Business Strategy

Starter Company Plus – Seed funding now accepting applications!

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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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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Microfinancing Program Now Available!

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 Conference –

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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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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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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Digital Durham Symposium – November 1, 2018

Join BACD and the Town of Whitby for Digital Durham Symposium 2018 A one day event for small businesses to learn about digital tools to grow their business. Digital Durham was created through the partnership of the BACD (Business Advisory Centre Durham) and the Town of Whitby.  This initiative is to help main street businesses use…

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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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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

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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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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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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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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