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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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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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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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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Orzala Quddusi Screenshot

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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Ross Libbey Headshot

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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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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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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Erin Rochon Headshot

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Image with a finger pointing to the words Be the Star

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 Resources BACD

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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Rise Asset Development

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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Google MY Business

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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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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“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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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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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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Everybuddies Fitness - Fun & Friendly Training

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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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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