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Small Business Internship Program


Elaine Holding on April 27, 2011 in Advice for Business Owners

Reviewing Government Programs for Business

Often, we receive enquiries from clients about federal and provincial government programs that support business. Both levels of government have a wide variety of programs offering financial assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises.

In my former life as an Economic Development Officer, keeping on top of government programs and their value to business was important. I thought it would be helpful to include a monthly blog on programs I think may have interest to our clients.

The first program I would like to bring to your attention is Industry Canada’s Small Business Internship Program.

The program helps SME’s go beyond simply having email or an Internet site by enabling them to adopt an active e-business strategy in order to grow their businesses. Some ideas could include helping to plan or execute an e-marketing strategy; how to measure the effectiveness of a social media strategy. E-marketing tools and techniques include blogging, email, search engine optimization, social media and more.

The Government of Canada will fund 75% of eligible salary and benefits up to a total of $10,000 at the end of the 12-week full time internship.

To be eligible for this program, your firm must:

  • be a Canadian small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with less than 500 employees;
  • be incorporated or a sole proprietorship and for-profit;
  • have been in continuous operation for a minimum of one year;
  • have an existing web site and wish to enhance your e-business capability;
  • contribute a minimum of 25% of the student wages and related expenses.

Guides and Application Forms can be accessed at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/sbip-pspe.nsf/eng/h_00001.html

Programs do change from time to time, so if you have an interest in a particular program you should visit the applicable government website for details, or give any of us a call and we would be pleased to assist you.

Next month, I will review the Export Market Access Program.