April 26, 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
Durham Region Workplace Class Order
This is a reminder that a class order has been issued by Dr. Robert Kyle, Medical Officer of Health for the Regional Municipality of Durham, for all workplaces in Durham Region where employees or the general public are present. This order specifies the actions and measures that employers must take to contain the spread of COVID-19 within workplaces. A fact sheet summarizing the order and the requirements is available.
Please ensure that you immediately notify the Durham Region Health Department of any COVID-19 cases identified in connection with your workplace by calling (905) 668 2020 or 1-800-841-2729. A Public Health Inspector will be in contact to discuss cleaning and disinfection and other infection prevention and control measures.  

Please advise staff who test positive for COVID to self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset or, if no symptoms at time of testing, from the date they were tested. Positive cases should also advise their household and high-risk contacts to go for testing and isolate for 14 days according to the instructions on The Factsheet: COVID-19 Close Contact.  Additional information regarding what individuals should do while awaiting test results can be found on the Factsheet: Instructions for Individuals Tested for COVID-19

Please see below for additional resources:
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).

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 survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, is anonymous and survey results are kept confidential. Complete survey
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.

Learn more at
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Jade Calver, Calver & Associates
With over ten years of experience in the immigration field, Calver & Associates offer a wide array of immigration services, their firm can assist you with the follow matters: work permits, study permits, Permanent Residency, Criminality issues, visa refusals, business immigration, and provincial immigration matters. All of our clients are managed by Jade personally to ensure that every client is happy with the outcome of their immigration case. With an understanding of the difficulties of integration and settlement in a new country - Calver and Associates pride themselves in going the extra mile to help clients not only with their Immigration applications, but to ensure a smooth transition into their new life in Canada.

Connect with Jade: 289-677-0108 | Email | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram
Community Profile
Sheila Hall, Executive Director at the Clarington Board of Trade (CBOT)
In this episode, Teresa talks to Sheila Hall, the Executive Director at the Clarington Board of Trade (CBOT). Sheila talks about how successful the CBOT has been in helping businesses achieve their goals and expands on the benefits of joining a board of trade.

Connect with CBOT: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter
BACD Business Workshops and Webinars
Tuesday, April 27 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
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!
Wednesday, April 28 | 12 – 2 PM
How To Create Alternative Forms Of Revenue For Brick and Mortars Pt 1
During this 2-part workshop, we’ll explore 6 alternate forms of revenue and teach business owners how to decide which one to start with.
Wednesday, April 28 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM
How to Get Started With Online Courses
Learn how to teach what you know in an online course, how to record, host and market your course and build revenue.
Wednesday, May 5 | 2 - 4 PM
Using Pinterest for Business Growth
Did you know people spend MORE money on Pinterest than any other social media platform? Learn how you can use it in interesting and exciting ways to attract a great deal of traffic to your offers for free.
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 more details on the topics and speakers, visit the webpage

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

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 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 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.

Tickets $35. Save $10 on Early Bird pricing until April 30. 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)
Upcoming Dates
Start Up Session: April 28
Financial & Operations: April 29
Business Plan Masterclass:
Start Up Session: May 5
Business Planning: May 6
Start Up Session: May 11
Marketing & Sales: May 19
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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