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Resources for Small Businesses During COVID-19

Article and resources originally published and provided by Digital Main Street, March 21, 2020

Updated: April 6, 2020.

Digital Main Street and the Hamilton Business Centre will continually be compiling a list of relevant resources for your small business needs. Please let us know if you have any questions that we can help answer by emailing This list will be continually updated and adjusted, so please be sure to check back regularly. Our goal is to provide a list of resources, products, blogs and more that you can rely on during these times to help your business.

Small Business Support Resources

The business community globally, in Canada, and Ontario is being impacted by COVID-19. In response, both the Canadian and the Ontario Governments have announced support for the business community during this pandemic.

For more information please visit the following: 

Upcoming Webinars

Digital Main Street

  • Small Business Starter Kit  The DMS team wanted to put together a package of short snippet resource guides to provide you with topics and ideas you should consider
  • Product Photography Guide – Our own team member Lana Pribic curated a small business product photography guide that is full of practical information




  • If your organization uses Google G Suite, you now have free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020
  • Think With Google Canada – Insights. Ideas. Inspiration. Take your marketing further with Google. Think with Google.
  • Grow With Google – Free training, tools, and events to help you grow your skills, career, or business.
  • Google Primer – Bite-sized lessons to better your business. Google Primer is a free mobile app that offers quick, easy-to-understand lessons to help business owners and individuals grow skills and reach their goals. 
  • Google My Business – Businesses affected by COVID-19: Guidance on updating info and temporary closures


Through their Master Your Card initiative, Mastercard Canada has provided a series of info graphics that help you protect and grow your business. 

Other Blog and Resources to check out

  • HubSpot Academy – Take your professional skills to the next level with free, online training from HubSpot Academy. From quick, practical courses to comprehensive certifications, learn everything you need to know about the most sought-after business skills.
  • Hootsuite, the software that many of us use to manage our social media accounts, is giving free access to Hootsuite Professional plan tools to small businesses and non-profits until July 1st, 2020
  • Hootsuite Academy – Whether you’re looking to build your skills or take the next leap in your career, our courses and certifications will help you succeed with social media.
  • LinkedIn Learning has unlocked 16 learning courses for free, which are geared toward working from home
  • Google Skillshop – Develop skills you can apply right away, with free e-learning courses designed by Google product experts. Learn at your own pace and get Google product certified.
  • SEMRUSH Academy – Free Online Digital Marketing Courses and Exams (SEO, Keyword Research, Mobile SEO, Backlink Management, and more)