March 1, 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
Working Together Towards Economic Recovery - launch of the new Small Business Centres (SBC) Ontario website
Small Business Centres (SBC) Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of their new website which serves as a hub for 54 existing Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centres (SBECs). Read Press Release
Through funding from the Ontario Government under the Ontario Together Fund initiative, the site has been created to increase access and awareness of Small Business COVID Recovery services available to small businesses.
March is Women's History Month
During this month there will be lots of events celebrating women. Join BACD at the following events. We would love to see you there!
StrikeUP 2021 Digital Conference for Women Entrepreneurs - March 4
FREE virtual conference for women entrepreneurs providing 20 + Visionary & Expert Speakers; 19 Growth Partners; 8 Mentor Meetups including keynote speaker Manjit Minhas from Dragon’s Den. Register
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
Support and Resources for Businesses
Employers - Are you hiring?
CCRW (Government funded service) is offering a 10 week wage subsidy that reimburses 100% of any market (not just minimum wage) for 6 weeks, and 50% for 4 weeks. Up to $5000 per employee or candidate. By sourcing workers with disabilities with a diverse range of skills and abilities who can contribute to your business from day one. They also cover employer training costs and offer HR services such as pre-screening, hosting job fairs and recruitment at no cost. 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
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
Ontario Supporting Young Black Entrepreneurs
The Ontario government is investing $1.2 million over three years to help young Black entrepreneurs and Black-owned tech start-ups access the resources and tools they need to succeed in the province's changing economy. Read the News Release
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.
Funded by the Region of Durham and led by the DWBIA, the online marketplace provides an opportunity for residents to safely explore approximately 600 local products in a single shopping experience and collect purchases through contactless pickup.
Central Counties 2021 Business Support Program
Central Counties Tourism has set aside $400,000 to help offset the costs incurred by businesses to keep customers safe, stay top of mind with consumers and/or modify their business model to stay relevant and accessible. Central Counties will reimburse up to 50% of eligible paid expenses (to a maximum of $15,000) incurred beginning April 1, 2020.  For more info and to apply
BACD Services for New and Existing Businesses
Meet with a BACD Business Advisor virtually!
BACD offers a number of services to support businesses throughout their business cycle including one to one meetings. Learn more about our advisors here or hear their candid stories on YouTube

Book today! Email us or call 905-668-4949
BACD Entrepreneurial Programs
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.
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. Learn more
This program offers free digital services to business over 1 year in operation. Email Orzala Quddusi to book an appointment

ShopHere provides small business and artists with free help to create an e-Commerce website.
For business operating between 1 to 5 years. The program includes digital training, mentoring and grant funding of $2,500 to spend on a digital transformation plan.
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.
Chris Downey, Bloomtools Durham
Chris Downey, a business development and marketing expert has a passion for helping businesses grow through improving their online presence and implementing effective digital marketing strategies.

Services: Website Design, Database Marketing, Online Marketing Print Production, Database Marketing.

Connect with Chris: 905-447-0257
Ashley Michaud, Elemental Growth
In this interview, Ashley talks all about her start-up journey, the importance of balancing your work and your personal health, as well as successful marketing tactics that have worked for her and some great tips for future entrepreneurs!

Connect with Ashley: Website | Facebook
Ashley Michaud’s book: Be the Change from Amazon
BACD Business Workshop and Webinars
Wed, Mar 10, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Maker Meet Up - All Things Media!
Wed, Mar 10, 2021 12:00 PM EST
The Best Social Media Marketing Tools for Success
Thu, Mar 11, 2021 5:30 PM EST
Want to learn the uncommon secrets to BOOSTING your Google My Business?
Tue, Mar 16, 2021 1:30 PM EST
Email Marketing Can Still Make you Money
Tue, Mar 23, 2021 6:30 PM EST
Improve your website searchability with SEO
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 12:30 PM EST
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch
FREE BACD Business Fundamentals Workshops
Start working on the the next steps in your business with these free virtual sessions.

Presented by one of our business advisors, we provide you with resources, answers to questions you might have and leave with an action plan. Take them in any order. We repeat them monthly. See the full calendar
March Dates
Start Up Session:
Business Planning:
Marketing & Sales:
Financials & Operations:
Business Plan Masterclass:
More events can be found on the Invest Durham calendar and from local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
"The best way to protect employees, customers and your business is to be aware of legal requirements and aim higher," says Trevor Beauchamp, WSPS' Director, Field Logistics. "Compliance doesn't guarantee a safe workplace. It's a starting point, not an end point." Read Article

WSPS assembled five common concerns shared by employers and employees, and have asked WSPS experts for their insights, and identified useful resources. Read Article
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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