The Merrickville and District Chamber of Commerce held a special event at the Merrickville United Arts Centre last Wednesday to launch their new Digital Service Squad.
The Digital Service Squad is being made possible by the $10,000 Digital Main Street grant that the Chamber has received from the Ontario government. The grant is allowing the Chamber to hire someone for a 6-month period whose role will be helping local businesses improve their online capabilities.
Merrickville-Wolford residents Cheri Kemp-Long and Bob Long have volunteered to manage the program and look after hiring the Digital Service Squad employee. Cheri says the deadline for applications was last Friday, and they should have someone to start working with businesses in the next couple weeks. “They will work one on one with businesses to identify what they have, what they would like and how to do it,” she says.
The services of the Digital Service Squad will be offered first to Chamber members and then to the wider business community. Cheri says there are also workshops available on SEO fundamentals, setting up websites, social media, advertising and digital marketing budgeting and more through the Digital Main Street program that they can offer if the business community is interested.
The Chamber of Commerce also had a representative from Shopify at the launch to give Chamber members and guests a few marketing tips. Krysta Roney is from a new branch of the company called Shopify Local, which is focused on supporting Shopify customers through in-person support. “My role at Shopify is to help merchants do their best work,” she said.
Krysta says that while she mostly works out of Shopify’s headquarters on Ottawa, she is willing to travel if any Merrickville-Wolford business owners are interested in Shopify’s services.