Small Business Digitization Initiative

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The Small Business Digitization Initiative (SBDI) is a training program that connects youth and small businesses together to solve real employer digital adoption challenges. The initiative provides training for in-demand skills to unemployed and underemployed post-secondary students to prepare them for the digital workplace, while providing businesses with enthusiastic and knowledgeable talent to implement smart technology solutions to support their innovation. The initiative is funded by the Government of Ontario and is offered in partnership with Savoir-faire Linux.

The program features 24 weeks of full-time training, including an experiential work placement – where each participant is uniquely matched with a small business, applying in-class theory to solve a real business challenge, and strategizing and implementing smart digital business solutions with the goal of reducing operating costs, improving day to day operations, and/or providing customers with better experiences. Youth will attain transferable workplace skills in project management; data analytics and intelligence; entrepreneurship; enterprise resource planning (ERP) (including principles of sales and marketing and accounting) and will strategically evaluate business operations to empower companies by implementing technology solutions.

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