Media Release

Helping Businesses Better Connect With Customers as COVID-19 Restrictions Continue

Kingston, Ontario – January 6, 2022 – During the last 22 months, Kingston area business owners have shown an amazing ability to adapt and innovate during tough times. It's increasingly clear that a strong digital presence is one of the best ways that small businesses can survive such trying circumstances. 

Through a partnership with Digital Main Street, Kingston Economic Development is offering free digital marketing support to local businesses, in order to help them better serve customers at home through e-commerce, social media, and more. 

Digital Main Street services are free to all local businesses. Business can book one-on-one consultations with a Digital Service Advisor by visiting

“Now is the perfect time to either start exploring the digital space or take the next step in your digital journey.  We have worked with hundreds Kingston businesses over the past 18 months and have seen firsthand how much of an impact Digital Main Street services can have on your company’s bottom line,” says Rob Tamblyn, Business Development Manager – Small & Medium Enterprises at Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

Whether a restauranteur, a retail store, a professional office, or a home-based business, the Kingston Economic Development team can help with:

  • Social media - how to advertise, stay on top of trends, learn basic or advanced techniques
  • Search engine optimization - Make sure your website is getting found on Google
  • Ecommerce - sell or book appointments online, best shipping practices, and find the ideal platform
  • Pay-per-click advertising - learn how to advertise on Google, Bing, and more
  • Content creation - how to post engaging content that translates into business
  • Digital marketing strategy - ensure that digital channels are working together to benefit your business

Kingston Economic Development and Digital Main Street have helped hundreds of local businesses improve their digital presence with over $450,000 in digital transformation grants. In 2021, 100 local businesses received the digital transformation grant from Digital Main Street totaling $250,000 in grants to improve their digital presence.

Kingston Economic Development is hosting weekly webinars covering various topics such as selling on social media, email marketing, online events, how to utilize Instagram stories and TikTok as well as a networking event for local digital marketers on January 25. Visit to register.

“Our Digital Advisors have vast experience supporting local businesses with digital marketing challenges. Over the next 12 weeks, we're ready to support hundreds of Kingston businesses improve their online presence and sales,” says Chris Morris, Digital Business Advisor at Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

To learn more about Digital Main Street services visit 

Media Contact:
Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
[email protected]


About Kingston Economic Development Corporation               

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.