DMS Community Collaboration Project
“Providing businesses with the tools they need to adapt, recover and grow is a key part of our economic recovery plan throughout reopening and into the future. The Future Proof program offered through Digital Main Street is just one example of how Ontario’s recovery will be driven by innovation.”
— The Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
The Community Collaboration Project will take real-time challenges being faced by our main street businesses and pilot test workable solutions. The project is focused on bringing together community members to collaboratively identify and solve local main street challenges.
Haltech RIC will host two workshops to identify and collaborate on solving some of the tough challenges facing our local main streets. The first workshop will be on Wednesday, September 23rd (1:15 to 3:00 pm), and will be focused on sharing key challenges and identifying problems that are impacting our communities and local businesses.
The second workshop will take place in the third week of October and will focus on developing potential solutions, prioritizing ideas and establishing criteria for selecting the projects to be funded.
The workshops are intended to encourage the sharing of ideas and strengthening relationships between municipalities, business improvement areas (BIAs), chambers, small business enterprise centres (SBECs), entrepreneurs (from both main street and the innovation community), and other key community stakeholders across Halton region.
Funding from $5,000 to $25,000 is available to pilot projects that address these challenges. Halton Region has a total budget of $50,000 available to be distributed for Community Collaboration projects.
Business improvement areas and Chambers of Commerce are a key part of this initiative. Part of what makes the Community Collaboration Program unique is that it works with communities across the Halton region to transform common struggles into workable solutions.
No one has a better understanding of the challenges facing main street than the BIAs and Chambers that serve them. BIA and Chamber involvement is an important way to demonstrate continued commitment to their membership. Collaborating on a pilot project will allow main street businesses to discover new revenue streams and access new technologies.
Though the Community Collaboration Project pairs the innovation community to the main street community, pilot projects do not necessarily need to involve digital or technological solutions. Through mutual engagement, challenges can be addressed in whatever method offers the most impact to main street businesses.