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Many small businesses in Calgary continue struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic—it’s definitely not business as usual. Some who had to reduce hours, staffing or close their brick-and-mortar locations simply didn’t have a way to continue operations.

That’s why we’re helping local businesses move online and helping them to be more resilient.

The City of Calgary is proud to offer ShopHERE powered by Google, providing free online stores to small business owners and artists. Thanks to federal support, we’re happy to announce that we’re providing up to 400 more businesses with this opportunity between February 1 and March 31, 2021.

Local businesses are a major driver of our local economy. Whether it’s creating another avenue for to reach customers or reducing our business-related fees, The City understands the importance of supporting all businesses—especially those that are looking to try new things.

During the first phase of ShopHERE in Calgary this fall, 45 websites were created with more in the works.

The realities facing small business are challenging. With low revenue and rent still needing to be paid, businesses need a separate avenue that doesn’t add additional costs. To have an ecommerce site to be able to sell products online is essential for survival for many small businesses.

ShopHERE’s goal is to get 50,000 deserving companies Canada-wide online so they can reach a wider audience for their products and bring in new revenue. They hire university students to build these websites for registered small businesses, including home-based companies, artists, service providers like hair salons and auto shops, and more. The offer is first come, first served with 400 spots available.

Business owners can register by visiting

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