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Steps for Returning to the “New Normal”

June 7, 2020

As part of the Durham Region Economic Development Task Force we hosted a webinar on  “Turning the New ‘Normal’ Into a Big Win!”   The webinar was presented by BACD Client, Durham Recruiting/Durham HR Solutions.  The session was relevant and informative as we all navigate the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and returning to a “new…

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Let’s stand together to make a difference for our community

June 4, 2020

The Business Advisory Centre Durham Inc. (BACD) has always been in support of all businesses in our community. All businesses need access to our services and equal opportunities to start and grow their businesses.  Our diversity adds to the richness of our staff, business community and our Region. We want to take a moment to speak…

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Business community outlines needs on road to recovery

June 2, 2020

Whitby, Ontario – A recent study of hundreds of Durham businesses has revealed that 92 per cent of businesses are concerned that a second wave of COVID-19 could be a barrier to recovery. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause global economic impacts, all Durham-based businesses have been affected by this unprecedented crisis. Now, as mindsets…

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Reopening Ontario after COVID-19

May 25, 2020

Ontario is working through the stage 1 of reopening the province, therefore we have compiled a range of resources to help you navigate through this process. Industry Reopening Guides Beauty / Cosmetology Food Service Construction Business Industry Associations Small Business Funding Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Interest-free loans for small business not receiving CEBA…

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6 Steps to a Successful Financial / Operational Response To COVID-19:

May 8, 2020

There is a deluge of information coming at all of us, particularly a challenge as a small business, an entrepreneur or as a contractor during this pandemic. BACD can help you navigate these unchartered waters and get back to smooth sailing as quickly as possible. First things first, ensure that you, your staff, and your…

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8 things you can do now for your business

8 things you can do now for your business

May 4, 2020

Firstly, stay safe and update your business practices based on the current health advice during COVID-19. Below are 8 actionable ideas to help you weather the storm.   1. Limit expenses/review your cash flow – Now is the time to save cash. That means cutting all non-essential expenses and limiting inventory purchases. Review your subscriptions…

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COVID-19 Support Programs Explained by an Accountant

April 23, 2020

We were fortunate enough to have Mike Libbey of Your Bottom Line present a webinar on April 22, 2020 on the updated programs from various Governments for businesses and individuals because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Watch the presentation here: DISCLAIMER: This information is subject to change. Highlights: Tax Deadlines: Extended Other Deadlines: GST/HST Remittances, filing…

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COVID-19: Ideas, Resources and Tools for pivoting your business

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 has likely changed our world forever and as businesses we will need to adapt to the changes if we want to thrive in these uncertain times. Pivoting is not new, Starbucks started out selling espresso machines and coffee beans in the early 70’s and then realized that there was a large opportunity they were…

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Resources and Information for the Business Community during COVID-19

April 9, 2020

UPDATED June 8, 2020 BACD and our network of 54 offices are gathering as many resources, ideas, solutions as possible for our business community. We know this time is not easy – however, let’s do our best to focus on the present moment. Let’s support each other, our community, our businesses, friends and family. Reach…

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Update on BACD’s Operations due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, businesses, staff and stakeholders, we have made the decision to temporarily close the BACD office and move our advisory meetings and events/workshops to virtual platforms as of Monday March 16th, 2020 until April 5th, 2020 at this time. If you would like to book…

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30 ways to market for free

30 ways to market your business for FREE

March 2, 2020

Article researched and written by Debora Kabikwa, Durham College student interning at BACD. Online and offline marketing go hand-in-hand when it comes to building recognition. We all know the idea of marketing (to promote and advertise products or services), which sounds simple, but can be overwhelming when thinking about the procedures and the tools to…

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Calling all Artists, Artisans, Makers, Sewists and Crafters! Turn your passion into profit!

February 10, 2020

BACD is proud to partner with Bert Notarius for a series of workshops and meetups aimed at helping artists, makers, crafters, sewists and artisans excel in their business dreams and goals. The workshops are $30 each: Feb 26th: Building the Foundation of Success for Your Artisan Business Apr 16th: Intelligent Selling at Craft Shows Jun…

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211 Blog Post Ideas

211 Blog Post Ideas

February 6, 2020

I hear from clients, business owners and entrepreneurs that finding ideas for their blog is one of their biggest challenges.  Content and the marketing thereof is one of the most important strategies for a business today, it’s how you engage your target audience, nurture them and hopefully convert them to customers.  It’s also one of…

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Press Release: Up Sales Bigger and Better for 2020

February 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Durham Region, Ontario UP! Sales Talks, a popular learning and networking business series in the Durham Region, is growing with more speakers in more municipalities! Video created by 1Community1 highlighting Up Sales in 2019  Since 2016, several partners in business, government and non-profit have come together to deliver UP! Sales…

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Durham College intern lends her support to BACD!

January 21, 2020

BACD is happy to welcome Debora Kabwike to our centre!  She will be interning at BACD from Jan 2020 – Apr 2020.  Debora studies Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Durham College and is is currently enrolled in second-year. Her main focus in the future is digital design as well as content creation. A fun…

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Essential Web Homepage Elements

January 17, 2020

In today’s competitive and noisy world, you have to consider more than just the design of your website when building it.  The user’s or customer journey is really paramount to the success of your website.  The functionality and user experience is what is important to you converting customers on your website. In this article, John…

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A great time at BACD’s 2020 Business Kick Off!

January 17, 2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to network and get their year started!  We  had boards around the room to talk about what challenges us in 2019, what works for us in 2019 and then what goals could we work on for 2020. L to R: Farshid (Frank) Dehkordy, Shir Legal, Derek Johnston, Johnston…

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We welcome Bookie Adekanye to BACD!

January 15, 2020

We are pleased to have Bookie Adekanye join us as an intern to expand her knowledge and experience of working with entrepreneurs in Canada.  Say hi to Bookie when you see her! A little about Bookie: Bookie is always excited about working in start-up environments- whether starting up a new operation for an organization, running…

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Intellectual Property Basics with Bereskin & Parr

January 14, 2020

In this video presentation, Teresa Shaver speaks with Tony Orsi and Catherine Lovrics, lawyers at Bereskin & Parr and members of our Expert Network about Intellectual Property – Copyrights and Trademarks. Get in touch with Bereskin & Parr Catherine Loverics: 416.957.1163 Tony Orsi 416.957.1175 Bereskin & Parr is an Intellectual Property boutique law…

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5 TIPS for Creating Social Video Content

January 7, 2020

Looking for ways to boost your brand recognition? If so, social video content is an effective way to attract customers on a large scale. It is what appeals to modern customers because they’re entertaining, engaging and easy to digest. So, here are five tips for creating social video content.   1. Use vertical videos Many businesses…

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SEO Ultimate Guide

Backlinko’s Amazing SEO Guide for 2020 – Let’s Rank!

January 3, 2020

This is really the ultimate guide to local SEO for 2020.  Backlinko walks you step by step, chapter by chapter through: local SEO basics keyword search ranking factors Google My Business onsite local SEO local link building and more! Get started now with their ultimate guide!

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