Future Proof your business with Communitech
Digital transformation isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, and we're here to help. Thanks to the federal government's Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, delivered through the FedDev Ontario, Communitech is helping to support businesses through Digital Main Street, at no cost to them. Digital Main Street programs are designed to help make sure small businesses can weather any economic storm, and continue to operate and grow in any climate. Have questions? Let’s talk and find out what program is right for your small business - DigitalMainStreet@communitech.ca.
Don't delay, apply or reach out today. All Digital Main Street Future Proof at Communitech programs are currently open.
Transformation Teams help small businesses create digital transformation plans. You’ll work with a team of digital marketers, web designers and creators to:
- take advantage of new digital business models;
- develop and implement digital marketing strategies;
- maximize digital tools and more.
When you’re ready to get started, you’ll work with your Transformation Team for up to six weeks. We bring the experts to you with teams of highly trained students and recent graduates. Each team includes a web designer, digital marketer, graphic designer, UX/UI designer and copywriter that can execute on a variety of services such as digital marketing, graphic design and web design.
Learn more about program eligibility here.
Digital Main Street Lab
The Digital Main Street Lab brings together tech companies and communities across Southwestern Ontario to pilot innovation projects. If your project can help transform small businesses and main streets for the future, then it’s the right project for the Digital Main Street Lab. The right projects are also ready to launch and ones that can scale across businesses and communities.
Digital Main Street support involves project advice, expertise and funding up to $25,000. Project funds can be used to purchase technology and hire staff or consultants to implement the project. Applications are rolling until October 31, 2020.
Learn more about program eligibility here.
When we work together, we can do amazing things. Our Community Collaboration Projects connect regional innovation centres and community organizations in a series of engaging conversations on common issues facing small businesses to build workable solutions.
In partnership with our Southwestern Ontario Regional Partners, we have put together these additional resources for businesses to access.
Digital Main Street: Tools to help your business adopt digital technology, Digital Main Street online courses
ShopHERE powered by Google
The ShopHERE program provides small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online. The program connects participants with a dedicated Ecommerce Coordinator who creates a custom online store and provides training on how to manage the store—including inventory and marketing.
- Small businesses with under 10 full-time employees including commercial and home-based businesses.
- Restaurants and bars with under 25 full-time employees.
- Service-based businesses.
- Artists and musicians.
To be eligible, businesses and artists must be based in Ontario and not be part of a corporate chain. That’s it! There’s no need to have a commercial address either.
- Your business must be a registered business in Ontario.
- Must include at least one of the following partners—a Business Improvement Area (BIA), Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC), chamber of commerce (or a board of trade), municipality or Regional Innovation Centre (RIC).
- Must have an identified end-user collaborator (i.e. a BIA, RIC or group of main street businesses).
- Pilots must be applicable and scalable to other businesses, events and main street communities.
- Must help enable the economic viability of main street.
Thanks to our delivery and funding partners
Digital Main Street is a program and service that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and our Digital Service Squad, a team of highly trained recent graduates who help main street businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology.
Digital Main Street was created by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) thanks to the generous support of the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. Communitech is a proud delivery partner of the Future Proof program, supporting main street businesses to survive and thrive in an increasingly virtual world.
Digital Main Street Future Proof at Communitech is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Federal Economic Agency for Southern Ontario through the Regional Relief and Recovery fund. Communitech is delivering this program in partnership with regional innovation centres across southwestern Ontario and our partners at TABIA and InvestOttawa.