And the winner is...Rebecca Munn
2nd Prize Winner
Frances Adamson, Joy Core Connection
3rd Prize Winner
Shannon Taylor, The Corner Stone Wellness Center
MEET THE BUSINESSES
After many years in the corporate world, long hours, and commuting everyday, Amber decided to step away and spend more time at home with her family. Pink Lemon Decor offers unique, modern wood signs for any home. It captures a simple, sleek and airy vibe that fits in any home decor to bring your walls to life. “Every single item has passed through my own hands. I am a proud Canadian maker and so thankful YOU are supporting handmade!”
Located in Courtice Ontario, Beyond Our Dreams is a preschool service that provides families and their young children with preparation for mainstream education. There are very few educational programs for this age group. Often the programs available are more child care focused. Christine is a teacher and the educational component is the heart of her business. Her main target market is families that have children between 2.5 and 6 years’ old who want to prepare their children for school two to three times per week. She often connects with these families through Facebook or word of mouth and once in contact, she invites them for a tour of the space.
Darnley Greson, Darn IT Group Inc. (Semi-Finalist)
Darn IT Consulting was founded in 2012 in response to the growing need for technical advice for small businesses. At Darn IT Group your business protection is our business. Supporting your Cyber Security model drives our business and your infrastructure’s protection is our only priority. We are nationally supported by strategic, global and emerging technology partners who are information security superheroes for our small and medium clients.
Debbie Miles-Senior, Side by Side Access Services (Semi-Finalist)
Side By Side Services personnel possess the passion and commitment for families and their children. Side by Side help create better outcomes for parents and children impacted by separation and divorce. Our vision to support families and their relationship with their children.
Our target group are; parents, children, families who have been impacted by separation and divorce parents who are struggling in their relationship with their children.
Doug Norton, Measurite (Semi-Finalist)
Measurite designs houses and other buildings. Our company reduces the task of getting a building permit where required, by making sure all documents and drawings are Ontario Building Code compliant. In providing design service there is a focus on designs that are pleasing and functional.
Frances Adamson, Joy Core Connection (Finalist)
At Joy core Connection we take a hands on approach by teaching students in private lessons and small group classes. Because working with each unique person is at the heart of our programs, whether you are beginner or advanced, healthy or recovering, you can learn yoga safely and get the most benefit with help from Frances, your IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. One step at a time, you will ease stress and pain, calm your nervous system, and build strength in your body.
Dream Bloom is a full service event design company. We specialize in designing events such as weddings, corporate and social functions. This service enables our clients to reduce the amount of work they have to do when they have an event. Our retail shop operates just like a normal flower and gift shop and our studio serves as a creative space not just for us but for walk in customers as well. We built a plant and flower bar so people can come in and create something with their hands such as a plant or flower arrangement. It offers our customers something different to do with their friends and family.
Established in 2015, Smart Shelving was founded on a need to gain better access to the lower kitchen cabinets and hidden corners. Tired of getting on hands and knees to fish things out of the hidden corner, Linda's search brought her to a Canadian made solution, Gliding Shelf Solutions. She helps her clients maximize their space, improve their access and organization the things that matter most in their homes. In the Fall of 2017 Linda took Smart Shelving to Vancouver! As a native of Vancouver, Linda saw the need for homeowners there to have a Canadian made option for purchasing their sliding shelves.
Crave Pixels Design is a digital media, web and inclusive design company. Our goal is to create user-friendly, visually engaging and accessible online content designs using clean and minimalist solutions. Natasha is the Lead UI/UX Designer & Creative Strategist. She is instrumental in bringing our clients' vision to life from a vague thought, to a creative and engaging design that not only looks beautiful but functions effectively.
In 2006, Pamela graduated from Humber College’s Fashion Artist and Cosmetics program and she continues to update and upgrade her skill set. As a seasoned beauty expert, she is an award-winning professional makeup artist. She is also a spray tan technician and airbrush makeup artist. Pamela is the lead make-up artist and services coordinator at Priceless Beauty. With a natural flair for the arts as a youngster, her journey to becoming a makeup artist included focused study and discipline in drawing, painting, glass blowing, textile design, and fashion. At the heart of her experience and expertise, Pamela’s true passion is to help people look their best and feel even better. This is her true motivation for delivering incomparable beauty services for the past eight years. Her commitment to down-to-earth, honest service is at the core of what makes her company truly Priceless.
Rebeccamunn.com is filling the need for sewing instruction within Durham Region and beyond. Rebecca operates her sewing studio in Whitby Ontario, where she teaches over 250 students a week the lost art of sewing, and creating something from nothing. Rebecca teaches all ages, from 6 to 96, and has provided our community the chance to learn a skill that has been taken away from our school system. Rebeccamunn.com has also successfully helped launch over 17 local businesses by teaching or upgrading their skill level, as well as providing help when needed. Rebecca recently won number one sewing school in Durham region in the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Live Love Life Music positively impacts the lives of others through the power of music. Our board certified music therapists systematically use sound, vibration, imagery, and movement interventions to meet the psycho-social, cognitive, behavioural, and emotional goals of our clients. We serve organizations and individuals with special needs, nursing and retirement homes, mental health organizations, those who desire to explore and improve on musical skills and technique, as well those who simply need tangible take-a-way tools to feel relaxed, calm, focused, and empowered
The Corner Stone Wellness Center helps people who want to live a healthier lifestyle, both on the inside and the outside. We are here to help you build a foundation of well being, starting at the roots. We want to help you find the tools that will work for you and support you on your journey. You will find a unique collection of practitioners who will help you with your physical, spiritual, emotional and mental well-being.
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We love our books and honour authors. We want reading to come the number one sport and most favoured pastime experience.
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THE COMPETITION DETAILS
1st Prize - $5,000
($3,500 cash + $1,500 in-kind professional business services)
2nd Prize - $3,500
($1,000 + $2,500 in-kind professional business services)
3rd Prize - $1,500
($500 cash & $1,000 in-kind professional business services)
Limited space – Apply Now*
*This is a competitive process of elimination and not all applicants will attend each stage of the competition.
- Operate your business in the Regional Municipality of Durham
- Must be Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident living in Ontario
- Over 18 years of age
- Operating as a full-time business (average 35+ hours per week)
- Applicant has to be the Business Owner - mandatory attendance for the pitch workshops and must pitch the business at the pitch event.
- Be a registered business between 1 to 5 years
- Business must have digital presence (website, online store or business social media)
- Main street, product or service based business
Not Eligible: Franchises, non profit organizations, seasonal or part-time businesses, single events, commission sales businesses, technology products or services (i.e. apps, software, SaaS)
Competition Process (mandatory)
- ENTER Complete the online eligibility form
- Attend INFO SESSION (after meeting eligibility criteria)
Learn more about the competition and how to refine your pitch and to make your pitch more compelling to the independent judges.
(Info session event link sent via email from business advisor after meeting eligibility criteria)
October 10 – 4:30pm to 5:30pm
- Attend PERFECT YOUR PITCH TRAINING
October 25 – 9:00am to 4:00pm
October 26 – 9:00am to 1:00pm
- Attend QUALIFYING PITCH EVENT
October 26 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
- Pitch at BACD PiTCH2WiN Finale event
November 14, 2018
6:00pm - 9:00pm
BACD reserves the right to disqualify any participant that, in its sole judgement violates the spirit of the competition and its guidelines, process and rules. BACD and its Judges decisions are final. BACD reserves the right to suspend, delay, modify or cancel these terms and conditions for any reasonable applicable law.