Now open to BC businesses, the government-funded Launch Online Grant Program offers ‘free money’ to cover up to $7,500 in costs to shift a business to online selling.
The applicant can be a business that already has a website, but has no (or only underdeveloped) e-commerce elements; or a business with no web presence that can benefit from selling its products online.
Here are examples, from my own world, of businesses that might benefit:
A small boutique florist has a gorgeous website but does not take orders online. Their hours are limited and parking can sometimes be a challenge. Adding an e-commerce element to their existing website could open up the sales opportunities considerably, while saving customers time, and introducing the added level of COVID protection through ‘shopping at home’.
A local café sells baked goods via Door Dash but has no online means of selling whole cakes: a key element of their sales diversification. Currently their process is to take cake orders and payments by phone. Adding an e-commerce ‘whole cake’ element to their basic (and dated!) website would reap efficiencies within the business.
The grant will support 75% of the costs of hiring a BC-based e-commerce specialist of your choice, up to a total grant of $7,500 (on a $10K project cost).
Funds will be distributed to roughly 1,500 BC businesses until the $12M budget runs out, so visit their website now for more information on eligibility and how to apply.
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