BACD August 24, 2020
BACD's physical location is currently closed until further notice, however we are still open virtually weekdays 8:30am - 4:30pm

COVID-19 Resources and Toolbox: Invest Durham and BACD Biz Toolbox
Listed below are 3 new digital transformation programs to help small businesses to get online during COVID-19. Businesses will have access to a Digital Main Street Squad who will review your needs and the tools required to expand your web/digital presence so your business can relaunch, reopen and recover!
ShopHERE provides INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESSES and ARTISTS with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away by providing free help to create an e-commerce website on Shopify.
Digital Main Street For BIA/CBD (mainstreet) businesses who have a commercial space. Free Digital Services Squad to help you with expanding your web/digital presence, training and a grant opportunity of $2,500 to use towards implementing their Digital Transformation Plan (DTP). Grant deadline is October 31, 2020. Digital Services continue to Feb 2021.
Businesses who are NOT mainstreet and don't qualify for the above programs, could qualify for BACD's Program. Funded in part by the Region of Durham and Ministry of Ontario, businesses will have access to a free Digital Services Squad to help with expanding of their web/digital presence, training, mentoring and the chance to apply for a grant opportunity of $2,500 for their Digital Transformation Plan.
We are looking for professionals and students who are passionate about supporting small businesses to overcome the challenges of breaking into the digital marketplace and succeed in the “new normal” of retail. Visit the Scope of Work for more information
COVID-19 Related News
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) helps employers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to keep workers on their payroll or bring back previously laid-off employees.
Canada United is a movement to show local businesses some love. Join us August 28-30 to shop or dine local anywhere in the country to help small businesses recover and kickstart our economy. Follow #CanadaUnited on Facebook and Instagram and show your support!
Ontario Government wants to hear about the economic impact of COVID-19 is having on your business. Closing date: August 31, 2020 Complete survey now
BACD Women's Entrepreneurship Program
Offering women a virtual coaching & mentoring program to help start a new business, plus access to apply for a $2,000 microloan. APPLY NOW
Partner Programs & Funding
Program for women-led businesses such as small retail, sole proprietor and personal service industry to support the reopening, rebuilding and revival of the business.
This immersive online workshop program connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship and practical advice about process modernization and end-to-end digital transformation. It is completely free for businesses and supports firms of any size across Ontario. This program is part of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Reimagining Recovery Framework.
Shannon O'Connor
In this episode, Teresa Shaver from the Business Advisory Centre Durham talks to Shannon O'Connor, a former IBM Executive and a Professor at Durham College.

In this interview, Shannon talks about her experience working in the finance and technology field, the importance of business and customer relations, and more.
This week's BACD Business Events
Tue, Aug 25, 2020 9:30 AM EST
BACD Business Plan Masterclass
Wed, Aug 26, 2020 9:30 AM EST
The Power of G Suite Apps for Business
Thu, Aug 27, 2020 9:30 AM EST
BACD Business Fundamentals: Financials and Operations
Fri, Aug 28, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Email Marketing: A No Brainer for Small Business
August 26 | 2pm
BACD has partnered with Fempire Builders for a FREE webinar series to help entrepreneurs learn how to expand their business offerings through the power of online courses. These webinars are open to all entrepreneurs. Register Now
August 27 | 1 - 2pm
Join Chris Foster, Vice-President, Information Services and Chief Information Officer to discuss building digital capacity and business resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
August 27 | 6 - 8:30pm
Startup Grind sits down with Erin Bury, co-founder and CEO of Willful — an online estate planning platform that makes it easy for Canadians to create a will in less than 20 minutes. Erin will take us behind her journey with Willful and provide insight for adopting digital strategies in today’s age of marketing. Presented by Spark Centre. Register Now
The Maker's Collective Side Hustle Hub and Side Hustle 101
The Maker's Collective has built a grassroots community, an ecosystem of experts and a system to take your side hustle from idea to action.
Join the Side Hustle Hub's membership community to access resources and tools and a monthly online training session to build the skills you need to take your side hustle to the next level.

SIGN UP NOW Begins September 1st
Side Hustle 101 is the pathway start and grow your thriving side hustle.

SIGN UP NOW Begins September 8th
In 2020, Teeny Tiny Summits will be moving to a virtual format featuring a series of three webinars. These webinars virtual Teeny Tiny webinars will shine a light on creative ideas and people in small communities that have made the most of the past few months.
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