Hamilton ShopHERE Success Stories:
Before starting her lifestyle brand Local Accent, based in Hamilton, Ontario, founder Krysten Brunski was uncertain of how to launch and manage an online store. That is why she signed up for the ShopHERE Powered by Google Program, where she was able to get the support she needs to materialize her business idea.
Krysten was connected with two eCommerce Coordinators who provided one-on-one support throughout the website creation and launch process. Sunny Kim assisted with the set-up of Krysten’s Shopify store while Carmen Tan helped with design and layout. Both coordinators went above and beyond to ensure a smooth launch for Local Accent. With the help of her two lovely eCommerce Coordinators, Krysten was able to create an online store that closely matches the vision and aesthetic of Local Accent.
Jelaine’s Foster, founder of Soltera Ring is a young entrepreneur who has set out to change “what single looks like” because she feels it’s time to stop assuming someone’s relationship status based on their appearance.
Jelaine’s eCommerce site was built by the ShopHERE Program Powered By Google through Digital Main Street. As a small business owner, Jelaine knew that launching a product that promotes in-person relationships during the COVID-19 Pandemic was going to be challenging, and that she would have to shift her game plan. What helped the most along her ShopHERE journey was that her eCommerce Coordinator showed a passion for her business; offering new ideas and valuable insights on how Jelaine could improve her online presence, and reach a larger audience.
Play. Full. Goods
Located in Hamilton, Ontario, PLAY. FULL. GOODS offers pre-made and custom quilts for babies and young children. Each quilt comes wrapped in a bow and is accompanied by a tag, making it a simple and thoughtful gift option.
When asked how her business operated before the ShopHERE Program, Denise admitted that she felt unprofessional and was struggling to reach new customers on Instagram and Etsy. With the help of the program, Denise has been able to successfully grow her business and expand her clientele: “the program allowed me to have a professional online presence and a proper way of selling my product.” “I’ve had over 100 orders come in since my site launched,” shared excited Denise. Bringing in more traffic and sales than she could ever imagine.
What Does The Program Do?
Update: Program extended until March 2022.
As part of the ShopHERE powered by Google program, eligible businesses and artists can expect the program to:
- Creates and configures their online store customized with their information, branding, logo, etc. including free .CA domain registration
- Training to support their online store, including topics such as digital marketing, shipping, inventory management, and general platform workings
- Hands-on assistance setting up and launching their online store
- Access to free tools and additional program benefits to help support the launch of their online stores
The ShopHERE powered by Google program is currently open to small independent businesses and artists that meet the following requirements.
- Is a registered business in Ontario
- Has a commercial location or is home-based
- Has fewer than 10 employees or fewer than 25 employees if a restaurant or bar
- Is not a corporate chain or franchise
- Or must be an artist (must be a registered business or have an H.S.T. number)
* Eligible businesses and artists must be located in a participating municipality to be eligible. The ShopHERE program is free for participants to signup and have an online store built. Businesses are responsible for any third-party platform fees after any applicable trial ends.
Are you a local Hamilton small business or artist looking to sell your products online but have questions about the ShopHere program? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you may have or connect with us on Facebook.
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