May 31, 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
May 2021 is our 22nd Anniversary!
Thank you to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Job Creation, Region of Durham, to our board, partners, sponsors and clients for supporting us over the years - and we hope for many more to come!
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2021 Business Count
The Region is seeking information from all businesses including home-based businesses, schools and hospitals, store-fronts, professional offices etc. Gathering data is especially important this year as the Durham Economic Task Force works to support business recovery.

The Region’s Business Count team will be travelling throughout the region and where possible, will not enter businesses to help keep the process safe for everyone.

If you have questions about the count, please contact The Region of Durham at
Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant
The Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant provides one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses in the tourism and travel sector. Learn More
Microloan Fund and Black Business Hub Launch
The Afro Caribbean Business Network Foundation is excited to announce our new MicroLoan Fund to help entrepreneurs of African and Caribbean heritage get access to low interest loans. The program is currently designed to give out loans between $500 and $2500. Learn More
Durham Region Employer Survey
The DWA and the Social Research Centre at Ontario Tech, with significant input from community partners, have worked collaboratively to develop a survey designed to provide significant information on employers in Durham Region.

Your contribution to this process is extremely important and highly valued. The surveys are anonymous and survey results are kept confidential. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. 
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 between 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

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
Starter Company Plus - Next intake July 2021
This entrepreneurial program is for existing business owners operating between 1 to 3 years who are ready to start (market ready/ready to sell) to expand (hiring employees, contractors or getting a location) or buying a business in Durham Region.

The program includes business training, mentorship and an opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000. Visit the webpage to apply and to review the eligibility criteria
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. Learn More
Digital Main Street Program
Receive free digital services from our Digital Main Street squad. This program is available to business over 1 year in operation who have a physical location - (commercial lease or own a commercial building).

To get started CREATE AN ACCOUNT. Or if you are located in Durham Region, you can send an email to and request an appointment.
Digital Main Street ShopHere Program
ShopHere provides small business and artists with free help to create an e-Commerce website.
These local service providers are ready to help you grow your business.
Vanessa Sosiak, Sixth Workshop
Vanessa Sosiak has been developing brand identities and solutions for businesses for 2 decades. Her dynamic approach to design goes beyond the expected and extremely enjoys seeing her clients build profitable companies that stand out in this complex, consumer-driven world. Vanessa has held art direction and creative roles with Monarch Homes, Olde Hide House, Platinum Naturals, Port of Toronto, from start-ups to established firms.

Sixth Workshop services include: Brand Identity, Marketing, Website Development, Communication and Graphic Design,

Connect with Vanessa: | 905 697 5700 | Email
BACD Business Workshops and Webinars
Tuesday, June 8 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Get The Most Out of SOCIAL MEDIA as an Introvert
Learn social media techniques that feel natural to you, types of videos to create for your social media channels, personal content vs business content and marketing strategies to focus on.
Tuesday, June 16 | 10 - 11:30 AM
Maker Meet Up - Product Line Refinement
Join us for this interactive session where we bounce ideas, share tips, tricks in the maker's world. This month we discuss brand identity
Thursday, June 17 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM
CRA Webinar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals
As an employee, you may be able to claim certain home office expenses (work-space-in-the-home expenses, office supplies and certain phone expenses).
Thursday, June 17 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Website Essentials: Make Sure You Tick all The Boxes
In this workshop, we walk you through the steps to creating a website (whether by you or a professional) including domain registration, hosting, platform to choose and factors affecting Google ranking.
Tuesday, June 22 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Resilience & Influence - Activate True Grit During Challenging Times
You are invited to share perspectives and experiences related to qualities of resilience. In so doing, you’ll activate ways to bring out your innate capacity to influence and lead naturally and with confidence. Register
Thursday, June 24 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
How to Get Started With Online Courses
During this session, learn the nuts and bolts of creating an online course – how to teach what you know in an online course, how to record, host and market your course and increase your revenue without working around the clock. Register
Thursday, June 24 | 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Content Planning with Asana
In this workshop you will learn: Benefits of Social Media Calendar; Features of Asana and Planning your social media calendar step by step.
Tuesday, June 25 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Virtual BACD Biz Lunch
Here is an opportunity for you to meet other business owners and to open new relationships - you never know what could transpire from those connections.
Tuesday, June 29 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Finding the ideal customers through market research
Learn WHAT is market research and WHY is market research important; Identifying your target market; Marketplace identification; How to conduct market research and Analyzing your market research findings. Register
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)
June Workshop Dates
Start Up Session: June 2
Business Planning: June 3
Marketing & Sales: June 9
Start Up Session: June 10
Financials & Operations: June 16
Start Up Session: June 16
Business Plan Masterclass: June 22
Start Up Session: June 23
Partner Events and Resources
More events can be found on the Invest Durham calendar and from local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
Free E-Learning Sessions with SBC
Small Business Centres Ontario (SBC) is offering E-Learning sessions for free on their website: There are 3 course types: Business Basics, Start-up and Growth. In addition to the e-learning, SBC offers free workshops. See below.
Monday, June 7 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Writing a Persuasive About Us Page
This session will cover the elements of an effective About Us page as well as provide tips for crafting your own.
Wednesday, June 9 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Creating a Culture of Innovation
In this interactive workshop we will examine WHY a culture of innovation is so important in order to set your business up for long-term success.
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.
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