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E-commerce Advisors

As part of the Grow Your Business Online Program, eligible businesses are paired with an E-commerce Advisor who will review business digital assessments, consult on business grant spending plans, recommend digital marketing strategies and help implement new technologies.

If you’re a small business owner looking for grant information, visit Grow Your Business Online Grant page to find eligibility details about the program.

Become an E-commerce Advisor

Are you interested in helping Canadian small businesses reach their potential online? Our partner organization, Mosaic, is actively recruiting students or recent graduates as E-commerce Advisors who will work with local small businesses.

E-commerce Advisors will receive the following benefits:

Skills Training

Workplace Experience

Temporary Position


Business Strategy

Supplemental Learning


In this role, you’ll receive training from industry leaders such as Bookmark, Facebook, Google, Lightspeed, Mastercard, Shopify, Square Online and more, equipping you to support small businesses with growing their business online. A combination of over 35 hours of interactive modules, on-demand webinars and online courses will prepare you, as an E-commerce Advisor, to provide:

  • Consultations on e-commerce platform solutions
  • 1:1 support building and launching a customized online store
  • Education on cybersecurity and readiness planning
  • Training on how to build a digital marketing plan
  • Determining an individual business’ needs and values


The following individuals are eligible to apply to become an E-commerce Advisor:

  • Individuals who have graduated from high school and are planning on pursuing a post-secondary education;
  • Individuals currently pursuing post-secondary education; or,
  • Individuals who have recently graduated from a post-secondary institution.


Apply to Become an E-Commerce Advisor

If you're a recent graduate, learn how you can help shape the digital retail marketplace of the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

An E-commerce Advisor is trained to help your business better understand its e-commerce capabilities and to identify solutions to assist your businesses digitalization. E-commerce Advisors are current students or recent graduates who will receive training to support businesses with digital adoption.

As one of the first steps of the CDAP program, small businesses will be paired with an E-commerce Advisor to assess your digital needs and help develop your e-commerce strategies and deploy new digital technologies.

After an initial meeting, businesses may opt-out from working with an E-commerce Advisor as part of the Grow Your Business Online program and proceed solely with the grant application. It is highly recommended however that businesses take advantage of the expertise of an E-commerce Advisor to support digitization.

All E-commerce Advisors receive training, developed, and delivered in partnership with Digital Main Street. You’ll receive support and knowledge from some of the best in the industry to help develop an e-commerce strategy.

The opportunity for training and work placements will be available to current post-secondary students and recent graduates. Those selected for the role will participate in training through Digital Main Street.

To be eligible to become an E-commerce Advisor, you must:

  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations; and have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment.
  • be one of the following:

o   a recent graduate from high school that’s planning on pursuing a post-secondary education

o   currently pursuing post-secondary education; or,

o   have recently graduated from a post-secondary institution

E-commerce Advisors will receive training in partnership with Digital Main Street on several topics:

  • Understanding the Grow Your Business Online Program
  • Learning the capabilities of several e-commerce solutions and related tools
  • Understanding the basics of cyber security
  • Developing communication skills
  • Determining an individual business’s needs and values

E-commerce Advisors will participate in a full-time (40 hours per week) work placement which typically lasts 4 to 6 months.

Small Business BC is committed to protecting the privacy of people whose personal information is held by the organization through responsible information management practices. Any personal information provided to Small Business BC is collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Federal Privacy Act and Canada’s Anti Spam Legislation, Bill C 28.

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.