On September 9th, Haltech and the Halton Region Small Business Centre hosted a virtual Community Mixer to introduce the Digital Main Street (DMS) Future Proof Program. Attendees included Haltech clients, main street business owners and representatives from local Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), Chambers of Commerce and municipal economic development offices.
DMS Future Proof is a new program that is designed to help small businesses recover from COVID restrictions and to help them be ready to thrive in any future economic storms. It includes three streams:
1) Community Collaboration – connecting RICs and community-based organizations to identify common issues facing main street businesses and to select a few
For the Community Collaboration stream, Haltech RIC will start by hosting two workshops to select a few key pilot tests that will be designed to solve some of the tough challenges facing our local main str eets. The first workshop will be on Wednesday, September 23rd (1:15 to 3:00pm). It will be focused on sharing key challenges and identifying problems that are impacting our communities and local businesses. If you would like to participate,
please register today:https://www.haltech.ca/event/digital-main-street-future-proof-workshop-1/
2) Transformation Teams – individual companies can apply for a 6-week consultation from a Transformation Team to help pivot their business model or plan to take a process from paper to digital. These teams (staffed by Communitech, our regional delivery partner) are distinct from Digital Service Squads (that are hired by each municipality to support digital skills upgrading of businesses within local BIAs).
Applications are open here:https://digitalmainstreet.ca/transformation-teams/
3) DMS Lab Pilot Tests – with a goal to enhance collaboration between technology start-ups and BIAs or Chambers of Commerce, companies can apply for funding up to $25,000 for a DMS Lab pilot project that will run from approval through February 2021.
Applications are open here:https://digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-main-street-lab/
Lee St James is the DMS Future Proof Program Lead for Halton region. Please reach out if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found here: https://www.haltech.ca/dms-about/