Digital Service Squad


Our Digital Service Squad can help.

Community Futures Tawatinaw Region is proud to be part of the Digital Economy Program.  This fantastic, FREE program is focused on helping local businesses create a dynamic online presence.

The Digital Service Squad (DSS) is designed to help small businesses take their businesses online. This program, a partnership between Business Link and Digital Main Street, will help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices.



How It Works

The Digital Economy Program is a free service, funded by the Government of Alberta, designed to help your small business expand online. 

Participating small businesses will receive access to a digital service squad to help you adopt eCommerce best practices that are essential to success in today’s business environment.



Connect with a Digital Service Squad

Apply for the Digital Economy Program here. You will be directed to register for an account and will be connected with your local Digital Service Squad. 


Receive 1-on-1 Coaching

Your Digital Service Squad will help your business with digital transformation to improve your ability to reach new customers online, build a loyal community, and increase your sales.


Take Your Business to New Heights

Digital transformation is just the beginning. Watch your business grow online with new customers. Don’t forget to come back and share your story to inspire other Albertan small business owners just getting started.

Digital Service Squad (DSS)

The DSS is focused on providing 1-on-1 assistance and digital services to small businesses in any region of Alberta.

DSS Services in the Athabasca County, Westlock County, Thorhild County and Sturgeon County areas will be provided by Community Futures Tawatinaw Region.

Services may include: 

  • 1-on-1 digital transformation support
  • Social media strategy
  • Show you how to build a basic website
  • Google My Business set up support
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) support
  • Help set up a POS solution
  • Create customer databases
  • Streamline business processes with digital tools



ShopHERE powered by Google

Get help creating and customizing your online store. You’ll be trained on how to manage and market your online store and will be provided with the support that you need to make your online shop successful. Access free 1-on-1 support to build and launch your store and more.

What does the program do?

  • Creates and configures your online store
  • Trains you on how to manage it
  • Collaborates to get the store live
  • Helps with marketing the store

What are the program benefits?

  • Free 90 day trial of Shopify
  • Ad credits including $50 for Facebook (while available)
  • Free .CA domain registration (while available)



The Digital Economy Program (DEP) provides 1-on-1 support services for small businesses across Alberta, to help them integrate and elevate e-commerce and other digital strategies. The DEP, delivered through Business Link and Digital Main Street, is designed to support the economic recovery for small businesses by offering two main streams of service: ShopHERE powered by Google and the Digital Service Squad programs.

Connect with us to start learning today!

Contact Us

10611 - 100 Avenue
Westlock, AB  T7P 2J4
P: 780-349-2903


Communities Served

Abee, Alcomdale, Alpen, Athabasca, Atmore, Beamer, Bon Accord, Bondiss, Boyle, Busby, Calahoo, Calling Lake, Carbondale, Cardiff, Chisolm, Clyde, Colinton, Coronado, County of Athabasca, County of Thorhild, Dapp, Duagh, Egremont, Ellscott, Fawcett, Flatbush, Gibbons, Grassland, Halasa, Hondo, Island Lake, Island Lake South, Jarvie, Kerensky, Lamoureux, Lancaster Park, Larkspur, Legal, Sturgeon County, Westlock County, Meanook, Mearns, Mewatha Beach, Morinville, Namao, Nesto, Newbrook, Opal, Perryvale, Pibroch, Pickardville, Pine Sands, Radway, Red Water, Riviere Qui Barre, Rochester, Smith, South Baptiste, Sunset Beach, Tawatinaw, Thorhild, Villeneuve, Vimy, Westlock, Whispering Hills, White Gull