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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 site.bdc.ca/sbwevents to register for one of the BDC events…

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Daisy Raudales Digital Services Support Specialist daisydss@bacd.ca 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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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’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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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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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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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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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 success

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

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 update

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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Change Course

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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UPDATED December 3, 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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Covid 19 Announcement

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

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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211 Blog Post Ideas

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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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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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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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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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 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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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: clovrics@bereskinparr.com 416.957.1163 Tony Orsi torsi@bereskinparr.com 416.957.1175 Bereskin & Parr is an Intellectual Property boutique law…

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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

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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The original article appeared in Fast Company August 2018 Google Docs is a word processor from the Google Suite and gaining in popularity everyday as opposed to Apple Pages or Microsoft Word.  This article gives you 25 tips on how to be a Google Docs Ninja. As an entrepreneur, your days are busy – using…

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It was a brilliant week! I met so many great people, learned a lot, networked, connected and more!  So much excitement from many of the entrepreneurs taking part in this week.  Thank you for your participation, that is what made it successful.  We had over 2,000 people taking part in the 52 events we held…

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In this episode, Teresa Shaver from the Business Advisory Centre Durham talks to BACD Expert Member and Presenter: Orzala Quddusi, Social Media Strategist and Owner of Make it Happen Online. In this interview, Orzala talks about the motives behind starting her business, how she conducts her social media assessment and other services as well tips…

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It’s our favourite time of year again! Do It In Durham is on our horizon.  It’s THE celebration of Entrepreneurship for the Durham Region.  Held during the same week as Global Entrepreneurship Week, there is something for everyone in business and interested in business. Do it in Durham 2019 is here!  Durham Region’s celebration of…

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Rob Ichelson, Canaphem

Teresa Shaver recently interviewed Robbie Ichelson, CEO and Founder of Canaphem. Canaphem worked with BACD for about 2 years refining his business model, value proposition, marketing messages and sales strategy. Since that time, his business has skyrocketed and grown from strength to strength.  His innovative approach to a traditional business model has augmented his success…

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Durham Recruiting Macleans Canadian Business

Congratulations to BACD Client, Durham Recruiting for being recognized as the 15th fastest growing company in Canada by Maclean’s and Canadian Business Magazine On September 12, 2019, Canadian Business and Maclean’s magazine ranked Durham Recruiting as #15 on the 2019 Startup 50 ranking of Canada’s Top New Growth Companies and #1 within the HR Industry! Startup…

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Even in medicine, driving top line sales is critical if you want to survive and continue to meet the needs of your customers. Join us at September’s Up! Practical Sales Talks is Wayne Cockburn, President of The Clinic Network (TCN), a private company that owns and operates 12 chronic pain management clinics across 4 provinces…

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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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Shelley Harrop

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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