Helping Vancouver Island, Gulf Island & Sunshine Coast Businesses Adopt Solutions to Thrive in the Digital Economy
Business and Digital
Connections to Service
Providers + Potential
Resources, Materials, Tools
& Best Practices
Reported increased skills/knowledge in working with digital tools or applications that can support their business
“Participating in the DER3 program has been an absolute game-changer for me. I received tangible support and learning opportunities that have helped me make more progress in moving forward in the digital economy than I could have even hoped for. When covid-19 restrictions eliminated non-food producers from all markets in BC, the DER3 program became an invaluable resource for me. I’ve been impressed with the knowledge base and support I’ve received from everyone on the team”
Raven and Firefligh
"Within the first few months of the program my online sales increased from 5% to 30% of revenue, and saw an 8:1 return on digital marketing investment (i.e. for every $1 invested they saw approximately $8 in sales)."
Food & Beverage
Farmers & Markets
Artists & Galleries
“I highly recommend the Innovation Island DER3 program. The resources they offered to small businesses during this pandemic crisis are invaluable. I greatly appreciated the time and attention that the Innovation Island team put into helping my business move further into the digital market. I truly believe the support from the DER3 program “made: a big difference in the future of my business. My revenue increased over 46% during the course of the program.”
Kelly Corbett Art
Retained or increased
1 in 3
have increased their revenue
"The entire program has been transformative. We have struggled with digital technology and the confidence and knowledge base needed to use it. Covid took 100% of our revenues as we operated entirely in person and our industry was prevented from participating in the economy under PHO regs. Transitioning to digital ecommerce has not only saved our business, but it has allowed us to grow it."
"The DER3 Team’s motivational energy was supported by deep expertise that helped us break through the perceived barriers that were stopping us from getting started, and informed how we should ideally proceed. They immediately helped hone our focus on the digital side of our business, and decluttered the landscape of what was possible to do by highlighting what would be feasible and effective in our specific case. Their help has also set us up better for the long term, as it revolved around increasing our own understanding of the different systems involved. We've built up a new level of experience, and the perceived barrier to making future changes is now much smaller".
God’s Pocket Resort
"The DER3 Program provided one-on-one coaching/advisement; results-oriented action plans; hands-on concrete goals & objectives; realistic and business oriented improvements that had immediate bottom line impact; professional and uber timely communication".
Salt Spring Sea Salt