The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of having an online presence to sell goods and services
To help support King's small businesses, King Township has joined the ShopHERE powered by Google program, with a goal of getting over 25 small King businesses online this year.
ShopHERE powered by Google helps independent businesses and artists build a digital presence and minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Google Canada announced a $1 million investment to enable Digital Main Street to expand the program across the country.
Who is eligible?
The ShopHERE powered by Google program is open to small independent businesses and artists that meet the following requirements:
- It is a registered business
- It has a commercial location or is home-based
- It has fewer than ten employees or fewer than 25 employees if a restaurant or bar
- It is not a corporate chain or franchise
- Or is not a registered business but must be an artist
What You Will Get
1. Sign Up Your Business
Once you have signed up and your business has been approved, you will select a website template and submit the information that you want to see for your online store.
2. Set Up Support
You will be assigned a student who will walk you through the process of developing your online store.
3. Online Store Development
Once all the details are collected for the business, the student constructs the online store. When completed, the online store is sent to you for review, requested changes are implemented, and your store will be ready to launch.
4. Launching the Online Store
You will receive on-boarding support from your assigned student to get your store launched. This includes adding inventory, setting up payment options, educating on shipping, lessons on digital marketing, and tips and tricks to get the most out of your online store.
5. Ongoing Support
After the site is launched, you can book follow up time with your student to help deal with any issues or improvements you would like to pursue.