The BC Government has invested an additional $30 million in their Launch Online Grant program.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing more customers online, giving businesses an opportunity to get online quickly or enhance their online presence to make sales,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “The Surrey Board of Trade partnered with Blue Meta to deliver exclusive marketing support to entrepreneurs to sell online – and we know given the success of our digital care marketing package so far – that this added funding support by the BC Government will enable businesses and service organizations to create and sustain successful e-commerce stores.”
The grant provides up to $7,500 to businesses to help build or expand an e-commerce site to sell to their product or service locally, nationally and internationally.
1. Businesses in the hard-hit tourism sector, like tour operators or hotels, and businesses in the service industry, such as massage therapists, personal trainers or hair stylists, can now access the grants to build or improve their online booking systems. Service organizations, including in the arts/culture sector, can also apply online.
2. As part of the eligibility enhancements, 30% of the grant funds will now be reserved for Black, Indigenous and people of colour-owned (BIPOC) businesses. This is expanded from the original 25% of grant funds that were reserved for Indigenous and rural businesses.
3. Small and medium-sized businesses can apply online and review eligibility criteria: www.launchonline.ca
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More information: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PREM0021-000496
Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342, firstname.lastname@example.org