Digital Main Street Digital Main Street Digital Main Street offers programs and services to help brick and mortar businesses achieve digital transformation. The program was initially built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and Digital Service Squads. COVID-19 forced businesses across Ontario to close their doors this spring and many are looking for new and creative ways to attract business. With Future Proof, DMS aims to expand their support and create lasting change for small businesses across Ontario.Please direct all DMS related inquires to Lee St. James our DMS Future Proof Program Lead at RIC- firstname.lastname@example.org Lab Pilot Projects Community Collaboration Transformation Teams DMS Streams & Key Dates DMS Future Proof is designed to have regions explore what is possible when we work together. It offers three streams:1. DMS Lab Pilot Project: funds of up to $25,000 to pilot pilot innovations that encourage transformational change along main street. Applications due October 31st, 2020.2. Community Collaboration Project: funding of up to $50,000 to pilot test projects in Peel Region; the process starts with workshops intended to encourage the sharing of ideas and strengthening relationships between municipalities, business improvement areas, boards of trade, small business enterprise centres, entrepreneurs, and other key community stakeholders. View Workshops3. Transformation teams: apply to work with an interdisciplinary team of recent graduates and highly trained students that offer expertise in web design, digital marketing, graphic design, user experience/user interaction (UX/UI) and copywriting. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Corporate Sponsors & Partnerships Founded by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) with direct support from the City of Toronto, Digital Main Street is also supported by a group of strategic corporate sponsors and government partners. DMS labs Ideal pilot projects will be those ready to launch now and are scalable to other businesses and communities. Projects need not target challenges that have arisen due to Covid-19, but must be executable under current Covid-19 safety protocols. Aim to bring immediate and lasting improvements to neighbourhood businesses, ensuring not only their survival, but to foster an environment for them to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape. By launching throughout localized communities, tech companies gain access to real time feedback from small businesses and effective solutions can be shared throughout the province. DMS support involves project advice, introductions, expertise, and funding. We are able to fund up to $25,000 to pilot solutions to main street challenges. Pilot projects must include a community partnership with a confirmed pilot location to receive funding. Applications Close: October 31st, 2020 COmmunity Collaboration Project Taking real time challenges being faced by our main street businesses and pilot test workable solutions. Pilot projects do not necessarily need to involve digital or technological solutions- challenges can be addressed in whatever method offers the most impact to main street businesses. RIC Centre will host two workshops to identify and collaborate on solving some of the tough challenges facing our local main streets. The workshops are intended to encourage sharing of ideas and strengthening relationships between municipalities, business improvement areas (BIAs), boards of trade, small business enterprise centres (SBECs), entrepreneurs, and other key community stakeholders across Peel region. Workshop 1: September 29th | This 2 hour session will be focused on sharing key challenges and identifying problems that are impacting our communities and local businesses Workshop 2: October 28th | *CANCELLED* Contact our RIC Center DMS lead Lee St. James at email@example.com with any questions Transformation Teams In a process lasting up to six weeks, each business will work with a remote team staffed by our regional delivery partner who will help you create a transformation plan for new business models, developing and implementing digital marketing strategies, maximizing digital tools and more. Transformation teams comprise of an interdisciplinary team of recent graduates and highly trained students who offer expertise in web design, digital marketing, graphic design, user experience/user interaction (UX/UI) and copywriting. To be eligible, individual businesses must be registered and/or incorporated in Ontario and have a commercial location; they cannot be a home-based business, chain or franchise. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now Questions? Contact our RIC Center DMS lead Lee St. James at firstname.lastname@example.org.