Multi-regional partnership creates new online tool for small businesses –


There is a new tool to help small businesses in Alberta.

Last Wednesday (January 12), the City of Fort Saskatchewan announced the launch of a new free digital support program that will help small businesses build their online presence, add e-commerce, create a social media plan , as well as other convenient online benefits.

The Digital Economy Program is offered through a partnership between participating municipalities, the University of Alberta, Business Link and Digital Main Street. Funding for the program is provided by the Government of Alberta’s Department of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

Other program partners include Strathcona County, Morinville and Sturgeon County.

“We have many fantastic small businesses in the Sturgeon County area, and thanks to the new digital economy program, they can go from being a best-kept secret to a thriving part of our local economy,” said the mayor. of Sturgeon County, Alanna Hnatiw. “The past two years have taught us the importance of having a digital presence for small businesses, whether it’s a website or being able to transact online.”

Applications are now open and the program will be available until March 2023 or until funds are fully distributed. To be eligible for the Digital Economy Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Home-based business or commercial
  • Your business must be registered in Alberta
  • Your business has 49 or fewer employees (including independent business owners with no employees)

Details and a link to the app can be found here.


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