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Do you have a small business?
A side hustle? Or even just an idea?

Our part-time 42-hour Digital Skills for Entrepreneurship program is for you!

Digital Skills for Entrepreneurship (DSE) is designed to teach learners basic digital skills that will allow them to pursue their business idea or grow their existing business. By the end of this course, learners will be able to apply foundational skills in their everyday life, will have created an online presence for their business, and will become a part of a network of small businesses in their community.

What Will You Learn?

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know how to use and care for a computer
  • Develop safe web browsing habits
  • Use G Suite, including Docs, Sheets and Slides, and apply these tools to your business and your everyday life
  • Analyze digital tools for branding and marketing your business (including social media platforms, Google My Business, Hatchful, Canva)
  • Build an online Shopify store to sell your product or service
  • Present what you’ve built to a network of like-minded entrepreneurs in your community

What Will This Course Look Like?

Workshop #1: Discuss the purpose of computers, different operating systems, and how to care for a computer

Workshop #2: Learn how to use the internet, online search tools and how to keep yourself safe online

Workshop #3: Examine G Suite – Learn how to use G-Suite applications including Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive

Workshop #1: Learn the tools used to build a logo and create a style guide

Workshop #2:  Create four different social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) and learn how to navigate each platform

Workshop #3: Learn about social media ethics, privacy, and customer experience

Workshop #4: Learn to promote your business using Google My Business and use Canva to create your own business cards

Workshop #1: Learn what e-commerce is, and how it applies to your business

Workshop #2: Learn Shopify basics and investigate online Shopify stores 

Workshop #3: Add products, create collections, and build pages on your Shopify store 

Workshop #4: Learn how to interact with customers in Shopify, how to fill orders, and how to manage inventory

Workshop #1: Learn to pitch your business by using Google Slides, and showcase your DSE creations

Workshop #2: Polish off your final creations

Workshop #3: Participate in our Digital Skills Expo! The Digital Skills Expo is a chance for you to show program participants, instructors, community members, friends and family what you have been working on! Each participant will be in the same space, displaying what they have created over the last seven weeks!

How Much Does This Course Cost?

This program is free! All you have to do is sign up when the program is offered in your community.

Register Today!

Click on the location you're interested in for more details about registration. Keep checking back as we're constantly adding new offerings!

Surrey City Library: City Centre Branch, 10350 University Dr, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8

Women’s Centre of York Region: 16775 Yonge St #207, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8J4

Register by calling 905-853-9270, or emailing Iara Encinas at iencinas@wcyr.ca!

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