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Useful Regulatory Information for E-Commerce Businesses

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More and more of our clients are running e-commerce businesses. In fact, it is probably one of the smartest business decisions you could make to provide an omni channel experience for your customers.  The power is in the hands of the consumer and as businesses we need to have opportunities for prospects and customers to…

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Watch March’s Up Sales Video with Jeff Talmey from Town Brewery

March’s Up Practical Sales Talks event was full of cheer when Jeff Talmey, one of the co-founders of Town Brewery, Whitby shared his journey on becoming an entrepreneur and starting his own business. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spgn1RzCr78&t=1s Read the blog created by 1Community1

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PepperNorth Scales Up its Sauce Production

PepperNorth, a client of BACD is featured in March 2019’s edition of Plant, Canadian Manufacturing magazine. Award-winning retail brand moves from a church basement to a full service plant. Ana and Drew Stevens knew their fiery food company was at a crossroads in 2016 when they landed a deal for their hand-made hot sauces to…

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Rebecca Munn Studio Grand Opening

We’re so excited to share the news of one of our clients moving to their new Studio. This is an expansion for Rebecca Munn! This is true testament that hard work pays off. Congratulations on your success. There is not what better way to celebrate than with a party! Come hang out with the best…

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Congratulations to Dragon and Drinks Cafe, Whitby

Drinks & Dragons is a third-wave board game cafe. They provide an amazing space for family, friends, and meeting new friends through the bonding power of board games. To add to the welcoming environment they have a full specialty third wave coffee shop, great snacks and panini sandwiches, and delicious desserts. They want the games,…

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Local Town Brewery’s Jeff Talmey is our March Up Sales Speaker

Local is the direction the world is going. Consumers look for locally produced clothing, locally roasted coffee, locally grown produce, local service providers, locally made products, and so much more. In this session you will hear from Jeff Talmey, co-founder of Town Brewery on how they are building their brand by brewing high quality products,…

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YMCA of Greater Toronto Offers Free Services to Employers

Need help getting the word out about job openings? Through funding from Employment Ontario, YMCA of Greater Toronto offers free services to employers: Recruit and attract the most suitable candidates for your needs Organize job fairs and post your job vacancies on YMCA Job Boards Job placement by providing mentoring and coaching support If required,…

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BACD Launches New Business Bootcamp

This new bootcamp is on Saturday March 23rd and is for anyone who is looking for answers to how to start a business. This 1-day course is perfect if you want to start and grow your part time business or take it full time. It’s an opportunity to work ON your business and plan your…

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Come meet the Founders of Ribitt at the February Up Sales Talks

This month we are proud to have guest speakers Sana Virji & Ribat Chowdhury, Founders of Ribitt. If you want to be inspired then join us on February 20th, at the Whitby Centennial Building to hear this amazing entrepreneurial journey. Click to register Ribat and Sana started their journey with $5 and 5 days as part of…

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WSIB Incentive for businesses

For years, WSIB has a Small Business Health & Safety Program to encourage small businesses to build their health and safety. The incentive was 5% of customers’ annual premium. Now WSIB has increased the incentive to $750 minimum. Here is the amount businesses will receive based on their annual WSIB premium: Premium Incentive $1,000-$1,333 –…

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January 2019’s Up Practical Sales Talks Video

Guest Presenter was local business owner Adam Mitchell, President of Mitchell & Whale Insurance Brokers. Adam is the 3rd generation Mitchell and took over the family brokerage in 2009. Adam will shared his story of how he has grown the business organically over 1000%, while still maintaining a strong retention of existing customers. Last year the brokerage grew…

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Join us at the BACD Biz Hangout – dedicated space for entrepreneurs

Do you want to get out of your home office? Join fellow entrepreneurs in our boardroom, a comfortable place to focus on your work and connect with others from our entrepreneurial community. Drop in for a few hours or stay for the day! We are running this every 2nd Monday at the BACD Offices from 9:30am to…

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Cheese please: 16 types of grilled cheese at new Gangster Cheese restaurant in Whitby

Gangster Cheese plans to launch second food truck this spring Article from WHATSON Jan 13, 2019 by Jillian Follert  Whitby This Week WHITBY —The perfect grilled cheese is both an art and a science — and the owners of downtown Whitby’s newest restaurant think they have it just right. Gangster Cheese opened Dec. 22, featuring more than a dozen types…

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Whitby entrepreneur creating next generation of makers

Rebecca Munn stitches together a successful sewing business in Durham Original Article Jan 14, 2019 by Ian McMillan  Whitby This Week WHITBY — What do you want to do with your life? That’s a question many young people struggle with as they plan their futures beyond high school. But not Rebecca Munn. She knew what she wanted to…

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BACD is open until 8pm every Wednesday

Starting January 16th, every Wednesday BACD will stay open until 8pm. We are offering late night advisory meetings and workshops. Advisory one-on-ones are by appointment only and need to be pre-booked. Contact us to schedule a time now: 905 668 4949 or clientservices@bacd.ca

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Up! Practical Sales Talks now in its 3rd year!

Up! Practical Sales Talks starts on January, 16 2019 with a success local entrepreneur sharing his sales story. This practical and candid sales talks series by experts in the trenches has been a great success. “Not only is this a great business networking opportunity, it is also an inspiration to many local business owners”, says…

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Up Sales – Videos

Here is the list of video’s from the last two year’s of guest speakers. There are some great nuggets of information about sales, growing your business, your business development strategy and so much more! UP! SALES TALK VIDEOS 2018 SERIES November 14, 2018 – RUSS MONTAGUE, President & CEO, Co-Founder Nerd Block October 17, 2018 – AUDREY…

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BACD’s Pitch2Win Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the three winners of the Pitch2WIN Business Competition. This was a great night with 10 local businesses pitching to win 1 of the top 3 prizes in the BACD Pitch2Win Business Competition! We would like to thank everyone who entered. Everyone who stood up and pitched their business that night is a WINNER!…

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BACD Welcomes new board member!

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The Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse to the board!  Her knowledge and experience as an entrepreneur and business owner will complement the mission and vision of the Business Advisory Centre Durham. Teresa Shaver, Executive Director of the BACD, feels that Uchechi will be an asset and a great resource for clients…

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Courtice teen gets startup support for tutoring business

Meet one of clients, Tawfek Abdelwahed, owner of TBT Tutoring. He is taking part the BACD Summer Company program, an Ontario Government program provides students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business. Read the article at durhamregion.com    

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K2O 50 K Paddle Marathon for Autism Ontario

On July 22nd, East of Six SUP (one of our clients) are racing in the 50 K Marathon Paddle Race by stand up paddle board to raise funds and awareness for Autism Ontario! The 50 K, K2O Paddle Marathon is from Burritts Rappids to the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa. It’s going to be a big…

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Ajax Family Physiotherapy adds 2nd location in Bowmanville

Bowmanville Family Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Centre is a new clinic located at 2021 Green Rd., Unit 101, in North Bowmanville. This clinic is an extension of Ajax Family Physiotherapy which is one of the top sports and physical rehabilitation clinics providing the Durham region with Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy services. We identified a need…

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BACD Announces New Business Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 28, 2018 Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) launches new business competition with the finale event to be part of ‘Do It In Durham 2018’ Applications are now open for Durham Region businesses to enter to win $10,000 worth of prizes in the new BACD Pitch2Win business competition. The three top…

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2018 Ontario Budget: A Plan for Care and Opportunity

Today the Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, delivered the 2018 Ontario Budget: “A Plan for Care and Opportunity.” The 2018 Budget makes significant new investments in health care, child care, home care and mental health, and delivers new measures to create more job opportunities for people across the province. It also deliver focuses on…

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Congratulations to Priceless Beauty Studio

BACD and the staff would like to send out a big CONGRATULATIONS to our client, Priceless Beauty Studio for being nominated for ‘Beauty Salon of the Year in Durham Region’ at The Toronto Hair & Beauty Awards 2018. This is an amazing accomplishment with Priceless Beauty Studio only officially opening their studio in October 2017…

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Scaling your business is not about you

A recent interesting article from our ONE Network partner, MaRs speaks about the process of scaling your business and the approach founders take to growthing their business. Growth marketing isn’t magic, however, it requires the right  mindset.  As Einstein’s famous quote says: If you want the same results, keep doing what you have always done. …

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Starter Company Plus! Money, Training AND Mentoring!

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This program is for new and existing businesses.  Receive in depth business training, mentoring and up to $5K in funding to launch or grow your business. The program has 5 full training days (9am – 4pm two times a week) covering Business Concept, Organization, Operations, Customer Relations and Presentation Skills. The program is available from April 1,…

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Summer Company 2018 applications are now open!

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Are you a student with a business idea? Start your own company this summer! Summer Company is a program that provides Ontario students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business. It starts in June / July and finishes by Labour Day. Applications now open ,…

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Employing Young Talent Incentive

Effective January 1, 2018, Ontario’s new Employing Young Talent Incentive (EYTI) is being offered to small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) who hire and retain youth 15 to 29 years old through Employment Service, and to all employers hiring through Youth Job Connection. How it works: As an employer, you benefit from hiring a young…

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How to Optimize your Google My Business Listing

An important first step in any local SEO strategy is to claim and verify your local business’ Google My Business (GMB) listing. Getting on Google My Business can increase your chances of showing up in Google’s Local Pack, Local Finder, Google Maps, and organic rankings in general. Qualifying local businesses can claim this free listing…

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Priceless Beauty of Durham Region is Open!

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Priceless Beauty, a client of The Business Advisory Centre Durham Inc (BACD) is now OPEN!  Priceless Beauty features a feminine chic atmosphere and a warm, knowledgeable staff ready to make every visit a pleasant and memorable experience. Priceless Beauty’s team is constantly researching new products, expanding their knowledge, and enhancing their beauty techniques to stay…

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Ontario’s 2017 Fall Economic Statement

The BACD would like to share this information on behalf of the  Ministry of Finance On November 13th, 2017 the Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, delivered Ontario’s 2017 Fall Economic Statement, unveiling new measures our government is taking to help small businesses lower costs, create opportunities and modernize their relationship with government. These initiatives represent a…

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Do It In Durham – something for everyone!

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Do It In Durham started in 2013 – an initiative to bring together our business community with the goal of celebrating entrepreneurship!  We planned to bring together a number of presenters and partners to collectively put a series of events related to business learning, networking and connecting on a calendar. We want our businesses to…

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The Makers Hub of Durham Region is Open!

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

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Digital Durham launches today!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 18, 2017 DIGITAL DURHAM – PUTTING DURHAM BUSINESSES ON THE DIGITAL MAP! 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…

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Small Business Week

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…

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Meet Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

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. Read…

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New Goodies from a recently attended Conference

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I recently attended the ASBDC Conference (American Small Business Development Centres) in Nashville Tennessee.  It was 4 full days of workshops and keynotes from 8am – 6pm!  We came back with so much information and many new connections. One day was meeting with the Sister Centres of North America’s Network – Canada, The Caribbean, South…

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Marketing is more than you think!

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Original Article Courtesy of Donald Cooper So what is marketing? Customer Research Competitor Research Product Design Quality Availability of your products/services Packaging Presentation of products/services Signage Digital footprint Promotional Materials Your clothing Your tone of voice Your behaviour Your social media content Response time Language used with customers Sales Invoicing Pricing Our policies Our guarantee…

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Loans for entrepreneurs—with mental health issues

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Rise Asset Development is a registered Charity that provides low interest small business loans, free training and mentorship to men and women with a history of mental health and addiction challenges. Rise lends money to the following programs:Small Business, Events, Youth Small Business and a Peer Supported Lending Program. They work across Ontario and work…

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26 Sources of Income

Make Money from Good Ideas… As entrepreneurs it is not enough just to get lots of ideas. We also have to be able to make money from them and find the business model that is right for us. So what different possibilities do we have to make money from a good idea? There is a…

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Google My Business – Free Online Google Listing

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You have your business up and running. Now you want to ensure potential clients and customers can find your business online. Sure, you’ve set up your Facebook and website (or maybe not – but might want to think about it!), but does your business show up on Google Maps when you search for it? If…

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ACCESS Community Capital Fund

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ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a registered charity based in Toronto that provides micro-loans of up to $5,000 for small business and professional development to people living in the GTA with low income, poor credit history or no collateral. MiniMicroLoans up to a maximum of $1,000 Funds used to cover costs for one of the…

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