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WGCoC Launches Digital Main Street Service Squad

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West Grey Chamber of Commerce Launches Digital Main Street Service Squad

West Grey Chamber receives $10,000 Digital Main Street Grant to help main street businesses use digital tools more effectively.

January 28, 2020: West Grey, Ontario. The West Grey Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has received a $10,000 grant from Digital Main Street (DMS) to fund a Digital Service Squad to help downtown small businesses across the municipality improve their online capabilities.

Digital Main Street logo “The West Grey Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting our member businesses and the greater economic community,” said West Grey Chamber President Nella Monaco-Wells. “In today’s business environment, a strong online presence is an essential tool and the Chamber is thrilled to play a part in this exciting program.”

The Chamber received the grant from the Ontario government as part of the Digital Main Street program to establish a Digital Service Squad (DSS) to help small businesses in the downtown areas enhance their use of digital tools and techniques to better evolve and grow. The DSS will consist of trained specialists who will visit and assist main street small businesses at no cost to help them set up Google Business and conduct a digital-readiness assessment.

“Our government is committed to helping small businesses improve their competitiveness, create jobs and attract investment,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “That’s why I’m so pleased that businesses in the Municipality of West Grey will benefit from the expertise of a Digital Service Squad to help small businesses embrace digital technology. Our investment in the Digital Main Street program will help to ensure that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”

“The exposure and training that businesses in the Municipality of West Grey will receive in digital technology will prove extremely helpful in gaining the knowledge necessary to compete in the digital age,” said Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

“On behalf of West Grey Council, congratulations to the West Grey Chamber of Commerce on receiving this important grant,” said West Grey Mayor Christine Robinson. “Thank you to the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association and the provincial government for investing in our community and supporting West Grey economic development initiatives.”

A joint program funded by Government of Ontario and delivered by the Ontario BIA Association, Digital Main Street helps improve how small main street businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful. Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help them adopt new digital technologies from e- commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory.

“The West Grey Chamber of Commerce is playing an important role in helping downtown small businesses in the municipality take advantage of Digital Main Street and digital
technologies,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA Association. “Our small main street businesses are a critical contributor to Ontario’s economic, social and cultural health, and it’s vital that we work together to ensure their success. Digital Main Street will help the downtown businesses of the Municipality of West Grey compete in an increasingly digital world.”

ABOUT the West Grey Chamber of Commerce
The West Grey Chamber of Commerce was founded on four key principles of promoting and improving trade and commerce, acting as a catalyst and information resource for our business community, working with all orders of government for sound legislations and supporting and advocating the interests of our members.

ABOUT the Ontario BIA Association
OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. The Association supports and advocates on behalf of its members through the building and nurturing of strong relationships and partnerships. OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, resources and best practices, and is the ONE voice on common issues.

ABOUT Digital Main Street
Digital Main Street is an innovative program designed to help main street small businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, grants and Digital Service Squads teams of street-level experts that help main street small businesses manage and grow their operations through technology adoption. The program was originally created by the Toronto Association of BIAs (TABIA) and a group of strategic partners including Google, MasterCard, Rogers, Microsoft and Shopify. The Province of Ontario expansion of Digital Main Street is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and delivered by the Ontario BIA Association. The Ontario expansion is part of the government’s $12 million Main Street Enhancement Initiative to create jobs and support communities across the province. For more information, please
visit digitalmainstreet.ca

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nella Monaco-Wells,
President West Grey Chamber of Commerce
519.369.5750

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