The Boone Economic Development Corporation (Boone EDC) is excited to announce the opening of Round 2 for the Digital Upgrade Grant, a program specifically designed to empower small businesses in Boone County through digital transformation.Building on the success of Round 1, this grant is poised to be a pivotal catalyst for local enterprises, propelling them toward enhanced digital capabilities.

Small businesses are the backbone of the community, and the Boone EDC recognizes the importance of equipping them with the tools and resources needed to thrive in today’s increasingly digital economy. The Digital Upgrade Grant aims to assist these businesses in adopting and integrating technology to streamline operations, enhance online presence, and remain competitive in the ever-evolving business landscape.

Round 1 of the Digital Upgrade Grant witnessed exceptional success stories, showcasing the tangible impact of digital transformation on local businesses. Several recipients from the first round reported increased efficiency, expanded customer reach, and improved overall competitiveness. These success stories serve as a testament to the program’s effectiveness in creating growth and sustainability.

Round 2 of the grant presents an opportunity for Boone County small businesses to further invest in their digital infrastructure and capabilities. With a focus on supporting initiatives such as website development, e-commerce integration, digital marketing, and other technology-driven solutions, the Boone EDC aims to empower local businesses to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.

“The Digital Upgrade Grant is a strategic initiative by the Boone EDC, made possible through the invaluable support of our grant partners and sponsors, SB Codeworks, Comcast, and Mibor Realtor Association. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to these organizations for joining hands with us in empowering our small businesses with the tools they need to succeed in the digital age. We witnessed remarkable success stories from Round 1, and we are excited to continue supporting our local entrepreneurs in Round 2. This grant is more than financial assistance; it’s an investment in the future of our community,” expressed Claire Gelinas, entrepreneur, and innovation manager at Boone EDC.

Applications for Round 2 of the Digital Upgrade Grant are now open, and Boone County small businesses are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity. The Boone EDC is committed to fostering economic growth and innovation within the community and believes that investing in digital capabilities is crucial for the sustained success of local businesses.

For more information on the Digital Upgrade Grant, overview of round 1 grant recipients or to access the application – click here.