Achieve Business Success with Us!
Whether you are looking to grow your small business or have a brilliant idea to start a new venture, the Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) has the tools and resources to help you make it happen. If you are seeking advice and guidance regarding your business, look no further!
Start, grow and expand your business in Durham Region. Durham is home to 8 municipalities. Ajax, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Whitby, Scugog, Uxbridge and the Township of Brock.
VISION: Every entrepreneur we serve achieves business success
MISSION: To inspire people to build successful businesses
- Fostering a continuous learning culture
- Serving with integrity and professionalism
- Strength through partnerships and collaboration
- Inspiring innovation and driving change
- Success through empowerment
The Business Advisory Centre Durham is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1999. We are funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Regional Municipality of Durham.
We are one of 54 SBEC’s (Small Business Enterprise Centres) in Ontario and we strive to inspire entrepreneurs to build successful businesses! We guide our clients to increase their chance of success and survival by providing:
- Business Advisory Services
- Business Training. Mentoring & Workshops
- Entrepreneurship Funding Programs
- Networking Opportunities
We assist clients with skills, knowledge, tools and connections to launch and grow successful businesses within the Region of Durham. Our office is located in Whitby and we serve all the municipalities of Durham Region (Ajax, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Whitby, Scugog, Uxbridge and Township of Brock). Generally our clients are in mainstream businesses account for 85% of Canada’s economy and not creating an invention or product with intellectual property. By helping our clients be successful, we assist them in creating economic wealth through job creation and retention.
Our advisory services are free - if we can help you create a business that's successful and making money - then you have money to spend and invest in the Durham Region. This has a positive impact on our region in many ways including supporting local businesses, creating local jobs and keeping the $ investment here.
To date, we have served over 10,000 clients who have created over 2000 businesses!
Meet Our Team
Chair: Francesca Schettini, by Francesca, xo Weddings
Voted the top florist, wedding designer and planner for Toronto and Durham Region, Francesca is certified in Wedding Planning, Event and Hospitality Management, Finance and Budgeting. Her designer background sets her apart from the rest with a keen eye for color, floral composition, textures and style.
Early in her career she was a regular guest on daytime Durham, Topic Lifestyle and even co-produced, designed and hosted her own show on Rogers TV called “Design My Party” for the creative moms at heart.
Francesca has been part of many not-for-profit boards in the past and has volunteered her time for Autism Ontario, Kidney Foundation, Habitat for Humanity to name a few.
Vice Chair: Isaac Musial, Partner and Principal Operator, Compass Wealth Partners
Isaac is a partner and principal operator of Durham Region based Financial Services firm Compass Wealth Partners. He specializes in helping his clients realize their life-long financial dreams by putting a plan into place to help them succeed. His main focus is helping to create and maintain investment portfolios and implementing tax & risk strategies through careful insurance planning.
Isaac has experience from his previous career helping business owners solve complex problems. He is an active member in the business community as a member of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. Along with his role on the BACD board, he also sits on the Oshawa Downtown BIA Marketing Committee. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy.
In his free time, Isaac enjoys spending time with his young family but especially enjoys cycling, hiking and jogging. Isaac feels strongly about giving back to the community and as a result he actively supports various community initiatives through his firm’s “Compass Wealth Cares” program dedicated to helping those who are in need within the community.
Secretary/Treasurer: Mohamed Rizwan Bachani
Mohamed is the founder and President of Unique Accounting Services, an Accounting and Bookkeeping firm that helps Canadian small and medium sized businesses with their bookkeeping, accounting and taxation needs under one roof.
With over 10 years’ experience providing taxation, accounting and bookkeeping services to businesses of all sizes, Mohamed is the go to person for accounting and taxation.
He is connected to all leading professional associations in his industry, to ensure he meets the highest standards of accounting and bookkeeping, and enabling him to keep up to date on all aspects involved with accounting and bookkeeping and any industry changes.
He is a member of Business Network International (BNI), Ajax Pickering Board of Trade, and frequents most of the networking groups in the region.
Mohamed volunteers his time in the preparation of income tax returns through the CRA’s Community Voluntary income Tax Preparation (CVITP) clinics, working with charitable organizations.
BACD provided an amazing source of support, guidance, training and constructive critiquing, both on a business level as well as personal. The experienced in-house business leaders and staff, combined with their appointed mentors and specialized trainers gave me a much clearer understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. Then BACD gave me the much needed tools and confidence, to help set me off on the right paths to success.
BACD is a fantastic resource for entrepreneurs and businesses. The team of advisors and program facilitators are passionate about small business and are very helpful in providing the resources needed to grow and succeed. I have experienced great success working with BACD over the past 3 years. I would recommend all entrepreneurs to network with the team of advisors and find out how they can achieve business success!
Just an amazing resource with amazing people. So much knowledge and they have a genuine interest and desire to help entrepreneurs and business owners. Amazing!!