Town of Innisfil Supporting Local Businesses, Launches Online Marketplace and Support Program

Media Release – June 9, 2020

Innisfil, ON – The Town of Innisfil continues to support local businesses with the launch of the Innisfil Online Market, a four-part program that encourages entrepreneurs and business owners to move their business online, and supports them over the long-term.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for our business community,” said Mayor Lynn Dollin. “This program is critical in ensuring entrepreneurs can adapt their practices during these unprecedented times.” 

Innisfil Online Market includes:

  • A partnership with Digital Main Street on a program called shopHERE powered by Google, which provides free Shopify stores for registered businesses to get online;
  • A local directory of online stores, hosted on innisfilaccelerates.ca. Any store from bricks and mortar to a side hustle can have their store listed regardless of size or sector;
  • A free local support program where businesses can have their questions answered by a Shopify expert, in partnership with Nottawasaga Futures; and
  • A self-help section where people can use Shopify Help Centre to browse videos on any type of issue or challenge. 

“More than 8 in 10 Canadians shop online,” said Brennan Kenny, Economic Development Champion. “Instead of buying from the usual large, online retailers, we want to make it easy to for anyone to support our local businesses while maintaining physical distancing.”

To visit the Innisfil Online Market, visit www.innisfilaccelerates.ca/onlinemarket.