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Meet Ross Libbey, Your Bottom Line Accounting & Bookkeeping

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Teresa Shaver, Executive Director of the Business Advisory Centre Durham Inc. chats with BACD Expert Network member about their business and the services they offer. Ross is a fun accountant!  He is  a people person and loves to help clients achieve peace of mind by taking care of their accounting, tax and bookkeeping needs. Watch…

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Meet Shelley Harrop of Beyond Insurance

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Beyond Insurance is a member of the BACD’s Expert Network.  As a member, they are committed to helping you get the insurance and coverage you need for your business and personal life! The thought of all the things that can go wrong are enough to keep many business owners up at night. What if you…

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Interview with Jody Swain, Hire and Fire Your Kids

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Hire and Fire Your Kids,  a Behaviour & Chore App is launching on August 17th! It’s A Real World Game, Are You Ready To Play? HIRE your Kids for jobs around the house & FIRE them when they don’t follow the family values and expectations. Watch the Interview here In this interview we speak to Founder…

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Starter Company Plus – Seed funding now accepting applications!

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The Starter Company Plus program is back thank you to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade! The program over the last 5 years has successfully launched over 150 businesses in Durham Region. The program offers: 3 days of business training networking development of sales and marketing skills business planning growth strategies…

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From 31 years at GM, to owning a spa: How this Durham resident started over

Durham’s first Pure + Simple spa opens in Oshawa Article copied from DurhamRegion.com written by Jillian Follert  Oshawa This Week OSHAWA — Last fall, Leslie Seeley was standing at a crossroads that many Durham residents know all too well.General Motors, where she had worked for 31 years, had dropped a bombshell, announcing it was restructuring and…

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Meet Christopher Downey from Bloomtools Durham

Bloomtools Durham is an elite web design and SEO services company serving the Durham Region. Chris and the Bloomtools team will help grow your revenue through improving your online presence and implementing effective digital marketing strategies including web design, search engine optimization, social media management, database marketing, print marketing and much more! To learn more…

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Meet Mohamed R. Bachani from Unique Accounting Services

Mohamed is the founder and president of Unique Accounting Services, an Accounting and Bookkeeping firm that helps Canadian small and medium sized businesses with all their bookkeeping, taxation and accounting. At Unique Accounting Services, we have the experience and expertise to handle all of your accounting and bookkeeping needs, but we also get to know…

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BACD Client Priceless Beauty featured in Pickering News Advertiser

Q&A with award-winning Pickering makeup artist Pamela Price of Priceless Beauty Judi Bobbit of Metroland met up with BACD Client, Pamela Price of Priceless Beauty to talk to her about her award and business. Pamela has been working with BACD for over 6 years and her business has been growing from strength to strength. Pamela…

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Pure + Simple – Now Open in Oshawa!

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Pure + Simple has opened in Oshawa!  Owner Leslie Seeley and her team offer wonderful services to make you feel relaxed, pampered and special!  There are many opening specials going on right now, so give them a call 905.240.6764 If you are new to Pure + Simple, they are an all-natural skincare + wellness spa…

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Meet Erin Rochon, BACD Expert Member

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Erin Rochon is the owner and creator of Rochon & Associates, a boutique bookkeeping firm specializing in working with Legal, Medical and Dental clients, as well as small business owners needing training and mentorship with Quickbooks. With our proactive approach to bookkeeping, we ensure you are up to date on your financials so you can…

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Meet Expert Member – Norm Jolin of n design

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Norm Jolin RGD is the owner and Creative Director at n. design. n. design is a graphic design and marketing company based out of Oshawa Ontario servicing the Greater Toronto Area. We specialize in the strategy and development of company branding and marketing. n. design is a graphic design company of Brand Specialists. We have…

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May Up! Sales Video with Neville Joffe

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Meet Neville Joffe, Author, Executive Educator, Business Coach, Financial Literacy Expert. Having retired from AME Learning after more than 20 years since starting the company, he is back to spending his time and passion (under the Bizwisdom banner), teaching business executives, managers and entrepreneurs how to understand the financial implications of their decisions, always with…

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Microfinancing Program Now Available!

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BACD and AWCCU Financial have partnered to offer Durham Region businesses an opportunity to receive micro loans of up to $10,000. AWCCU Financial looks beyond your credit history when considering a micro loan for your business. This is a unique first to Durham Program for local businesses and entrepreneurs.  Small businesses and entrepreneurs have often had a challenge in…

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Pamela Price from Priceless Beauty Studio voted Makeup Specialist of the Year!

Congratulations to client Pamela Price of Priceless Beauty, Pickering for being voted “Makeup Specialist of the Year for all of the Greater Toronto Area” Her studio is located in Pickering. priceless-beauty.com News Release 28 May 2019 For immediate release Top contenders in the Toronto Hair and Beauty Awards 2019 are to be recognized The Toronto Hair…

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Join us for June’s Up Sales to meet serial entrepreneur Mark Stewart

This month we have Mark Stewart, President and Chief Innovation officer at wonderMakr. During this session, you will be given tools, strategies and ideas that you can apply to your sales strategy and make a difference right away, but most of all- Be INSPIRED to Knock down Doors and Grow Your Business. https://www.wondermakr.com Presentation title:…

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Collision Conference –

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I was fortunate to attend the Collision Conference which wrapped up today here in Toronto at the Enercare Centre.  This conference had so much to offer – World Class Speakers, Celebrities (Timbaland, Seth Rogen), Global Startups (Portugal, Taiwan, US), Professional Development, Mentoring and Fun events. I was blown away by the amount of attendees! Over…

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Watch April’s Up Sales Video

Thank you to sponsors 1Community1 for the video of the event. You gain so much value from seeing other business owners’ journeys. This networking event helps people learn skills, connect with others, as well as inspiring them and giving them new ideas! Do not miss Neville Joffe and his presentation entitled “An Ace Up Your…

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Launch of the Employment Standards Self Service Tool

The Ministry of Labour is excited to announce the launch of the Employment Standards Self Service Tool, available on the ministry’s website at Ontario.ca/ESATools The tool is designed to promote self-reliance amongst workplace parties, making it easier for employers and employees in Ontario to understand and comply with the Employment Standards Act (ESA). It also…

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She Means Business networking event a great success!

On Tuesday, April 23rd the ladies of Durham Region came out to see build relationships, connect and support each other at this networking event. Denise Branton, local female Barrister & Solicitor and Owner of Branton Law was our guest speaker. She gave us her top tips for building your business and learning through our own…

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Join us to hear May Up! Sales Talks Presenter Neville Joffe

Join us this month to hear Neville Joffe, Author, Executive Educator, Business Acumen Training and Financial Literacy Expert. This presentation was developed for the Up! event. Neville attended last month’s UP Sales presentation and created a presentation just for us entitled ‘An Ace Up Your Sleeve’ – How to manage the highs, lows, ups and…

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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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Rebecca Munn Opens New Studio in Whitby

Rebecca Munn offers sewing lessons for all ages. She has been a client at BACD for a number of years and we congratulate her on continuous success and the growth of her business. The new studio is located at 27- 2020 Wentworth Street, Whitby, Ontario. For more information, please visit her website at www.rebeccamunn.com

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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

Mitchell & Whale Insurance

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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