Digital Durham Starter Company Program

The Digital Durham program is a modified version of the Start Company Plus Program to support Durham Region businesses who do not qualify for the Digital Main Street Program due to being affected by COVID-19.

For existing business operating between 1 to 5 years and can provide proof of existing/current sales who are NOT mainstreet businesses, but have a PHYSICAL location (commercial lease or own a commercial building).

Funded in part by the Region of Durham, businesses will have access to a free Digital Services Squad to help you with expanding your web/digital presence, training and mentoring.

Next cohort is in the FALL 2021.  Please apply and we will add you to a waitlist.

The Program provides:

  • 2.5 hours of Digital Training through the Digital Main Street portal
  • 2 hour session on financial projections
  • 3 x 2 hour mentoring / masterclass on Digital Subjects, Legal, Accounting, Marketing etc.
  • The opportunity to receive up to $2,500 in grant funding to help implementing your Digital Transformation Plan

Connect with Patrice Esper, Business Advisor to find out more (905) 668-4949 x227 or fill out an application

This is a competitive process and space is limited.

The Application Process

Complete the ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION online. On completion, you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator to review your application and next steps.

Program Application Participant Completion

  • Submit completed application and signed participant agreement with the Business Advisory Centre Durham INC.
  • Provide copies of business registration, business bank account, SIN# (required if approved for grant funding), and any required licensing documents to your program provider
  • Submit your completed Digital Transformation Plan and cash flow for review by a Grant Committee, if approved by committee, receive grant funding disbursement in 2 installments
  • Provide receipts for proof of contribution to the value of $625 towards their digital transformation plan

Program Participant Requirements

  • Complete mandatory business training as described by BACD
  • Comply with the program guidelines and implement the digital transformation plan and financials included with the application
  • Operate your business on a full-time basis, a minimum average of 35 hours a week
  • Attend 3 mandatory business mentor sessions over 3 months
  • Agree to one site visit by the BACD Program Coordinator
  • Maintain an activity log provided and reviewed by BACD, include time allocations, outline business tasks, operations and marketing activities.
  • Maintain appropriate business records of income and expenditures including receipts which must be submitted to BACD
  • Complete the participant survey at the end of program cycle (1, 2 and 3-year update)
  • Complete a feedback questionnaire
  • Complete client profile interview and program feedback

This program is funded in partnership by Durham Region and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.