The Town of Stony Plain, in partnership with the University of Alberta School of Business, launches free digital support for small businesses

The Digital Economy Program, in support of small businesses in Alberta, launches today. The program is delivered through a partnership between the Town of Stony Plain, University of Alberta, Business Link, and Digital Main Street. The program is funded by the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

The Digital Economy Program is a free program designed to support small businesses as they integrate or upgrade their online operations. This program will allow small businesses to build their online presence, add eCommerce, create a social media plan, and other digital practices to help their business thrive. Over 95% of businesses in Alberta are small businesses, and supporting our small business community is absolutely crucial in the competitive digital landscape. This free service will be a game-changer for many businesses as they adopt new technology to increase sales, and as a result, hire more staff and build our economy.

“I’m thrilled for our home-based and small businesses to participate in this free program and grow as a result of this collaborative partnership between the University of Alberta, Business Link, Digital Mainstreet, and several municipalities throughout the Greater Edmonton Metropolitan Region,” says Mayor William Choy. “In total, Stony Plain received $23,400 through the Digital Economy Program to help 78 local businesses enhance their online presence and get digital in 2022.”

“Showcasing a business online and getting connected to the digital marketplace can be really daunting. The Digital Economy Program will provide practical one-on-one support to small business owners. The program is complimentary and available to those who may not otherwise have the resources or capacity to learn the skills needed to grow their digital presence. I encourage all small businesses to make the change today. Sign up while spaces last!” says Economic Development Officer Michelle Levasseur.

Applications for the Digital Economy Program are open, and will remain open until March 2023.

To be eligible for the Digital Economy Program, businesses must fit the following criteria:

  • registered in Alberta;
  • zero to 49 employees (this includes self-employed business owners with no employees); and,
  • home-based or commercial business.

Visit yourDEP.ca to learn more.

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