The City of Wetaskiwin has signed on for a partnership between them, the University of Alberta, the Leduc, Nisku, and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business Link, and Digital Main Street to support small businesses as they integrate or upgrade their online operations.
The Digital Economy Program, free to small businesses and funded by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, will help businesses to build their online presence, add eCommerce, create a social media plan, and other digital practices to help their businesses thrive.
“The City of Wetaskiwin is very excited about this partnership and we are looking forward to seeing the benefits it will bring to our small businesses,“ stated Mayor Tyler Gandam.
“Being able to compete — especially with the roadblocks small businesses have had over the past two years — is crucial to their survival. Learning how to grow and develop their business will give them a boost at a time when they need it most.”
Applications for the Digital Economy Program will be open until March 2023. To be eligible for the program, businesses must be registered in Alberta, have zero to 49 employees (this includes self-employed business owners with no employees, and be a home-based or commercial business.
The City of Wetaskiwin states that this free service will be a game-changer for many small businesses as they adopt new technology to increase sales and in turn help build the economy as they hire more staff.
“Over 95 percent of businesses in Alberta are small businesses, and supporting the small business community is crucial in the competitive digital landscape,” the city said in a press release on the program.