March 29, 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
She Means Business: Think Big, Bold & Fearlessly
Thank you for all attending. It was a wonderful night of inspiration and connecting. Thank you to our speakers Anu Bidani, Elaine Dickson, Melissa Malcolm and Lorraine Rodgers. Five lucky winners received a $150 off voucher at and many left with help for their business from the ask/give segment.
Ontario Small Business Grant Submission Deadline - March 31, 2021
The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will be extended for a second round, offering between $10,000 and $20,000 to qualifying businesses. Those that received a payment during the first round will automatically qualify for a second.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Click here to start or resume your application.
Small Business Every Day Initiative - Offer discounted advertisement rates for small business
Metroland community newspapers and CFIB have joined forces to promote the #SmallBusinessEveryDay campaign. By buying a cup of coffee, a cupcake, or ordering takeout everyone can make a big difference to local neighborhood to ultimately to Canada’s economic recovery.

Metroland will be publishing a feature within their papers and online to highlight small businesses in the community. Metroland has also been affected by this crisis, however they understand that partnership and helping local communities at this time of need is essential. Therefore, they are offering discounted advertising rates to small business to be featured in this section on April 8th. Deadline for submission is Thursday, 1 April.

If you are interested in learning more please send a message directly to Laurie McCaig at
BACD Services for New and Existing Businesses
Meet with a Virtual Business Advisor today!
BACD is offering more hours to help business who have been affected with COVID-19. You can meet with an advisor via Zoom or phone. Appointment times are Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm.

Our FREE Advisory Servicesinclude support with:
- Grants and loans
- Regulatory requirements
- Business recovery strategy
- Digital marketing
- eCommerce & tech solutions

To book an appointment, simply contact us: | 905-668-4949
Digital Main Street
This program offers free digital services to main street business over 1 year in operation. Email the project lead at: to book an appointment

ShopHere provides small business and artists with free help to create an e-Commerce website.
Summer Company
For Ontario students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 grant funding and virtual coaching and mentoring to help them start and operate their own business. Accepting applications until May 23rd.
Women's 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.
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.
Shelley Harrop, Beyond Insurance Brokers
The thought of all the things that can go wrong are enough to keep many business owners up at night. What if you suffer a loss or damage to your equipment? What if someone was injured as a result of your work? Investing in business insurance may seem like something you just can’t afford until the worst happens. When the worst happens it can threaten and/or destroy everything you worked so hard for. It doesn’t matter if your business big or small, we can create a business insurance plan that matches your needs. Let Shelley offer her experience and expertise to help you.

Business Insurance, Professional Liability, Commercial Automobile, Administration Bonds, Personal Home and Personal Automobile Insurance

Connect with Shelley: (905) 666-7600 x 29 | Email
Julie Kobrynovich, Physiotherapist & Owner of Fundamentals Physio
In this episode, Teresa talks to Julie Kobrynovich, Physiotherapist & Owner of Fundamentals Physio. In this interview, Julie explains what she has done with her business to adapt to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Connect with Julie: (905) 5765065 | Email
BACD Business Workshops and Webinars
Tue, March 30 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch
Grab your lunch, or a coffee/tea and network with local business owners in this casual virtual networking event.
Wed, March 31 | 9:30 - 11 AM
Home Office Expenses - CRA Webinar
Learn about the 2 methods that you can use to make a claim, eligibility criteria and how to calculate your claim.
Get The Most Out of SOCIAL MEDIA as an Introvert
Learn social media content and techniques that feels natural for you.
Thursday, April 8 | 1 - 2 PM
Overcoming Fear: How to Take Control of Fear Instead of it Controlling You
Learn how to overcome fear in your life and move closer to becoming the best version of yourself.
Tuesday, April 13 | 6 - 7:30 PM
Finding the ideal customers through market research
Learn how to overcome fear in your life and move closer to becoming the best version of yourself.
Wednesday, April 14 | 10 - 11:30 AM
Maker Meet Up – Breaking Through Our Mental Barriers
Breakthrough to the next level and get your mindset on board with your dreams. This event series is creative business types - makers and artists.
Presented by one of our business advisors, we provide you with resources and answers to questions. Take them in any order. These session are repeated them monthly.
Partner Events and Resources
More events can be found on the Invest Durham calendar and from local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
Apr 8 | 9:30 - 10:30 AM 
Back to business – simple technology tools to help you welcome back customers with no stress
As Ontario re-opens this Spring, join us for an engaging conversation on how you can use easy to manage technology tools to safely welcome back your customers. Presented by the WRSBC. REGISTER
BACD partnered with Ownr!
You can digitally register or incorporate your business in minutes with all the business documentation and filings to help you remain compliant.
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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