BACD Update - April 27, 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
Support for Small Business from BACD - advisory meetings, business planning, expert workshops and COVID-19 webinars

BACD is continuing to offer our free one-on-one business advisor meetings. 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, Business Masterclass, expert workshops and COVID-19 subject webinars. To see the calendar and to register visit

Thank you from the BACD Team
Teresa, Andrea, Patrice, Ashley and Lindy
Below are a couple of resources from last week in case you missed them:

COVID-19: Ideas, Resources and Tools for pivoting your business (Blog)
COVID-19 has likely changed our world forever and as businesses we will need to adapt to the changes if we want to thrive in these uncertain times. Read the blog

COVID-19 Support Programs Explained by an Accountant (Webinar)
We were fortunate enough to have Mike Libbey of Your Bottom Line present a webinar on April 22, 2020 on the updated programs from various Governments for businesses and individuals because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Watch the presentation
COVID-19 News and Resources
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) The program provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses The program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) The program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits whose revenues have been temporarily reduced and to help cover operating costs.
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 women a virtual coaching & mentoring program to help start a new business, plus access to apply for a $2,000 microloan.
BACD Virtual Networking, Workshops and Webinars
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
TICKETS (2 for 1 Special)

A portion of the revenue from this event will be donated to Lakeridge Health Ajax and Pickering and Feed The Need Durham by Kevin Darcy. 
Free BACD Business Training Workshops

Start Up Session ; 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)

Business contracts etc.

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

Learn the winning formula

9:30am - 12:00pm | Online - via Zoom
TICKETS (2 for 1 Special)
Wednesday, May 20
Maker Meet Up (Virtual)

For Artists, Crafters and Hobbyists

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

Stand out on LinkedIn

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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