Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Get Help for E-Business

Broadband for E-Business and Marketing (BEAM)Broadband for E-Business and Marketing (BEAM)

About BEAM
Application Form
Local Web Developers
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The utilization of broadband by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) is as important as broadband access itself. To fully leverage the economic benefit of broadband access, SME’s must not only use broadband, they must transform their businesses.

Muskoka Community Network (MCN) will assist SME's with the transitioning to E-Business and implementing E-Business tools by either establishing your business on the web or by adding E-Business tools to your current website. MCN will provide a financial contribution to implement E-Business tools.

BEAM is a program that assists SME's to adopt and adapt to E-Business by defining goals and measuring outcomes of E-Business implementation, and metrics to measure the success of deliverables in an easily understandable fashion.

BEAM is designed to assist SME's so that they can easily manage implementing E-Business technology into their business, while leaving the technical development to their chosen developer.

Eligible applicants may receive up to 75% of the supported costs of development, to a maximum of $2000. Supported costs include the design, development, and implementation costs of a BEAM component. This program is available for a limited time and you may apply for assistance while funds last.

Information for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Interested in taking the first steps towards E-Business but not sure where to begin? MCN's BEAM program is a great place to start.

High-speed internet access allows SME’s to engage in today’s digital economy. However, more than a broadband connection is required to be fully involved in E-Business. Most SME’s today can benefit from many of the digital tools and techniques that are available to conduct business in the online world. These digital tools are more involved than having a website or using e-mail. Online E-Business tools include components such as E-commerce, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Optimization, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Product fulfillment, Business to Business (B2B) Transactions, and Analytics.

MCN works with SME's to provide assistance for implementing E-Business tools and techniques. Many SME’s understand the importance of E-Business and still require assistance with the knowledge required for implementation.

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  • Businesses operating on a full-time basis, with a minimum annual sales of $35,000, are eligible.

  • Seasonal businesses, such as tourism operations, are also considered eligible.

  • Non-profit organizations may also apply for assistance.

  • For the purposes of this program, contributions will only be provided to qualifying SME's within Northern Ontario.

Application Form

Download the Application Form in Adobe Acrobat format. This file contains both the BEAM application form and the MCN Disclosure and Release Form.

Muskoka Web Developers

(note: listing only includes web developers that have provided their infomation to Muskoka Community Network.)

For more information

Call, write or Email
Muskoka Community Network
Attention: Shannan Boothby

440 Ecclestone Dr. Unit C4

Bracebridge, ON P1L 1Z6
(705) 646.9044

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For more information on broadband and technology in Muskoka, visit the Muskoka Community Network website at

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