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Township of Terrace Bay joins Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE powered by Google

Posted on July 16, 2020

Township of Terrace Bay joins Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE powered by Google to Support Local Businesses. The program offers local businesses and artists the opportunity to start selling online.

To help support our local small businesses, today Terrace Bay is joining the ShopHERE powered by Google program, with a goal of getting local businesses online this year. ShopHERE powered by Google, which started in the City of Toronto, helps independent businesses and artists build a digital presence and minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Google Canada announced a one million dollar investment to enable Digital Main Street to expand the program to municipalities across the country, offering more businesses and artists the opportunity to build their own online store. Because the opportunities afforded by the digital economy are still limited if people don’t have the right skills, Google’s investment will also help more small businesses and artists receive the digital skills training needed to participate in the digital economy. The program is now available to small businesses in Terrace Bay. Local businesses and artists can apply for the program at www.digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere to get their online store built at no-cost*.  READ MORE

Overall the program provides businesses with 15+ hours of hands-on support to get them selling their products and services online, including:

  1. Their choice of a template online store customized with their information, branding, logo, etc.
  2. Hands-on assistance setting up and launching their online store.
  3. Training and support covering digital marketing, shipping and operating their online store.
  4. Access to free tools and various ad credits to help support the launch of their online stores.

*The program and build of the website are done at no cost, but businesses are responsible for the Shopify monthly fee after the 90-day trial.

ShopHERE is supported by a number of community and corporate partners, including Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, Shopify, Google, Mastercard, Microsoft, Magnet, and The Schulich School of Business -York University.

About Google Canada

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a global technology leader, Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website atop internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Google Canada has offices inWaterloo, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa with over 1,500 Canadian Google employees working on teams across Engineering, AI Research, Sales and Marketing.

About Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street is a program that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and our Digital Service Squad, a team of street-level team members who help main street businesses grow and manage their operations through technology. Digital Main Street was created by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) with direct support from the City of Toronto. DMS is also supported by a group of strategic business partners, including Google, MasterCard, Microsoft and Shopify.

About the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA)

The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) is a non-profit umbrella organization working with the 83 Business Improvement Areas within the City of Toronto, who in turn represent more than 40,000 business and property owners.

About ShopHERE powered by Google

The ShopHEREprogram offers businesses and artists the opportunity to build a digital presence and minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. ShopHERE is supported by a number of community and corporate partners, including Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas,Shopify, Google, Mastercard, Microsoft, Magnet, and The Schulich School of Business-York University and The Schulich School of Business-York University

ShopHERE Media Release