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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!

Summer Company

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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New Program – Starter Company Plus!

Starter Company Plus

New Program from the BACD! We have launched a new program, Starter Company Plus designed to provide budding entrepreneurs and existing business owners with experiential business training, skills development, mentoring and a chance to win $5000 in seed capital to help them start, grow or buy a small business. The program is for those 18…

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How to use LinkedIn to Convert higher Paying Clients

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Join Leslie Hughes from PUNCH!media as she takes you through how to convert higher paying clients through LinkedIn This advanced workshop is designed for those who already have a sold understanding of LinkedIn and want to take their sales approach to a whole new level. Topics include: How to turn a cold call into a…

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Financial Seminars for Small Business

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There will be Financial Education seminars held at the BACD over the next several months to help entrepreneurs and small businesses expand their knowledge on Financials as it related to their business. These sessions are free of charge and are presented by members of the CPA Association. Topics include: Understanding Financial Statements Financial Survival for…

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Trade Show tips for Entrepreneurs

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Thinking about being an exhibitor at a trade show in order to promote your company and its offerings? There are some important things you may need to consider: Preparing your budget. Before signing up to be an exhibitor, consider the pricing and quality of your trade show booth within your budget. Sometimes it can be…

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7 Different Ways to Grow and Develop your Business

“If you don’t get big, you are toast!” Ken Morse, Professor MIT. This article talks to the options of growing your business, most of us hope our business will at least develop if not grow.  It discusses what Growth Scenarios you can consider and decide to make the Right Decisions and to Take Action on…

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Close More Deals By Doing This

Jill Konrath is one of the sales gurus I love to read about.  Her advice is practical, no nonsense and gets right to the point.  One of the topics I often talk about is “Following Up”.   So much potential business is left on the table because we don’t follow up.  If you looked at…

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Unconventional Productivity

Being productive is an essential skill for success. As the author, Leo Babauta, points outs there are three things that humans tend to do when unproductive, such as doing busy work, being distracted by other work, or not focusing on the important work. What if we could unlock the keys to productivity? It would make…

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Second Start Winners Profile

Second Start Winners

Abounding Grace Home Care Services Gale Salmon | Client Care Director Greetings!  My name is Gale Salmon, Founder and Care Director of Abounding Grace Home Care Services. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years where I gained experience in roles of Governance, Quality Control and Client Service Management.…

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Success Story – Everybuddies Fitness

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Every Buddies Fitness – with Owner/Founder Stacey Chappell Every Buddies Fitness is the “anti gym” of fitness and offers a fun and friendly approach to fitness. We offer one-on-one Personal Training, Bring your Buds Partner Training, and Outdoor Bootcamp classes suitable to all fitness levels. I was inspired to start Every Buddies Fitness after working at a commercial gym for 7 years. I saw…

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15 year old starts his own business – Summer Company

Written by Sam Yacob Ever since I was in elementary school I had always wanted to do something cool in my life. I wanted to build companies in the way that Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, and the likes had once done. It was in my grade 9 year when I heard about the summer company…

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What’s Killing Content Marketing?

A great article on why our blogs and social media posts don’t always convert our clients into action.  Sometimes I wonder if our clients are even checking out our social media feeds – mostly my content is not original or created by us because I feel that the content is already out there.  I see…

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Content Marketing – Part 1

What is a content marketer? A content marketer is one who uses a “strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience.” In doing so content marketers are able to create profitable customer action such as buying your product.

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Meridian Business Banking. Welcome to Different

We are proud to have Meridian as our Executive Sponsor. We have many happy clients working with Meridian for their business banking and financial requirements as they start up and grow. I’d like you to consider their offering. It’s very important for you, the business owner to have a relationship with your financial institution and…

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Whitby and Ontario Dominates Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Below is a press release from Futurpreneur Canada, the official host of Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada, naming Whitby as the Top Entrepreneurial Hot Spot for last week’s “Do It In Durham” Futurpreneur Canada names Whitby, Ontario Canada’s top entrepreneurial hot spot for hosting the most GEW events per capita  For immediate release Toronto, Ontario, November…

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We're Bring Unsexy Back to Entrepreneurship

I recently read this article that really made me feel good and proud of the businesses that we work with here at the Business Advisory Centre Durham. For so long, the focus has been on Tech, that I could not help to sometimes feel deflated or discouraged for all our clients, working in “unsexy” businesses…

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Why You Need a Strategy Map!

Patrice recently met with one of her clients and they were discussing feeling overwhelmed with what needed to be done next to move her goals forward.  With Patrice’s suggestion, they both started working on a Strategy Map.  Nothing delights us more than knowing we are helping our clients help themselves! Helping you develop your business and…

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What Social Media Platform is the Best for Business?

Written by Jill Kennedy of That’s the Idea New business owners often ask what social media channel trumps all. The short answer: there is not one. The longer answer: Your business and my business and someone else’s business may gain the most presence from different channels. You should discern what channel is best for your…

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5 Steps to Seriously Improve Your Networking Skills

We are deep into the dog days of summer.  Out of office notifications, charity golf tournaments, and outdoor festivals dominate the small business market.  This means that you need to capitalize on any opportunities available.  How do you do that?  Simple.  The following article, courtesy of the always resourceful www.entrepreneur.com, has a great read about…

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Link Love!

While browsing over the last few weeks, I came across some really good resources for you to get stuck into!  I was talking yesterday during our Business Basics Operations Workshop and one of the key points of success as the business owner is to focus on your skills and knowledge by working on the business as…

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What the Color of Your Logo Says About Your Company

The saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”; what does your logo say about your business? It takes not only a talented designer to create an image, but a savvy marketer to ensure your logo makes sense for your business. This article and awesome infographic will help you determine one of the most…

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List of Free Marketing Tools

I found Flora Pang’s blog Startup Marketing Strategies & Best Practices a very useful website with great content and a fellow Canadian!.  Flora has a great list of Free Marketing Tools that you’ve got to check out. The tools are excellent and they cover: [checklist type=”eg. checked, dotted, arrowed” margin_bottom=”no”] Search Engine Optimization Tools – includes keyword…

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10 Red Flags that will get you Audited

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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