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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
Keep working on your Business
We know it is hard for small business at this uncertain time, here are some ideas so you can continuing to work on your business.

  • Attend some virtual networking events
  • Keep marketing your business on social media
  • Learn a new skill such as Canva (free web based graphic design tool)
  • Take the time to update your brand, website, operations or marketing strategies

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. The BACD team are continuing to work and we are offering virtual advisory meetings (via phone or Zoom). Please call us on 905-668-4949 or email us clientservices@bacd.ca to book a meeting.

We've added a number of free webinars to the roster. Check out: https://bacd.ca/events/

Thank you from the BACD Team
Teresa, Andrea, Patrice, Ashley and Lindy
Durham Region Small Business Directory

This was a passion project by Alicia Jones of AJCreative and her husband to help our local businesses. Thank you so much!

It's a free directory for local businesses to add their digital / online offers.

Add your business info now at: Durham Region directory
COVID-19 News and Resources
Useful Links
Human resource management has changed with COVID-19. Many staff and volunteers are now working virtually, service providers are operating in a new environment, and volunteers are taking on new roles. Discover best practices for managing employees and volunteers during times of crisis from industry experts from Volunteer Canada, Miller Thompson, and The Neighbourhood Group. When: March 30 at 2pm-3pm
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. 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.

For inquiries regarding the Government of Canada Call for Suppliers
Martin Montreuil: martin.montreuil@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-793-3594
Alain Dorion: alain.dorion@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-790-0974
BACD Virtual Networking, Workshops and Webinars
Monday, March 30
Info Session on BACD's Programs & Services to help you (Webinar)

3:45pm - 4:30pm
Online - via Zoom
Tuesday, March 31
Drive Traffic Using Social Media (Virtual Workshop)

9:30am - 12pm
Online - via Zoom
Tuesday, March 31
DIY Video Marketing Essentials (Webinar)

1pm - 2pm
Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, April 1
Business Plan Masterclass (Webinar)

1pm - 3:30pm
Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, April 1
BACD Start Up Session (Virtual)
This session covers the essential steps to starting a business including registering a business name, licenses & permits, HST, business banking and insurance.

3pm - 4:30pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, April 2
Why & How to Get Your Business Ready For Online Selling (Webinar)

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online - via Zoom
Monday, April 6
Info Session on BACD's Programs & Services to help you (Webinar)

2pm - 3pm
Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, April 8
BACD Business Fundamentals: Business Planning (Virtual)
In this session you will plan out your business using the business model canvas as you plan what you need to start.

9:30am - 11:30am | Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, April 8
Planning Your Website
(Virtual Workshop)

2:30pm - 4pm
Online - via Zoom
Thursday, April 9
BACD Start Up Session (Virtual)
This session covers the essential steps to starting a business including registering a business name, licenses & permits, HST, business banking and insurance.

9:30am - 11am | Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, April 9
Business Plan Masterclass (Webinar)

1pm - 3:30pm
Online - via Zoom
For BACD's event listing, please visit our website: bacd.ca/events
Digital Main Street Online Webinars

eCommerce 101 - Thu, April 2 | 10am - 12pm
 
Customer Engagement - Mon, April 6 | 10am - 12pm
 
Web Presence 101 - Wed, April 8 | 10am - 12pm
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: www.awccu.com
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