BACD Update - March 17, 2020
Let's Support Small Businesses in our Community!

BACD and our network of 54 offices are gathering as many resources, ideas and solutions as possible for our business community. We know this time is not easy - however, let's do our best to focus on the present moment. Let's support each other, our community, our businesses, friends and family. Reach out to people, phone, text, FaceTime - whatever you can do to support each other.

Some ideas on how to support local businesses:
  • Like and Share their posts
  • Leave a Google and Facebook Review
  • Shop Online
  • Purchase gift cards
  • Reschedule appointments rather than cancel

Virtual Advisory Services
The BACD team are continuing to work and we are offering virtual advisory services. Please call us on 905-449-6868 or email us to book a meeting. Let's talk - a problem shared is a problem halved.

This week we have 3 free webinars to help businesses at this time with the first one starting tomorrow at 11:30am. See below.

Teresa, Andrea, Patrice, Ashley and Lindy @ BACD
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
More resources can be found in our NEWS section of the website.
This week - Free Webinars
Marketing activities to move your business forward during the pandemic (Webinar)

Wednesday, March 18
11:30am - 12:30pm
COVID-19-What business owners need to know HR/Covid-19 (Webinar)

Thursday, March 19
11:30am - 12:30pm
CALM: How to Find Calm in This Pandemic with Denise Marek (Webinar)

Friday, March 20
12:00pm - 1:00pm
BACD Virtual Events and Workshops
BACD Biz Lunch (Virtual) Let's eat lunch together from our home offices

Tuesday March 24
12pm - 2pm
Online via Zoom
Drive Traffic to your Business Using Social Media (Virtual)
Tuesday March 31
9:30am - 12pm
BACD Offices, Whitby
FREE Virtual Business Fundamentals Workshops

Start Up Session ; March 18 , March 25, April 1
Marketing & Sales : March 18
Financials & Operations : March 26
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.
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