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

The Makers Hub of Durham Region is Open!

Nov 7, 2017

The Maker’s Hub, a client of The Business Advisory Centre Durham Inc (BACD) is now OPEN!

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It’s a place exclusive to the Maker’ community. A place to help grow the small home-based business. It’s all about community over competition at The Hub.

The main service they offer Makers, is Centralized Customer Pick Ups. Offering convenience, privacy, safety and security, while a providing a great customer facing experience. The Maker’s Hub provides a convenient pick-up location within one of the busiest, growing markets around – Durham Region. The Hub opens up a larger area to market for those Makers not central to Durham Region.

You know what they say, ‘Location Location Location!’. An excellent location can make or break a business and the maker industry is not exempt. Customer retention is a huge part of business growth. Keeping the old customers, while gaining new ones. Without a convenient location, customer retention can be extra challenging. Being local & handmade is after all the backbone of our industry. A great location is something The Maker’s Hub gives the home-based maker.

The Maker’s Hub boasts many additional services to compliment the Maker. Which will include, but not limited to; networking, marketing, workshops and more! All geared for the Maker to assist in business growth and success. You don’t want to miss out!

The Maker’s Hub will be a place that brings Makers to Market.

Connect with Founder Cheryl Wilson at

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Digital Durham launches today!

Oct 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 18, 2017


A new program called Digital Durham has launched in Durham Region with the purpose of helping local businesses improve their digital presence, online marketing strategies and technologies with the goal of increasing revenue and growing their business.

Digital Durham is a partnership with the Town of Whitby and the Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) with a vision of assisting businesses in developing economic sustainability, competitiveness and employment growth in the region.

The program is an adaptation of the Enterprise Toronto Digital Main Street program. Businesses will complete the online Digital Assessment and receive a free ‘how to’ guide of recommendations and links to incorporate in their business.

“Our goal for this program is for businesses to better harness the power of digital marketing and ultimately to do more business online” said Teresa Shaver, Executive Direction of the BACD.  “Every business be it, main street ‘brick and mortar’ or online, needs an engaging digital presence and strategy that helps them grow and increase revenue thereby bringing jobs and wealth to the Region of Durham”.

The program also includes a directory of local digital technology and service companies to assist Durham Businesses building their digital presence.

For more details about the program, please visit the website at:

For more information contact:
Teresa Shaver
Executive Director
(905) 668-4949

Small Business Week

Oct 16, 2017

Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, issued the following statement today on Small Business Week:

“As the Minister Responsible for Small Business, it’s a pleasure to celebrate Small Business Week, a time to recognizing the hard work and incredible contributions of the more than 400,000 small businesses in Ontario.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing good jobs and opportunities for families in communities across the province. From main street storefronts that support us in our daily lives to the entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating jobs and changing the way we do business, we have much to thank small business owners for.

Ontario has one of the most vibrant small business communities in Canada, making up about 98 per cent of businesses in Ontario. That is why our government is committed to continue to work to create the right conditions for small businesses in Ontario to succeed and grow. As we celebrate Small Business Week, I encourage all Ontarians to take this opportunity to celebrate the local small business owners in their community and the many contributions that their hard work, ambition and dedication make to our province.”

Meet Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Sep 15, 2017
Every year profit 500 publishes the ranking of Canada’s 500 fastest growing companies.  They are some of the most exciting companies operating in Canada today.  Read more about their stories and insights.  I am sure there are nuggets of information that you could glean from their stories that you could incorporate in your business.