Time To Bring On The Dancing!
If there is music playing and a dance floor available, chances are you will find Andy Dwar, the owner of Andy’s Dance Party on the dance floor. Andy is always the first one on and last one off of the dance floor. The social aspect of going out to dance with friends and the opportunity to make a new one along the way has always intrigued Andy.
Having the combined passion of dance and music gave Andy the idea to host his own events and dances. He always believed he would do a really good job of putting on dances and generating music for people to come and enjoy.
That’s when the idea came to Andy to begin his own business – and soon Andy’s Dance Party was founded.
“When I started to put on my own dances I believed I could do a better job of selecting and playing music than the DJ’s I hired so I got into playing my own music for my functions.”
Creating a fun environment, taking time to set up the bright lights, decorating and mixing music is a job Andy enjoys for all of those who attend his events.
Setting up your first e-Commerce business and online store is a big task, but Andy’s experience was a team effort. He felt that he was being heard in terms of the direction and expectations he was looking for in his website. Andy found the process an interesting and educational experience.
Andy highlighted one of his favourite things about the ShopHERE powered by Google program which was his eCommerce Coordinator Kara.
“Kara was so helpful I even learned some things about myself and that I can take more responsibility which is exactly what I was looking for.”
Though Andy was nervous in the beginning of the ShopHERE experience, his eCommerce Coordinator Kara was very cooperative and had such a good ear throughout the process and comforted him,
“Kara really helped me be comfortable with the process right till the end.”
When asked about the ShopHERE program, Andy says he really likes the program. The experience opened his eyes to the possibilities of marketing my business and getting a website up and running.
Since launching his website Andy says the feedback has been nothing but positive.
With the help of the ShopHERE Powered by Google Program Andy now has, “…the confidence to reach my goals and have my business get to the level I have been striving for.”
The ShopHERE Program is partnered with Shopify, Google, Mastercard and Microsoft to help build and optimize online stores for small businesses and artists. The ShopHERE Program is providing a no-cost way to help businesses adapt to the eCommerce climate. It is important now more than ever to support local small businesses. If you or someone you know has a small business looking for assistance in building a professional eCommerce website, apply for the ShopHERE program now!
Digital Main Street was created by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) with direct support from the City of Toronto. DMS is also supported by a group of strategic business partners, including Google, Mastercard, Shopify, Microsoft, Facebook, Intuit QuickBooks, Square, Yellow Pages and Lightspeed.
Continued investment from the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) has allowed the ongoing expansion the Digital Main Street Platform in order to support more businesses going digital across Ontario.