There’s a new tool to help Alberta small businesses. 

Last Wednesday (Jan.12), the City of Fort Saskatchewan announced the launch of a new, free digital support program that will assist small businesses with building their online presence, adding eCommerce, creating a social media plan, as well as other beneficial online practices. 

The Digital Economy Program is delivered through a partnership between participating municipalities, the University of Alberta, Business Link and Digital Main Street. Funding for the program is provided by the Government of Alberta's Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation. 

Other partners in the program include Strathcona County, Morinville and Sturgeon County.  

“We have many fantastic small businesses in the Sturgeon County region, and through the new Digital Economy Program, they can go from being a best-kept secret to a thriving part of our local economy,” said Sturgeon County mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “The past two years have taught us the importance of small businesses having a digital presence, whether that’s a website or being able to conduct online transactions.” 

Applications are now open and the program will be available until March 2023 or until funds are fully dispersed. To be eligible for the Digital Economy Program, applicants must fit the following criteria: 

  • Home-based or commercial business
  • Your business must be registered in Alberta
  • Your business has 49 employees or less (including self-employed business owners with no employees)

Details and a link to the application can be found here.