The following is a shortlist of financial, marketing and informational resources to help business owners navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial Support for Businesses and Employees

Marketing Support

  • Shopify COVID-19 Response
    Shopify is offering free 90-day trials, local pickup and delivery options, the ability to sell gift cards, and $200M in small business financing during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • How to Build a “Buy Online, Pickup Curbside” Store
    This online tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to creating a simple Shopify store with curbside pickup.
  • Google Ads Credits
    Google Ads is giving $340 million in ad credits to small and medium-sized businesses, which can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across Google Ads platforms.
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program
    Facebook is granting $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Applications now open
  • Digital Main Street Squad
    Offers free remote assistance to BIA-member businesses looking to enhance digital presence and sell products online. Click here to set up a virtual appointment.
  • Digital Starter Kit for Small Businesses
    Digital Main Street has put together a Digital Starter Kit with tips on e-mail marketing, e-commerce, SEO and more.

Reopening Guidelines and Resources
BIA members only – contact info@oakvilledowntown.com for access

Guidance 

  • Business Resilience Service
    The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched a hotline that businesses can call to get guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility. Call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor. The service is available 7 days/week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • Stop the Spread Business Information Line
    The latest information on which businesses are permitted to open. If you have questions about whether your business is permitted to open, call toll free at 1-888-444-3659.

Industry-Specific Resources 

COVID-19 Updates