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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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