Now accepting applications for our January 2021 launch!

Bring your store online in as little as two weeks with ShopHERE powered by Google. You’ll get a customized website, hands-on assistance, and training and tools to build, launch, and manage your online store—at no cost to you. The ShopHERE powered by Google program is being delivered by Cape Breton Partnership in collaboration with Digital Main Street.

DEVELOP AND LAUNCH YOUR STORE ONLINE


If you are a small local business based in Cape Breton, ShopHERE offers the opportunity to build your digital presence by developing and launching a free online store. ShopHERE will help you select the most appropriate e-commerce solution for your business’s goals, between the Shopify and Square Online platforms.

As a business you will get:

  • Customized online store with your business’s information, branding, and logo.
  • 1-to-1 help and tools to set up and launch your online store.
  • Training in digital marketing, shipping, inventory management, and more.

Does Your Business Qualify?

ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS

HOW IT WORKS


sign up & approval

online store development

online review & launch

training & support

PROGRAM PARTNERS


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How many businesses will be accepted for ShopHERE?

There are up to 25 spots available. Eligible businesses will be accepted into the program on a first-come-first-serve, rolling basis.

Is there a cost to participate?

No, there is no cost to participate thanks to the generous support of Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency and other public and private partners.

The program includes the entire online store construction, training and marketing support. Ecommerce Coordinators can build online stores via Shopify or Square and will walk participants through each platform and help you decide which is right for your business. Shopify is offering a 90-day free trial of their Basic Plan. There are various paid options following. Square offers both free and paid plans.

How will businesses be chosen for ShopHERE?

Interested businesses must apply online. Businesses who meet the following requirements will then be accepted into the program on a first-come-first-serve, rolling basis:

  • Are based in Cape Breton
  • Have a commercial location or is home-based
  • Are not a corporate chain or franchise

What is the duration of the program?

Participants will work with their ShopHERE Helpers two-to-six times. The program is expected to take between two-to-six weeks total.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


TOURISM SECTOR TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Through the Tourism Seasonality and Labour Project the Cape Breton Partnership is working to connect Cape Breton tourism operators to valuable training opportunities and human resources tools to help expand the skills of their workforce, create long-term employment and continuously improve the tourism products delivered by passionate tourism professionals each day on Cape Breton Island.