Moncton, Dorval, Parry Sound, Canmore and Duncan are among Canada's
leading towns embracing the digital economy
TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - 5 Canadian cities have won a Google
eTown Award, Google Canada announced today. At a time when the Internet
is spurring economic growth, this new Google award is designed to
recognize those towns where small businesses are investing in online
tools and resources to find new customers, grow their business, and
improve their operations.
"We're delighted to recognize the accomplishments of the small
businesses embracing the web in each of these cities," said Chris
O'Neill, Managing Director of Google Canada, "We know that the Internet
is going to contribute massively to Canada's economic growth, so these
eTown awards are designed to showcase those communities leading the way
To highlight this vital economic activity, Google looked at thousands of
cities and towns across Canada to identify one town in each of five
regions that demonstrated strong engagement and potential for growth in
the digital economy. With its online advertising service, Google
AdWords, the Canada Get Your Business Online initiative, and products
such as Google Apps for Business, Google works with businesses across
Canada to help them succeed online.
The 5 Google eTown Award winners in Canada are:
Moncton, New Brunswick
Parry Sound, Ontario
BC & The North
Duncan, British Columbia
Sunny Point Resort in Parry Sound is a family-owned resort that has been operating since
1966. Though well-established, the recent recession took its toll on
the business. As a result, current owners Andy and Susan Vitch started
using AdWords in 2009. According to Mr. Vitch:
"Tourism is one business where the Internet can be the most beneficial
to a small guy like me. I can compete with the bigger resorts. Our site
may not be as flashy, but it's out there. You just have to get people
to your site, which is why AdWords is so useful to our business."
Earlier this year, the Internet Economy in the G-20 report published by the Boston Consulting Group predicted that Canada's Internet economy will grow 7.4% annually through
2016, meaning businesses with an online presence will benefit most and
contribute more to future Canadian economic growth.
At the same time, the Canada Get Your Business Online campaign has estimated that more than half of Canadian small and
medium-sized businesses still lack a website, raising concerns that
many SMBs could lose out unless they take steps to make their
businesses accessible online and from mobile devices.
Across each of the winning towns, business are discovering that the
Internet has become a vital tool for reaching new customers and
engaging with existing ones. In Moncton, there's 4 Paws Pet Resort; in Dorval, it's CrossFit de l'Ouest, in Canmore, there's pest control company Progressive Maintenance; and in Duncan, it's Eye Design Optometry.
In recognition of their eTown status, Google Canada will be presenting the awards to each
city during events throughout October. Local businesses will be invited
to attend and meet Google experts who will be on hand to provide advice
on growing your business online.
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