City announces e-commerce support for local small businesses
Starting today, Leduc business owners will have access to a new support program to help them establish or expand their online presence. The 'Get Digital' grant will connect local small business owners with a University of Alberta School of Retailing student who will provide up to 12 hours of consulting services which may include an online audit, recommendations for enhancements, and referral to additional resources. The full cost of the consultation is covered by City funding.
“One thing that’s become increasingly clear over the last year is that a digital presence can no longer be considered optional in order for a business to thrive, but setting these functions up can require a lot of effort and time” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “The ‘Get Digital’ program will provide practical support to local small business owners who may not otherwise have the resources, capacity or expertise to do this for themselves.”
The “Get Digital” program is the latest business support to come out of the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force – a partnership between the City of Leduc; the Leduc, Nisku and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce; and the Downtown Business Association (DBA). Similar to the COVID Recovery Grant that the task force launched late last year, “Get Digital” will be paid for by the City and administered by the Chamber.
“Our partnership with the Chamber and DBA on the task force has been tremendous and yielded some very practical and effective supports to the local business community throughout the pandemic,” says Young. “As vaccinations continue to roll out we are optimistic that the end of business closures and restrictions is in sight, and the ‘Get Digital’ program will set local small businesses up for even greater success as things re-open.”
For more information or to apply, please call the Leduc, Nisku and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce at 780-986-5454 or visit www.gettingbusinessdigital.ca.
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