Shopify will participate in Victoria’s Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, a $20 million initiative by the state Government to help Victorian businesses thrive in a new digital economy.

Under the scheme small businesses in Victoria are eligible for up to $1,200 in rebates for the adoption or upgrading of approved digital services.

Shopify joins Mr Yum, Square, Squarespace, MYOB and Xero as approved suppliers announced so far.

In Victoria, more than 600,000 small businesses—those with fewer than 20 employees— represent half of all private sector jobs and more than one-third of the state’s output in goods and services. Like many around the world, these businesses have been challenged by the global pandemic.

Focused on supporting sole traders and small business, the new program is open to all industry sectors and is part of the Victorian government’s $3-billion investment in cash grants, tax relief measures, and cashflow support to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

As part of the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, Shopify says eligible Victorian businesses will receive:

  • First 30 days of Shopify for free
  • Rebate on a 1-year Shopify subscription
  • 24/7 support including access to Shopify’s online educational resources

This year, Shopify has announced similar efforts through Empire State Digital with New York’s State Government and Go Digital Canada with the Government of Canada. These initiatives are focused on building solutions to help a new breed of resilient retailers successfully adapt to the changing face of commerce.

“The pandemic is accelerating the need for small businesses to get online in order to survive and thrive in the digital economy,” said Harley Finkelstein, Shopify President.

“It’s more important than ever to support local businesses and provide them an opportunity to sell to anyone, anywhere. We look forward to working with the Victorian Government on this crucial program to help small businesses succeed now and in the future.”

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