September 14, 2020
BACD's physical location is currently closed until further notice, however we are still open virtually weekdays 8:30am - 4:30pm

COVID-19 Resources and Toolbox: Invest Durham and BACD Biz Toolbox
Are you a business owner, or starting a new business?

Book an appointment to talk to one of our advisors. We can help you write a business plan, create a marketing or sales strategy - ask us anything.

Email us today: and let us know how we can help
Listed below are 3 new digital transformation programs to help small businesses to get online during COVID-19.

ShopHERE - help to get an online store.

for main street businesses.

Digital Durham Starter Company Program for businesses 1 to 5 years.
Watch the video to learn more
As part of our mandate to help Durham businesses impacted by Covid-19, the BACD is pleased to facilitate the Digital Main Street program. Digital Main Street is a government-based initiative to help business owners expand their digital presence.

Through this partnership, we are offering a number of FREE digital services such as:

  • Setting up a Google My Business profile
  • SEO (search engine optimization)
  • Website design recommendations
  • Social media strategies and tools
  • Digital marketing strategies
  • E-commerce setup
  • Email marketing

Please contact us via email at today to find out how we can help you to improve your digital footprint and market your business online.
What to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with us? Join Do It In Durham 2020!

Be a sponsor, an event host or a presenter/speaker!

Of course it will be virtual this year.

There will be various events and opportunities to learn and connect throughout the week.

16 Budget-Friendly Content Creator Tools for Instagram
This blog posted on gives you a list of tools, tips and techniques to help you to create content on Instagram. Even with a busy schedule, you can still create gorgeous, consistent content while saving time and money - and the right tools can make it super easy. Read the blog
Do you have an online course or digital download that you want to sell more of?

Join us to learn how to navigate the online world and start selling online in this workshop "Online Platforms: Which one is the best one for my online course or online offering?"

Presented in partnership with BACD, Samantha King, founder of Fempire Builders and online business owner for years.
Thu, Sep 24, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Online Creators Mastermind
Durham Workforce Authority
Durham Labour Force Report 2020
The Durham Workforce Authority is releasing the August 2020 edition of the Durham Labour Force Report. This report provides accurate, timely, and easy to understand labour market information for the stakeholders of Durham Region. It is updated monthly with information that enables businesses, policy makers and our community at large to better understand the evolving impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the labour force in Durham Region. DWA News Release Aug 2020

The August 2020 report revealed some positive numbers, including
  • a decrease of 3,800 individuals not participating in the labour force,
  • an increase of 4,200 individuals in the total labour force,
  • an increase of 5,500 employed residents.

BACD 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. For businesses operating less than 6 months. APPLY NOW
BACD Client Events
Saturday, Sept 19 | 10 am - 6 pm
1053 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, L1G 4X1

Drop by and say hello to owner Leslie and meet Jean Eng, Founder of Pure + Simple. There will be free IPL underarm hair removal + free 20 min. flash facials + facial deals + product specials + raffle prizes + gift with purchase and food + drink.
Upcoming BACD Business Events
Tue, Sep 15, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Infographics, Made Easy: A Step-By-Step Guide, Using Canva
Tue, Sep 15, 2020 2:00 PM EST
BACD Start Up Session
Wed, Sep 16, 2020 4:00 PM EST
BACD Business Fundamentals: Marketing & Sales
Thu, Sep 24, 2020 9:30 AM EST
How to create 15 pieces of social media content from a blog post
Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 8 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn more about the ShopHERE program, including:
  • Who is Digital Main Street?
  • What is ShopHERE?
  • What does it mean to sell online, and why should my business?
  • Do I qualify for this program?
  • What are the costs involved?
  • Do you have any examples of completed websites?
Sept 15 | 12 - 1 pm
Join Do you have an awesome idea for an app? Want to know what it takes to make it a reality? Presented by Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises would like to help your company do business with the federal government. This webinar will help you understand: The contracting process; how to register in supply databases. How to build networks and promote your business, how to search for business opportunities, how to bid on opportunities, security clearance. Presented by Invest Ottawa.
Sept 15 | 6 - 7:30 pm | Social Media Marketing 101
This webinar will cover how to develop a social media strategy to build your brand, grow your client base, and optimize your marketing efforts. Attendees will learn social media best practices, trends, tools, and techniques. Presented by: Mississauga Small Business.
How effective has your social media been during COVID-19? As businesses adjust to re-opening, are you ready to re-engage through social media and connect with clients and prospects? This session will walk you through a 3-step framework to assess how effective your social media has been utilizing data and insights to determine whether your posts are working or not, how your customers' needs have changed, and what tools and key strategies you can use for your business to adjust, organize and pivot your campaigns by platform to create powerful engagement strategies. Presented by: Manulife with KW Chamber of Commerce.
Sept 16 | 12 - 1 pm | Social Enterprise 101
What exactly is a social enterprise? How do you start one? And where can you go for help? In this webinar, you will learn more about social enterprise models and characteristics, local examples, support resources, and considerations for starting. Join us to learn more about this unique type of business that uses revenue-generating activities to achieve a social, environmental or cultural good. Presented by Invest Ottawa.
Sept 17 | 10 - 11:30 am | Business Recovery after COVID
As the world deals with the gradual end to the pandemic, Canadians businesses are facing a new reality. It is harder than ever to forecast performance and trends far into the future. Canadian businesses have to face rapidly shifting consumer tendencies, increasing challenges in dealing with foreign markets, and the possibility of having to pay for the costs of the pandemic in one form or another. With this comes the obvious questions of what to do and where to start. This webinar aims to present ideas of what business owners can do to explore new growth opportunities and proposes a means to plan for such growth. It is geared both for B2C and B2B businesses ranging in size, from freelancers to large corporations. Presented by Mississauga Small Business .
Sept 17 | 10 am - 12 pmMarket Research Techniques and Resources
Learn techniques and resources for doing effective market research. Market research helps you to better understand your market. It is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the success of your business idea. This seminar discusses how to conduct market research, outlines the types of market research, and provides tips on how to plan your search and be effective. Included are specific examples to illustrate how to use the many free resources available to you to obtain specific information. Presented by Invest Ottawa.
Sept 17 | 4 - 5 pm | Opportunities for Social Enterprise
An in-depth look at funding resources from grants to micro-loans, through to venture capital. Do you want to follow your passion to create a business that puts people and planet first? You are not alone. In this session, you will gain an in-depth look at funding resources from grants to micro-loans, through to venture capital. We will spend time on your specific business needs and understand what it takes to grow a social enterprise. Presented by Joanna Reynolds with Kingston Small Business Centre.
Hosted by Digital Main Street's ShopHERE Program powered by Google, the Small Business Stories event will bring local small business owners together for an engaging discussion. They will discuss challenges, victories, digital transformation and takeaways for fellow small business owners.
This workshop is intended for actively profitable businesses that have been running and operating for a minimum of 2 years. Each attendee will work in the B Impact Assessment as part of the workshop so bring a laptop or tablet suitable for this portion of the workshop. Presented by Enterprise Toronto.
Sept 22 | 10 - 11:30 am | Corporate Taxation & Corporate Structures
Corporations are a common form of business organization. In this 1.5 hour information session we discuss various corporate structures and the related taxation information. Presented by Invest Ottawa.
Teeny Tiny webinars will shine a light on creative ideas and people in small communities that have made the most of the past few months.
Sit down with EY’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Mike Wessinger, Founder and CEO of PointClickCare Technologies - the leader in cloud-based software technology for long-term post-acute care. Presented by Spark Centre.
Sept 25 | 9:30 am - 12 pm | General Small Business Tax Literacy Seminar
This seminar is offered to owners of small businesses and self-employed individuals who need help in understanding their tax obligations and will provide participants with the basic principles and resources needed to navigate the tax system. Presented by Enterprise Toronto.
Program for women-led businesses such as small retail, sole proprietor and personal service industry to support the reopening, rebuilding and revival of the business.
This immersive online workshop program connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship and practical advice about process modernization and end-to-end digital transformation. It is completely free for businesses and supports firms of any size across Ontario. This program is part of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Reimagining Recovery Framework.
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