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B.C. jobs minister in Richmond to announce $1.5M to help small business owners grow online platforms

B.C.’s Minister of Jobs was in town this morning to announce a support package for small business owners.

B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation paid a visit to Richmond on Tuesday morning to announce a support package for small businesses in the province.

Ravi Kahlon, the MLA for Delta North, said more than 2,000 small businesses will be able to apply for a share of the $1.5 million in the Digital Marketing Bootcamp program.

Kahlon was met at the Continental Seafood Restaurant, near Cambie and No. 5 roads, by Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough and Richmond city councillor Chak Au.

The program is intended to help small businesses hone their online skills.

“It will be targeted to small businesses that want to learn more about how to set up their online business and how to market themselves online, so they can be prepared for the changing economy that we are seeing right now,” said Kahlon.

Meanwhile, 35 per cent of the program will be targeted at either people from rural communities or people from BIPOC communities, added Kahlon. 

“Because we often know that when grants go out, these communities in particular don’t get access to those grants the same way.

“So we're putting an allocated amount that will be dedicated just to communities that represent new immigrant communities.”

The Digital Marketing Bootcamp program was first launched in 2019.

Kahlon noted that the funding is available for all kinds of small businesses and the program is particularly valuable to owners who have brick-and-mortar businesses but lack an online presence. 

Learn more about how to apply for digital boot camp, visit