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ACCESS Community Capital Fund

Apr 11, 2017

ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a registered charity based in Toronto that provides micro-loans of up to $5,000 for small business and professional development to people living in the GTA with low income, poor credit history or no collateral.

MiniMicroLoans up to a maximum of $1,000 Funds used to cover costs for one of the following two categories:

  • Small Business: Marketing and advertising, inventory (products or supplies) or equipment purchases e.g. flyers, vendor/booth fees, sewing machines etc.
  • Professional Development: A training program or course leading to increased employability or direct employment. Funds can be used to cover tuition costs. The training program or course must not be more than 12 months in duration, e.g. trades, apprenticeships, professional certifications etc.

Read more about Eligibility and Process

MicroLoans up to a maximum of $5,000 (for small business only)

To cover costs for small business in the start-up or expansion phase.

Marketing and advertising: website, exhibition and booth fees, banners, flyers etc.

Inventory: products or supplies

Equipment: rental or purchase

Read more about Eligibility and Process

Up Next Durham

Program to Help Enterprising Youth and Local Business

Apr 10, 2017

upNext Durham

upNext is a three week digital skills development program that offers young adults in Durham the opportunity to get real world experience among many other skills. It’s aim is to help improve participants chances of getting a job or starting their own business.
By linking businesses with the next generation of talent, this program is designed to assist Durham businesses with their social media presence by offering free digital marketing support for two weeks between May and June. By providing young adults with real connections and real experience, local businesses are helping to grow local talent – and keep them here.
The Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) is proud to offer this program, which was first initiated by the Town of Ajax in 2015.

Seeking Participants and Businesses

Participants: Apply now to be one of the first 25 young adults to receive free, unique, ‘hands-on’ training.  After only 3 weeks, you will add skills, references and real world experience to your resume.  In addition, you will meet and collaborate with business and organization leaders from all over Durham Region. Must be 18-24, reside in the Durham Region, and be unemployed or under employed (working under 20 hours/week).
Businesses: Apply now to be one of the first local businesses to receive free, unique assistance with a social media presence. After only four weeks, your business will have assisted in providing young adults with skills, references and real world experience. In addition, your business will benefit from a greater online presence, great exposure as a participating business, and the first opportunity to hire local talent.


To learn more and to apply visit

For more information contact:
Teresa Shaver Executive Director x 222
Please share this program with entrepreneurs in Durham!
Starter Company Plus

New Program – Starter Company Plus!

Apr 5, 2017

New Program from the BACD!

We have launched a new program, Starter Company Plus designed to provide budding entrepreneurs and existing business owners with experiential business training, skills development, mentoring and a chance to win $5000 in seed capital to help them start, grow or buy a small business. The program is for those 18 years of age or older.

The program includes training, mentoring, and the chance at grant money to start and grow your business!



Financial Education

Financial Seminars for Small Business

Mar 16, 2017

There will be Financial Education seminars held at the BACD over the next several months to help entrepreneurs and small businesses expand their knowledge on Financials as it related to their business. These sessions are free of charge and are presented by members of the CPA Association. Topics include:

  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Financial Survival for Entrepreneurs
  • Advanced Financial Statements
  • The Money Side of Business
  • Growth and Expansion
  • Maximizing your Business

To learn more about the individual sessions and to register, please visit