ontario partnered to expand the program through a $12 million Digital Main Street initiative over two years. OBIAA is thrilled to be administering this program across the rest of Ontario by building on the Toronto-based program and expanding the services for small business across the province.