Media Release - Digital Economy Program
12 Jan 2022
news, New Business, COVID-19
The City of Spruce Grove in partnership with the University of Alberta School of Business launches 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 City of Spruce Grove, 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.
“Spruce Grove is proud to help support small businesses increase their digital presence,” said Mayor Jeff Acker. “With so many aspects of our lives being managed online, it makes sense to help our business community find ways to interact with and support their customers, clients, and even potential employees in this environment.”
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.
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
There are a limited number of spots that are being filled on a first-come first-served basis.
Visit yourDEP.ca to learn more.