MARCH 2020
30 ways to market your business for FREE
Great tips and ideas for marketing your business. From social media to giveaway ideas, there's definitely something you can do to refresh your marketing plan for 2020. Read Article

Article researched and written by Debora Kabikwa, Durham College student interning at BACD.
BACD Grant Programs 2020
Are you a student looking to start your own business this summer?

The best student job for the summer is your own business!

Summer Company program is open to students aged 15 - 29 returning to full time education in the Fall. The program offers business training, mentoring and a grant of up to $3,000.

Deadline to apply May 17th . APPLY NOW
Apply now for the Women's Entrepreneurship Program
Offering entrepreneurial women virtual & in-person business support to help start a new business, plus access to apply for a $2,000 microloan.

Starter Company Plus Grant Program
The Starter Company Plus program provides training, mentoring and an opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000. This grant program is for 'market ready' businesses in Durham Region.

Meet our BACD Experts
Shaelene McGinnis , Books In Line Professional Services Inc.
Shaelene McInnis is the founder and CEO of Books In Line, an accounting company located in Durham Region. Books In Line started in the basement of her home and now, just 6 years later, has a number of offices and 10 employees. For the past 15 years, Shaelene has been partnering with entrepreneurs and small business owners. Shaelene and her team are passionate about empowering people when it comes to their money.

Services in include: Bookkeeping Services, CRA Audits, Payroll & Remittances, Personal Income Tax.

Check Books in Line's website for more information.
Stephan Orlob , BizMetrics Inc.
BizMetrics is a boutique marketing and consulting firm serving Durham and the GTA. They specialize in supporting start ups and entrepreneurs looking to grow their business focusing on the core issues and develop strategies to profitably achieve your business objectives.

Services include Marketing, Business Development, Business Plans, Strategic Growth Plans, Securing Funding to Start or Grow Your Business, Lead Generation & Management, Optimizing Your Business and Research & Data Analytics.

Visit their website for more information.
Tony Orsi , Bereskin & Parr
Tony Orsi is a patent agent and partner with the Intellectual Property law firm of Bereskin & Parr. He focuses on helping individuals, startups, companies, colleges and universities obtain patents for their inventions in a wide variety of areas including medical devices, electrical and computer technology, software, mechanical and clean-tech.

Visit their website for more information
Attend a BACD Networking Event or Expert Workshop
UP Sales Talks Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 4
8:00am - 12:00pm
Audley Recreation Centre, 1955 Audley Rd, Ajax
Small Claims Court for Small Businesses
Thursday, March 5
9:30am - 12:30pm
BACD Offices, Whitby
Maker Meet Up
Wednesday, March 11
10:00am - 11:30am
BACD Offices, Whitby
Canada Revenue Agency Tax Seminar
Thursday, March 12
9:30am - 11:30am
BACD Offices, Whitby
Build a Website Day
Thursday, March 19
8:30am - 4:30pm
BACD Offices, Whitby
BACD Biz Lunch
Tuesday March 24
12pm - 2pm
Makimono Japanese Restaurant, Ajax
Drive Foot Traffic Using Social Media
Tuesday March 31
9:30am - 12pm
BACD Offices, Whitby
Free Business Fundamentals Workshops in March 2020

Start Up Session ; March 3, March 12, March 18, March 25
Business Planning : March 10
Marketing & Sales : March 18
Financials & Operations : March 26

For BACD's event listing, please visit our website:
Local News & Events
Fraud Prevention Awareness with Officer Martin Franssen
Thursday, March 12
3:30pm - 5:30pm
AWCCU Financial, 322 King Street West, Oshawa
Pepper North Artisan Foods, Oshawa based food company (and BACD client) is featured in the HOT ONES episode featuring Margot Robbie, actress and Academy Award nominee. See her being interviewed by host Sean Evans as she eats a progressively spicy chicken wing including Pepper North's sauce.
Check it out.... View Video
DRAGONS’ DEN Open Auditions - Oshawa
Wednesday, March 11 , 11am - 6pm
Durham College Student Services Building
Room SSB 116, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa

The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development to PITCH and appear on the CBC Dragon's Den tv show on season 15.
Apply online or in person.
South Lake Futures Funding & Loans for Township of Brock

Business Loans from $1,000 to $250,000* Flexibility on terms, collateral, and credit ratings. No penalties for early payout.
Available to businesses and social enterprises in the Town of East Gwillimbury, Town of Georgina, and Township of Brock.

For more details, please contact: Tom Ross , Business Loans Officer
Microfinance for Small Business
BACD and AWCCU have partnered to offer businesses an opportunity to receive microfinance of up to $10K. AWCCU say they look beyond your credit history when considering this for your business.

To learn more visit our website or contact a BACD business advisor
Website Hosting from GreenGeeks
GreenGeeks web hosting platform is specially engineered to perform while being environmentally friendly. Experience the best speed technology, better security, and down-to-earth technical support. Hosting starts at $2.95 per month. FAST, SCALABLE & ECO-FRIENDly.

If you have hosting elsewhere and it is coming up for renewal, now is the time to switch. GreenGeeks services also offers free website migration
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsor
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