Digital Business Transformation

Grow your business with free digital services in Durham Region.

 

Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street LogoAs part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street has announced three new programs to support businesses across Ontario. These programs are available to Durham Region businesses that meet program requirements. Apply now!

DMS shopHERE logoShopHERE creates online stores for independent small businesses and artists at no cost.

What does the program do?

  • creates and configures your online store
  • trains you on how to manage it
  • provides support to get your online store live
  • helps with marketing the store

Who is eligible? 

  • under 10 full time employees (25 if a restaurant)
  • registered business in Ontario
  • can be a business or artist
  • home based or commercial business

What are the program benefits? 

  • free 1:1 support with building and launching an online store
  • ad credits including $100 for Facebook and Google
  • free .CA domain registration
  • and many more benefits

Why is this free? 

ShopHERE is funded by the federal government, province of Ontario and key corporate sponsors to help Ontario businesses and artists get selling online.

Visit digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere to learn more or download the ShopHERE fact sheet.

APPLY NOW

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for all businesses in Durham Region. The Durham Region Economic Development task force is working together to provide resources, tools and business support programs for businesses. If you have questions about programs that your business can qualify for, please contact us

DMS Ontario Grants

Digital Main Street (DMS) Ontario Grants is a program providing main street businesses with $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants. 

The program has been able to provide over 3800 main street small businesses in Ontario support with their digital expansion. The application portal is now closed (as of December 31st, 2020) however the digital assessment and all online training modules will continue to be an available resource for your business.

To explore the modules and take an assessment, visit Digital Main Street's website.

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for all businesses in Durham Region. The Durham Region Economic Development task force is working together to provide resources, tools and business support programs for businesses. If you have questions about programs that your business can qualify for, please contact us

Future Proof is a program that assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a deep digital transformation plan.

Currently accepting applications for: Transformation Teams

Transformation Teams will offer transformation plans to small businesses through working with an interdisciplinary team of marketers, web designers and creators. These transformation plans will help create new business models, develop and implement digital marketing strategies, maximize digital tools and more. In a process lasting up to six weeks, each business will work with a team of highly trained students and recent graduates that will include a web designer, digital marketer, graphic designer, UX/UI designer and copywriter.

Projects proposed under the Transformation Teams must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The business must be registered and/or incorporated in Ontario.
  • The business cannot be a corporate chain or franchise, including those individually owned and operated.
  • The business must have a commercial location (and paying Commerical property tax).
  • Applicants must be able to commit to working 1 hour a day, Monday through Friday (between 9am to 5pm) for up to 6 weeks of the program.

Apply Now

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for all businesses in Durham Region. The Durham Region Economic Development task force is working together to provide resources, tools and business support programs for businesses. If you have questions about programs that your business can qualify for, please contact us

Digital Durham Starter Company

For those businesses who are NOT mainstreet and don't qualify for Digital Main Street programs, could qualify for BACD's  Digital Durham Starter Company program. Funded in part by the Region of Durham, businesses will have access to a free Digital Services Squad to help with expanding of their web/digital presence, training, mentoring and the chance to apply for a grant opportunity of $2,500 for their Digital Transformation Plan.

Durham Region businesses that fall outside defined Business Improvement Area (BIA) areas or are not located on or close to “main streets,” and do not qualify for Digital Main Street programs, may qualify for the Digital Durham Starter Company program.

The program includes:

  • 2.5 hours of Digital Training through Digital Main Street portal.
  • 1 hour session on business financials.
  • 3 x 2 hour mentoring / masterclass on Digital Subjects, Legal, Accounting, Marketing etc.
  • The opportunity to receive up to $2,500 in grant funding to help implementing your Digital Transformation Plan

This program is delivered by Business Advisory Centre of Durham (BACD) and is funded in part by the Region of Durham.

Interested businesses are encouraged to reach out to BACD and to Apply Now.

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for all businesses in Durham Region. The Durham Region Economic Development task force is working together to provide resources, tools and business support programs for businesses. If you have questions about programs that your business can qualify for, please contact us

Ritual ONE

The Durham Economic Task Force has partnered with Ritual ONE—an accessible, online method of contactless food ordering.

This service is not a consumer-facing app.

Ritual ONE is an easy way for restaurant or food-based  businesses to accept digital orders from their website and social media accounts. QR code menus and ordering are also available. This platform can be used for dine-in, or contactless pickup, or delivery. 

Sign up today!

By signing up for Ritual ONE, Durham businesses will be able to:

  • Provide customers with a convenient way to place takeout or delivery orders digitally.
  • Showcase their restaurant’s brand through custom branding and menu photos.
  • Convert customers into regulars through Ritual’s automated marketing program.
  • Streamline business operations by reducing the number of in-store devices.
  • Utilize customer insights and feedback to improve the ordering experience.

Restaurants will have a choice of three delivery options:

  • In-House - Restaurants may choose to handle their own delivery.
  • Local Providers - An option to dispatch local drivers through an on-demand network is available.
  • Door Dash - Ritual ONE has partnered with Door Dash for restaurants who are in need of a delivery service.

Get set up with commission-free online ordering for restaurants today

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for all businesses in Durham Region. The Durham Region Economic Development task force is working together to provide resources, tools and business support programs for businesses. If you have questions about using Ritual ONE for your business, please contact us.

Scale-Up Institute Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) offers support to evolve your business, digitally transform, and adapt to the new normal.

RAP can help leverage technology to:

  • Attract new customers
  • Improve supply-chain efficiencies
  • Manage workforce virtually
  • Streamline costs

To get started., take a Digital Needs Assessment (DNA) at rap.bot.com 

 

To qualify for the RAP program businesses should have:

  • Verified revenue streams and a scalable business model
  • Key needs around digital connectivity
  • Ambition to undergo a digital transformation
  • Not-for-profit businesses are welcome
  • $1M revenue target for Digital Blueprint Program which is a intensive 3 week program. Program partners include CIBC, KPMG, BLG LLP, Cisco etc.
  • Digital Certificate Program & Webcast streams have no revenue requirements so companies of any size can apply.
  • Companies can apply for this and Digital Main Street programs, if appropriate
  • Located within Ontario
  • Case study companies: Multiple location pharmacy chain and manufacturing company

Visit rap.bot.com for full details and to take a Digital Needs Assessment 

CANATRACE

Canatrace - Keeping Canadians Safe logoCANATRACE™ is a free, fast, secure and bilingual solution for businesses to collect patron information per city guidelines across Canada.

The digital tool simplifies data collection by allowing visitors to provide their contact information
directly on their own smartphone using a QR code uniquely branded for that business. By
digitizing data collection, small businesses are able to minimize touchpoints for guests, ensure
confidentiality and accuracy of the information given, and lessen the extra responsibilities their
staff are taking on during these unprecedented times.

Learn more and sign up at the Canatrace website.

 

Tools and Resources

Digital Main Street has compiled a list of tools, how-to guides and tutorials available to assist all main street business in embracing digital technology. You can find information on: how to build your online presence, using social media effectively, paid advertising, and much more. Visit: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/tools/

Explore resources available for your business and webinars available on demand. Visit the resources page.