Digital investment goes a long way
Investing in Technology Pays Dividends
Grants of almost $14 million were disbursed to over 1,300 Manitoba-based businesses that used funds to update and upgrade essential digital tools and processes in 2021 and 2022. Building on takeaways through discussions with business owners, there were some common threads that emerged. One key component was a fear of spending hard-earned revenues without confidence in where to invest in digital adaptations.
Learning From the Experts
In October 2022, the MCC launched the Digital Service Program, pairing SMEs with third-party advisors. The limited services were specifically designed for companies who had already been growing their digital footprint and needed to make a step change. The services provided empowered business decisions around technology investments.
“We were impressed with how comprehensive the Business Technology Audit was – the service provider went deeper than we expected. We also appreciated that they translated their findings and recommendations into verbiage we could readily understand so we could make informed decisions. We gained some very valuable clarity and direction. It was good to know we could take action on many of the findings by implementing some new policies and protocols, without much overhead.”
“We thought Brandon Computers' cybersecurity audit was very, very thorough. When they presented their findings to our leadership team, it was a bit of a wakeup call, as they dug deep into security vulnerabilities such as old legacy systems running invisibly in the background. Because of this audit, we will be implementing training and initiatives to make our security systems even more rigorous.”