Courtice teen gets startup support for tutoring business

Jul 26, 2018

Meet one of clients, Tawfek Abdelwahed, owner of TBT Tutoring. He is taking part the BACD Summer Company program, an Ontario Government program provides students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business.

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K2O 50 K Paddle Marathon for Autism Ontario

Jun 26, 2018

On July 22nd, East of Six SUP (one of our clients) are racing in the 50 K Marathon Paddle Race by stand up paddle board to raise funds and awareness for Autism Ontario!

The 50 K, K2O Paddle Marathon is from Burritts Rappids to the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa. It’s going to be a big challenge and test of endurance so we are grateful to you for your support.

We are passionate about paddle boarding and our work with Autism Ontario. Our monthly volunteer nights where we host members of Autism Ontario Durham Region through the summer season are a highlight of the season. We are excited to represent Autism Ontario and it’s members in this race and with your support we can all “Stand Up” together for Autism Ontario.

All pledges for the fundraiser will go directly to Autism Ontario and all donors will be entered into a raffle draw held by Autism Ontario on July 23, 2018 following the K2O Paddle Marathon. Donors pledging $20 or more receive a tax receipt from Autism Ontario.

Prize List:

  1. Cineplex Movie Passes for 1 year (1 Winner)
  2. Go Tours Canada Segway Tours for 2 and a $50 Gift Card for Cactus Club (1 Winner)
  3. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Passes for 2 and a $50 Gift Card for Cactus Club (1 Winner)
  4. Infinity Water Taxi Boat Cruise for 4 and a $50 Gift Card for Cactus Club (1 Winner)
  5. Gold’s Home Gym Set (1 Winner)
  6. Stand Up Paddle Board , Timberless (1 Winner)
  7. Limited Edition Signature Series Toronto Maple Leafs Autographed Hockey Stick (1 Winner)
  8. East Coast Lifestyle Apparel Prize Pack (2 Winners)
  9. Support the Locals $50 Gift Card (2 Winners)
  10. Muttonhead Prize Pack ( 1 Winner)
  11. Decent Human Beings Prize Pack (2 Winners)
  12. Beach Yoga Studios, 10 Yoga Class Pass (1 Winner)

Grand Prize: A one night stay at ONE KING WEST HOTEL in Toronto for two, a $50 Gift Card for Cactus Club and Two tickets to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs play the San Jose Sharks play the Toronto Maple Leafs next fall/winter. (3 Winners)

Follow @eastofsixsup on Instagram and hashtag #standupforautismontario and #eastofsixsup


Ajax Family Physiotherapy adds 2nd location in Bowmanville

Jun 26, 2018

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 for quality rehabilitative care in Bowmanville and have extended our services to the Clarington region.

Bowmanville Family Physiotherapy provides services that are accessible to everyone, with or without a doctor referral. Our services are covered under most insurance plans. We have developed a strong working relationship with insurance companies to offer direct billing for those patients with extended health coverage. Individuals under Work Incidences (WSIB) or motor vehicle accidents (MVA) and private patients are all welcome. Walk-ins are also accepted.

Our team of therapists are regulated professionals who have undergone extensive training in treating all types of injuries and conditions from acute sprains/strains to chronic aches/pains.

Bowmanville Family Physiotherapy is owned and operated by healthcare professionals who make it their goal to prioritize patient care and to deliver outstanding service to each and every patient. Our mission is to provide professional, genuine, and therapeutic care and to make each patient feel at home – making each visit comfortable and enjoyable.

BACD Announces New Business Competition

May 28, 2018


Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) launches new business competition with the finale event to be part of ‘Do It In Durham 2018’

Applications are now open for Durham Region businesses to enter to win $10,000 worth of prizes in the new BACD Pitch2Win business competition. The three top prizes consist of cash, as well as business services provided by local professionals to help early growth stage business move to the next level.

The idea behind the competition was to give small businesses an opportunity to perfect their pitch and use this new ‘improved’ elevator pitch in the real world to help increase their sales. Applicants will go through pitch training with BACD ‘s business advisors and get advice from a professional coach.

“This competition is going to be a great value to any business”, says Teresa Shaver, Executive Director of the Business Advisory Centre Durham Inc. (BACD).

“Being able to show your value in a precise and compelling manner to potential customers is an essential skill every business owner needs to know, which is why we chose to do a pitch competition for Do It In Durham, our annual event series held in Durham Region during Global Entrepreneurship Week”.

This is a competitive process with the final 10 businesses being on stage at the live Pitch2Win Finale on November 14, 2018 at the Town of Whitby Council Chambers.

To learn more about criteria and to apply, visit our website at:

For more information contact:
Teresa Shaver
Executive Director
(905) 668-4949

Build Local Search Presence Using Google – Webcast

May 7, 2018

Google HQ had an American Small Business Week livestream last week. It was really useful and dived into hyper-local strategies for you to market your business.

Definitely worth watching!

Powerful Small Business Trends you need to know

May 2, 2018

Top 10 Powerful Small Business Trends Taking Over (2018)

2018 Ontario Budget: A Plan for Care and Opportunity

Apr 4, 2018

Today the Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, delivered the 2018 Ontario Budget: “A Plan for Care and Opportunity.”

The 2018 Budget makes significant new investments in health care, child care, home care and mental health, and delivers new measures to create more job opportunities for people across the province. It also deliver focuses on initiatives to make life more affordable and provide greater financial security during a time of rapid economic change.

Ontario’s economy is getting stronger, with the unemployment rate at its lowest in almost two decades. Yet between the rising cost of living and stable, long-term jobs becoming harder to find, many people are struggling to take care of themselves and their families.

As the changing economy widens the gaps within our society, the government has a plan to build a fairer, better Ontario by supporting everyone in the province with the care and opportunity they need to get ahead.

Highlights include:

  • Investing $935 million in the Good Jobs and Growth Plan over the next three years to support businesses, invest in students and graduates, and help attract good, well-paying jobs.
  • Making preschool child care free for children aged 2.5 yrs until they are eligible for kindergarten, saving a family with one child $17,000, on average.
  • Making prescriptions completely free for everyone 65 and over, in addition to everyone under the age of 25, through OHIP+, giving nearly one in two people in Ontario has access to free medications.
  • Introducing a new Ontario Drug and Dental Program, which will reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses each year for those without workplace health benefits or not covered by government programs like OHIP+.

Good Jobs and Growth Plan:
The government’s Good Jobs and Growth Plan builds upon the Province’s successful economic and skills agenda of the past 10 years — updating that agenda to reflect the realities of the rapidly changing times, taking into consideration an ever‐evolving global economy and leveraging the work of the government’s Global Trade Strategy.

Through this plan, Ontario will build upon and strengthen its economic foundations, support the development of local talent and entrepreneurs, and encourage the growth of businesses while ensuring that more people across the province benefit from economic growth and prosperity.

Improving Business Competitiveness:
Ontario’s economy continues to be strong. But to succeed in a rapidly changing global economic environment, the Province needs to be proactive by supporting investments that make business operations more competitive and efficient, and that put the skills of Ontario workers to good use. That is why the province is taking steps such as:

Expanding support for Regional Economic Development:

  • Investing an additional $100 million over the next 10 years in the Eastern Ontario Development Fund and theSouthwestern Ontario Development Fund, aiming to create and retain approximately 19,000 jobs and attract more than $800 million in investments
  • Creating a new Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Fund to support small and medium sized businesses in the GTHA, with an initial investment of $100 million over 10 years.
  • An additional $5 million investment in the Communities in Transition Fund this fund to help regions develop economic plans and build upon their regional strengths and assets.

Renewing, enhancing and extending the Jobs and Prosperity Fund (JPF) with an increase of $900 million over the next 10 years, for a total of $3.2 billion in support since 2014–15.

  • $85 million to creating a new Venture Technologies Fund to help high-potential, fast-growing startups scale-up and leverage their talent.

Strengthening research and innovation tax credits for businesses to encourage companies, especially small businesses to help them grow.

Modernizing the microbrewer definition and the Small Beer Manufacturer’s Tax Credit to ensure that small beer manufacturers and microbrewers continue to have incentives to grow.

Championing Women’s Economic Empowerment:
Ontario will implement its three-year Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy to ensure women have the supports they need to participate and succeed in the province’s workforce:

  • Closing the Gender Wage Working Gap through legislation to increase pay transparency in the hiring process and increasing reporting requirements in the public and private sectors.
  • Taking steps to increase the number of women in corporate leadership by working to increase the number of women serving on boards to 40% for all provincial agencies by 2019 and encouraging businesses to set a target of 30% by 2022.
  • Removing systemic barriers that prevent women’s full economic participation by developing a return‐to‐work program for women

Building Ontario’s Talent Advantage:
Over the next three years, Ontario will invest $411 million in the province’s greatest asset: its people.

This includes $132 million over the next three years of investments in experiential and hands-on learning programs, in order respond to the needs of students of employers in this changing economy and labour market.

$30 million to enhance the capacity of colleges and universities to work with employers to help employees gain and develop in-demand skills and credentials

$170 million in a new Ontario Apprenticeship Strategy, including:

  • $63 million over three years to create the Ontario Training Bank, which will serve as a one-stop shop for employers, job seekers and workers to access training that fits their needs.
  • $30 million over to expand and enhance SkillsAdvance Ontario to help local employers in key sectors develop customized training programs to meet the needs of employers, and support for vulnerable job seekers like the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities.

Modernizing Employment Ontario services to better align supports with the needs of the local economy and improving access to people with disabilities in Ontario.

Making Labour Market Information (LMI) more accessible through a new LMI website that will provide better data about job demand and vacancies in local labour markets.

Investing in Infrastructure and Rural Broadband
Ontario is investing $230 billion over 14 years for priority infrastructure projects such as hospitals, schools, transit, bridges and roads, starting in 2014-15. The next 10 years of investment are expected to support about 140,000 jobs, on average, per year. These investments include:

$79 billion for public transit in communities across the province, including the GTHA, Kitchener and Ottawa.

$25 billion for highway, bridge and road infrastructure projects like the 401, 417 and 427

$500 million over three years to expanding broadband internet connectivity in rural and northern communities, including:

  • $71 million towards improving cellular coverage in eastern Ontario
  • Up to $20 million to Telesat to support a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation project, which will help enable access to secure broadband services in rural and remote Ontario.

Accelerating and Diversifying International Trade
Ontario is continuing to implement a Global Trade Strategy to promote new economic and business partnerships around the world, including:

  • The Accelerate to International Markets program provides expert advice and supports to help Ontario businesses select and develop market entry strategies.
  • Supporting export activities of small and medium‐sized businesses through the Global Growth Fund, administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, by providing market research, export management services and trade missions.
  • Launching the Magnet Export Business Portal to improve access to export‐related programs and services offered by all levels of government and well as industry associations.
  • Expanding Ontario’s international footprint by growing the province’s presence in key markets, identifying potential business partners and providing assistance with the regulatory environment and import requirements.
  • Putting a stronger focus on reverse trade missions, bringing investments to Ontario.

Congratulations to Priceless Beauty Studio

Mar 22, 2018

BACD and the staff would like to send out a big CONGRATULATIONS to our client, Priceless Beauty Studio for being nominated for ‘Beauty Salon of the Year in Durham Region’ at The Toronto Hair & Beauty Awards 2018.

This is an amazing accomplishment with Priceless Beauty Studio only officially opening their studio in October 2017 having completed The BACD Starter Company Plus program.

“We love to hear of our client’s success,” says Patrice Esper, BACD Business Advisor and Program Coordinator for the Starter Company Plus. “We really get to know our clients as we take them through the training and mentorship we provide as part of the program, but more than that, we feel it is a privilege to share in their journey of business growth and being able to share their celebration of success is great!”.

Everyone here, especially Patrice and Ashley who work closely with the program cohorts, wish Pamela Price and her team good luck for the ceremony in May. #DoItInDurham #Success #WomenInBusiness #TogetherWeThrive

If you would like to learn more about Priceless Beauty Studio, visit the website: