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Here's how $20K is being used to help local businesses

Five local businesses are receiving $2,000 grants to build their digital presence
2020-02-10 Timmins Chamber MH
The Timmins Chamber of Commerce office in Schumacher. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Five local businesses are receiving a boost to improve their digital presence. 

Recently, two initiatives worth a total of $20,000 were rolled out to help local businesses online.

Five businesses are receiving Digital Transformation Micro-Grants worth $2,000 each.

Timmins Chamber president Melanie Verreault announced the recipients at the organization's quarterly meeting. The winners are Altered Reality, Discover Fitness Discover Performance Inc., Dubé Designs, Radical Gardens, and Steinberg and Mahn.

The grants are to help entrepreneurs create an online marketplace or use new forms of technology to grow their businesses.

The Timmins Chamber has also received $10,000 to enhance its business directory.

“For many of our small business members, our digital business directory, a search engine optimizing database that ranks very high on Google, provides the only online presence for their enterprise and acts as a microwebsite,” said Verreault.

The directory, she explained, links to a business's social media, videos, maps, highlights and direct email communication.

“This new directory will not only provide a more modern, efficient and user-friendly experience thus encouraging our members to engage more frequently but effectively offer a more significant online presence for businesses who otherwise lack the capacity to execute on their own,” said Verreault. 

Both projects are part of the Digital Main Street Community Collaboration Program. Locally, the initiative is possible thanks to NORCAT and the Timmins Chamber, in partnership with Digital Main Street and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.