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Grow Your Business Online

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Digital storefronts and e-commerce capabilities are now mainstream activities for many small businesses. They enable businesses to serve existing customers more effectively, attract new customers in the digital marketplace, become more competitive, and will help Canada's long-term economic competitiveness.

What is Grow Your Business Online?

Grow Your Business Online will help up to 90,000 smaller businesses, including restaurants, tourism and recreation-based businesses that haven't yet adopted digital technologies take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

Eligible businesses will receive micro-grants of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies.

Grow Your Business Online  will also support a network of up to 11,200 youth digital advisors who will provide advice to and help the small businesses adopt e-commerce.

How will it work?

The government has issued a Call for Applications from not-for-profit organizations that can support small businesses in the development and implementation of their e-commerce strategies. This includes providing micro-grants, e-commerce advisory services and training and assigning youth digital advisors to help business owners design and implement their e-commerce strategies. These organizations will then become part of a network of service providers for the initiative.

In their application, delivery partners will need to demonstrate their ability and track record in working with regional and local businesses on digital adoption. They also need to outline their capacity to recruit, train, support and assign youth digital advisors who can support small businesses as they begin to sell their products and services online.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grow Your Business Online will award funding to regional and national not-for-profit organizations that can support small businesses in developing and implementing new technologies, as well as hire, train, and place young people as youth digital advisors in small businesses.

How the program will be administered?

Following the Call for Applications, a network of service providers will be established. They will be responsible for reviewing applications from individual businesses and providing advisory services and micro-grants.

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