BACD Update - April 20, 2020
For up-to-date resources and information for businesses in Durham Region regarding government programs, services and supports available during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit Invest Durham and BACD Business Toolbox
Business Advisory Centre Durham is OPEN (Virtually)!

BACD is continuing to offer our free one-on-one business advisor meetings virtually or through a phone call to discuss your business challenges. These meeting are to help equip you with the guidance you need to create an action plan for your business Topics include: business planning, systems & operations, financials, marketing strategy, website review & more. To book please call us on 905-668-4949 or email us

We are continuing to offer our regular business training BACD Start Up and Business Fundamentals sessions which are being run virtually, as well as our expert network workshops . We now have an additional Business Masterclass for those who want help to complete a business plan potentially for finance applications. And in response to COVID-19, we have added several free webinars in a variety of subjects. To see the calendar of upcoming events and to register, please visit

Thank you from the BACD Team
Teresa, Andrea, Patrice, Ashley and Lindy
COVID-19 News and Resources
BACD Grant Programs 2020
PLEASE NOTE: All our programs are running virtually, so apply now if you are interested in any of the following programs.
Are you a student aged 15 - 29 looking to start your own business this summer?
Summer Company Program is for full-time students returning to education in the Fall. The program offers virtual business training, mentoring and a grant of up to $3,000.

This program remains available, however the program is pivoting the types of businesses allowed in the program due to COVID-19. Student businesses should not require direct interaction with anyone and must follow social distancing rules. Example of eligible business are online products, lawn care with electronic payment, online tutoring etc.

APPLY NOW via our website. Application deadline is May 17, 2020. For more information, please contact the program coordinator Ashley McBride at:
Starter Company Plus Grant Program
The Starter Company Plus program provides training, mentoring and an opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000. This grant program is for 'market ready' businesses in Durham Region.
Apply now for the Women's Entrepreneurship Program
Offering entrepreneurial women virtual & in-person business support to help start a new business, plus access to apply for a $2,000 microloan.
BACD Virtual Networking, Workshops and Webinars
Tuesday, April 21
COVID-19 CRA Benefit, Credit and Subsidy Updates!   (Webinar)

9:00am - 10:00am
Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, April 22
Taking Facebook Business from Zero to Hero (Workshop)

Stay top of mind during COVID-19

9:30am - 12:00pm
Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, April 22
Speak And Grow Your Influence™… How to use Speaking as an Effective Marketing Strategy!  (Webinar)

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, April 23
Mental Illness and Mental Health for Entrepreneurs (Webinar)

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online - via Zoom
Monday, April 27
How to create 15 pieces of Social Media content from a blog post (Workshop)

Highly Requested & step by step!

1:00pm - 2:30pm | Online - via Zoom
Tuesday, April 28
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch

Let's have lunch & connect

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Online - via Zoom
Thursday, April 30
Writing That Converts (Workshop)

Write compelling content for your target audience

9:30am - 12:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, April 30
How to run a successful ad campaign on LinkedIn (Workshop)

Steps to creating great ads

1:00pm - 3:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Free BACD Business Training Workshops

Start Up Session ; April 22, April 29, May 13
Business Fundamentals Financials & Operations : April 28
Business Fundamentals Business Planning : May 7
Business Fundamentals Marketing & Sales : May 13
Business Masterclass: May 6, May 19

MAY 2020
Tuesday, May 5
Get Your Legal Questions Answered (Webinar)

1:00pm - 2:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, May 14
Converting Sales on Social Media (Workshop)

9:30am - 12:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, May 20
Maker Meet Up (Virtual)

9:30am - 11:00am | Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, May 21
LinkedIn for Small Business (Workshop)

9:30am - 12:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Up Sales Talks - June 10th Cancelled
Due to the current circumstances, we have decided to cancel the June 10 Up Sales Talks. Next event will be held on September 16.

In the meantime, enjoy highlights of the March 4th event. Read more
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