October 26, 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
This program is for BIA/CBD (main street) businesses who have a commercial space. Included in this program is also the opportunity to apply for a grant of $2,500 to use towards implementing the digitalization of their operations and marketing. Participants also get access to free services from the Digital Main Street Squad who can help with improving web and digital solution following a free digital assessment.

If you would like to talk to a DMS squad member, feel free to email Jamie Nowe, Senior Service Squad Member with BACD at

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 6:00 PM EST
Website Essentials: Make Sure You Tick all The Boxes
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: Oct 27; Nov 4; Nov 11
Financials & Operations: Oct 28
Business Plan Masterclass: Nov 5
Business Planning: Nov 10
Marketing & Sales: Nov 12
Join us 16 to 20 November
Do It In Durham Entrepreneurship Week 2020 is just around the corner. Now in its 8th year, this collaborative event series is Durham Region's way of celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week. Do NOT miss this week!

Checkout BACD's Services
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.
Meet BACD Team Member
Ashley McBride - Watch Video
Ashley joined BACD in January 2016 as the Program Administrator for the Summer Company and Starter Company program. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management and a professional development certificate in Digital Marketing. Ashley keeps busy with reviewing and evaluating business plans, cashflow forecasts and ensuring all guidelines are being met. Her thoroughness and attention to detail helps make sure that nothing slips through the cracks.
Meet BACD Expert Network Member
Leon Efraim, Thomas Eraim LLP, Barristers & Solicitors
Leon and his team of lawyers and support staff work tirelessly to provide the best prices and services to our clients. Their focus is to make any situation easier for their clients. They know how stressful things can be and they are there to provide you with accurate advice and help you through the process.

Their services include: Corporate, Commercial and Corporate Finance with a particular interest in start-up tech, real estate development and corporate securities; Real Estate and Mortgage financing and Wills and Estate Administration. Leon often presents at BACD on contract and corporation laws.

Connect with Leon: Phone: 905.576.5666 | Email | Website | Facebook | Instagram
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
Grow your business with the Digital Transformation Program
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.
Digital Main Street Transformation Grant for main street businesses.
Digital Durham Starter Company Program for businesses operating between 1 to 5 years.
Business News and Resources
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.

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
Canada United is a movement that brings fellow Canadians together to show their support for local businesses. Essential to our economy and communities, these businesses need our help now more than ever. So, join the movement and show local some love.

  • The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) has been extend. It was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.

  • Small businesses can continue to use the Canada United Small Business Kit to help promote their participation in Canada United and ways to market yourself on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Local shopper supports business Whitby business Olive That! Tasting Bar. Read story
This a free 8-week online learning program for individuals 30+ interested in launching or growing a small business or income generating activity, who have experienced mental health or addictions challenges.

Individuals will network with like-minded entrepreneurs and build connections with each other, connect with coaches and receive a $300 start up grant. Learn More
Small business customers that pay Time-Of-Use (TOU) electricity prices now have a choice. They can contact their electricity utility and opt-out of TOU and pay Tiered prices instead, choosing the price plan that’s right for how they consume electricity.
For more information go to:
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
Blog - Must read books for Business Marketing
The 20 Best Marketing Books on Positioning, Sales, and Advertising
You got into business because you have a passion for your products. But selling those products requires a specific set of skills. While “If you build it, they will come” is a nice premise for a movie, it doesn’t always apply to product sales. For that, you need marketing. Read article
Partner Events
Oct 28 - 12:30 - 1pm
Al Tepper will deliver 60 minutes of live coaching plus host 30 minutes of live Q&A. In a world where people buy from people more than ever before, Al's insight helps your business adopt practices that engage prospects on LinkedIn like no other method you’ve ever seen. Presented by BNI. Open to non-BNI members.
Oct 29 - 6 - 8 pm

Startup Grind is thrilled to present Katie Zeppieri in conversation with Eva Lau, Founding Partner of Two Small Fish Ventures, a venture fund that invests globally in early-stage, transformative tech companies. Presented by Spark Centre.
COVID Resources
McDougall Insurance and Grenville Mutual Insurance Company have partnered to offer a grand total of $10,000 to small business owners who have been impacted by COVID-19. Apply Now
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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