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Alberta iMarket (AIM)

A full-featured online marketplace where
you can sell your products and services.
Leverage our training, support, nominal cost
and the benefit of aggregated marketing.

THE CONCEPT
The Alberta iMarket concept originated in a desire to promote regional, and rural, products and services to both a local, and a larger market. While many entities promote the businesses themselves, we had a desire to take it a step further and create a fully ecommercial platform where all forms of products and services could be presented.

Vendors can include any and all businesses that sell a product, sell or promote a service, and sell or promote bookable time. Businesses may range from Agrifoods to Carpet Cleaning to Hair Salons…and everything in between. In fact, if it can be part of an online transaction, our platform will accommodate it.

Included in our marketplace services are vendor training, vendor support, vendor financial management and a sustainable marketing plan for the resulting web site. On the marketing side of the site, we will offer shoppers an App to mirror the shopping experience of the large online retailers, and to promote local buying shoppers will have the ability to shop for a specific item, but also search for it within a radius distance from their specific location. Our vision is to provide the same vendor and shopping experience that you get from the big online retailers, but to do so without the barriers of high commission, services fees, and little to no vendor support.

Finally, we will also present the web site in both official languages ensuring that we are inclusive with respect to our vendors, but to also ensure that a shopping experience is available for a market as large as all of Canada.

THE IMPLEMENTATION
After onboarding, each vendor will have their own store, their own store management interface and access to a support team. They will have the ability to manage their products and services which will become part of the full catalogue of items on the web site. However, they will also have their own distinctive web-based store. They can use their own custom domain, but also be part of general item searches on the site. They will also appear in the vendor directory and on all maps.

When a vendor sells an item, the transaction will be processed by Stripe. Upon completion of the sale, funds will automatically move from the web site master account into the Vendor’s personal Stripe account. Vendors then have the ability to handle refunds and credits directly. The only fees are the discount fees charged by Stripe which are similar to most credit card merchant accounts.

Shipping of products is calculated instantaneously for vendors that have a Canada POST, FedEx or UPS account. They can also enter in their own shipping rates or can choose to identify items as “local pickup only”. When a vendor is finished the onboarding process, they will have a fully functional ecommercial web site that also includes them in the group marketing opportunities available to a central sales portal.

Here is a small comparison of a similar service called Shopify that a vendor might use to set up their own individual store.

FEATURES                                    SHOPIFY                                      ALBERTA iMARKET
Unlimited Products                            Yes                                                      Yes
3rd Party Shipping                             No                                                       Yes
Multiple Languages                           Yes (2)                                                  Yes (2)
Locations                                           Up to 6                                                 Unlimited
Training                                             No ($2500 fee)                                     Yes
Marketing                                          No                                                         Yes
                                                          MONTHLY FEE $79 per month             $20 per month

THE RESULTS
When the Alberta iMarketplace is complete, we hope to have hundreds of Alberta vendors, and thousands of products, ready for shoppers ready to BUY ALBERTA. Our marketing plan to attract shoppers will span all forms of media and include an ongoing social media and YouTube presence. As
a non-profit entity, we can allocate funds from monthly vendor fees for long term infrastructure, support, and marketing. In addition, we have exciting plans on how to highlight regions, leverage mapping technology and include non-commercial listings for local service groups, clubs, non-profits, and charitable organizations.

All we need is you! Visit ALBERTAIMARKET.COM to become a vendor today!
CALL: 1 (833) 474-6722
WEB: ALBERTAIMARKET.COM
EMAIL: INFO [at] ALBERTAIMARKET.COM

Regional COVID-19 Relief Program

 

Regional COVID-19 Relief Program Terms of Reference

http://https://md.bonnyville.ab.ca/432/COVID-19-Information-Resources

Statement
The Regional COVID-19 Relief Program (RCRP) is a joint initiative of the Municipal District of Bonnyville (M.D.), the Town of Bonnyville (Town), and Community Futures Lakeland.

Purpose
The purpose of the RCRP is to provide financial assistance to small and medium sized businesses (less than 40 employees) in the M.D. and Town as they face higher expenses and business uncertainty as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The fund will be a total of $66,000, distributed evenly between M.D. and Town businesses.

It is expected that funds will be available for the following types of activities:
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• Business support services such as assistance with year end accounting/bookkeeping services, marketing assistance, website e-commerce ability, or other business services. For a list of local service providers, please contact Community Futures Lakeland at lford [at] albertacf.com.
• Membership to AlbertaiMarket Online Shopping Site for local food, artisans and small businesses.

Terms
The RCRP shall provide financial assistance to small business for expenses and/or lost revenue related to COVID-19 or business expansion activities that will assist in the development of additional sales channels during COVID-19.

1. Eligibility to a Maximum of $1,000.
Applicants must prove they are a business operating in the M.D. or Town, with a minimum of
$30,000 revenue for the 2019 or 2020 calendar year. In addition, claimants must complete the application form provided. The application will include:
a. A declaration confirming that their business is located in the M.D. or Town.
b. Provision of their GST number.
c. Confirmation of annual revenues of at least $30,000 in 2019 or 2020.
d. A declaration that their business has less than 40 employees.
e. A receipt/invoice or quotation followed by a mandatory submitted receipt for the services that the applicant is applying for (proof of payment).
f. Proof that the business was open before March 1st, 2020.

2. Reimbursement
The transfer of funds will be made directly by the M.D. to the business applicant, upon approval of application. The funds will be sent to the business mailing address provided in the application form.

3. Exemptions
a. Home-based businesses may apply for this RCRP program if they meet all eligibility requirements.
b. Exemptions to the annual revenue requirements may be possible for Artisans and Hobby Farm producers, upon discussions with the Economic Development Officer.
c. This program is not available to employees or elected officials who are business owners within the M.D or Town.
d. The M.D., Town, and Community Futures Lakeland reserves the right to accept or reject submitted RCRP applications subject to the Terms of Reference of the Program.

Budget and Resources
The RCRP will have a total budget of $66,000. The Town and the M.D. will each provide $30,000 to the RCRP. Community Futures Lakeland will provide $6,000. The program will be administered by the M.D.

Final Report
The M.D. will provide a program summary report by the end of April 2021 to the funding partners confirming how and where the funds were distributed.
 

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