FREE ONLINE TOOLS

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having an online presence

The Town of Oakville has parterned with Digital Main Street to assist main street businesses in growing their operations through technology with easy to use online tools, connections to trusted vendors and structured online learning.

Digital Main Street Program

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform. To access free online tools and webinars for small business in Ontario, visit Digital Main Street Events.

ShopHERE

ShopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away. Businesses can apply to the ShopHERE Program to have hands-on assistance with setting up and launching an online Shopify store.

Oakville's Digital Service Squad

The Digital Service Squad is a resource for small businesses to help build or enhance an online presence, promote products/services and sell online. Please note that this service is only available for businesses located in one of Oakville’s three BIAs. Book a virtual meeting with a squad member in the Downtown Oakville BIA, Kerr Village BIA or Bronte Village BIA.

LookLocal.ca - Oakville's online marketplace 

Look Local Marketplace was founded to make shopping local easy! Customers can shop their favourite local businesses, all in one place; buying from multiple vendors in one transaction. 

Small businesses can sync their online stores with Look Local Marketplace, showcasing their products to a larger audience and giving them far greater reach and marketing power. If a small business doesn't have an existing e-commerce site, they can easily create a Vendor Profile and upload their products to the marketplace. Vendors also get a profile page, highlighting their business and linking back to their website and social media channels. Brought to you by the same team that publishes Look Local Magazine, Look Local Marketplace encourages more people to support local businesses and spend locally. 

No fees until April 1, 2021! Look Local Marketplace is waiving fees for Oakville businesses until the end of March. For more information, visit LookLocal.ca or email info@looklocal.ca.

Contact us

These initiatives are part of the Economic Task Force’s short-term economic support and recovery plan for Oakville businesses.

Questions? Contact econdev@oakville.ca to discuss which tools can help you meet your online business goals.