January 4, 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
New Year - New Programs
Next Cohort starts February 2021 - APPLY NOW
Starter Company PLUS is a great opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and existing business owners who are ready to start (market ready/ready to sell) to expand (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 help getting online in 2021
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 Jamie Nowe and Orzala Quddusi 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
Meet the new BACD Expert Members
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.
CADJPro Payroll Solutions
CADJPro is a solutions based service for business payroll, offering virtual outsourcing and implementation of new payroll services. A top rated firm, CADJPro helps business owners maneuver the economic complexities of running payroll and remain compliant while avoiding the intricacies involved. View profile

Connect: 647-762-2235 | Email | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter
Make It Happen Services
Make it Happen Services is an online marketing boutique that helps small businesses develop and implement an effective digital marketing strategy using social media and direct email marketing techniques. View Profile

Connect: 416-826-4620 | Email | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest
Nurturing Our Wellbeing
Nurturing Our Wellbeing (N.O.W) offers integrated workplace self-care workshops & webinars.

Services include: Emotional & Mental Health Webinars, Workshops & Seminars; Interactive Lunch & Learns packages; Workplace Mental Wellness Consultation; Self-Care & Wellness Promotion/Workplace Campaigns; Customized Sustainable Mind-Body Guided Practices and Mental Health & Wellness Presentations/Speaking Engagements.

Connect: 647-202-6044 | Email | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube
BACD Clients
BACD Client Profile
Karen McIntosh, Lubu (Love you, Be you)
In this episode, Patrice Esper talks to Karen McIntosh, the owner of Love you, Be you (LUBU). Karen talks about how her business practices have changed since the pandemic and how she has educated herself to better her business. She also talks about networking and gives some tips and tricks!

Connect with Karen: 905-626-2274
BACD Business Events
FREE Business Training Workshops - REGISTER NOW
BACD Business Fundamental Training Workshops
Presented by one of our business advisors, these sessions will provide you with resources to help you complete the next steps in your business journey.

Start Up Session: January 6, 14, 21, 27
Business Planning: January 7
Business Plan Masterclass: January 13, 26
Marketing & Sales: January 19
Financials & Operations: January 27

In this interactive session facilitated by Cheryl Wilson of The Makers Hub and Teresa Shaver from BACD, we will talk about 2020 and what we learned and then plan for a great 2021!

The Maker Meetup strives to create a common space for Artists, Crafters, Makers and Hobbyists to discuss challenges, share successes, create networks and to learn approaches that may grow your own business.
Wed, Jan 13, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Maker Meet Up - Planning for a great 2021!
Thu, Jan 28, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Online Creators Mastermind
Join us for the ongoing membership program

Learn how to:
  • Choosing the right course platform
  • Systemizing your onboarding, processing and management of clients
  • Driving sales to your courses
  • Marketing messages & channels for your courses and offerings
  • Bookkeeping and finances when selling online and in foreign countries
  • Getting your legal ducks in a row for selling online
January 6 | 7 - 8:30 PM
Ever wondered who’s visiting your website, and what they’re doing there? Google Analytics can tell you all of that and more. Discover the fundamentals of Google Analytics in this beginner-level webinar. Presented by The Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative.
January 7 | 10 - 11 AM
This webinar focuses on how prevalent mental illnesses and stigmatized attitudes are in the Canadian workplace. To reduce stigma in the workplace, we will educate your participants first on recognizing signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in the workplace, and then how to respond. Presented in partnership with Bryson Insurance.
January 7, 14, 21, 28 | 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 11 | 10 - 11 AM
This 1-hour virtual workshop is for anyone who thinks their online content is not attracting the right buyers. Spark Centre’s Marketing Advisor, Marie Wiese will guide you through a process so you can succinctly and with authority answer the question, “why should I buy from you?” Your website is part of your sales funnel. Having a clear value proposition improves digital lead generation and sales performance. Presented by Spark Centre.
January 12 & 19 | 10 - 11:30 AM
This course will cover how to distinguish your brand from other brands in terms of associated brand attributes, benefits to users, and/or market segment emphasis. Great brands understand who their potential customers are, how they think, what they need, and very importantly, where they spend their time at. Presented by Ajax Pickering Board of Trade.
January 13 | 2 - 3:30 PM
In this interactive online Q&A session, we'll cover the financials you need to know as a business owner and how to calculate your break-even point. You'll get a unique opportunity to get simple and direct answers from experts about your most pressing financial questions. Presented by Digital Main Street Future Proof Program.
January 13 | 7 - 8:30 PM
There is a great deal to consider when you’re building a new website or redesigning an existing one. This beginner workshop covers everything you need to know, from choosing and registering a domain name, to building the website itself, to making sure it’s secure. Presented by The Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative.
January 14 | 12 - 1 PM
Are you interested in diversifying your business by growing niche and specialty crops? Join us for our 4-part specialty crop workshop series to learn all about producing and marketing specialty crops. The first workshop will focus on specialty crops as a whole, with the following three sessions focusing on several specific specialty crops. Presented by Invest Durham.
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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