Google gives Halifax online business award

Halifax will receive one of five Google eTown Awards tomorrow

Halifax MP Megan Leslie and Google Canada Country Marketing Manager Sophie Chesters. (Photo: Google Canada)

Google Canada announced on Tuesday that Halifax will be one of five Canadian cities to receive its second annual Google eTown Award. 

The award recognizes cities whose businesses are “leading the way” in their use of online tools and resources to expand customer bases.

The other four winning cities were:

  • Saint-Saveur, QC
  • Newmarket, ON
  • Canmore, AB
  • Whistler, BC

 To determine which cities would win, Google worked with an independent research firm IPSOS to rank communities based on their local businesses’ online presence, including blogs, use of social media and mobile-friendliness.

 “Halifax has a great and growing entrepreneurial spirit,” said Leslie Church, a Google Canada spokesperson.

 Google Canada will hold an event this Friday at 9:30 a.m., at the kitchenware store on Dresden Row, Cucina Moderna (located above Pete’s Frootique) to present the award to Mayor Mike Savage and Member of Parliament Megan Leslie.

 After the awards ceremony, Google will also host a small business clinic in downtown Halifax’s Keystone Business Centre, which will be open to anyone who would like to know more about running a small business.

Last year’s winners of the award were Moncton, NB, Dorval, QC, Parry Sound, ON, Canmore, AB and Duncan, BC.