Lambton College receives additional funding to help local businesses develop e-commerce tools


August 28, 2014

Sarnia, ON, August 28, 2014 -- Lambton College has been granted an additional $20,000 in funding to help local businesses develop and implement e-business tools. The second round of funding, granted through the Ontario Centre of Excellence Voucher for E-Business (VEB) program, will see students and faculty from the college working with local businesses to help them increase their visibility, reduce marketing and operation costs, enter new markets and increase customer service.

Earlier this year, the college was able to provide five local businesses with new websites through the same grant. The additional funding will allow phase two of the project to extend to 10 more businesses within the region and help them carry out e-commerce strategies such as website creation, social media, online ordering systems, online payment processes and inventory control.

In addition to providing students with an opportunity to learn about E-Business practices and how they can be adopted to increase competitiveness in the marketplace, the project also benefits local businesses and organizations by allowing them to utilize the skills and expertise available at the college.

“Projects like this fall directly in line with Lambton College’s Strategic Plan and our commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among our faculty, staff, students and the community,” says Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Dean, Applied Research & Innovation, Lambton College.

“The Voucher for E-Business funding allows us to provide our students with experiential learning opportunities while pursuing partnerships with local businesses and helping them achieve their goals.”

Each project will be supervised by faculty and involve students from Lambton College’s Information Technology and Business programs. Each team will collaborate with a partner business to develop an e-business tool that will address the individual needs of the organization. These tools will then be developed by the students and the partner business will be trained on the operation and maintenance of each new tool.

Phase one of the project concluded in April 2014, when Lambton College students launched new websites for five area businesses: louparryphotography.com, mccallumbr.ca, toolrite.ca, flexcomp.ca and jvsenterprises.ca.

The next phase of the project is scheduled to start in September. Currently, Lambton College’s Applied Research office has identified businesses interested in participating in this round, but select spots remain available. The project is open all Lambton County businesses. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Andrea Hands, Research, Development & Outreach Coordinator, Lambton College, at 519-542-7751 ext 3523 or via email at andrea.hands@lambtoncollege.ca.

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Lambton College
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