Niagara Research pilot project gives local businesses a better online presence

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is launching a pilot project to assist Niagara’s small- and medium-sized businesses with one of their most pressing e-business challenges: the website. Niagara Research recently received funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence for a pilot project for companies to partner with the digital media and IT team, which includes students from NC’s New Media Web Design program, to develop solutions to create or improve an existing website.

“We are excited to have this chance to work with some of Niagara’s smaller businesses. They may not all have the resources or the expertise for this critical component of their outreach, but we do, and we are ready to help them on their way,” said Marc Nantel, associate vice-president, Research & Innovation at Niagara College.

This collaboration, which will involve a small number of eligible companies in the pilot phase, comes thanks to funding announced today from the Ontario Centres of Excellence Voucher for E-Business program (OCE VEB). Nine colleges in Ontario have been granted funding to assist companies across the province.

Eligible industry partners will provide content, logos and photos, while the digital media team will use WordPress templates to develop a customized site, and then offer a tutorial in the final stages to allow the industry partner to maintain the website after the project’s end.

More information about the pilot project, including details for potential industry partners, is available on Niagara Research’s program information page: