May 10, 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
Business Count Messaging
The Region is seeking information from all businesses including home-based businesses, schools and hospitals, store-fronts, professional offices etc. Gathering data is especially important this year as the Durham Economic Task Force works to support business recovery.

The Region’s Business Count team will be travelling throughout the region and where possible, will not enter businesses to help keep the process safe for everyone.

The 2021 Durham Region Business Count begins May 10, 2021. If you have questions about the count, please contact The Region of Durham at
Wednesday, May 12 | 11 AM
Manufacturer’s Growth Series: Driving Online Sales with Strategic E-Commerce
This webcast is for small manufacturers looking to expand their retail footprints and increase sales.

Featuring industry experts and Ontario’s small manufacturing leaders with a live-poll and Q & A session, we will discuss:
  • Current challenges facing the manufacturing industry  
  • Key strategies for selling effectively online through e-commerce  
  • Success stories and access industry expert’s top tips for digital online growth   

In partnership with the Toronto Region Board of Trade and The Scale-Up Institute Toronto as part of the institute’s Recovery Activation Program (RAP).
Wage Subsidy to Hire a Student
ICTC’s Work Integrated Learning Program is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. ICTC’s Work Integrated Learning Program is funded by the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP).

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
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.

Deadline for applications May 23rd.
Starter Company Plus - Open for Applications
This entrepreneurial program is for existing business owners operating between 1 to 3 years who are ready to start (market ready/ready to sell) to expand (hiring employees, contractors or getting a location) or buying a business in Durham Region.

The program includes business training, mentorship and an opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000. Visit the webpage to apply and to review the eligibility criteria
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.
Digital Main Street
Receive free digital services from our Digital Main Street squad. This program is available to business over 1 year in operation who have a physical location - (commercial lease or own a commercial building).

To get started CREATE AN ACCOUNT. Or if you are located in Durham Region, you can send an email to and request an appointment.
Digital Main Street ShopHere
ShopHere provides small business and artists with free help to create an e-Commerce website.
These local service providers are ready to help you grow your business.
Afshan Ahmed, Afshan Ahmad CPA Professional Corporation
Afshan is a goal-driven, highly organized and results oriented accounting professional with over 15 years in the accounting service industry. Afshan brings with her experience in taxation, financial reporting, and bookkeeping. In her Accounting practice, she has helped start ups, independent contractors, construction businesses, IT companies, and professional businesses with their accounting and tax needs.

Services include Accounting and Bookkeeping, Corporate Income Taxes, Business Income Taxes, Personal Income Taxes, Government Remittance, Business Incorporation and Business Advisory.

Connect with Afshan: | 905-391-0885 | Email
Community Profile
Nicole Gibson, Executive Director of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT)
In this episode, Teresa talks to Nicole Gibson about the importance of businesses coming together and supporting each other at this time, along with some of her own experiences that have lead her to broaden her perspective.

Connect with APBOT: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter
Client Business Launch - May 15
Daniel Bergeron, Gym Connex
Gym Connex is a Home Gym sharing platform; a website connecting Home Gym Owners with individuals looking for a new and personal way to achieve their fitness goals.

Connect with Dan: Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
BACD Business Workshops and Webinars
Wedensday, May 12 | 10 - 11:30 AM
Maker Meet Up – Brand Identity
Join us for this interactive session where we bounce ideas, share tips, tricks in the maker's world. This month we discuss brand identity
Wednesday, May 12 | 12 - 2 PM
How To Create Alternative Forms Of Revenue For Brick and Mortars
Part 2
You will leave with a complete understanding of which revenue streams that will work for your business and a plan on how to get started.
Wednesday, May 12 | 6 - 7:30 PM
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
By implementing basic SEO (search engine optimization) your website search rankings can easily improve. Learn how to add these tactics to your overall marketing strategy.
Tuesday, May 18 | 11 AM - 12:30 PM
How to apply the secrets of the world's most iconic brands to your business
In session you’ll learn what you need to do in order to stand out, make your mark, and create a community of raving fans and customers.
Thursday, May 20 | 9:30 - 11 AM
Home Office Expenses – CRA Webinar
As an employee, you may be able to claim certain home office expenses (work-space-in-the-home expenses, office supplies and certain phone expenses).
Tuesday, May 25 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch
Here is an opportunity for you to meet other business owners and to open new relationships - you never know what could transpire from those connections.
May 26 | 10 AM - 3 PM
DIGITAL DURHAM - THRIVE Online Virtual Symposium
Learn about 2021 digital trends, Instagram reels, the power of video and how to increase your online reputation to get more business. Our expert speakers are from Digital Main Street, Mastercard and Facebook & Instagram as well as digital marketing agencies.

For the full agenda, topic descriptions and speakers info, visit the webpage

All sessions will be RECORDED and available to ticket holders after the event and if you cannot attend. Register Now

10:15 AM - Digital Trends for Digital Customers
Panel Discussion with Kobi Gulerse from Mastercard and Chris Saniga from Facebook and Instagram Canada.

11:20 AM - It's getting Reel: The Power of Video for Social Media Marketing and Small Business
Get insight in to the basic how-to on creating engaging video content on your social media pages.

12:20 PM - Lunch Break / Networking / Breakout Groups
Discussing Digital Transformation, Cyber Security and Reputation Management

1:00 PM - 9 Steps to Digital Transformation
Learn what digital transformation is and how it can help amplify your business. Sean will share his expertise on the nine steps to digital transformation and the things you need to make it successful.

2:00 PM - From Reviews to Revenue: Managing Online Reputation in 2021
In this session we will dig into how small businesses can manage their online reputations to ultimately make them stand out to customers needing the services they offer.

3:00 PM - Giveaway, Wrap up & Next Steps

Tickets $35. Register Today
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)
May Workshop Dates
Start Up Session: May 11
Business Plan Masterclass:
Start Up Session: May 19
Marketing & Sales: May 19
Financials & Operations: May 25
Start Up Session: May 28
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.
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