The City of Mississauga recently unveiled its new Digital Service Squad (DSS) with a launch event in downtown Streetsville. The DSS consists of three digital technology specialists who work with local Business Improvement Area Associations (BIAs) to support main street storefront small business owners to enhance their digital presence. This includes helping them adopt digital tools and technologies to help attract new clients and improve the way their goods and services are being marketed. The Digital Service Squad was made possible through a $50,000 grant awarded to the City by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) in partnership with the Government of Ontario. The grant also includes the purchase of hardware and technology for the Squad to provide free digital assessments and consultative services. Mississauga’s DSS is part of a community of consultants across Ontario, including Brockville, Hamilton, Kitchener and Toronto that are equipped with hardware and technology to help main street small businesses grow and expand nationally and internationally. The Program will conclude in Mississauga in December 2019. The Digital Service Squad is part of the MBEC team. The Centre provides guidance and support to help individuals start and grow their small business. MBEC also offers:
- free business information and guidance
- low cost business seminars and workshops
- low cost online business courses
- training and mentorship programs
- young entrepreneur program
For more information, please visit mississauga.ca/mbec.