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DEP Program

About The Digital Economy Program

The Digital Economy Program (DEP) is designed to help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices. DEP is delivered by Business Link in collaboration with Digital Main Street, funded by the Government of Alberta and Prairies Economic Development Canada. The program can help your business:

  • Reach new customers online

  • Develop a social media strategy

  • Support Search Engine Optimization

  • Streamline business processes with digital tools

  • Increase Sales 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Home-based or commercial business that is registered in Alberta.

    • Alberta-based Indigenous businesses that are not registered may still be eligible.

  • Businesses with 0-49 employees.

    • This includes self-employed business owners

  • Non-profits, charitable trusts, and franchises are NOT eligible for this program

This program consists of an amazing FREE service for business owners:


Small businesses can sign up to participate free of charge. Apply to this free program today!

Digital Sevice Squad

Digital Service Squad

Learn To Reach More Customers Through Digital Marketing

The Digital Service Squad is focused on providing 1-on-1 FREE local assistance for digital services to small businesses in any region of Alberta. This program can help you improve your ability to reach customers, increase sales, and elevate your business's eCommerce presence.


It will include training and advisory support towards digital strategy development, Google My Business assistance, social media posts, taking awesome pictures for your businesses, and more. Once you've applied you will have immediate access to online training. Once you've been approved, your DSS services will be made available locally through our Community Futures Office. Apply online here.

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  • 1-on-1 Digital Marketing Transformation support and training

  • 1-on-1 coaching to help you reach new customers, build a loyal online community, and increase your sales

  • Social media and digital marketing strategy development

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) support and training

  • Google My Business set-up and management training

Your Customers are waiting for you online.

Increase your digital presence, grow your sales, and reach new customers online.
Access free 1-on-1 support to start or grow your digital presence!


If you're starting, growing, or buying a business, we've got you covered!

We provide support, guidance, and loans for small businesses and startups.

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