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Tech You Can Use – What is a VPN and do I need one?

May 3, 2021

Meet Zoe Tsoraklidis of TUCU Managed IT Services Inc.  Their mission is to help small business work like big business. With IT security and compliance systems in place – and IT support for your entire team, so that you can achieve your goals and work with ease & security everyday. Tucu are also members of…

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Meet Sheila Hall, Executive Director of the Clarington Board of Trade

April 29, 2021

I am thrilled to chat with Sheila Hall, Executive Director & Economic Development Officer for the Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development about their organization and the good work they are doing in the Durham Region.  I have known Sheila for over 15 years but never really had a chance to chat…

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Thinking about starting your own business, but not sure where to start?

April 9, 2021

Start here with the BACD START-UP CHECKLIST Attend our FREE Business Fundamental Workshops BACD offers weekly business training workshops. These workshops are free to attend and are run weekly by our business advisors. We cover business planning, marketing and sales and financials and operations over three workshops. For the start-up checklist, you can come to…

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Meet Marlene Marco from Heart of Networking

April 7, 2021

This is our first interview with a community partner.  BACD has partnered with Heart of Networking numerous times in the 9 years since they started.  Many businesses get started with BACD and then as they grow their business they network with various different associations and organizations in Durham Region and beyond.   Heart of Networking serves…

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Setting up a welcome series of emails for new subscribers

March 25, 2021

A welcome email series is a series of welcome emails that you set up to automatically send people after they sign up to be a subscriber.  Your new subscriber is most excited as soon as they sign up which makes a welcome email series the best time to introduce yourself and your business, how you can help and…

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Make it Happen Online for your business!

March 15, 2021

Meet Orzala Quddasi, owner of Make It Happen Online and member of the BACD Expert Network  Orzala started small like many small businesses and slowly built her business into a full time business venture over the last 6 years with a number of team members supporting her clients.  Her background is in marketing and business…

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Think Big, Bold and Fearlessly for this She Means Business Event!

March 4, 2021

Our She Means Business event for 2021 has the theme of Think Big, Bold and Fearlessly.  We open with a keynote from Anu Bidani, CEO of STEM Minds, a B Corp certified social enterprise that empowers youth through STEM education. Anu has a 20 year career with Scotibank however, something was lacking for her and…

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Tech You Can Use – Meet Zoe

March 1, 2021

Meet Zoe Tsoraklidis of TUCU Managed IT Services Inc.  Their mission is to help small business work like big business. With IT security and compliance systems in place – and IT support for your entire team, so that you can achieve your goals and work with ease & security everyday. Tucu are also members of…

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Why Business Insurance is a must to protect yourself

February 15, 2021

Meet Stephanie Herrera from McCam Insurance and a member of the BACD Expert Network! Stephanie has spent many years running her own business, starting a non profit, acting and working in the entertainment industry.  She is a dynamic speaker and loves working with businesses and joining McCam Insurance was a natural fit for her. When…

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10 Red Flags that will get you Audited

February 8, 2021

Susan Ward from Small Business Info has an informative article on the 10 Red Flags  that will get the attention of CRA.  These are great tips for entrepreneurs and business owners to follow.  It is so important to not get flagged by the CRA. If you follow these practises you can have peace of mind…

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Digital Transformation is for every business!

February 1, 2021

Meet Ana Fernandes, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Abrisuite, an IT Consulting Business offering Digital Transformation focusing on Business Processes. Simply, they provide solutions that work.  Abrisuite is also a member of BACD’s Expert Network IT can be complex and Abrisuite helps solve those integration issues for businesses in all areas of IT and Cybersecurity. In…

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Payrolling your employees with CADJPRO

January 27, 2021

Garcia Hanson-Francis is the owner of CADJPro Payroll Solutions.  A business payroll, virtual outsourcing and bookkeeping business. Garcia recently joined BACD’s Expert Network and as such, we want to share their expertise with you. CADJPro helps business owners maneuver the economic complexities of running payroll and remain compliant while avoiding the intricacies involved.  Their focus…

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Goal Setting + Business Planning for 2021

January 12, 2021

2020 was a challenging year, testing our resiliency and our business plans.  It’s time to move forward into 2022 and plan for the new year.   Being proactive keeps our priorities on track and our business moving forward to the next level.   Let’s set some business goals – (having goals means we very often meet…

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Digital Main Street -deadline extended!!

November 27, 2020

The deadline for the Digital Main Street Grant program has been extended to December 15. 2020 WORKSHOP: Dec 4. 2020 9:30am How to apply for the grant As part of our mandate to help Durham businesses impacted by COVID-19, the BACD is pleased to facilitate the Digital Main Street program. Digital Main Street is a…

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Highlights: Do It In Durham 2020 – the virtual edition

November 26, 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us Do It In Durham Entrepreneurship Week 2020 – online! 2020 has been a year that no one thought could ever happen. It has challenged people and businesses in so many ways. It has challenged us to think about different ways to do business that would not have been…

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Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training

November 19, 2020

Investment to provide new online resources to help entrepreneurs during COVID-19 NEWS RELEASE November 19, 2020 Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade The Ontario government is investing over $2.2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training to help them make informed financial decisions and navigate the…

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Small Business Week 2020 starts today!

October 19, 2020

Join entrepreneurs everywhere for BDC Small Business Week™ activities under the theme ‘Forging the Way Forward’ This year they will be: Recognizing the resilience of Canadian entrepreneurs Looking at what has changed for Canadian businesses Exploring how to build a future in these uncertain times Visit to register for one of the BDC events…

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Daisy Raudales – Digital Services Support Specialist

September 24, 2020

Daisy Raudales Digital Services Support Specialist Hi there! My name is Daisy and I am a Public Relations and Digital Marketing Specialist. Throughout my education, I have earned an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Digital Media Studies. I am a current freelancer and have a deep passion…

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Free digital services are now available for Durham businesses through Digital Main Street

August 26, 2020

Whitby, Ontario – The Business Advisory Centre Durham and The Regional Municipality of Durham is pleased to announce additional support for businesses in Durham Region to expand their digital presence, adopt innovative tools and explore new training opportunities through Digital Service Squads, as part of the Digital Main Street (DMS) program. Established in 2018, DMS…

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Freelancer/Subcontractor Opportunity

August 6, 2020

Date: August 21, 2020 Digital Main Street Durham Region Service Squad / Small Business Digital Support Specialist The digital support specialists will support local businesses with their digital footprint through working in conjunction with the Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD).  Our Project Leads will coordinate between the business and the digital support specialists to assist…

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Canada Revenue Agency – Resources At a Glance

August 5, 2020

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Support for Businesses – Find COVID-19 support and other programs and services Here, you’ll be asked a few questions about your business and a list of benefits that may help in your situation, along with the links for more information, will be displayed. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Canada Emergency…

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