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APRIL 2017
We've got some new events, programs, and even a chat feature, all on our website! 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
New Business Grant Program - Starter Company PLUS!

Budding entrepreneurs in the Region of Durham can tap into a new funding program!

We have launched a new program, Starter Company Plus, designed to provide budding entrepreneurs and existing business owners with experiential business training, skills development, mentoring and a chance to win $5000 in seed capital to help them start, grow or buy a small business. The program is for those 18 years of age or older. 

Interested? Read over the program details and eligibility on our website, and if you meet the criteria - complete an application today! 

This is a competitive program with limited space, so take that leap and explore the possibilities of success! 

Learn more about eligibility and to apply --> bacd.ca/starter-company-plus

For more information contact:
Patrice Esper, Program Coordinator x 227  pesper@bacd.ca  
Teresa Shaver Executive Director x 222    tshaver@bacd.ca
UP! Sales Talks - April 19
Join us a series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches. This month's speakers:
Michael Aychental - Founder, Gateway Newstands
Noah Aychental - President, Gateway Newstands
April9, 9:30AM-12PM |  $15 (+tax) |  LEARN MORE
Refresh Leadership Simulcast
Great leaders build great teams. That’s the theme behind the eighth annual Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast. This year’s speaker lineup is well-versed in the essential characteristics of outstanding teams and the role leadership plays in helping them succeed. 
April 12, 9AM-12:30PM | Pickering |  LEARN MORE
What are you or your kids doing this summer?
Maybe starting a business? The 2017 Summer Company Application is now live. The Program provides Ontario students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business.
DEADLINE MAY 6 LEARN MORE/APPLY.
Financial Seminars for Small Business
There will be Financial Education seminars held at the BACD over the next several months to help entrepreneurs and small businesses expand their knowledge on Financials as it related to their business. These sessions are free of charge and are presented by members of the CPA Association. 
SUCCESS STORY SPOTLIGHT
LOL Puppets - Jody Sharpe
Our business is puppeteering and anything related to puppets. We build quality handmade custom puppets which are for sale. We offer occasion themed performances as well as singing puppet grams. We host a wide variety of puppet making classes for all ages of people.
How has the BACD helped?
The team at BACD have shown us many strategies and avenues to consider starting up a business in Durham. The consultants have been extremely positive and encouraging regarding our dream business. The free seminars hosted by the BACD are incredibly useful in helping any starting business.
To know more about Jody and the services he offers, please visit:  www.laughoutloudpuppets.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
APRIL 7
9:00AM-11:00AM
Business Mentoring
Connect with fellow business owners and to learn from each other in a peer sharing format, while being guided by our Entrepreneur in Residence.
APRIL 11
9:00AM-11:30AM
Start Up Session
Learn the fundamentals to starting a business
APRIL 11
6:00PM-8:00PM
Business Fundamentals 1: Business Planning
Learn the differences between a business plan, a business model canvas and the planning required in starting your own business.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
JUNE 6-4
Toronto, ON
Southeastern US and Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance Conference
Join business leaders and elected officials from the southeast United States and Canadian provinces (SEUS-CP) for this three-day conference aimed at increasing business on both sides of the border. 
June 16
9AM-1PM
$79+tax
Cybersecurity - Protecting your Business
Oshawa, ON. Attendees will gain valuable insights into how to protect their business and how they can be prepared, rather then a victim, of cybercrime.Early Bird Registration until May 6.
SEPT 12-14
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco: Mobile World Congress Americas
The Export Services Branch invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to Mobiler World Congress Americas – formerly CTIA
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