Digital Main Street Future Proof

Future Proof Your Business with Digital Main Street and NORCAT

As Sudbury’s regional innovation centre, NORCAT’s goal is to accelerate the growth of innovative companies that will drive future economic and social prosperity for Canada. We are proud to collaborate with Digital Main Street and our regional and provincial partners to deliver the Future Proof program across Northern Ontario. By empowering small businesses with digital solutions, data insights and the tools to evolve and adapt to today’s economic climate, we can help entrepreneurs across Northern Ontario not only recover, but grow and thrive.

Want to learn more?

Contact one of our team members to find out how you can transform your business online with Digital Main Street:

Hugh Kruzel, Program Manager
hkruzel@norcat.org

Brendan Skiffington, Program Coordinator
bskiffington@norcat.org

Keltie Melanson, Transformation Team Leader
kmelanson@norcat.org

Paula Morrow, Transformation Team Leader
pmorrow@norcat.org

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DMS Future Proof Transformation Teams

The Business Transformation Teams will provide specialized and in-depth digital transformation services and support that help existing main street firms adapt to changes in their respective sector. Transformation Teams help small businesses create digital transformation plans. You’ll work with a team of digital marketers, web designers and creators to:

  • take advantage of new digital business models;
  • develop and implement digital marketing strategies;
  • maximize digital tools and more.

When you’re ready to get started, you’ll work with your Transformation Team for up to six weeks. We bring the experts to you with teams of highly trained students and recent graduates.

Each team includes a web designer, digital marketer, graphic designer, UX/UI designer and copywriter that can execute on a variety of services such as digital marketing, graphic design and web design.

Join our weekly Transformation Team information sessions! Register here

Learn more and apply now

DMS Future Proof Community Collaboration Project

The Community Collaboration Projects will connect regional innovation centres and other community-based organizations in a series of conversations that will reveal common issues facing small and medium main street businesses and focus on developing workable solutions.

Digital Main Street Lab

Technology innovators and companies have a huge role to play in helping to create transformational change for small businesses. If you’ve got a creative tech-driven solution to help main street recover and thrive, The Digital Main Street Lab is accepting applications to pilot collaborations between tech companies and communities.

Learn more and apply now

Thanks to our delivery and funding partners

Digital Main Street is a program and service that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and our Digital Service Squad, a team of highly trained recent graduates who help main street businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology.

Digital Main Street was created by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) thanks to the generous support of the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. NORCAT is a proud delivery partner of the Future Proof program, supporting main street businesses to survive and thrive in an increasingly virtual world.

Digital Main Street Future Proof at NORCAT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Federal Economic Agency for Southern Ontario through the Regional Relief and Recovery fund. NORCAT is delivering this program in partnership with regional innovation centres across Ontario.