Business owners looking to go online or expand their digital presence are encouraged to apply for the Grow Your Business Online program, which offers e-commerce consulting support and micro-grants up to $2,400 through Small Business BC as part of the Government Offers Canada Adoption Program.

The Grow Your Business Online program is designed to help small businesses take advantage of eCommerce opportunities and reach more customers online. The program, which includes one-on-one support from eCommerce consultants and microgrants, is available to small BC businesses looking to sell goods and services online directly to consumers.

“Our government knows that small businesses are the heart of our community and the backbone of our economy. Canada’s Digital Adoption Program helps British Columbia small businesses bring their business online to access new customers and markets and achieve greater success. We will continue to support our small businesses and entrepreneurs in British Columbia and across the country as they build, scale and reach new online customers in Canada and around the world,” said Dear Mary Ng, Secretary of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small business and economic development

The program is open to candidates wherever they are on their digital journey – from using online to developing e-commerce skills to digitizing business operations. The e-commerce consultant will work with grantees to develop their digital strategy and learn how to implement new technologies.

Approved gratuitous expenses:
The $2,400 microgrant can be used by small businesses to support costs associated with e-commerce and digital implementation.
Eligible fees include:
Implementation or improvement of digital e-commerce plans (e.g. online ordering/ordering tools, online ordering systems, electronic payments).
New e-commerce website development.
Installing an eCommerce platform or enhancing the functionality of an existing eCommerce website.

Online marketing and advertising:
SEO Optimisation
Advertise on social media
Commissioning of digital marketing services
Ecommerce software and hardware.

The Grow Your Business Online Scholarship is available in British Columbia through Small Business BC in partnership with Digital Main Street and is currently open to applications from companies that meet all of the following criteria:

Non-profits (including social enterprises and not-for-profit cooperatives)
Registered or registered
Consumer-facing business – Selling goods or services directly to consumers
Have at least one employee (other than the business owner) or annual sales of $30,000 in the most recent tax year (2021).

Corporate chains, franchises, registered charities, non-profit organisations, real estate agents, and representatives of multi-level marketing organisations are not eligible.

Should you have questions, please contact our Program team at: