To help support our local small businesses, Mississauga is proud to announce it will be joining the ShopHERE , powered by Google program. The program will provide independent businesses and artists with resources to develop and launch an online store at no-cost, with the support of local post-secondary students.
Launched originally on May 12, 2020 for the Toronto business community, Digital Main Street is now working with Google to expand ShopHERE powered by Google across Canada with a goal of building 50,000 online stores by the end of 2020.
The City of Mississauga will leverage the infrastructure created by the City of Toronto with Digital Main Street and will cover a portion of the student costs to get the program running. As part of the program, local students will be trained to build and launch online stores.
Local businesses and artists can apply for the program at digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere to get their online store built at no-cost. The program will provide independent businesses and artists with:
- Their choice of an online store customized with their information, branding, logo etc.
- Hands-on assistance setting up and launching their online store
- Training to support their online store, including topics such as digital marketing, shipping and inventory management
- Access to free tools to help support the launch of their online stores
The ShopHERE powered by Google program is open to businesses and artists providing they are a registered business, have a commercial or home-based location, have fewer than 10 employees or fewer than 25 employees if a restaurant or bar and they are not a corporate chain or franchise. To find out more about Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE powered by Google program, visit: digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere .