October 13 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
Ordering Software for Restaurants
Through this partnership, and with support from PayPal, Ritual will provide their commission-free digital ordering platform, Ritual ONE, to Durham businesses at no cost for the remainder of 2020. Learn more
COVID-19 News
New measures will help businesses reopen safer, rehire faster and recover from COVID-19. If passed, the act will remove hurdles faced by small businesses and allow them to pursue new opportunities – while maintaining or enhancing protections for public health, safety and the environment. Read Press Release
Win $5000 For Your Business
McDougall Insurance and Grenville Mutual Insurance Company have partnered to offer a grand total of $10,000 to small business owners who have been impacted by COVID-19. Grant applications will be accepted from October 1, to October 30, 2020. Apply Now
Pandemic Online Buying Habits
How much of “the new normal” is here to stay? Based on our research, buying habits, like everything else, have changed- maybe forever. Read article
Durham's Entrepreneurship Celebration is
33 days away!

Join us Monday, 16 November for Durham Region's own celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Now in its 8th year, Do It In Durham is brought to you by local businesses and organizations who are already "Doing it in Durham!”. We are currently working on the calendar with some events on the calendar. #DoItInDurham2020 #GEWCanada2020

BACD Client Pivot Profile
In this episode, Teresa Shaver talks to Kaz Merfield, the owner and founder of Ki Health and Wellness. Kaz talks about how her service has helped people through the pandemic and strategies to be physically and mentally healthy during these times. Watch Video

Her mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. By providing her clients with detailed information about their health and wellness concerns, Kaz is able to work with them to attain their physical goal through the magic of massage therapy.
Phone: 905-725-1741
BACD Client Pivot Profile
Audra Leslie, Graymatter Media and Marketing
Graymatter helps its clients develop sound growth strategies to creatively ignite their brands and reach beyond the realm where they currently operate. Audra has over 20 years’ experience in the marketing and media research fields, working with Global, National and Provincial, local, community and not-for profit programs.

Graymatter Marketing Solutions is a full-service firm with experience in all aspects of strategic development. Services include branding and custom design, online strategies, relationship building, web development, SEO, electronic marketing, social media, video creation, media purchasing and custom magazine publishing, which are all key to strong brand growth. Our digital media TV network uses the latest technology to enhance the way your company is providing education, information and support with one of today’s most effective platforms.
Connect with Audra: Phone: (905) 420 1810
Build your skills with BACD's Expert Workshops
Thu, Oct 15, 2020 5:00 PM EST
How to Organize Your Entire Business with Trello
Tue, Oct 20, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Maker Meet Up
Wed, Oct 21, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Business Survival During COVID Times
Thu, Oct 22, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Online Creators Mastermind
Fri, Oct 23, 2020 9:00 AM EST
Monetizing Facebook Groups
Tue, Oct 27, 2020 6:00 PM EST
Website Essentials: Make Sure You Tick all The Boxes
BACD FREE Business Fundamental Training Workshops
Start Up Session: Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 27
Business Planning: Oct 14
Marketing & Sales: Oct 22
Financials & Operations: Oct 28
Business Plan Masterclass: Oct 21
Partner Events, Workshops and Webinars from across Ontario
COVID-19 Resources
Reopening Guidance Free Webinars and Online Events

*Webinars were developed based on guidelines that had been published and available up to and including the following dates - Retail Sector: June 11, Food Service Sector: August 7, Manufacturing Sector: June 16, Personal Care Service Sector: August 7, Events and Festivals: July 27 and Gym and Fitness Services Sector: August 17. Effective July 7, the use of non-medical masks or face coverings are now required in all indoor public spaces. 
Oct 14 | 9 - 10 am
Presented by Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre.
Oct 14 | 9 am - 3:30 pm
Whitby Chamber of Commerce
Oct 14 | 9 am - 3:30 pm
Learn how to create a cash flow forecast; how to improve your cash flow and sources of cash to grow your business. Presented by City of Toronto + Toronto Workforce Innovation Group.
Oct 14 | 11 am - 12 pm
Join Jacob Angemeer, Partner at MNP and Tushar Goel, Manager at MNP for this informative webinar on the tax benefits of each business structure. Presented by Brampton SBC.
Oct 15 | 2:30 - 4 pm
Join this webinar, designed to help reinvent and rebuild your business. We will tackle such topics as: Space & Atmosphere; Operations; Staff & Service; Guests; Financials and Menu. Presented by Waterloo Region Small Business Centre (SBD) and The Fifteen Group.
Small Business Week 2020
Join entrepreneurs every for BDC Small Business Week™ activities under the theme Forging the Way Forward starting October 18th.

This year they will be:
  • Recognizing the resilience of Canadian entrepreneurs
  • Looking at what has changed for Canadian businesses
  • Exploring how to build a future in these uncertain times

Visit to register for one of the BDC events
Partner Small Business Week Events

Oct 19 | 10 - 10:30 am
Join Markus for this online meditation session that will consist of 15-20 minutes of guided explanation and finish with a guided practice. You can expect to walk away feeling more aware of how to manage your stress in light of challenging circumstances. Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC).

Oct 19 | 1 - 2 pm
Learn how to tap into already existing data and sources to help you analyze your industry, competitors, financing opportunities and current and potential customers. Discover how this knowledge can inform your key business decisions, by learning how to ask the right questions, collect key data and interpret that information. Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC).

Oct 19 | 1 - 3 pm
Join powerful female entrepreneurs Jacquie Somerville and Sharla Brown and learn how they made the shifts necessary to not only survive during these crazy times, but to thrive by taking their enterprises to a whole new level online. Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC)

Oct 19 - 23
Business Week 2020 is almost here and we are pleased to announce our "Future of Work" Virtual Speaker Series! During the week of October 19th to the 23rd there will be multiple webinars on a wide variety of topics! Presented by the business centre Nipissing Parry Sound

Oct 20 - 23
Xcelerate Summit - 96 hours – 15 talks
Learn practical techniques and participate in business engagement opportunities through an agenda packed with a keynote presentation, workshops and a brand new lineup on the Presidents Panel. Presented by Greater Barrie Business Enterprise Centre.

Oct 21 | 10 - 11 am
John and Mark X. Cronin are the father-son team that founded John’s Crazy Socks. John is an entrepreneur who just happens to have Down syndrome. John’s Crazy Socks is an internationally recognized social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness and show what people with differing abilities can do. Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC).

Oct 21 | 1 - 2 pm
This session will help prepare you and your team for virtual business growth as Heidi shares a selling process that controls the outcome and properly qualifies prospects (instead of having them disqualify you!). Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC).

Oct 22 | 9 am - 3:30 pm
This is a great event for businesses in the start-up or growth stages. It is an opportunity for businesses to get education and inspiration. Presented by Muskoka Small Business Centre.

Oct 22 | 9 am - 3:30 pm
Hear from Summer Company 2020 alumnus and inspiring local teenage entrepreneur Ananya Vishwanath, CEO of VQueues in a fireside chat with Brian Shifman, President & CEO of Vaughan Chamber of Commerce on finding opportunity during uncertain times and adapting to a changing environment as a young entrepreneur. Afterwards, build new connections in interactive virtual networking. Plus, hear a virtual address from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. Presented by Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre

Oct 22 | 1 - 2 pm
Join Steve Robinson from the Canada Revenue Agency as he reviews the following topics for small business owners: Common Tax Errors; Books & Record-keeping; Tips & Best Practices; HST Information; CRA Website and how it can help your small business. Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC).

Oct 23 | 11 am - 12 pm
In this session, Beverley will show you the tricks and the tools needed so you'll spend LESS time on your social media and have more time to tackle other tasks in your business. Work like a pro, keep your social media consistent, fresh and bring in new leads and customers without adding more time and stress! Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC).

Oct 23 | 11 am - 12 pm
Join Markus for this online meditation session that will consist of 15-20 minutes of guided explanation and finish with a guided practice. You can expect to walk away feeling more aware of how to manage your stress in light of challenging circumstances. Presented by Business Resource Centre (BRC).
Checkout BACD's Services
Grow your business with the Digital Transformation Program
Listed below are 3 new digital transformation programs to help small businesses to get online during COVID-19.

ShopHERE - help to get an online store.
Digital Main Street Transformation Grant for main street businesses.
Digital Durham Starter Company Program for businesses operating between 1 to 5 years.

Please contact us via email at today to find out how we can help you to improve your digital footprint and market your business online.
Get business support with our free Advisory Services
Talk to a Business Advisor for free!
We can help you write a business plan, create a marketing or sales strategy. Email us today or call 905-668-4949 and let us know how we can help. By appointment only.
Entrepreneurship Program to help you 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
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