About Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street is a program and service that helps businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and a Digital Service Squad, a team of highly trained professionals who help businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology. When businesses join Digital Main Street and complete the onboarding process, they receive a free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list that identifies technologies and tools that can help their business meet their digital goals. Along with the Digital Assessment, they also have the opportunity to work with the Digital Service Squad. The Digital Service Squad can work with businesses one-on-one to activate free and easy to use tools, while also providing recommendations for other technologies.

This program is designed for registered businesses located within Simcoe County with a brick and mortar location. Areas we serve include:

  • Adjala-Tosorontio
  • Barrie
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury
  • Essa
  • Innisfil
  • Midland
  • New Tecumseth
  • Orillia
  • Oro-Medonte
  • Penetanguishene
  • Ramara
  • Severn
  • Springwater
  • Tay
  • Tiny

Some key examples the DSS team can help with are:  

  • Enhancing your existing website
  • Building a basic web presence
  • Creating content for your website or social media
  • Activating easy-to-use tools such as Google My Business, social media or a free trial of an e-commerce shop through Shopify.

How it Works:

  1. Complete the free digital onboarding here.
  2. Receive a personalized to-do list with recommendations on how to reach your goals.
  3. Access a list of digital product and service providers who are offering exclusive discounts.

How Do You Learn More?

If you would like to learn more, please contact our office directly by:

  1. Phone: 705-720-2445
  2. Email: smallbusiness@barrie.ca

Meet Your Digital Service Squad

Laura Bainborough

Photography – www.laurajoyphotography.ca

Laura has worked in the photography industry for 8 years in addition to her Diploma in Digital Photography and Imaging from Georgian College. As a small business herself, she knows the passion that goes behind building a dream. Laura is excited to help small businesses reach their potential online by making a visual impact through photos and imaging.

Marleen Walz

(Graphic) design, identity and brand management – www.jackandsparrow.com

Marleen specializes in unique branding solutions for passionate business owners with her niche design studio Jack and Sparrow. I listen to your story, get to know your business and aim to create a beautifully crafted brand that both reflects your personal style and serves as an effective marketing tool for years to come. My business model focuses on excellent client service and personalized creative branding strategies – quality over quantity, always.

Anthony De Gasperis

Web design, development, SEO and strategy – https://www.taliscreative.com/

Through playing hockey, Anthony has been able to solve challenges in high pressure situations. He’s capable of slowing down and analyzing the available options while still moving at a high pace. With his passion for the sport, strategic thinking, and desire to give back, Anthony now volunteers as a youth hockey coach when he’s not behind his desk at TALIS Creative. Anthony specializes in web design and development, branding strategy and design and more.

Shelley Brook

Social media and content creation – www.instagram.com/shelleylbrook

Shelley has worked in the online business world for over 3 years as a Virtual Assistant, Social Media Manager and Launch Event Strategist.  Technology and the online space is a fast paced, ever changing world and Shelley makes it a priority to continually learn and expand her skills and knowledge to best serve her clients. She has a passion for helping small, independent businesses grow and bring their unique message and products to the world.

Jiun Liao

Strategic marketing – https://lobomedia.ca/

As a strategic marketing consultant, Jiun’s passion lies in educating and inspiring people to transform the way businesses approach their marketing. Developing marketing strategies and building campaigns that create experiences people want to talk about. Jiun helps businesses generate long term growth and become better, smarter marketers. Learn to market with people instead of to them, to build relationships in a digital world, and attract better (not just more) customers.