Digital Program Launching to Support Small Businesses

A new program to help small businesses across Nova Scotia attract more customers and grow sales in the digital economy will launch this month with an investment of $2.5 million.

Through the Digital Assistance Program for Small Business, eligible businesses will be able to connect with digital consultants for services like website development, digital marketing strategies, and e-commerce tools, up to a value of $5000. Digital Nova Scotia will administer the program.

“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in this province and this program will help small businesses adapt to a new norm and participate in our economic recovery,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Inclusive Economic Growth. “Going digital can be daunting for small business owners, so having access to this kind of expertise will help support a business’s long-term viability and success.”

Businesses that qualified for the Small Business Impact Grant Part 3 will be automatically eligible for the program. If capacity allows, the program will be expanded to other businesses.

Digital Nova Scotia will host an online platform to manage the submission of expressions-of-interest from those pre-qualified businesses that want to participate.  Once a business is approved, Digital Nova Scotia’s needs assessment will help identify a shortlist of digital service providers to address the needs of each participating business.

Qualified digital service providers will have expertise in developing websites, search engine optimization, digital marketing, and social media strategy, and building online booking systems and e-commerce tools.

Funding for the program will come from the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Response Council.

Applications open today, June 30. More information on the program is available via Digital Nova Scotia: https://digitalnovascotia.com/portfolio-items/dapsb/

Quotes:

“In the current economic climate of uncertainty caused by the global health pandemic, it’s never been more important to maintain a strong digital presence. Building on the success of our partnership with Tourism Nova Scotia, we’re excited to be working with small businesses across the province to connect them with digital marketing experts. The program is designed for economic growth, with participants improving their online experiences to increase web traffic and sales, and Nova Scotian digital service providers generating new business opportunities – it’s a win-win.”
– Wayne Sumarah, CEO, Digital Nova Scotia

“The digital world will have a significant influence on restaurant recovery, it will be one of the drivers to rebuild a more stable and profitable industry.  Our provincial government sees the important role it will play in development and will assist owners and operators in advancing digital support programming.”
– Gordon Stewart, executive director, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia

“The Tourism Digital Assistance Program allowed us to elevate our online and social media presence, show who we are, and what we offer. Thanks to the amazing web design team at Boostflow, we are better prepared to offer online ordering and reservations in the near future through our new website.”
– Hannah Rhyno, owner, Gaia Global Kitchen

“The TDAP program has enabled tourism businesses from Yarmouth to Cape Breton to expand their operations online and continue to serve their customers through the COVID-19 shutdowns. As a digital service provider, our team worked with businesses across the province to generate new revenue streams and adjust to the times. The program provided an opportunity for our company to generate new business, while supporting our local tourism industry, and we were proud to be a part of it.” D’Andre Smith, co-founder of Boostflow

Quick Facts:
— Digital Nova Scotia will manage program funding and all payments to digital service providers who complete work for business participants
— both Tourism Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Business Inc. also offer digital adoption programs to their clients
— the Digital Assistance Program for Small Business will be based on the highly successful Tourism Digital Assistance Program, a partnership with Digital Nova Scotia now in its second year

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Media Contacts: Gary Andrea
Inclusive Economic Growth
Cell: 902-456-6196
Email: Gary.Andrea@novascotia.ca

Caitlin Patterson
Digital Nova Scotia
902-401-6699
Email: caitlin@digitalnovascotia.com | DAPSB@digitalnovascotia.com

 

The original Government release can be found here.