business toolbox

UPDATED MARCH 27, 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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Up Sales Collage

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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Makers

Thank you to Star Metroland for writing a profile on the #MakersMovement in the Our Town publication! I was beyond thrilled to be interviewed for it, to suggest local makers and to have BACD Clients from Whitby profiled as well! Congratulations to Rebecca Munn for a great profile in the magazine.  The Maker Movement is alive and…

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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AWCCU FInancial Microfinancing

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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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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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 Toronto

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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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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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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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 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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Social Media Resources BACD

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 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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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, 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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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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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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