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About The Digital Economy Program

The Digital Economy Program (DEP) is designed to help small businesses take their businesses online. This program, a partnership between Business Link and Digital Main Street, will help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices.  The program can help your business:

  • Reach new customers online

  • Develop a social media strategy

  • Search Engine Optimization support

  • Create & configure your website or online store

  • Streamline business processes with digital tools

  • Increase Sales 

Eligibility Requirements For Both Programs

  • You own a business registered in Alberta

  • Your business is either a commercial business, service business or home-based

  • You have 0 to 49 employees (Includes self-employed owners with no employees)

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

This program consists of 2 amazing FREE services for business owners:

  1. Digital Service Squads guiding businesses through digital transformation with digital marketing services

  2. ShopHERE powered by Google guiding businesses through launching and managing their online stores.


Small businesses can apply to participate in one or both programs, free of charge.



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

ShopHERE Powered By Google

Learn To Reach More Customers Through Digital Marketing

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  • 1-on-1 support with creating, customizing, and launching your online store

  • Free .CA domain registration

  • 1-on-1 coaching and training by an eCommerce coordinator on how to manage and market your online store to make your online shop successful

  • And many more benefits listed here

The ShopHere program is focused on helping you create and customize your online store. Once your store's website is online, an eCommerce coordinator will train you on how to manage and market your online store to make your online shop successful.

Once you've applied, you will be connected with your local eCommerce Coordinator through our Community Futures Office.  Apply online here.


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