BACD Update - May 4, 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 - virtual advisory meetings, expert workshops, training and webinars.

We are here to support and guide you as your start, pivot and grow your business. We know things have changed for many businesses and self employed individuals. Stay up to date with the above COVID-19 related resources.

If you would like to book a free one-on-one meeting with one of business advisors, please call us on 905-668-4949 or email us

To register for our expert workshops and webinars, visit:

Start Up/New Business - If you are looking to start a business, we recommend attending our BACD Start Up Session and Business Fundamentals business training.

Help to write a Business Plan - If you are wanting to write a business plan, we recommend attending the Business Masterclass .

Below are the dates of the business training available during May.
Free BACD Business Training Workshops - May 2020

Start Up Session: May 13, May 28
Business Fundamentals: Business Planning : May 7
Business Fundamentals: Marketing & Sales : May 13
Business Fundamentals: Financials & Operations : May 27
Business Masterclass: May 6, May 19

Do not forget to keep working on your business. Here is a article with 8 things you can do now for your business Read more 
BACD Entrepreneurial Programs
We are continuing to run our entrepreneurial programs online virtually. Some criteria has changed, Below are details of each program and link to apply online.

Thank you and stay safe,

The BACD Team,
Teresa, Andrea, Patrice, Ashley and Lindy
COVID-19 News and Resources
Steady Decrease in COVID-19 Cases Required Before Beginning Next Stage of Reopening
Province Takes Critical Steps to Help Businesses Adapt to New Environment
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
Tuesday, May 5
Get Your Legal Questions Answered (Webinar)

Business contracts etc.

1:00pm - 2:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, May 6
MailChimp Magic: Create and Launch Your First Email Newslette r (Workshop)

Engage with your customers via email

12:00pm - 1:30pm | Online REGISTER
Thursday, May 7
How to run a successful ad campaign on LinkedIn (Workshop)

Steps to creating great ads

12:00pm - 2:00pm | Online - via Zoom
2 for 1 Special - TICKETS

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. 
Thursday, May 14
Converting Sales on Social Media (Workshop)

Learn the winning formula

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

For Artists, Crafters and Hobbyists

9:30am - 11:00am | Online - via Zoom
Wednesday, May 20
Maximizing your Digital Presence (Webinar)

Tools to leverage your digital marketing

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, May 21
LinkedIn for Small Business (Workshop)

Stand out on LinkedIn

9:30am - 12:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, May 21
Crisis Management and Recovery (Webinar)

Thinking tool to reinvent your business

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Tuesday, May 26
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch

Connect and network online over lunch

12:00pm - 2:00pm | Online - via Zoom
Thursday, May 28
Optimizing your website for success (Workshop)

Connect and network online over lunch

9:00am - 10:30am | Online - via Zoom
Join us for Up Sales Talks
Wednesday, September 16

8:00am to 11:30am
Courtyard by Marriott Oshawa

Please note: Up Sales Talks on June 10 has been cancelled.
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