March 15, 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
Has your business been affected by COVID-19?
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
Celebrating Women's History Month
She Means Business Women's Networking Event Think Big, Bold and Fearless - Wednesday, March 24 | 6 - 8 PM
Meet keynote speaker Anu Bidani, founder of Stem Minds.
Anu Bidani is the CEO of STEM Minds, a social enterprise that teaches technology to children ages 4-18. She is a passionate innovator, leader, revenue generator and an entrepreneur.
Next on the agenda is the Women Entrepreneur Panel where female business owners will talk about their experience BACD's Women's Entrepreneurship Program and Starter Company Plus Program, and where they are today in their business development.

The event concludes with our Ask/Give segment, an open sharing opportunity to ASK all the guests for any help/support/connections you may need for your business and to GIVE - share if you have something to give to the guests. Do not miss this event - Register Now
BACD Services for New and Existing Businesses
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.
Digital Main Street
This program offers free digital services to 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.
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.
Mohamed R. Bachani, Unique Accounting Services
Mohamed has over 10 years experience helping Canadian businesses with all their bookkeeping, taxation and accounting needs under one roof. He is connected to all leading professional associations in his industry enabling him to keep up to date on all aspects involved, as well as industry changes.

Mohamed is always cheerful and easy to approach and is a member of Business Network International (BNI), Ajax Pickering Board of Trade, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, Clarington Board of Trade, and frequents most of the networking groups in the region.

Connect with Mohamed: 905-903-7669
Nicole Morais, Crave Doughnuts
If you love doughnuts, you will love this company!
We did this interview 10 months ago after Nicole completed the Starter Company Plus program.

There are located in 102 Lupin Drive, Whitby. There are doing preorders Tuesday-Saturday starting at 9am for next day pickup only. Walk ins are every Wednesday-Sunday from 11-3 OR until sold out!

Visit their website to read how they got started and to order:
BACD Business Workshops and Webinars
Tue, March 16 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Email Marketing Can Still Make you Money
Build your email list and get ideas for content and subject lines.
Tue, March 23 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Improve your website searchability with SEO
Learn the fundamentals of search engine optimization (SEO)
Mon, March 29 | 11 AM - 12 PM
Branding Mistakes and How to Cure Them
Why branding is essential to business and how to build a brand that attracts the right clients.
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.
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. (see full calendar)
Support and Resources for Businesses
More events can be found on the Invest Durham calendar and from local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
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.
Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to open safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online. Grants of up to $5,000 available. Applications open as of February 16, 2021. Learn more
Survive and Grow Beyond the Pandemic with QrME: A Free COVID-19 Health Screening Tool
QrME screening tool offers businesses a digital solution to help with managing visitor information. Approved businesses will receive a unique QR code to be placed at all entrances of their stores to help manage visitors health status and contact details.

For more information, visit or email
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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