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Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD)

Upcoming Events

BACD frequently hosts seminars and workshops on topics related to starting a business and growing your enterprise. Our goal is to provide useful information and knowledge that helps you stay ahead of the game in our constantly changing world. Our seminars and workshops have helped many of our clients to get started and to be successful as well as to network!

Our most popular seminars are repeated monthly, with more specialized topics occurring bi-monthly and quarterly. Start learning new business skills by registering for one of our upcoming seminars or workshops. Our speakers are experienced experts, practitioners and entrepreneurs who share their experiences and lessons learned with you!

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2 CA
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Up! Practical Sales Talks

Join us for Up!  A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches.  We have a great selection of experts who are working their craft in the field of sales and will be sharing their personal stories about their success and tactics they use to be the best in their field. Guest Speaker: Audrey Jamieson, President, Marketing Kitchen Great Relationships = Great business Game changing Sales and Marketing tips to stand out, inspire and close more deals Audrey…

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FastStart DC, Durham College (Centre for Collaborative Education (CfCE), 2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7L7 CA
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She Means Business – Women’s Networking Event

Join a community of female entrepreneurs for interesting conversations, connections and collaborations. This month we have Danielle Fernandes, Founder & CEO of Bantr Inc. An entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, activist, speaker, and writer, Danielle has worked with endless clients from large-scale corporations to smaller scale non-profits. She is passionate about plant based lifestyles, animal rights and her basset hounds Seymour & Seely. Danielle is an avid reader and holds true to a minimum of a book a week ranging from business…

October 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Cost: Free

BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions! This session is presented by BACD’s advisors.After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the Business Fundamentals 1 – 3, that cover Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These sessions…

October 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Reach Customers Online with Google

Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We’ll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and G Suite. FAQs You do not need to bring a ticket with you, bring your questions and a notebook if needed. Plenty of free parking. For more information, call us at (905) 668-4949 or email clientservices@bacd.ca

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, 75 Consumers Dr
Whitby, ON L1N 9S2 CA
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Cost: Free

BACD Biz Lunch

Our networking lunch is for BACD clients who’d like to have an opportunity to network and get to know each other in a casual and fun setting.  This is a great time to learn to network effectively and to share ideas, opportunities and challenges. Networking is a necessary part of doing business and still one of the most cost effective ways to generate business, connections and leads for your business. Attending this event is free, however your lunch and beverage…

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Maker’s Hub, 1200 Phillip Murray Ave, Unit #5
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 6Z8 Canada
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Rock Your Holiday Sales

Most businesses make all their sales in the last quarter of the year in the run up to Christmas. In this session we will look at how to get ready for this busy time of year and to build irresistible strategies to rocket your holiday sales. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS This event is held at The Maker’s Hub in Oshawa. About the presenter Teresa Shaver, Executive Director (BACD) Business Advisory Centre Durham Teresa joined The Business Advisory Centre Inc in 2012;…

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Create Engaging Content For Your Social Media

Being on social media isn’t enough – you need to be putting out high-quality and engaging content, too. An engaged following = audience who know, like, and trust you. The best kind of marketing is the kind that doesn’t feel like marketing. Engaging content causes your customers to interact with you, instead of the other way around. When it comes to social media posts, from writing to visuals and publishing, every brand wants to create the content that fans want…

October 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Cost: Free

BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions! This session is presented by BACD’s advisors. After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the Business Fundamentals 1 – 3, that cover Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These…

October 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Cost: Free

BACD Business Fundamentals: Financials & Operations

In this session we discuss Financials and Operations. By understanding the accounting and financial basics and developing these operational strategies, you can create effective and efficient systems for running your business. These 3 sessions are the fundamentals of most businesses and presented by BACD’s advisors. Key concepts covered: Budgeting and budgets – looking at creating a sales forecast and an operating budget Understand your financial statements e.g. (Income Statement, Cash Flow and balance sheet) How to work out your break even analysis…

November 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Cost: Free

BACD Business Mentoring Sessions

Our Group Business Mentoring sessions are for you to connect with fellow business owners and to learn from each other in a peer sharing format, while being guided by our Entrepreneur in Residence. These sessions are two hours long and really helps to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to build relationships and to drive the vibrancy of Durham Region’s entrepreneurial community.  It’s a place to connect with peers, subject matter experts, potential clients and funders as well as to meet…

November 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

This session is designed to give you a solid foundation with regards to the differences between a business plan, a business model canvas and the planning required in starting your own business.  These 3 sessions are the fundamentals of most businesses and presented by BACD’s advisors and can be taken in any order. In this 2 hour session, you will learn why every entrepreneur and small business needs have a plan to help guide them and what the various sections…

November 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Succeeding in a Micro Moments World

Connect with customers on mobile and make sure your business is there from the moment they find you online to the moment where they click, call, or buy. FAQs You do not need to bring a ticket with you, bring your questions and a notebook if needed. Plenty of free parking. For more information, call us at (905) 668-4949 or email clientservices@bacd.ca

November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Maker’s Hub, 1200 Phillip Murray Ave, Unit #5
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 6Z8 Canada
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All About The Money

This seminar is about finding Financing and Funding to start or grow your Business! Key Nuggets Where to look for government grants Types of grants available Requirements for government grants Requirements for financing How to prepare for financing CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS This event is being held at The Maker’s Hub in Oshawa About the presenter Teresa Shaver, Executive Director (BACD) Business Advisory Centre Durham Teresa joined The Business Advisory Centre Inc in 2012; – a non profit organization supporting…

November 8 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions!  This session is presented by BACD’s advisors. After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the Business Fundamentals 1 – 3, that cover Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These…

November 14 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2 CA
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Up! Practical Sales Talks

Join us for Up!  A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches.  We have a great selection of experts who are working their craft in the field of sales and will be sharing their personal stories about their success and tactics they use to be the best in their field. Russ Montague, President & CEO, Co-Founder, Nerd Block All businesses want more revenues and one of the best ways to get that is through more sales.…

November 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Tips for Measuring Online Success

You invest time, effort, and resources into being online, but do you know how much it’s worth to your bottom line? This workshop introduces ways to track and measure progress, so you can find out. FAQs You do not need to bring a ticket with you, bring your questions and a notebook if needed. Plenty of free parking. For more information, call us at (905) 668-4949 or email clientservices@bacd.ca

November 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Business Fundamentals: Marketing & Sales

This session is part of the Business Fundamentals Series and can be taken in any order.   The Marketing and Sales session gives you a robust structure for creating your own marketing and sales strategy.  These 3 sessions are the fundamentals of most businesses and presented by BACD’s advisors. Without a Marketing & Sales strategy, your marketing efforts could be wasted or money spent in the wrong channels.  In Marketing and Sales Strategy we will cover: The importance of Branding What…

November 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions!  This session is presented by BACD’s advisors. After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the Business Fundamentals 1 – 3, that cover Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These…

November 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Business Fundamentals: Financials & Operations

In this session we discuss Financials and Operations. By understanding the accounting and financial basics and developing these operational strategies, you can create effective and efficient systems for running your business. These 3 sessions are the fundamentals of most businesses and presented by BACD’s advisors. Key concepts covered: Budgeting and budgets – looking at creating a sales forecast and an operating budget Understand your financial statements e.g. (Income Statement, Cash Flow and balance sheet) How to work out your break even analysis…

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Collective, 93 King Street West suite 201
Bowmanville, Ontario Canada
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The Conscious Canvas – Your Business Model

In this interactive session we will learn about the building blocks for a successful business and complete a canvas a.k.a “A One Page Business Plan” CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS This event is being held at The Collective Offices in Bowmanville About the Presenter Teresa Shaver, Executive Director (BACD) Business Advisory Centre Durham Teresa joined The Business Advisory Centre Inc in 2012; – a non profit organization supporting businesses to achieve business success.  With her leadership, the organizations’ outcomes have increased…

November 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, Pickering Town Centre, 1355 Kingston Rd
Pickering, ON L1V 1B8 CA
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Cost: Free

BACD Biz Lunch

Our networking lunch is for BACD clients who’d like to have an opportunity to network and get to know each other in a casual and fun setting.  This is a great time to learn to network effectively and to share ideas, opportunities and challenges. Networking is a necessary part of doing business and still one of the most cost effective ways to generate business, connections and leads for your business. Attending this event is free, however your lunch and beverage…

November 28 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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The Legal Kit: Electronic Commerce Agreements

In this session, Lawyer Pavel Malysheuski  from Law firm Lockyear + Hein will talk about the different legal documents you need for your e-commerce business. He will cover: Electronic Commerce Agreements  such as Privacy Statements, Terms of Use, CASL and GDPR About Pavel Malysheuski, Corporate Lawyer Pavel Malysheuski is a corporate/commercial lawyer at Lockyer + Hein LLP, a full service law firm. He provides counsel to clients in a wide variety of industries in all aspects of business law, focusing on…

November 29 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions!  This session is presented by BACD’s advisors. After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the Business Fundamentals 1 – 3, that cover Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These…

December 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions! This session is presented by BACD’s advisors. After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the Business Fundamentals that cover Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These sessions are designed…

December 5 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Keep Calm and Close the Deal

Keep Calm and Close the Deal ROI: 12+ Closing Techniques The prospect likes you. They trust you. They understand your product. They see the value when you talk price. Yet you still don’t close the deal. Why? This half day workshop will help you get out of your own way and let clients close themselves. Increase your closing ratio to triple your industry standard. – Personality closing – Objection handling – Speed roleplay – Body language reading About the Presenter:…

December 6 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Sharing Your Story Through Video

Learn about the power of video and how you can use video content to promote your business, improve marketing efforts, and build a loyal audience. FAQs You do not need to bring a ticket with you, bring your questions and a notebook if needed. Plenty of free parking. For more information, call us at (905) 668-4949 or email clientservices@bacd.ca

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Business Fundamentals: Marketing & Sales

This session is part of the Business Fundamentals Series and can be taken in any order.   The Marketing and Sales session gives you a robust structure for creating your own marketing and sales strategy.  These 3 sessions are the fundamentals of most businesses and presented by BACD’s advisors. Without a Marketing & Sales strategy, your marketing efforts could be wasted or money spent in the wrong channels.  In Marketing and Sales Strategy we will cover: The importance of Branding What…

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Business Mentoring Sessions

Our Group Business Mentoring sessions are for you to connect with fellow business owners and to learn from each other in a peer sharing format, while being guided by our Entrepreneur in Residence. Topics change each month. These sessions are two hours long and really helps to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to build relationships and to drive the vibrancy of Durham Region’s entrepreneurial community.  It’s a place to connect with peers, subject matter experts, potential clients and funders as…

December 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Business Fundamentals: Financials & Operations

In this session we discuss Financials and Operations. By understanding the accounting and financial basics and developing these operational strategies, you can create effective and efficient systems for running your business. These 3 sessions are the fundamentals of most businesses and presented by BACD’s advisors. Key concepts covered: Budgeting and budgets – looking at creating a sales forecast and an operating budget Understand your financial statements e.g. (Income Statement, Cash Flow and balance sheet) How to work out your break even analysis…

December 11 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Start Up Session

This session is for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of starting a business. There must be a hundred questions running around in your head! Find answers to these questions!  This session is presented by BACD’s advisors. After attending this session, we strongly recommend that you also attend the Business Fundamentals 1 – 3, that cover Business Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Financials & Operations.  These…

December 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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Drive Business Growth with Email Marketing

Learn how to turn website visitors into meaningful contacts through the use of dynamic forms, email automation, and personalized content. We’ll discuss email strategies to help you build brand love and turn one-time visitors into loyal customers. FAQs You do not need to bring a ticket with you, bring your questions and a notebook if needed. Plenty of free parking. For more information, call us at (905) 668-4949 or email clientservices@bacd.ca

December 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Business Advisory Centre Durham, 3000 Garden Street Suite 200
Whitby, ON L1R 2G6 CA
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BACD Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

This session is designed to give you a solid foundation with regards to the differences between a business plan, a business model canvas and the planning required in starting your own business.  These 3 sessions are the fundamentals of most businesses and presented by BACD’s advisors and can be taken in any order. In this 2 hour session, you will learn why every entrepreneur and small business needs have a plan to help guide them and what the various sections…

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