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 and Ritual ONE 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.

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.

Future Proof

Future Proof is a program that assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a deep digital transformation plan. Businesses can apply to the Transformation Teams Program to receive specialized and in-depth business transformation services and support. 

Digital Transformation Grant

The Digital Transformation Grant includes training and guidance and provides the opportunity for main street businesses to apply for a grant of up to $2,500. Please note that this grant is only available for businesses located in one of Oakville’s three BIAs.

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

To access free online tools and webinars for small business in Ontario, visit Digital Main Street Events.

Ritual ONE

Ritual ONE provides businesses, such as restaurants, grocers, retail shops, and coffee shops with an easy way to accept commission-free digital orders from their own website and social media accounts. Onsite contactless digital ordering is also available.

The ‘Open for Business’ promotional offer is available to Ritual ONE merchants based in Oakville that sign up for Ritual ONE, and enroll in the Open for Business program before December 31, 2020. Through December 31, 2020, restaurants received waived Ritual ONE subscription fees, processing fees and setup fees.

Any restaurant that completes (1) delivery order on Ritual ONE powered by DoorDash Drive by the end of 2020, will receive Ritual ONE for $0/month in subscription fees for an additional year until December 31, 2021. Restaurants are still responsible for paying transactional fees for each order starting January 1, 2021. Ritual maintains the right to change or end the promotion at any time.

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.