Brockville – The Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area (DBIA) is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program to help revitalize our main streets.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a $23.25-million investment to the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) to establish My Main Street — a two-year program to support the recovery and revitalization of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario through two program streams.
EDCO is delivering the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program stream, which supports the revitalization of 65 main street communities, and provides non-repayable contributions for more than 650 local businesses across southern Ontario. The program focuses on creating and maintaining vibrant and inclusive local main streets while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in our main street communities.
Downtown Brockville BIA will be supported with a dedicated Main Street Ambassador, customized market research, data analysis and non-repayable funding contributions for new and existing small businesses.
“Council are very pleased to hear of this funding; we have heard from many of our small businesses that have been affected by the pandemic and we are confident that this funding will help ensure that the downtown continues to be a vibrant and vital part of our City.” Mike Kalivas, Mayor of the City of Brockville
“The Ambassador program is going to be critical in supporting our downtown’s businesses in their recovery from COVID- 19 and economic development looks forward to continuing to partner with the Downtown Brockville BIA in assisting these businesses.” Rob Nolan, Director, Economic and Development Services
“The Downtown Brockville BIA’s partnership with My Main Street will provide much-needed resources, finances, research, and access to best practices to help accelerate our downtown’s recovery from the pandemic. It will supply existing businesses, and new start-ups, with valuable tools to move from recovery to flourishing. A sustainable framework for a prosperous downtown that moves from enduring to hopeful.” Russ Disotell, Board Chair – Downtown Brockville BIA.
For program details and further information, please visit https://mymainstreet.ca/accelerator-program.