Small and medium-sized businesses have access to a government grant aimed at launching online storefronts

The StrongerBC Launch Online Grant Program opened for application on February 3rd. Businesses can apply for up-to $7,500 to create and enhance their e-commerce operations, working in partnership with a B.C.-based business.

The initiative is supported by $12 million in provincial funding focused on local business and driving economic growth across British Columbia.

What is it?

The maximum government contribution is $7,500 (up to 75%) to build an online storefront, improve existing e-commerce platforms and acquire customers through digital advertising. One application per business may be submitted.

The Launch Online program stipulates that recipients work with a local service provider to implement their digital marketing strategy. And one main condition of the grant is that recipients need to file a detailed report outlining the impact of their results at the six-month mark.

Hurry! These funds are available until the grant money is claimed. Claims are processed in the order they’re received.

The following are the areas that qualify for grant spending:

E-commerce Website Development
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Search Engine Optimization
Consistent adjustment to your site to improve organic search results

Search Engine Marketing
Paid reach to capture audience using search keywords

Community Display Advertising
Digital display ads on trusted publications which can be locally targeted

Google Shopping
Use of search advertising to show your inventory to users with purchase intent

Social Advertising
Use of social advertising to show your inventory to users with purchase intent

Programmatic Advertising
Digital display ads across the internet targeted by site, search and contextual behaviour