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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 08:20

Digital Main Street // Distantly launches to support small business!



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Distantly launches to help small businesses!

This week, a group of Canadians launched, an online donation platform that allows community members to make direct donations to small businesses, helping cover overhead costs during the Covid-19 crisis. The aim is to lessen the impact of non-essential closures on neighbourhood businesses like local coffee shops, restaurants, hair and nail salons etc., by enabling their customers to continue supporting those businesses until they are able to re-open. 

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Keep customers informed about your business' operations with Google My Business

If your business is affected by COVID-19, update your Google My Business profile to provide the most accurate information to your customers. You can provide updates about your business to customers such as:

·        Your updated hours of operation, for instance if you close early.

·        If your business services are experiencing delays.

·        Extra services you are providing for the community.

·        Mark your business “Temporarily closed” on Google.

  • New delivery or pickup options, including curbside pick-up.

Be sure to check out: Tips for retail businessesTips for food businessesTips for all business types.

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5 Tactics for SMBs Trying to Stay Top of Mind During COVID-19
We realize that as the scope and uncertainty around coronavirus grows, small businesses are being forced to adapt to an increasingly challenging environment. Despite all of this, one thing we can control is our efforts to stay top of mind with customers while attention shifts to digital and habits are changing. A little strategy and relationship building right now, can go a long way in helping small businesses build the momentum they will need to be successful in the post-COVID market.
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Why Sagrario Pilates Studio gave social media a second chance

Sagrario Castilla has been teaching Pilates for nearly 30 years. And for the better part of three decades, she’s thrived on simple systems and word of mouth. It’s served her well and made Sagrario Pilates Studio a mainstay in Toronto’s Church Wellesley Village.

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Boardwalk Board Game Lounge takes new school approach to old school fun


Once a year, Peterborough runs a Win This Space contest where entrepreneurs pitch their best ideas in hopes of winning a storefront location in the city's downtown core for 12 months rent-free. Dylan Reinhart and his brother Connor jumped right on it.

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Join us for virtual workshops 

Grow your digital skills, no matter where you’re located. Through online workshops and virtual one-on-one coaching sessions, you can learn skills that can help you stay connected and productive while working or managing a business remotely.

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April 28th: 10:00 am - This webinar will explore the short and long term impacts of these changes, and how they could fundamentally impact the “new normal” in a post-COVID world. 

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Small Business Websites 101: Online Webinar
 Apr 15  Online

You don't need a big budget to get noticed on the web - you just need creativity! In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the tricks and tools needed to market your business effectively on a shoestring budget.

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SEO Fundamentals: Online Webinar

 Apr 23  Online

This beginner workshop will teach you how to connect your business to customer searches on Google and how to optimize your website and digital presence for Google, without costing you money.

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As the Digital Main Street Program continues to expand across Ontario, please take a look at our full events calendar for events in your local community. 


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