Two Amazing Programs to Grow Your Business Online

Siobhan Collie
3 minutes

Oh hi! You made it. Glad to see you found this blog post because it means you’re on the right path. We’re guessing you’re here because COVID is affecting your business. First up, 2020 was a rough year so kudos to you for powering through. Secondly, 2021 is looking to be very similar, but never fear. Amongst all of the chaos and loss that ensued because of the worldwide pandemic, some beautiful adaptations to the way we live have bloomed. And one of these (which was inevitable in the long run) is online business––aka making your product or service accessible to anyone, anywhere on Earth.

COVID is to ecommerce as a puck in Jacques Plante’s face was to goalie masks.

If you’re a small or medium sized business (less than 149 employees) looking to step up your digital game, then we’ve got good news for you. Our provincial government has put together the Launch Online Grant program as part of StrongerBC, our province’s economic recovery plan. The program will invest up to $12 million in BC’s small to medium sized businesses to get them online.

The grant will pay for up to 75% of eligible expenses.
Funds must be used to hire BC companies (wink wink, nudge nudge).
And when it comes to getting approved, it’s first in, best dressed!

So hustle-up and get granting! There are three steps you need to take to get approved, and we’ve thrown in an additional step to help you out.

  1. Write your grant proposal explaining how you plan to use the funds.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Wait patiently for a maximum of three weeks to find out if you got approved.
  4. BONUS STEP: Get in touch with some friendly humans who are killer at digital, aka Twirling Umbrellas!


You don’t have to do it alone. If you have any questions about the program details and your eligibility, email info@launchonline.ca or call them on 844-487-1266. If you’re ready to chat about your online business model, then so are we! Email us at hello@twirlingumbrellas.com or call 778-484-5540.

And in case you’re already ready to begin your application, click here!

“Today, we are witnessing what will surely be remembered as a historic deployment of remote work and digital access to services across every domain, including medicine, education, government, entertainment and more. In the coming weeks and months, services will be further digitized as the creativity of a massive work-from-home population gets rolling.”

Bob Swan – CEO of Intel

Channelling my inner game show host here––but wait, there’s more! Are you located in:

Fabulous. Listen up because Innovate BC recently launched DER3. No it’s not R2D2’s long lost sister. It stands for the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency program and it’s their response to the economic impact of COVID. The program is designed to support small to medium sized businesses who are entering or expanding in the digital economy. So kinda similar but different in comparison to BC’s LOG program.

The DER3 program is a no cost, no obligation program.
This program is open to any kind of business.
It’s delivered by a network of experienced mentors and experts.

At no cost to you, you can meet with an expert who will review your business and let you know what digital tools or platforms might work for you. If you’re a DIY-er, they can also tell you how to use them. But they can’t build your website for you. That’s cool, because we can!

As mentioned above, if you’re ready to chat about your business’ website, reach out at hello@twirlingumbrellas.com or 778-484-5540.

It’s a digital world out there and we’re going to help you deliver.

Siobhan Collie - Twirling Umbrellas

WRITTEN BY

A digital media nomad, Siobhan is making Kelowna her next home to grow her career. She’s passionate about people and communications, with experience managing brands and projects across a variety of industries. This Aussie is all about thinking strategically to find efficient solutions, and she’s a whizz at getting it done!

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