Recovery Project/Plan

Rural Oxford E-Business Grant Program

Submitted ByRural Oxford Economic Development

In response to the coronavirus effect on our economy, by mid-May 2020, Rural Oxford Economic Development established the Rural Oxford E-Business Grant Program to help 25 business owners adapt and/or enhance their online sales process by incorporating a sustainable e-commerce solution into their business.

Now more than ever, it is important to create a seamless online experience for new and loyal customers. That is why Rural Oxford Economic Development partnered with Community Futures Oxford and Tourism Oxford to launch the Rural Oxford E-Business Grant Program.

Who Can Apply?

Rural Oxford business owners who are researching e-commerce platforms to enhance their online business activities may apply for up to $1,000 toward the implementation of their chosen e-commerce solution.

A Rural Oxford business is located in Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Norwich, South-West Oxford and Zorra Township.

Eligible Projects will be:

  • New and improved e-commerce websites and/or shopping cart solutions that help the business facilitate online transactions for their customers
  • An e-commerce solution that moves customers away from paying by e-transfer
  • Delivered by contracted service providers, external to the applicant, and will result in a functional online store, webpage and/or sales process
  • Implemented and paid for between March 15 and December 15, 2020

Eligible Costs include:

  • Development/enhancement of an online marketing/sales platform
  • Domain acquisition, hosting fees, licensing/subscription fees
  • Graphic design and digital marketing assets necessary to design, enhance, and promote a professional online store, such as professional product images or paid advertising to promote the new e-commerce capabilities

Eligible projects must be implemented and paid for between March 15 and December 15, 2020.

“We need to stand behind our rural communities and support our people. We hope this program will help our local producers and small businesses in serving their customers online, now and into the future.” says Rural Oxford Economic Development’s Board Chair Jim Pickard.

“I’m impressed with the creativity, determination, and entrepreneurial spirit in Oxford County. Our goal is to help companies find e-commerce solutions that will bring structure and stability as they adjust to the changing times and navigate toward a new post-pandemic world,” says Ronda Stewart, Economic Development Director.

Rural Oxford Economic Development is proud to have brought this Recovery program to our rural communities during such a critical time. We also responded to calls from other communities and offered advice and guidance on how to plan/implement this program as part of their COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Thank you for your time.

Ronda Stewart

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graphics to promote some of our Rural Oxford E-Business Grant Recipients