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OBIAA Announcement - E-Volving Opportunities for Small Business through Digital Main Street

The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), in partnership with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), released its Digital Main Street Progress Report - Digital Main Street: E-volving Opportunities for Small Business. The report showcases the impact of Digital Main Street (DMS) and its Ontario Grants Program (OGP) on the ability of Ontario small businesses to weather the pandemic and to rapidly adapt to the changes in technology and consumer behaviour for sustainable growth. The report covers the past four years and data highlights include:

  • More than 45,700 brick-and-mortar small businesses in 226 municipalities served by DSS members, both in-person and virtually;

  • More than 580 DSS members were hired to be part of DSS teams located across the province;

  • More than $24.8 million in DTGs was distributed to 9,955 small businesses;

  • More than 33,000 businesses participated in various DMS training on topics such as digital marketing, e-commerce and back-end systems.

Recognizing the importance of the DMS program in reaching and supporting new businesses and new markets, the Government of Ontario followed through on their 2021 Fall Economic Statement commitment to invest an additional $40 million over the next two years. This renewed support is expected to help 32,000 more small businesses embrace technology, work more efficiently, and generate new revenue streams that will sustain them through tough economic times and be ready for future long-term growth. We kindly urge you to share the report and accompanying video on social media and directly with your members, your municipal councillors, and your MPP and MP. Let’s celebrate the resilience of small businesses and commend the commitment of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

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