November 2, 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
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Over 45 VIRTUAL events in 5 days! REGISTER NOW
Digital Main Street Grant Program
How to apply for Digital Transformation Grant
Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the Digital Main Street program, eligibility and how to apply for the Digital transformation grant.

Tue, Nov 3, 2020 9:30 AM EST
CRA Webinar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals
Thu, Nov 5, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Mastering the Art of Instagram For Your Business
Tue, Nov 10, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Maker Meet Up - Sales Strategies for the Holidays
BACD Business Fundamental Training Workshops
Join us for our free training sessions presented by one of our business advisors.
Start Up Session: Nov 4; Nov 11
Business Plan Masterclass: Nov 5
Business Planning: Nov 10
Marketing & Sales: Nov 12
Checkout BACD's Services
BACD Client Pivot Profile
Koolway Sports - Watch Video
In this episode, Teresa Shaver talks to Jennifer Gallienne & John A. Cook, owners of Koolway Sports about about their pivot and success during the pandemic. Starting in 2009, Koolway Sports provides a line of outerwear that is warm, accessible, fashionable and comfortable, and that is tailored to the needs of users of wheelchairs.

Connect with them: Website | Facebook Instagram | Twitter | YouTube
BACD Expert Network Member
Tony Orsi, Bereskin & Parr Intellectual Property Law Firm
Tony Orsi is a partner and patent agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP and a member of the firm’s Patent, Electrical & Computer Technology and Industrial Designs practice groups. Tony’s practice focuses on patents in the electrical, biomedical, software, mechanical and cleantech fields with an emphasis on evaluating new technologies, patent searching, patent drafting and IP management strategies. Tony works with startups and entrepreneurs to help them learn about IP, to develop their IP strategy and to build their IP portfolio.

Connect with Tony: Email | Website | Phone: 416.957.1175

Join Tony at the DO IT IN DURHAM 2020 event on November 18 | 9 - 10 am
Get business support with our free Advisory Services
Talk to a Business Advisor for free!
We can help you write a business plan, create a marketing or sales strategy. Email us today or call 905-668-4949 and let us know how we can help. By appointment only.
Entrepreneurship Program to help you start your business
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. Learn more
Business News and Resources
DELIA Entrepreneurial Program
DELIA is an automated lending platform for women-owned and women-led innovation-driven enterprises located anywhere in Southern Ontario. Business loans up to $15,000 starting at 0% interest with flexible terms.
Support Ontario Made
Ontario Made is a celebration of Ontario Manufacturing led by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. By buying Ontario Made products you supports these companies and their workers. In return this helps grow the economy which feeds money back into the services we as Ontarians rely on, like schools, roads, and health care.
The Unboxed Wishbook online catalogue features 100+ local shops, artisans and creators.

Local businesses have suffered this year, and the shop local movement needs our support more than ever. This catalogue gives shoppers the chance to support the people who make our communities what they are. #ShopLocal
This is a free resource for businesses within the Region to expand their operation to an online platform. The goal – to make shopping local easier than ever before!

The project is open to all businesses that are not a franchise including home based businesses.
Durham Region introduces Commission Free Online Food Ordering Services
Through this partnership, and with support from PayPal, Ritual will provide their commission-free digital ordering platform, Ritual ONE, to Durham businesses at no cost for the remainder of 2020. Learn more
Shopify Blog
Need Traffic? Here's How to Get Visitors to a New Website Read article
Whether you’re trying to attract your first customer or your 1,000th customer, generating more traffic to your online store is a crucial part of growing your business. If your site is properly optimized for conversions, getting an increase in web traffic could mean more customers and more sales.
Partner Events
Nov 3 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
The event will consist of two panel discussions that will focus on the post-COVID-19 economy and strategies for how our country and workforce can emerge stronger. Panel 1: Harnessing Canada’s Tax System for Recovery Panel 2: Getting Canadians Back to Work: The Impact of the Pandemic and the Future of Talent. by Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Nov 4 | 2 - 3:30 pm
In order to survive, businesses have had to constantly innovate, evaluate, and adapt. But to go beyond survival to start recovering and thriving, businesses are going to need a plan. This interactive online Q&A session that’ll allow you to get direct answers to your questions about how to grow your business in this new economy. Presented by DMS FutureProof.
Nov 5, 12 & 19 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The goal of ShopHERE Powered By Google is to build and optimize online stores for small independent businesses and artists in just a matter of days. With ShopHERE, businesses get to expand their selling opportunities into the online market.Learn more about the ShopHERE Powered By Google Program. Presented by Digital Main Street. 
Nov 5 | 1- 2 pm
Shipping is an essential and costly part of many businesses, regardless of whether a business sells online or the business has a bricks-and-mortar store. Figuring out a shipping strategy can help alleviate unnecessary stress, expense and time.The webinar will be moderated by Jay Pizzo, Director of Sales at Freightcom.. Presented by Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Nov 10 | 10 am
Join EUCCAN and the government of Ontario, Canada to discover trade and investment opportunities in the province and how to best support you in your trade/investment projects. The 45 min presentation by experts in European trade and FDI will be followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session.
Nov 11 | 1 - 2:30 pm
On the second anniversary of legalization of recreational cannabis for adult use, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s National Cannabis Working Group is launching an industry-led review of the Cannabis Act to provide recommendations on how the government should improve Canada’s federal legislative and regulatory frameworks for cannabis.
Presented by Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Nov 12 | 8:30 - 9:30 am
Join us virtually to hear Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott address the changing COVID-19 landscape and discuss supports for small businesses. Presented by Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.
Nov 12 | 1 - 2 pm
As COVID-19 drove businesses to operate almost exclusively online, the need for a strong network and innovative technology became increasingly important. Join the conversation with Navin Arora, President Business Solutions at TELUS and Pau Castells, Director of Economic Analysis at GSMA, will examine how 5G will revolutionize and transform business operations and influence customer revenues, improve productivity and operational expenses for businesses as well as safety and security, and discuss how investment in this next generation technology will drive $150 billion to the Canadian economy over the next 20 years. Presented by Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
COVID Resources
Reopening Guidance Free Webinars and Online Events

*Webinars were developed based on guidelines that had been published and available up to and including the following dates - Retail Sector: June 11, Food Service Sector: August 7, Manufacturing Sector: June 16, Personal Care Service Sector: August 7, Events and Festivals: July 27 and Gym and Fitness Services Sector: August 17. Effective July 7, the use of non-medical masks or face coverings are now required in all indoor public spaces. 
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