Getting Digital: In 2020, the question is not – can my business afford to “get digital”? Rather, the question has become – can my business afford not to?
We get it! Technology can be scary, navigating the digital space can be terrifying, and digital transformation doesn’t happen overnight. “Getting Digital” may be one of the only ways for businesses to survive during these times. Going “online” is about far more than creating a website; it’s about harnessing the power of technology to help your business succeed in new and more digital ways. Many businesses struggle with getting digital because they:
- Are intimidated with committing to something that they don’t know much about.
- Have no idea of the “possible” benefits.
- Don’t have a clear starting point.
Join Innovation Island’s Jennifer Hufnagel and Janet Bonaguro as they discuss the ‘Digital Economy Response Program‘ – DER3 which helps connect Small and Medium Businesses who want to enter or expand into the “Digital Economy”.
Jennifer Hufnagel, General Manager, Innovation Island
Jennifer has a passion for people, systems, training and technology and a powerhouse in GSD (getting stuff done). Coupled with a BCom in Entrepreneurship, she has trained, coached and supported 1000s of businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals. She has worked in a variety of sectors from non profits to Fortune 100 clients spanning franchising, services-based, financial to the Olympics.
Janet Bonaguro, Commercial Business Advisor, DER3 Program
In having worked with over 150 organizations locally and internationally over the past 20+ years Janet is passionate about making a difference in the business community. Backed with corporate-level skills from advising to national and multinational firms such as KPMG and MNP Janet has a wide range of entrepreneurial skills in helping businesses and ideas get off the ground quickly. With various credentials in business, finance, and project management she understands scalability and profitability challenges facing growing or pivoting organizations in changing marketplaces. Her experience spans multiple industries, including production/ manufacturing, construction, financial services and education.
A little bit about the program…
The Digital Economy Restart, Recover, Reimagine Program (DER3) is a no cost, no obligation program and is currently open to any/all individuals or businesses or non-profits living or working on Vancouver Island (North of the Malahat), on the Sunshine Coast, or Gulf Islands. DER3 offers one-to-one business and technical consultations for businesses that are considering entering or expanding their online presence (into the digital economy) or putting technology-based tools in place to better serve their needs (e.g. to streamline operational efficiency). When required, the program will also match businesses with regional service providers (digital service providers or subject matter experts) who can deliver contracted solutions.