The Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre and Economic Development have brought back the successful Digital Service Squad team and the Digital Main Street program. The team is assisting local downtown areas and businesses across Chatham-Kent with improving their digital footprint and helping to take advantage of new online tools.
You can apply for a Digital Transformation grant of $2500, this includes businesses that received the grant during the first round as they may also qualify again. While the team is available to support businesses across our entire region, the Digital Transformation grant is only available for businesses located within BIA borders and limited identified regions. We invite business owners to reach out to the Small Business Centre to see if they qualify.
For all businesses, there are two to three hours of free online training that will help businesses with everything from marketing, to social media, to building and enhancing their web presence. As well, the Digital Service Squad can provide you with an analysis of your digital tools, website, and much more – all at NO COST.
How to apply?
You can apply online through the
Digital Main Street website. You can also speak with one of our Small Business Centre experts who can discuss your idea, offer advice for applying and assist you in the process from start to finish and beyond.
Do I still qualify if I have previously received the grant?
Yes. If you are a Chatham-Kent business located in a main street area and have already received the grant through previous funding opportunities, you may still qualify for this new funding stream as long as you are presenting a new project.
What areas qualify?
The training and support offered through the program are free and available to everyone in Chatham-Kent. The grant portion of the program is currently limited to core main street areas (purple area on maps) with final approval determined by Digital Main Street and OBIAA. Click the community to view the main street area.