Whether you are looking to start your own business or grow your business, the Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) can provide you with the roadmap, guidance, tools and resources to make it happen. Our team of certified business advisors are entrepreneurs themselves and passionate about supporting economic growth in Durham Region.

The Business Advisory Centre Durham is a Not-for-profit started in 1999 and funded in partnership by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Regional Municipality of Durham.

We are one of 54 SBEC’s (Small Business Enterprise Centres – SBC Ontario) in Ontario and we strive to inspire entrepreneurs to build successful businesses in Durham Region!

Our services to support you:

  • Business Advisory Services (free for Durham Region)
  • Business Training (Mentoring & Workshops)
  • Entrepreneurship Funding Programs
  • Networking Opportunities

Contact Us to start and grow your business!

VISION

Every entrepreneur we serve achieves business success

MISSION

To inspire people to build successful businesses

VALUES

Fostering a continuous learning culture Serving with integrity and professionalism Strength through partnerships and collaboration Inspiring innovation and driving change Success through empowerment

Meet our BACD Staff Team

Teresa Shaver
CEO

905-668-4949 x222
tshaver@bacd.ca

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Patrice Esper
Business Advisor & Starter Company Program Coordinator

905-668-4949 x227
pesper@bacd.ca

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Marlon Shaw
Business Advisor

905-668-4949 x230
bizadvisor@bacd.ca

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Ashley McBride
Program Administrator, Summer Company & Starter Company

905-668-4949 x226
amcbride@bacd.ca

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Lindy Schulze
Bookkeeper & Admin Coordinator

905-668-4949
accounting@bacd.ca

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Joanne Ferns
My Main Street Ambassador, Town of Whitby, Whitby North

(289) 200-1842
jferns@bacd.ca

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Fari Nooristani
My Main Street Ambassador, Town of Whitby, Whitby South

(416)833-8323
faridss@bacd.ca

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Andrea Rowland
My Main Street Ambassador, City of Oshawa

(905)449-4674
arowland@bacd.ca

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JD Thomas
My Main Street Ambassador, Town of Whitby, Brooklin

(647)201-0152
jthomas@bacd.ca

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Meet our Board Members

Mohamed Bachani
Chair

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Isaac Musial
Vice Chair

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Afshan Ahmad
Secretary

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Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse
Board Member

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Yvonne Brady
Board Member

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Sterling Lee
Board Member

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Simon Gill
Ex- Officio Member

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