February 1, 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
Happy February!
Our theme for February is FALL IN LOVE with your business!

Tips to stay in love:
  1. Remember why you started - It probably was because you wanted to be your own boss.
  2. Find the spark again - do what lights you up and outsource the rest.
  3. Be proud - List all the things you love about your business.
  4. Grow your mind - Invest time in learning more or growing your skills in your business.
Summer Company Youth Entrepreneurship Program (for full-time students aged 15-29)
Turn your idea into a business! The program starts in June/July and finishes by Labour Day and provides Ontario students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business. Accepting applications until May 23rd, 2021. There are changes to the program due to COVID. Learn more
Events and Programs for Women Entrepreneurs
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. Learn more
StrikeUP 2021 Digital Conference for Women Entrepreneurs - March 4
FREE virtual conference for women entrepreneurs providing 20 + Visionary & Expert Speakers; 19 Growth Partners; 8 Mentor Meetups including keynote speaker Manjit Minhas from Dragon’s Den.
Celebration International Women's Day with us!
She Means Business Women's Networking event: March 24 at 6pm
Wed, Mar 24, 2021 6:00 PM EST
She Means Business: Think Big, Bold & Fearlessly
Be inspired by Anu Bidani founder of Stem Minds with her presentation Think big, bold and fearlessly. Stem Minds is social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs for children ages 4-18.

Next on the agenda is a panel of female business owners talking about their experience in BACD's Women's Entrepreneurship Program and Starter Company Plus Program.

Finishing with the Ask/Give/Networking segment
BACD Entrepreneurial Programs
Next Cohort starts February 2021
Starter Company PLUS is a great opportunity for existing business owners who are market ready/ready to sell to expand their business through hiring employees, contractors or getting a location or buying a business in Durham Region - a grant of up to $5,000. Apply Now
Get your business online with help from the Digital Main Street Squad

Our FREE digital services squad can help you with:
  • Creating graphics for social media
  • Creating a content calendar
  • Brainstorming ideas and strategies for marketing
  • Help revamping your website and graphics
  • Reviewing your Google My Business
  • Reviewing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Learning about tools such as Canva, Pixlr and Snapseed to name a view
Connect with our Team Leads Orzala Quddusi and Jamie Nowe and today!
BACD Services for New and Existing Businesses
Meet with a BACD Business Advisor
BACD offers a number of services to support businesses throughout their business cycle - from startup to growth to established including one to one meetings. Learn more about our advisors here

Book an appointment with an advisor today! Email us today or call 905-668-4949
The BACD Expert Network continues to expand to provide businesses with expert advice. These local service providers are ready to help you grow your business.
Meet BACD Expert Member
Ana Fernandes, Abrisuite
Meet Ana Fernandes, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Abrisuite, an IT Consulting Business offering Digital Transformation focusing on Business Processes. Simply, they provide solutions that work.

IT can be complex and Abrisuite helps solve those integration issues for businesses in all areas of IT and Cybersecurity.

Get $20,000 in IT Services to transform your business in this Giveaway Contest - Enter here

Starter Company Plus Client - Mike Shoreman
In this episode, Patrice Esper speaks to Mike Shoreman. Mike is a motivational speaker and author. He is a former paddleboarding coach, mental health advocate and ambassador for several non profit organizations.

Winner of Canada's Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition: Speaker Slam and the 2020 International Stand Up Paddleboarding Man of the Year Award, he has recently release his own book: Crash and Rise: Diaries of the Unbalanced Paddleboarder.
Connect with Mike: Website | Facebook | Instagram
BACD Business Workshop and Webinars
Thu, Feb 4, 2021 5:00 PM EST
How to OPTIMIZE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA content Almost Instantly
Wed, Feb 9, 2021 4:30 PM EST
How to Get Started With Online Courses
Wed, Feb 10, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Maker Meet Up - Copywriting & Captions
Thu, Feb 11, 2021 9:30 AM EST
CRA Webinar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals
Thu, Feb 11, 2021 6:30 PM EST
Want to learn the uncommon secrets to BOOSTING your Google My Business?
Wed, Feb 17, 2021 9:30 AM EST
Improve your website searchability with SEO
Tue, Feb 23, 2021 12:30 PM EST
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch
Wed, Mar 10, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Maker Meet Up - All Things Media!
FREE Business 101 Workshops - REGISTER NOW
BACD Business Fundamental Workshops
Start working on the the next steps in your business with these free virtual sessions. Presented by one of our business advisors, we provide you with resources, answers to questions you might have and leave with an action plan. Take them in any order. We repeat them monthly.

Start Up Session: February 3; 9; 17; 24
Business Planning: February 4
Business Plan Masterclass: February 10; 23
Marketing & Sales: February 16
Financials & Operations: February 25
An original podcast from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. This podcast is different from other financial podcasts as it takes a business to business perspective, speaking directly to financial educators as opposed to providing tips directly to the consumer. We bring up key issues, trends and tips as they relate to financial education for many different audiences.
February 11 | 10 - 12 PM
Speaker: Mitch Joel - Bestselling author and founder of Six Pixels Group - an advisory, investing and content producing company. Mitch Joel has created a simple and practical strategy to help your business define its true Content Centre of Excellence. In this webinar, you'll learn about how to build, nurture or mature a content center of excellence. Presented by QuickBooks.
February 16 | 10 - 12 PM
Using a free, confidential online tool based on the B Corp assessment, you will learn how to develop novel metrics of success by measuring your company’s current impact in the following areas:governance; employees; community and environment.
Presented by Enterprise Toronto.
More events can be found on the Invest Durham calendar and from local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
"The best way to protect employees, customers and your business is to be aware of legal requirements and aim higher," says Trevor Beauchamp, WSPS' Director, Field Logistics. "Compliance doesn't guarantee a safe workplace. It's a starting point, not an end point." Read Article
WSPS assembled five common concerns shared by employers and employees, and have asked WSPS experts for their insights, and identified useful resources. Read Article
The Ontario Government's new grant provides a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help eligible small business owners during this challenging period. The grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown. Visit website for more info
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
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