Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is a proud partner on the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) program.

DER3 was created to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis across the region, providing timely support to help small/medium businesses and non-profits successfully bring their business online.

DER3 will provide businesses with personalized advisory services to assess needs and provide solutions to help them improve their online presence, define and grow their target markets, and develop digital marketing strategies. In addition to providing businesses with resources and best practices to explore new opportunities, the program will also connect participants to vetted digital service providers and subject matter experts to help them address specific needs in their digital transition.

Bringing together a diverse collection of supporting partners across the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and surrounding areas, DER3 is a truly collaborative effort to ensure businesses have enough support to thrive in these challenging times. “Businesses in the Central Interior have been immensely impacted by the pandemic and we are excited to offer new programming to directly connect them with experienced Business Advisors to support their digital transformation,” explains Dr. Lincoln Smith, Executive Director of Kamloops Innovation.

Applications for the DER3 program are now open, with full program details and online applications highlighted at https://kamloopsinnovation.ca/der3/.

Businesses in all industries are encouraged to apply, though non-tech businesses will receive priority for support. Interested businesses are encouraged to apply early to ensure their application has adequate time to be processed. 

For More Information:
Dr. Lincoln Smith, Executive Director
Kamloops Innovation
lincoln@kamloopsinnovation.ca
250-434-0200

DER3 Frequently Asked Questions

No. This program is open to any kind of business with any level of technology integration. Non-tech businesses are the main target and will receive priority.

The program is available in six regions: Greater Victoria; Central Island, Northern Island, Sunshine Coast & Gulf Islands; Okanagan Valley; Kootenays; Central Interior B.C.; North Central B.C.

The program is a no cost/no obligation program. The primary services of the program are free. For small-medium sized businesses (individuals and non-profits) there’s a lot the program can offer at no cost. However, if needed, engagements with digital service providers or consultants will have various costs depending on the scope of the business’ requirements. For example, our team can tell businesses what digital tools or platforms may fit for their business, and in many cases we can tell them how to use them (DIY) but we can’t build your website for a business. If/when the participant need to hire someone we can also offer advice to ensure they’re considering the right things in the right order.

No, any business can apply regardless if you have an existing online presence or not.

Yes! If you have what it takes, with a big vision or just a great small business idea, now might be a great time to start!

This program is delivered by a network of experienced mentors and subject matter experts in both business and the digital economy. With the help of our advisory team we’re confident that we can provide solid advice on almost any topic. We also can direct questions to various industry partners or other agencies (subject matter experts and digital service providers).

We don’t offer skills training courses, but we can point you in the right direction for that too.

Your time commitments depend on you, and how much time you invest toward taking action on the solutions that we will provide you with. Our time commitments to your needs will depend on our assessments of your issues or challenges. If we can’t help you with implementing the actions we recommend, then we will make suggestions on who can.

At the end of the program, we require participants to fill out brief survey to report key metrics. Any information you report will be confidential and it will be used in aggregate form to determine regional outcomes and overall efficacy of DER3.

All meetings will be over the phone, online video, or via email Q&A. Whatever works for you.

There are many small-medium sized businesses who need help and some of them don’t know where to turn. We want to be able to connect you to those businesses to deliver contracted services that are beyond what we are providing directly within this program. Perhaps you’ll build new customer relationships that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

This program will not provide any grants and cannot help with core infrastructure.

The current iteration of the program is intended to wrap up by March 31, 2021. With that said, applications will be taken on an ongoing basis and there is no set deadline to apply. We encourage businesses to apply early to ensure they are able to participate in the program.

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