January 18, 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
What's Happening!
Welcome Marlon Shaw - BACD's new 'virtual' Business Advisor!

Marlon has joined BACD on a contractual basis as a Business Advisor. Marlon brings experience as an entrepreneur, award winning inspirational speaker and as a speaking coach to support their business development.

A lifelong student of personal and professional development, Marlon's audacious goal is to read 50 books each year to increase his expertise and the value he provides to his clients. In 2018, Marlon was awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation, the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Book an appointment with Marlon today!
Email us today or call 905-668-4949 to book an appointment
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.

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, 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.
Summer Company Youth Entrepreneurship Program (for full time students aged 15-29)
We are now accepting applications until May 23rd, 2021.

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.

There are changes to the program due to COVID. Learn more
Next Cohort starts February 2021 - APPLY NOW
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. Learn more
Entrepreneurship Program to help 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
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
  • 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
BACD - Durham's Business Centre

BACD offers a number of services to support businesses throughout their business cycle - from startup to growth to established.

Our services include business guidance, resources, tools and training to support the entrepreneurial community.

Meet with a Business Advisor today!
Email us today or call 905-668-4949 to book an appointment
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 new BACD Expert Member
TUCU Managed IT Services Inc.
Zoe Tsoraklidis is a partner and the Services Coordinator at TUCU Managed IT Services Inc. Zoe spent more than a decade solving problems in small businesses before moving to TUCU - where she continues to solve problems for small business.

SERVICES: IT Setup Services, Cyber Security Services, IT Security Compliance, IT Outsourcing & IT Management for Small Business - whether you have 5 staff or 55 - cyber security management has changed in recent years. We will take care of everything for you.

Contact: 416-292-3300 | Email | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn
BACD Clients
Meet Hannah Youssef of Act1 Interiors

In this episode, Patrice Esper talks with Hannah about how she had to handle and adapt her business to thrive during COVID-19 and tips and tricks to stay on top of your business!

Connect with Hannah:
BACD Business Workshop and Webinars
Tue, Jan 26, 2021 12:30 PM EST
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch
Join us at the BACD BiZ Lunch!
We invite you to join business advisor Patrice Esper and our new virtual advisor Marlon Shaw to connect, network and build relationships online!

This session is open to all businesses.

Please register for the event so we can send you the Zoom link for the event.

Bring your lunch or support a local restaurant and order in!
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
Google My Business
Wed, Feb 17, 2021 9:30 AM EST
Improve your website searchability with SEO
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.

Marketing & Sales: January 19; February 16
Start Up Session: January 21, 27; February 3; 9; 17; 24
Business Plan Masterclass: January 26; February 10; 23
Financials & Operations: January 27; February 25
Business Planning: February 4
January 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18 | 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. Presented by Digital Main Street.
January 19 | 1 - 2:30 PM
Please join the Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce along with, Monique Leroux, Vice-Chairman of Fiera Holdings Inc. and Chair of the Industry Strategy Council, Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Foods, and Ben Cowan-Dewar, Co-founder and CEO of Cabot Links to discuss the Industry Strategy Council and Canada’s economic competitiveness. Presented by by Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
January 19 | 2 - 3:30 PM
This session is an interactive online Q&A session that’ll teach you how to start, grow, or scale your email marketing to make more profit. Presented by by Digital Main Street.
January 19 | 7 - 8 PM
You don't need a big budget to get noticed on the web - you just need creativity! Savvy businesses are using bootstrap digital marketing techniques to amplify their message online. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the tricks and tools needed to market your business effectively on a shoestring budget. Webinar by The Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative.
January 20 | 9:30 - 10:30 AM
COVID-19 had a significant impact on both the economy as well as all of our lives in 2020. We expect that to continue for the months ahead in 2021. As we ring in the new year, we invite you to join Dan Condon and Christine Ashton on January 20, 2021 for a webinar which will address the top concerns for employers as 2021 begins in order to ensure that your business is positioned to thrive in 2021. Presented by APBOT.
January 20 | 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.
January 21 | 12 - 1 PM
Learn how you can diversify your business with specialty crops through our 4-part workshop series led by OMAFRA crop specialists. Presented by Invest Durham.
January 26 | 8 - 9 AM
Listen to Christina Fuda, Mental Health First Aid Coordinator at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences to listen to her talk about supporting our mental health at work during Covid-19. Presented by Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.
January 27 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Return to Work Considerations – Pre & Post COVID Vaccinations
This webinar will cover the key elements for employers when managing COVID-19
related issues. Presented by CBOT.
January 28 | 6 PM
Katie Zeppieri of Girl Talk Speakers sits down with one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women - Bailey Parnell.

Bailey is the Founder and CEO of SkillsCamp - a soft skills training company that works with businesses and educational institutions to help their staff and students develop the essential skills needed for personal and professional success like personal branding, stress-management, emotional intelligence and more. She is also the Founder of #SafeSocial, an organization that helps people understand the impact that social media has on mental health. Presented by Spark Centre in partnership with BACD.
More events can be found on the Invest Durham calendar and from local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
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.
New Ontario Small Business Support Grant to Provide up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses
For employers with non-unionized employees, the government is extending regulatory changes brought forward under the Employment Standards Act to July 3, 2021.
The CPA Canada Financial Literacy Program has put together resources to help small businesses manage their finances in conjunction with tools you needed because of the pandemic. Visit website
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
The government is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the media release
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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