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Collaboration makes us stronger!
With Valentine's Day coming up, we decided we were going to ask everyone to show some 'love and support' to fellow entrepreneurs. Collaborate or give a review or a testimonial to another entrepreneur o r even BACD! Referrals are a great way to build business relationships and our community. #DoItInDurham #Collaborate
Meet with a BACD Business Advisor
Have you ever wanted to get an outside perspective of your business? We offer confidential one-on-one advisory meetings, so you can discuss next steps for your business.

View our business advisors' bios and areas of specialty on our About us page and to book an appointment, call Client Services on (905) 668 4949
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 .
Starter Company Plus Incubator Program
Business Training, Mentoring and Money for those who are launching or buying a Business . The program has 5 full training days (9am - 4pm two times a week) covering Business Concept, Organization, Operations, Customer Relations and Presentation Skills. The program is available from April 1, 2017 - December 15, 2018 . There will be a number of training groups throughout the year.

To find out if you qualify for the program, complete the online eligibility application form:
Good Word Communications is a full-service public relations agency specializing in the education sector. Areas of focus include: writing and editing, media relations, media training, issues management and strategic communications. The agency utilizes a virtual business model, which enables it to keep overhead costs low, so fees can be devoted directly to client work.

"The Starter Plus Program through the BACD provided me with valuable training related to all aspects of running my own business.

In particular, the mentorship I received assisted me with critical decisions related to growth, the right time to scale, new business development and more."

BACD Business Mentoring Session
These sessions are for you to connect with fellow business owners and to learn from each other in a peer sharing format

Our guest speaker this month is Mohamed Bachani of Unique Accounting Services and he will be discussing operations from a funding and financials perspective.

Friday, February 2 @ 9:00am - 11:00am
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby Register Now
Bill 148: How It Will Affect Your Business
In this workshop, learn a number of our award-winning methods which help improve the way you run your business. Presented by Ryan Day of Peninsula HR

  • Improve your understanding of employment law      
  • Discover how to get the most out of your employees

  • Increase productivity and decrease absenteeism

  • Be prepared for the expected surge in employment tribunal claims following the recent changes to Bill 148

Wednesday, February 7 @ 9:30am - 11:30am
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby Register Now
Employment Standards Overview
Presenter: Paul Cannis , Employment Standards Officer

Topics that will be covered during the presentation:
  • Who is an Employee vs Independent Contractor
  • Wages, Hours of Work
  • Overtime Pay & Public Holiday Pay
  • Vacation & Vacation Pay, Leaves of Absence
  • Notice of Termination & Severance Pay
  • Tips & Other Gratuities
  • Role of an Office & Enforcement

Wednesday, February 14 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby Register Now
Up! Sales Talks
A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches. This month we have Louisa Jewell , speaker, author, and Canada's leading expert on the topic of positive psychology who has facilitated thousands of people towards greater flourishing, both at work and in their personal lives. 

Tuesday, February 20 @ 8:00am - 9:30am
Whitby Centennial Building , 416 Centre Street S., Whitby
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 setting.

Tuesday, February 27 @ 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jack Astor's, 75 Consumers Drive, Whitby
Digital Durham: Building thought leadership through curated & created content
Sharing relevant content is the key to building trust and converting higher paying clients. Learn where to start, what and when to post and how to manage your time effectively.
Presented by Leslie Hughes of Punch Media

Wednesday, February 28 @ 9:30am - 11:30am
Oshawa Civic Auditorium, 99 Thornton Road South, Oshawa 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 7 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Thursday 15 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday 21 @ 2:00pm - 3:30PM
Wednesday 28 @ 2:00pm - 3:30PM
BACD Business Fundamentals

Marketing & Sales
Tuesday 6 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Financials & Operations
Wednesday 21 @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Hire a student this summer. Financial assistance for wages is available.
The 2018 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers (not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees) to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.  Service Canada is accepting applications until  February 2, 2018.

Safe At Work Ontario Consultations for Small Business
The Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Branch is hosting Safe At Work Ontario Consultations for Small Businesses across Ontario in February. This is an opportunity for small businesses to connect directly with the Ministry of Labour and learn more about the free resources the ministry offers.

Thursday 8 February @ 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Abilities Centre, Whitby. For more information and to register Click Here
StartUp Grind: Cole Jones of Local Line!
Hear Cole Jones , Founder of Local Line , talk about how he built Local Line into the world-class platform that it is today!

Tuesday 13 February @ 6:00pm
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. To purchase a ticket Click Here
Employing Young Talent Incentive (EYTI)
This program offers small businesses owners who hire and retain a young person (age 15 to 29) through Employment Ontario  a benefit of $1,000 to $2,000, or up to $2 per hour. Additionally, small and large employers who hire young people through the  Youth Job Connect  program will also receive this benefit. R ead More
Workers’ Cooperative Development Project
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has approved a two year grant to Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC ) to develop workers’ cooperatives of several service-areas.
Toronto Health Innovation Week
Meet the global health community in Toronto
Investors, partners and startups will come out for Toronto Health Innovation Week between April 9 - 13

If you are a life sciences or health innovation company located in Durham Region interested in showcasing or attending, please contact Szanne McNutt, Ontario Investment Office on 905-665-4040
Workplace Health and Safety for Small Business
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is a not-for-profit organization that is part of the Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety System. They provide small businesses access to information, tools and resources they need to work safely.

  • WSPS Small Business Centre: this website provides most health & safety information for small businesses
  • WSIB Incentive Program: Delivering free health & safety trainings helping small business to get 5% of WSIB annual premiums as incentive
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