April 12, 2021
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
May 26 | 10 AM - 3 PM
DIGITAL DURHAM - THRIVE Online Virtual Symposium

NOW open for registration!

Learn about upcoming digital trends, Instagram reels, the power of video and more. During the lunch break there will be an opportunity to network with other attendees and participate in break out rooms. Lastly, we will wrap up with a special giveaway.
All sessions will be RECORDED and available to ticket holders after the event. 

Early bird tickets are $35. Early bird tickets are available until April 30th. Register Today
Durham Workforce Authority
Durham Region Employer Survey
The DWA and the Social Research Centre at Ontario Tech, with significant input from community partners, have worked collaboratively to develop a survey designed to provide significant information on employers in Durham Region. The Employer Survey will fill substantial gaps in labour market information and lead to a better understanding of the skills and needs of businesses.

Your contribution to this process is extremely important and highly valued. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, is anonymous and survey results are kept confidential. Complete survey
BACD Services for New and Existing Businesses
Meet with a Virtual Business Advisor today!
BACD is offering more hours to help business who have been affected with COVID-19. You can meet with an advisor between 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Our FREE Advisory Servicesinclude support with:
- Grants and loans
- Regulatory requirements
- Business recovery strategy
- Digital marketing
- eCommerce & tech solutions

To book an appointment, simply contact us: | 905-668-4949
Digital Main Street
This program offers free digital services to main street business over 1 year in operation. Email the project lead at: to book an appointment

ShopHere provides small business and artists with free help to create an e-Commerce website.
Summer Company
For Ontario students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 grant funding and virtual coaching and mentoring to help them start and operate their own business. Accepting applications until May 23rd.
Women's Entrepreneurship Program
This women's program is virtual coaching & mentoring to help start a new business plus access to apply for a $2,000 microloan. For businesses operating less than 6 months.
These local service providers are ready to help you grow your business.
Ross Libbey, Your Bottom Line
Ross is a former Controller, Vice President Finance & Administration and he headed up his own training and consulting business for a number of years When Ross isn’t working on Your Bottom Line you can most likely find him on stage acting in one of the local theatrical productions. Ross and his wife Sue have 3 boys and make home in Courtice.

Professional Accountants at Your Bottom Line offer the following services - Personal and Corporate Taxes, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Virtual CFO services, QuickBooks Setup & Trainings, HST filing services and much more across Courtice, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Port Perry, Cobourg and more. We specialize in helping small businesses grow.

Connect with Ross: 905-436-6663 | Email |
Community Profile
Marlene Marco, Founder of Heart of Networking Events
In this episode Marlene talks about how she has contributed to the success of several entrepreneurs in the community as a result of her networking services. Her ability to inspire and grow networks has lead her to earn the title of "Queen of Networking". Along with this organization, Marlene has also been able to take on a fashion business called Cabi.

Connect with Marlene: Website | Facebook
Thinking about starting your own business, but not sure where to start?
Start here with the BACD START-UP CHECKLIST
Find out the steps you need to follow to get your business up and running.
BACD Business Workshops and Webinars
Tuesday, April 13 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Designing The Ultimate Customer Experience
Join us for this 2-hour interactive workshop to better understand your customers, why they purchase, challenges and barriers they have, and HOW to use this information to design the ultimate customer experience.
Tuesday, April 13 | 6 - 7:30 PM
Finding the ideal customers through market research
In this session, we will go through the steps of how you find your target audience as well as what they want. This is an in depth market research session you don't want to miss.
Wednesday, April 14 | 10 - 11:30 AM
Maker Meet Up – Breaking Through Our Mental Barriers
Breakthrough to the next level and get your mindset on board with your dreams. This event series is creative business types - makers and artists.
Thursday, April 15 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Canada Revenue Agency Webinar for Small Corporations
This webinar is held by CRA professionals and is for small corporations. If you have tax related questions, here is your chance to get them answered.
Thursday, April 15 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Ask an Expert – Pathwise Credit Union
Learn about financial services, loans and the microloan program Pathwise Credit Union provides to small businesses owners in Durham Region.
Thursday, April 15 | 6 - 7:30 PM
Learn how to Optimize Google my Business to get found locally
Learn how get your FREE Google My Business listing, set it up and optimize your listing to grow your local audience online.
Wednesday, April 28 | 3 - 4:30 PM
Durham Region Supplier Information Event
Learn more about the public procurement process and how to do business with various public agencies located within Durham Region. There will be an opportunity for small business owners to ask questions of the procurement staff working with the local agencies using the chat function.

Learn more at
Presented by one of our business advisors, we provide you with resources and answers to questions. Take them in any order. These session are repeated them monthly. (see full calendar)
April Dates
Start Up Session: Wed 14
Marketing & Sales: Tues 20
Start Up Session: Wed 21
Business Plan Masterclass:
Start Up Session: Wed 28
Financial & Operations: Thurs 29
Partner Events and Resources
More events can be found on the Invest Durham calendar and from local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
BACD partnered with Ownr!
You can digitally register or incorporate your business in minutes with all the business documentation and filings to help you remain compliant.
Special Pricing Web Hosting with GreenGeeks
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Survive and Grow Beyond the Pandemic with QrME: A Free COVID-19 Health Screening Tool
QrME screening tool offers businesses a digital solution to help with managing visitor information. Approved businesses will receive a unique QR code to be placed at all entrances of their stores to help manage visitors health status and contact details.

For more information, visit or email
Durham Region COVID-19 Information

For questions about what will be open or impacts to your business, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659, or the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729
Additional Resources
  • WSIB Laws and Regulations for Small Business April 14, 9:30 - 11 AM Register
  • Ontario Small Business Support Grant Webinar - Watch on Demand
  • How to Successfully Apply for Government Funding - Watch on Demand
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