BACD Update - March 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
BACD is open and here to help!
 While our physical office may be closed our virtual one is OPEN FOR BUSINESS . We are here to help and support you during this time. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Virtual Advisory Services - available via phone or Zoom online platform.
The BACD team are continuing to work and we are offering virtual advisory meetings. Please call us on 905-668-4949 or email us to book a meeting.

We have added a number of free webinars to help businesses at this time. Go to: to see what is coming up over the next few weeks.

Thank you from the BACD Team
Teresa, Andrea, Patrice, Ashley and Lindy
COVID-19 News
Calling all Suppliers: Help Canada Combat COVID-19
ACTION:  Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19

NEXT STEPS:   visit this page and see the list of products and services requested . If you can provide items from the list, or any other product or services not listed complete the online form.
TIMELINE:   As soon as possible

For inquiries regarding the Government of Canada Call for Suppliers
Martin Montreuil: / Tel: 613-793-3594
Alain Dorion: / Tel: 613-790-0974
Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19

Lisa Paulin is a Sr. Account Manager in Virtual Business Centre and can be reached at: 905-665-5620 or

Charles Hamilton, is an Account Manager in our Durham office and can be reached at:
905-666-8796 or
Useful Links
Virtual Networking, Workshops and Webinars
Tuesday, March 24
BACD Biz Lunch (Virtual)
Let's eat lunch together from our home offices and stay connected!

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, March 25
Reset Your Mindset & Pandemic Proof Your Business (Free Webinar)
Among the chaos and uncertainty there has never been a better time than NOW to RESET YOUR MINDSET

12:00pm - 2:00pm | Online REGISTER
Wednesday, March 25
How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business (Webinar)
Join BDC experts as they share short-term economic perspectives and advice on how to manage through the crisis.

12:00pm - Online REGISTER
Wednesday, March 25
BACD Start Up Session (Virtual)
This session covers the essential steps to starting a small business including registering a business name, licenses & permits, HST, business banking, insurance and hiring employees.

2:00pm - 3:30pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, March 26
BACD Business Fundamentals: Financials & Operations (Virtual)
Take better control of your business by understanding the accounting basics. We will also discuss why developing operational strategies can help you make more money.

9:30am - 11:30am | Online - Via Zoom
Thursday, March 26
How to Create Opportunity in Business during Uncertain times (Webinar)

12pm - 2pm
Online - via Zoom
Tuesday March 31
Drive Traffic Using Social Media (Virtual Workshop)

9:30am - 12:00pm
Online - via Zoom
For BACD's event listing, please visit our website:
BACD Grant Programs 2020
PLEASE NOTE: All our programs can be run virtually, so apply now if you are interested in any of the following programs.
Are you a student looking to start your own business this summer?
Summer Company program is open to students aged 15 - 29 returning to full time education in the Fall. The program offers business training, mentoring and a grant of up to $3,000.
APPLY NOW Deadline to apply May 17th
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.
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.
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsor
To learn about their services, visit their website:
Subscribe to our Step Up Your Business Podcast Series
The weekly podcast offers relevant business content, events & workshops, tips, resources, interviews with experts, local businesses and BACD clients. Available on all major podcasting platforms including Apple, Google, Spotify & Breaker.
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
Feel free to share this newsletter with your network!