Partners in Progress has launched Shop the County - a way to help local businesses get found by prospective customers, and a new milestone on its Economic Development Road Map.
Partners in Progress has launched a regional business directory called Shop the County. Located at shopthecounty.ca, this directory is designed to help local businesses get found by prospective customers far and wide.
Business listings on the Shop the County directory — and access to other features like a website builder and business learning library — are provided free of charge to businesses registered with the Town of Onoway or Lac Ste. Anne County. Plans are also in the works to roll out Shop the County across more business communities across the Lac Ste. Anne region.
If you have an active business licence on file with Lac Ste. Anne County or the Town of Onoway, a business listing has been created on your behalf at shopthecounty.ca and an onboarding email has been sent to you containing your unique username and password. This listing is now yours to control and customize.
Shop the County and its associated business tools and resources are provided courtesy of the Town of Onoway and Lac Ste. Anne County to local businesses that:
• Operate within designated Lac Ste. Anne County and Onoway business regions
• Have a valid business licence from the Town of Onoway or Lac Ste. Anne County
Frequently Asked Questions
I didn’t get a welcome email from Shop the County. How do I access my account?
I don’t have a business email address. Can I still use Shop the County?
By default, Shop the County requires an email address as part of profile setup. Businesses without an email address on file will still be added to Shop the County, but if you fall into this category you’ll need to contact the Lac Ste. Anne County administration office and provide a valid email address to gain access to your account.
I see my business profile on shopthecounty.ca, but how do I change what it says?
As soon as you log into your account, you can add a business description, set hours of operation, upload images and more. As soon as you save your changes, they will be posted live for the world to see.
I already have a business website. Why do I need Shop the County?
Shop the County lets the world see all the region’s businesses at a glance. If you have a website*, you can add its address to your profile. Then when a prospective customer finds you on Shop the County, they can click through to your website to learn more about your company.
*If you don’t have a website, you can build one for free using the mini site builder on Shop the County!
Some of the businesses on Shop the County have images, and some don’t. Why is that?
Shop the County sorts businesses into categories like restaurants, trucking and automotive. These categories have icons associated to them. If your business profile has been set up but not yet customized, it will display the icon relevant to its category. Sign in into your account and add your own images to add personality to your profile and make it stand out!
How do I crop my images to the exact sizes shown on Shop the County?
Shop the County has built-in image cropping tools that let you upload a photo and crop it to the exact size you need for a masthead or thumbnail. Remember to keep your file sizes low; uploads are capped at 5MB.
My map location is not accurate. How do I change it?
Shop the County relies on Google Maps for geolocation. Sometimes addresses are not precisely captured by Google (especially rural addresses). When you’re logged into your profile, you can drag your map pin to a desired location. The new location will be saved in the system and displayed in your business profile.
I don’t want/don’t need to show my physical address. Why do I need a map pin?
Shop the County is a business finder. A location on a map is a default requirement for most businesses. If your business only has a PO box, the map pin will simply be placed in the center of your business region.
I’m not very tech savvy. Can I get help setting up my account?
I have multiple businesses. Can I create my own Shop the County listings?
Of course. Just a couple things to remember. First, each business on Shop the County must have its own unique email address. Also, your business must operate within one of the designated business regions. Lastly, each business must have a unique business licence with Lac Ste. Anne County or the Town of Onoway.
What if I don’t want my business listed on Shop the County?
Easy: just log in, click your avatar (the circle at the top right of the screen) and select Delete My Account. If you ever change your mind, just visit shopthecounty.ca, click Register, and set up your business again.
What if I have questions not covered on this FAQ?