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Highlights: Do It In Durham 2020 – the virtual edition

Nov 26, 2020

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 part of the business model or way of doing business in the past. It has also brought many creative and innovative ways to the forefront for many.

This year, we embrace change and challenge through our themes of Digital Tools, Digital Marketing, Business Mindset and Exploring New Markets.

Enjoy, learn, share and connect with us here at BACD – we are here to support you in anyway that we can!

Thank you to our sponsors & partners – we could not have done this without you.


**Monday** started with over 50 people listening to Chair John Henry as he opened the week and shared about the growth of our Region. Simon Gill, Director of Economic Development and Tourism gave a fantastic presentation on the Region, Economic Development and supports for business, we finished with Brandon Pickard, Tourism Manager debuting #ShopDurhamRegion and #SupportLocal.

As business owners and consumers, we have a choice as to where we invest our dollars. Supporting local make sense. Watch the opening

Laura Beauparlant of LabCreative Inc. ran a fantastic workshop on It’s All About Chemistry – Why Brands Success or Fail. Watch event

Colleen Imrie of The Nooks Canada highlighted their Maker Series – another marketplace for local maker businesses. Watch event


**Tuesday**

Women’s Entrepreneurship Going Global  Screen shot of women entrepreneurs
Information, support and resources available for Women entrepreneurs and how to start exporting services and products.  A BIG thank you to guest speakers Karima (KC) Goundiam and Melissa Malcolm who shared their personal experiences. Watch event

 

Reimagine, Recover, Relaunch Panel
Local small business owners on how they overcame the challenges of COVID19 and adapted to the ‘new normal.’ Thank you, Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse, the wonderful moderator for the event and the guest speakers: Frantastic Events, All or Nothing Brewhouse & Distillery, Full Tilt Cycle Durham, and The Maker’s Hub. Wow, so many great pieces of wisdom shared tonight. Watch event


**Wednesday**

Your Virtual Storefront – Shaun Bernstein, The Write Stuff
A robust web presence is integral to being found online. Everyone searches online. Watch event

Speak with Apology to Overthrow Imposter SyndromeGreg Frankson, VoiceShare
Watch as Greg guides the audience to live into the reality of who they are and what they can contribute. Watch event

Sell more of your Current Products & Services with OnlineSamantha King, Fempire Builders
Online courses bring in cash! Learn the nuts and bolts of creating an online course. Watch event

1855 Whitby: Masterclass Our right to Access

Thank you to Chantal Kreviazuk for her beautiful performance.


**Thursday**

Cyber Security for the Business Soul, Darnley Greson JR, DarnIT
S steps to protect your business “online” in this new digital age of working remotely. Watch event

20 Content Ideas for the Holidays – Orzala Quddusi, Make It Happen Online
Creative ideas on how content allows your business to stand out and be unique. Watch event

People Purpose Planet – Social Enterprise ChatJay Fisher, FastStart Durham College. Social enterprises are on the rise! Businesses can solve a social problem and be socially responsible.  Watch event


**Friday**

Developing Effective Business Systems, Judith Tait
Working ON your business, rather than IN it. Creating the time and money freedom they desire. Watch event

Avery Swartz, See you on the Internet
Superbly simple steps to improve your digital marketing both globally and locally. Watch event


There were 49 events!

The presenters of Do It In Durham volunteer their time and expertise. THANK YOU for making our business community what it is!

Introduction to Exporting: New Market Opportunities and Resources to Help You.
A very informative session presented by Daiana Villarreal and Ryan Convery| Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade Download pdf

Raising Capital through Angel Investors – Kristen Marumoto, Spark Angel Network

How To Get Clients and Customers With Google – Brandon Quan, Champions of SEO
This session was packed full of information to help businesses improve their digital assets’ SEO.

How to Get Found on Google Search and MapsM. Yalçın Parmaksız

What’s Brewing – Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Heart of Networking Events

Buying Journey of Your Digital Customer – Ameya Juvekar,  Scaleup42.com

Selling on the Spot Marketplace. Website

Brilliant Catalyst 2nd Anniversary Event Ontario Tech University Website

The Side Hustle Starter Kit, Jeff Mitchell – The Makers Collective
Register for the next Side Hustle Starter Kit session: Register now

Spark Centre Startup Grind In Conversation with the inspirational Anthony Lue

Business Booster Shot: A Panel event hosted by the UNG-Uxbridge Networking Group, led by Annie Hardock.

Do It In Durham Unwind Wrap Up Event – a small group of passionate people joined us for the final hurrah.. it was a long week, made longer by sitting in front of a computer all day – thank you for showing up and celebrating. We had such a fun time chatting and laughing together. Business does not always need to be serious.

 

Canada Revenue Agency – Resources At a Glance

Aug 5, 2020

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 Wage Subsidy – Frequently Asked Questions

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Application Guide

10% Temporary Wage Subsidy – Frequently Asked Questions

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

The CRA also encourages employers who haven’t already done so to sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client, as well as for Direct deposit

Phone Numbers:

Questions about eligibility or how to apply for:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) 
1-833-966-2099
Individual Enquiries (and to get forms) 1-800-959-8281
Business Enquiries 1-800-959-5525
Apply for the CERB (CRA) 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041
Change Course

COVID-19: Ideas, Resources and Tools for pivoting your business

Apr 21, 2020

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 missing to provide coffee in a Eurostyle coffee house.  Businesses need to be innovative, creative and pivot their businesses to stay relevant, adapt to changing technologies, ways of doing business and communicating with their customers.

Over the last few years, we have been working with our businesses to help them automate and integrate software, business processes and business models so that they can potentially scale their business, deliver service online, provide customers a way to engage online with their business or have a flexible lifestyle business.

Well, necessity is the mother of invention, start with asking yourself some questions:

Start with your value proposition – what value do you deliver through your product/service. How do you solve a problem, or save your client time, hassle or money?

Can you:

  • Create complete solutions to meet people’s needs?
  • Fulfill a gap in the market – (in home services, online education etc)
  • Expand your services to include the current COVID-19 situation (e.g. cleaning company – offer sanitation services, mobile auto detailing – sanitizing cars, concierge service – shopping for seniors, Fitness – offering online classes)
  • Can you bundle your services so that they are your products – (yoga teacher offering yoga therapy sessions for back/neck issues from home office set up)
  • What have your customers said they love about you? Offer more of that or turn it into a revenue stream
  • Can you set your customers mind at ease with your protocols for keeping them safe?

Business Process & Systems:

  • Different revenue models – subscriptions, different payment models – offer Paypal and Apple Pay
  • Create new products and services with your existing resources, pivot to coaching programs, try things your customers may need. e.g Freckle Face Jewellery – selling “make your own kits”
  • Connect with partners and together deliver extra value e.g. Kendal Farm Virtual Market bringing together independent artisans, makers and farmers, 12welve Bistro – online food market from local butchers and farmers.  Markets by Dream Day curating gift baskets from local artisans
  • Find a better faster supply chain – restaurants using local delivery services
  • Deliver your service in person / online or direct to the consumer, e.g virtual physiotherapy like Joint Action Physio and Fundamentals Physio, online networking events
  • Automate and integrate software to remove manual processes

Other pivot ideas to get you inspired and fired up:

  • Puzzle and Board game delivery, or create some form of entertainment
  • Help make cocktails and smoothies portable – providing clients an opportunity to create an experience for themselves at  home
  • Offer cancelled customers a deal too good to pass up
  • Teach remotely – Outschool, Task Rabbit, Takelessons.com
  • Create virtual hangouts, online support for those working from home
  • Many businesses are moving online – can you be a tech person for hire to help them transition
  • Create Tutorials based on your expertise
  • Teach businesses how to transfer to an online business
  • Rent gym equipment if you are a fitness boutique, studio, virtual classes
  • Help companies work remotely tech, office set up, staff etc.
  • Can you be a cost cutter consultant?
  • Offer experiences – date night, kids parties, family fun nights, diy kits for adults and kids, virtual baking lessons like Frantastic Treats & Events
  • Curate and aggregate Netflix to certain groups (Chick Flicks, Action Heros)

Being under stress can kill your ability to be creative, crowdsource the solutions by hosting a session with clients and friends looking at opportunities to pivot your business.  Sort through the ideas to see if they could conceivably work for you and select the best options to investigate further. Make the decision to try out some of those ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, it’s just an opportunity to find another way to make it work.  People are understanding at this time of the struggle everyone is under and this allows you the grace to try different ideas.

Tools:

Do you have any ideas to share about how you pivoted your business?

 

Written by Teresa Shaver

 

 

business toolbox

Resources and Information for the Business Community during COVID-19

Apr 9, 2020

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 out to people, phone, text, FaceTime – whatever you can do to support each other.

Some ideas on how to support local businesses:

  • Like and Share their posts
  • Leave a Google and Facebook Review
  • Shop Online
  • Purchase gift cards
  • Reschedule appointments rather than cancel

Join the Durham Region Small Business Online Directory – suitable for businesses who have an online or digital service/product offer

BACD’s Business Services

The BACD team are OPEN FOR BUSINESS and continuing to work, offering virtual advisory services. Please call us on 905-668-4949 or email us clientservices@bacd.ca to book a meeting. Let’s talk – a problem shared is a problem halved.

Virtual events to help businesses at this time BACD’s Virtual Event Calendar


Recently Added Resources


 Industry Reopening Guides

Small Business Funding


Federal Government:

Calling all Suppliers: Help Canada Combat COVID-19

ACTION: Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19

Products:
Disposable N95 masks
Disposable Surgical masks
Nitrile gloves
Vinyl gloves
Gowns
Bottles of hand sanitizer
Other prevention products

Services:
Guard / security services
Nursing services
Food services
Laundry services
Accommodation maintenance services
Personal services
IT support services
Other services

NEXT STEPS:  Fill out this form if you can provide items from the list above, or any other product or services not listed.

TIMELINE:  As soon as possible

For inquiries regarding the Government of Canada Call for Suppliers
Martin Montreuil: martin.montreuil@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-793-3594
Alain Dorion: alain.dorion@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-790-0974


Highlights: Do It In Durham 2020 – the virtual edition

Nov 26, 2020

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 part of the business model or way of doing business in the past. It has also brought many creative and innovative ways to the forefront for many.

This year, we embrace change and challenge through our themes of Digital Tools, Digital Marketing, Business Mindset and Exploring New Markets.

Enjoy, learn, share and connect with us here at BACD – we are here to support you in anyway that we can!

Thank you to our sponsors & partners – we could not have done this without you.


**Monday** started with over 50 people listening to Chair John Henry as he opened the week and shared about the growth of our Region. Simon Gill, Director of Economic Development and Tourism gave a fantastic presentation on the Region, Economic Development and supports for business, we finished with Brandon Pickard, Tourism Manager debuting #ShopDurhamRegion and #SupportLocal.

As business owners and consumers, we have a choice as to where we invest our dollars. Supporting local make sense. Watch the opening

Laura Beauparlant of LabCreative Inc. ran a fantastic workshop on It’s All About Chemistry – Why Brands Success or Fail. Watch event

Colleen Imrie of The Nooks Canada highlighted their Maker Series – another marketplace for local maker businesses. Watch event


**Tuesday**

Women’s Entrepreneurship Going Global  Screen shot of women entrepreneurs
Information, support and resources available for Women entrepreneurs and how to start exporting services and products.  A BIG thank you to guest speakers Karima (KC) Goundiam and Melissa Malcolm who shared their personal experiences. Watch event

 

Reimagine, Recover, Relaunch Panel
Local small business owners on how they overcame the challenges of COVID19 and adapted to the ‘new normal.’ Thank you, Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse, the wonderful moderator for the event and the guest speakers: Frantastic Events, All or Nothing Brewhouse & Distillery, Full Tilt Cycle Durham, and The Maker’s Hub. Wow, so many great pieces of wisdom shared tonight. Watch event


**Wednesday**

Your Virtual Storefront – Shaun Bernstein, The Write Stuff
A robust web presence is integral to being found online. Everyone searches online. Watch event

Speak with Apology to Overthrow Imposter SyndromeGreg Frankson, VoiceShare
Watch as Greg guides the audience to live into the reality of who they are and what they can contribute. Watch event

Sell more of your Current Products & Services with OnlineSamantha King, Fempire Builders
Online courses bring in cash! Learn the nuts and bolts of creating an online course. Watch event

1855 Whitby: Masterclass Our right to Access

Thank you to Chantal Kreviazuk for her beautiful performance.


**Thursday**

Cyber Security for the Business Soul, Darnley Greson JR, DarnIT
S steps to protect your business “online” in this new digital age of working remotely. Watch event

20 Content Ideas for the Holidays – Orzala Quddusi, Make It Happen Online
Creative ideas on how content allows your business to stand out and be unique. Watch event

People Purpose Planet – Social Enterprise ChatJay Fisher, FastStart Durham College. Social enterprises are on the rise! Businesses can solve a social problem and be socially responsible.  Watch event


**Friday**

Developing Effective Business Systems, Judith Tait
Working ON your business, rather than IN it. Creating the time and money freedom they desire. Watch event

Avery Swartz, See you on the Internet
Superbly simple steps to improve your digital marketing both globally and locally. Watch event


There were 49 events!

The presenters of Do It In Durham volunteer their time and expertise. THANK YOU for making our business community what it is!

Introduction to Exporting: New Market Opportunities and Resources to Help You.
A very informative session presented by Daiana Villarreal and Ryan Convery| Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade Download pdf

Raising Capital through Angel Investors – Kristen Marumoto, Spark Angel Network

How To Get Clients and Customers With Google – Brandon Quan, Champions of SEO
This session was packed full of information to help businesses improve their digital assets’ SEO.

How to Get Found on Google Search and MapsM. Yalçın Parmaksız

What’s Brewing – Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Heart of Networking Events

Buying Journey of Your Digital Customer – Ameya Juvekar,  Scaleup42.com

Selling on the Spot Marketplace. Website

Brilliant Catalyst 2nd Anniversary Event Ontario Tech University Website

The Side Hustle Starter Kit, Jeff Mitchell – The Makers Collective
Register for the next Side Hustle Starter Kit session: Register now

Spark Centre Startup Grind In Conversation with the inspirational Anthony Lue

Business Booster Shot: A Panel event hosted by the UNG-Uxbridge Networking Group, led by Annie Hardock.

Do It In Durham Unwind Wrap Up Event – a small group of passionate people joined us for the final hurrah.. it was a long week, made longer by sitting in front of a computer all day – thank you for showing up and celebrating. We had such a fun time chatting and laughing together. Business does not always need to be serious.

 

Canada Revenue Agency – Resources At a Glance

Aug 5, 2020

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 Wage Subsidy – Frequently Asked Questions

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Application Guide

10% Temporary Wage Subsidy – Frequently Asked Questions

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

The CRA also encourages employers who haven’t already done so to sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client, as well as for Direct deposit

Phone Numbers:

Questions about eligibility or how to apply for:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) 
1-833-966-2099
Individual Enquiries (and to get forms) 1-800-959-8281
Business Enquiries 1-800-959-5525
Apply for the CERB (CRA) 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041
Change Course

COVID-19: Ideas, Resources and Tools for pivoting your business

Apr 21, 2020

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 missing to provide coffee in a Eurostyle coffee house.  Businesses need to be innovative, creative and pivot their businesses to stay relevant, adapt to changing technologies, ways of doing business and communicating with their customers.

Over the last few years, we have been working with our businesses to help them automate and integrate software, business processes and business models so that they can potentially scale their business, deliver service online, provide customers a way to engage online with their business or have a flexible lifestyle business.

Well, necessity is the mother of invention, start with asking yourself some questions:

Start with your value proposition – what value do you deliver through your product/service. How do you solve a problem, or save your client time, hassle or money?

Can you:

  • Create complete solutions to meet people’s needs?
  • Fulfill a gap in the market – (in home services, online education etc)
  • Expand your services to include the current COVID-19 situation (e.g. cleaning company – offer sanitation services, mobile auto detailing – sanitizing cars, concierge service – shopping for seniors, Fitness – offering online classes)
  • Can you bundle your services so that they are your products – (yoga teacher offering yoga therapy sessions for back/neck issues from home office set up)
  • What have your customers said they love about you? Offer more of that or turn it into a revenue stream
  • Can you set your customers mind at ease with your protocols for keeping them safe?

Business Process & Systems:

  • Different revenue models – subscriptions, different payment models – offer Paypal and Apple Pay
  • Create new products and services with your existing resources, pivot to coaching programs, try things your customers may need. e.g Freckle Face Jewellery – selling “make your own kits”
  • Connect with partners and together deliver extra value e.g. Kendal Farm Virtual Market bringing together independent artisans, makers and farmers, 12welve Bistro – online food market from local butchers and farmers.  Markets by Dream Day curating gift baskets from local artisans
  • Find a better faster supply chain – restaurants using local delivery services
  • Deliver your service in person / online or direct to the consumer, e.g virtual physiotherapy like Joint Action Physio and Fundamentals Physio, online networking events
  • Automate and integrate software to remove manual processes

Other pivot ideas to get you inspired and fired up:

  • Puzzle and Board game delivery, or create some form of entertainment
  • Help make cocktails and smoothies portable – providing clients an opportunity to create an experience for themselves at  home
  • Offer cancelled customers a deal too good to pass up
  • Teach remotely – Outschool, Task Rabbit, Takelessons.com
  • Create virtual hangouts, online support for those working from home
  • Many businesses are moving online – can you be a tech person for hire to help them transition
  • Create Tutorials based on your expertise
  • Teach businesses how to transfer to an online business
  • Rent gym equipment if you are a fitness boutique, studio, virtual classes
  • Help companies work remotely tech, office set up, staff etc.
  • Can you be a cost cutter consultant?
  • Offer experiences – date night, kids parties, family fun nights, diy kits for adults and kids, virtual baking lessons like Frantastic Treats & Events
  • Curate and aggregate Netflix to certain groups (Chick Flicks, Action Heros)

Being under stress can kill your ability to be creative, crowdsource the solutions by hosting a session with clients and friends looking at opportunities to pivot your business.  Sort through the ideas to see if they could conceivably work for you and select the best options to investigate further. Make the decision to try out some of those ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, it’s just an opportunity to find another way to make it work.  People are understanding at this time of the struggle everyone is under and this allows you the grace to try different ideas.

Tools:

Do you have any ideas to share about how you pivoted your business?

 

Written by Teresa Shaver

 

 

business toolbox

Resources and Information for the Business Community during COVID-19

Apr 9, 2020

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 out to people, phone, text, FaceTime – whatever you can do to support each other.

Some ideas on how to support local businesses:

  • Like and Share their posts
  • Leave a Google and Facebook Review
  • Shop Online
  • Purchase gift cards
  • Reschedule appointments rather than cancel

Join the Durham Region Small Business Online Directory – suitable for businesses who have an online or digital service/product offer

BACD’s Business Services

The BACD team are OPEN FOR BUSINESS and continuing to work, offering virtual advisory services. Please call us on 905-668-4949 or email us clientservices@bacd.ca to book a meeting. Let’s talk – a problem shared is a problem halved.

Virtual events to help businesses at this time BACD’s Virtual Event Calendar


Recently Added Resources


 Industry Reopening Guides

Small Business Funding


Federal Government:

Calling all Suppliers: Help Canada Combat COVID-19

ACTION: Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19

Products:
Disposable N95 masks
Disposable Surgical masks
Nitrile gloves
Vinyl gloves
Gowns
Bottles of hand sanitizer
Other prevention products

Services:
Guard / security services
Nursing services
Food services
Laundry services
Accommodation maintenance services
Personal services
IT support services
Other services

NEXT STEPS:  Fill out this form if you can provide items from the list above, or any other product or services not listed.

TIMELINE:  As soon as possible

For inquiries regarding the Government of Canada Call for Suppliers
Martin Montreuil: martin.montreuil@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-793-3594
Alain Dorion: alain.dorion@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-790-0974