October 5 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
Reimagine, Relaunch and Recover your Business!
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. The top 3 small businesses will be selected by a panel of judges winners will be announced on Monday, November 2nd, 2020. Apply Now
Shopify Wholesale Platform
Handshake is a brand new wholesale marketplace built and operated by Shopify. Whether you’re a retailer hoping to round out your catalog or a supplier looking to land new business, Handshake is for you. Learn More
Build your business online with Shopify Program
Oct 8, 12, 22 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn more about the ShopHERE program, including:
  • Who is Digital Main Street?
  • What is ShopHERE?
  • What does it mean to sell online, and why should my business?
  • Do I qualify for this program?
  • What are the costs involved?
  • Do you have any examples of completed websites?
Shopify eCommerce Workshop
Oct 13 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm
This virtual workshop is facilitated by Brendan Quigley, Shopify Partner. Presented by Innovation Cluster Peterborough And The Kawarthas.

  • Understand what makes a good Black Friday/Cyber Monday (BFCM) sale
  • Prepare and improve your Online Store to promote and sell on BFCM
  • Review common Shopify Apps to improve your online store
  • How to use Email Automation to promote your BFCM Sales
  • Understand Shipping Options
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.
BACD Client Pivot Profile
Tracy Turberfield, Durham Region Resident, Mom, Entrepreneur, Evolver
Tracy's COVID-19 experience has been a turbulent one as the travel industry has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. A travel advisor of nearly 20 years, she had to quickly determine how to evolve her own business and pivot her offerings at this time.

With travel restrictions in place and limits on local gatherings, Tracy recognized that people are craving the travel experience more than ever. To fill the gap of people missing researching their destinations, watching videos and counting down to their escape, Tracy is offering LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences. These virtual experience events provide an interactive, live gathering that can be enjoyed from home. The engaging event-style broadcast is perfect for those dreaming of their next trip, looking to connect with others, and learning about a new country.

Connect with Tracy: Facebook
Oct 8 | 4:30 - 6 pm

If you are need a break or just want a change of scenery from all your regular zoom events and want to shake things up a bit, I have just the thing! 😁

Pour a cocktail and join Tracy on a LIVE Trip to the Caribbean from the comfort of your own living room on Oct 8!

This is NOT a webinar. It will be coming to us LIVE from the beautiful island of Antigua where we will meet the locals, hear some Caribbean music, and see some of the sights of the island. Invite your friends and family to join!

Build your skills with BACD's Expert Workshops
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Etsy 101: Launch your Maker Shop
Wed, Oct 7, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Creating PowerPoint Slides that Sparkle!
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 1:00 PM EST
Using Pinterest for Business Growth
Fri, Oct 9, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Branding Mistakes and How to Cure Them
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
Website Essentials: Make Sure You Tick all the Boxes
If you are confused about websites, how SEO and Google ranking works or how to have customers take action on your website, then this is the workshop for!

BACD Business Advisor and Marketing Specialist, Andrea Rowland will take you step by step through:
  • How websites work
  • Domain Registration & Hosting
  • Choosing a web platform
  • Mistakes to avoid
  • How to improve your existing website using SEO and CTAs
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 8, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 27
Business Planning: Oct 14
Marketing & Sales: Oct 22
Financials & Operations: Oct 28
Business Plan Masterclass: Oct 6, Oct 21
Checkout BACD's Services
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
Expert Network - Branding, Marketing and Website Design
Vanessa Sosiak, SIXTH WORKSHOP
Vanessa founded Sixth Workshop in 2003, a boutique branding + communications studio renowned for its creative force and commitment in helping businesses brand for success!
Sixth Workshop has a simple goal… develop creative solutions to communicate with today’s consumers that reach target audiences efficiently and effectively that includes: Branding, Strategies and Positioning, Brand Identity, Marketing, Website Development, Communication and Graphic Design and Internal and external marketing materials, social media, advertising campaigns, brochures, business collateral, signage and displays and trade show booths etc.

Become a sponsor, presenter or event partner!!

We are looking for experts in the following subjects:
Globalization • Pivoting and innovating • Opportunities abroad
Enhancing digital presence • Developing new markets • Sales skills

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