BACD August 17, 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
The Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) is one of 3 organizations managing the Shop Here and Digital Main Street program in Durham Region to help small businesses to get online during COVID-19.

The Whitby BIA manages their members and the Clarington Board of Trade is managing the Municipality of Clarington businesses, please contact them directly for more information or click the links here to be redirected.

ShopHERE provides INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESSES and ARTISTS with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away by providing free help to create an e-commerce website on Shopify.

Digital Main Street For BIA/CBD (mainstreet) businesses who have a commercial space. Free Digital Services Squad to help you with expanding your web/digital presence, training and a grant opportunity of $2,500 to use towards implementing their Digital Transformation Plan (DTP). Grant deadline is October 31, 2020. Digital Services continue to Feb2021.
Businesses who are NOT mainstreet and don't qualify for the above programs, could qualify for BACD's Program. Funded in part by the Region of Durham and Ministry of Ontario, businesses will have access to a free Digital Services Squad to help with expanding of their web/digital presence, training, mentoring and the chance to apply for a grant opportunity of $2,500 for their Digital Transformation Plan.
We are looking for professionals and students who are passionate about supporting small businesses to overcome the challenges of breaking into the digital marketplace and succeed in the “new normal” of retail.

BACD Women's Entrepreneurship Program
Offering women a virtual coaching & mentoring program to help start a new business, plus access to apply for a $2,000 microloan. APPLY NOW
BACD Summer Company Profile
Meet another one of our Summer Company entrepreneurs. These students have started a business this summer. Support them if you can. You can read their profiles on our website
Sara Mckinnon, Muskoka Gems
Muskoka Gems is a jewelry business. I sell homemade bracelets and necklaces, host birthday parties, and have pop up booths at local markets.

In this episode, Patrice Esper from the Business Advisory Centre Durham talks to Elson Yeung, the owner of Elamy Consulting. In this interview, Elson talks about his experience with the BACD and how he is adapting to the COVID-19 situation. For more information about Elson and his company,

Feel free to connect with Elson:
In this episode, Teresa Shaver from the Business Advisory Centre Durham talks to Mohamed Bachani, the owner of Unique Accounting Services and a BACD board member. In this interview, Mohamed talks about why he decided to open up an accounting business, how BACD has helped him, and how his business is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free feel to connect with Mohamed:
This week's BACD Business Events
Tue, Aug 18, 2020 2:00 PM EST
BACD Business Fundamentals: Marketing & Sales
Wed, Aug 19, 2020 3:30 PM EST
BACD Start Up Session
Partner Programs & Funding
Program for women-led businesses such as small retail, sole proprietor and personal service industry to support the reopening, rebuilding and revival of the business.

This immersive online workshop program connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship and practical advice about process modernization and end-to-end digital transformation. It is completely free for businesses and supports firms of any size across Ontario. This program is part of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Reimagining Recovery Framework.
Give local businesses your business today, or join us August 28, 29 and 30 for a national Canada United Weekend. We want the country to shop and dine local to help small businesses recover and kickstart our economy.
Ontario Government wants to hear about the economic impact of COVID-19 is having on your business. Closing date: August 31, 2020 Complete survey now
BACD has partnered with Fempire Builders for a FREE webinar series to help entrepreneurs learn how to expand their business offerings through the power of online courses. These webinars are open to all entrepreneurs.

The Maker's Collective Side Hustle Hub and Side Hustle 101
The Maker's Collective has built a grassroots community, an ecosystem of experts and a system to take your side hustle from idea to action.
Join the Side Hustle Hub's membership community to access resources and tools and a monthly online training session to build the skills you need to take your side hustle to the next level.

Begins September 1st. SIGN UP NOW
Side Hustle 101 is the pathway start and grow your thriving side hustle.

Begins September 8th. SIGN UP NOW
From facial recognition to object detection, new technologies and capabilities can revolutionize your business. Join us as we discuss computer visioning technologies alongside our special guest: Korechi Innovations. Presented by Durham College and Town of Ajax.
Ontario Small Business Centre (SBC) Webinars
In this online webinar, learn steps to consider when launching your food business, including choosing the right business idea, financing options, market research, government regulations and licenses, and more. Presented by Mississauga SBC.
In 2020, Teeny Tiny Summits will be moving to a virtual format featuring a series of three webinars. These webinars virtual Teeny Tiny webinars will shine a light on creative ideas and people in small communities that have made the most of the past few months.
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