The go-to for Business Guidance in Durham Region!
APRIL 2018
Being in Business is not EASY!
However, it can be broken down into easier to manage milestones. By asking and answering questions, you are able to create an ACTION PLAN to build a roadmap to follow step by step to achieve your business goals.

BACD's services, programs and events are provided to help you develop milestones with opportunities to connect, learn and share experiences that hopefully will inspire you to develop a strategic plan for your business.

If you would like to discuss your strategic plan, we offer confidential one-on-one advisory meetings. All our business advisors are experienced entrepreneurs and are passionate about helping businesses ACHIEVE BUSINESS SUCCESS! T o book an appointment, call Client Services at (905) 668 4949
Apply for the 'May 2018' Intake of
This program offers a grant of up to $5,000, plus business training and mentorship for those who are launching or buying a business. The program has 5 full days of training covering Business Concept, Organization, Operations, Customer Relations and Presentation Skills.

Eligibility application deadline is Friday APRIL 13, 2018.
Complete the online eligibility application form today: Eligibility Application
Are you a Student with a Business Idea? Start your own company this summer!
Summer Company is a program that provides Ontario students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business. It starts in June / July and finishes by Labour Day.

Applications now open , so if you are interested in learning more contact  Ashley McBride , the Summer Company Coordinator at BACD on (905) 668 4949 ext 226 . Apply between January 23 to May 19 .
Save Money on your Business Banking
Bring your banking to AWCCU Financial and save money on your business banking. All BACD referred business accounts enjoy ZERO monthly account fee and transaction fees for the first 6 months. Option to apply for a business line of credit.

Contact directly at  905-728-5187  or visit
Thank you to...
Thank you to Jason Stabler from Doing the Music for providing the AV and sound system for the Heart of Networking/BACD International Women's Day event last month.

Doing The Music is a boutique commercial recording studio located in the heart of Oshawa and is the perfect place to record bands, solo artists and voiceovers. They provide musicians the ability to record their music using quality equipment and production, so it can sold and distributed physically and digitally through stores and online platforms such as iTunes, AppleMusic, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer or Amazon.

Doing The Music also provides DJ packages for weddings, private parties, restaurants, fundraisers, dances, graduations and festivals. So if you plan to have the best event EVER - contact Jason.

For more information call 289-388-9652 or visit the website:
Michael Durham Landscaping specializes in landscape installations. They commit to their customer’s vision for their property, incorporating courtesy, dependability and integrity. Providing landscape transformations to be functional for how they want to use their outdoor space and property maintenance solutions for customers to take vacation and long term peace of mind.

Services offered:
  • Free Property Assessment/Solutions
  • Landscape Installation
  • Sod Installation Solutions
  • Spring/ Fall Clean up
  • Property Maintenance Solutions all year
  • Bulk Landscape Material Delivery/Installation

For more information, please visit their website
Not Getting Marketing Results? Turn Your Employees Into Your Marketing Team
Create a cohesive marketing strategy carefully crafted to maximize effort and resources to drive revenue.
Presented by:  George Gill, Gill Solutions

In this session, you will learn 3 Keys to marketing your business successfully, including:
  1. How to design a 360° marketing strategy on ANY advertising budget
  2. Applying technology to optimize your marketing and maximize results
  3. How to train your employees to be your power marketing team for FREE!

Wednesday, April 4  @   1:00pm - 4:00pm
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby
REGISTER NOW FREE event for BACD clients - promo code BACD
BACD Business Mentoring Session - Create your marketing content calendar
Presented by Andrea Rowland , Business Advisor at BACD. During this session you will learn how to create content for your blog or social media!

Friday, April 6 @ 9:00am - 11:00am
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby REGISTER NOW
Plan Your Website Now for Future Growth!
Presented by Andrea Rowland , Business Advisor & Marketing Specialist at BACD.

This workshop will help you PLAN a lead generation website (whether by you or a professional). You will leave this session with the knowledge of how to create a new website or improve your existing website and build a powerful digital presence.

Wednesday, April 18 @ 9:30am - 11:30am
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby REGISTER NOW
BACD Biz Lunch Whitby
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 setting.

Tuesday, April 24 @ 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, Whitby REGISTER NOW
Presented by: Tricia Gazarek  of Lewis & Gazarek, Inc.

Small business owners are often faced with difficult decisions and much of their decision making process is mixed with strong emotions. This workshop will teach you different models for how to structure those conversations for success.

Tuesday, April 24 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby REGISTER NOW
Up! Practical Sales Talks
A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches.  This month, we have Pavel Malysheuski, Corporate & Commercial Lawyer at Lockyer + Hein LLP.

In this talk, Pavel will be sharing his negotiation experience to help you become a better deal closer and will address the following topics: information gathering and preparation, maximizing your leverage, powers of negotiation, "log-rolling" (offer-concession strategy), emotional intelligence in negotiation, and how to close the deal!

Wednesday, April 25 @ 8:00am - 9:30am
Whitby Centennial Building , 416 Centre Street S., Whitby REGISTER NOW
Digital Durham: Find More Customers and Drive Customer Engagement
Presented by: Andy Bruce , CEO, MobileXco.

This workshop will show you how to:
  • Leverage your social tools to drive customers from online to your store through in store deals and events
  • Implement customer loyalty programs that bring customers to your location
  • Start selling your products online
  • Local SEO
  • Social tools
  • Track and analyze your social presence
  • Leverage tracking and analytics software to understand how and when your customers are using your site to maximize revenue opportunities
  • Take advantage of emerging technologies (chatbots, google analytics, text messaging)

Wednesday, April 26 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm
Whitby Centennial Building , 416 Centre Street S, Whitby REGISTER NOW
Start Up and Business Fundamentals training sessions are to help you set a strong foundation to starting your business! They are held at the BACD offices and are free of cost.
BACD Start Up Sessions
Wednesday 4 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
Tuesday 10 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday 18 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Thursday 26 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
BACD Business Fundamentals

Financials & Operations
Thursday 5 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Business Planning
Tuesday 17 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
Congratulations to Priceless Beauty Salon
Priceless Beauty Studio  had been 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.

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. 

If you would like to learn more about Priceless Beauty Studio, visit their website: 
Congratulations to Love Life Music
Roxanne Christian of Live Love Life Music has been nominated and selected for the provincial 'Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities' award.

Roxanne completed the BACD Starter Company Plus program last year and continues to work in her business. Everyone here, especially Patrice and Ashley, who work closely with the program cohorts, wish Roxanne Christian all the best for the future.

If you would like to learn more about Love Life Music, visit their website:
SHIFT your thinking. SHIFT your habits. SHIFT your workflow. SHIFT your results. An exclusive event bringing enterprise level operations training to small business and entrepreneurs. A hands-on approach for attendees to walk away with proven business applications for greater success.
Visit for your tickets today. Seats are limited.
Thank you to our 2018 Executive Partner
To learn about their services, please visit their website: