The go-to for Business Guidance in Durham Region!
Set your 2018 Business Goals and Achieve Business Success!  

Our goal at the BACD is to help every business achieve success. So what does that mean?

Success is different for every business, however regardless of the type of business; whether it's a start-up or is already established and growing, the same fundamentals for success apply. There must be enough customers who are willing to pay for what you offer and a business model that generates profitable revenue to allow for sustainable growth. 

This is where BACD comes in. From validating a business opportunity, developing a plan and roadmap to achieve your goals or connecting you with the resources you’ll need to make that next step, we guide you every step of the way.

Our services include:
• Business Advisory Services• Business Training, Mentoring & Workshops
• Entrepreneurship Funding Programs • Networking Opportunities

So if you want to start or grow your business this year, contact BACD. Visit our website to view our programs and services or book a meeting with one of our business advisors.
Welcome to AWCCU Financial,
our Executive Sponsors for 2018

AWCCU is a credit union which means e very customer is a shareholder as well as a customer at that credit union. Having customers as your shareholders changes the way you run your business and therefore there is a cooperative advantage for everyone. They provide both personal and business banking options and since they are a community-based organization their values are still centered on the belief in “People helping People".

To learn more about their services, please visit their website:

Stay tuned for upcoming product promotions tailored to BACD clients and their needs.

A big thank you for supporting BACD. We appreciate it!
Learn how to protect your personal and business data in today’s digital world. 

At this event you will learn the common ways that data is stolen and how to prevent yourself from being a victim. 

Presented by Mark Salonius, CEO & President of ProActive IT Technical Services . With over 22 years in Information Technology not only does he combat cybercriminals on a daily basis, he also teaches the next generation of cyber heroes at Durham College .

JANUARY 10 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, 44 Richmond Street West, Oshawa, L1G 1C7 
Cost: Free
This event is part of the Digital Durham Workshop Series and is proudly sponsored by BACD and the Town of Whitby
2018 Business Kick Off Party
Join the BACD team, clients and supporters in our ‘2018 Business Kick Off’ networking and socializing party!

This is a great opportunity to kick off the year for your business by networking and connecting with other small business owners and entrepreneurs in Durham Region. 

JANUARY 10 @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby, L1R 2G6
Cost: Free
Registration for this event is full. If you can not come, please cancel your tickets, so others can register and attend. Thank you!
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.

January’s session is all about kicking off a great year for your business! We have guest presenter Marlon Shaw from KnowledgeX Speak about goals and objectives for 2018!

JANUARY 12 @ 9:00am - 11:00am
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby, L1R 2G6
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 setting. This is a great time to learn to network effectively and to share ideas, opportunities and challenges.

JANUARY 23 @ 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jack Astors, Pickering Town Centre, 1355 Kingston Rd, Pickering, ON L1V 1B8
Cost: Free
Up! Practical Sales Talks
A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches. This month we have Gary Jarosz, Vice President Global Emissions Systems Inc .

JANUARY 24 @ 8:00am - 9:30am
Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre Street South, Whitby, L1N 4W2
Cost: Free
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.

From attending you will:
  • Improve your understanding of employment law      
  • Discover how to get the most out of your employees

  • Increase productivity and decrease lateness and absenteeism

  • Learn the big mistakes most local businesses have in their contracts of employment

  • Be prepared for the expected surge in employment tribunal claims following the recent changes to Bill 148
  • Leave with the knowledge and advice to resolve any employee issue

Presented by Ryan Day, of Peninsula HR.

FEBRUARY 7 @ 9:30am - 11:30am
Cost: Free
These Start Up and Business Fundamentals workshops are free of cost and help you set a strong foundation to starting your business !
Start Up Session
Learn the fundamentals to starting a business

JANUARY 10 @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm
JANUARY 18 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
JANUARY 25 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
JANUARY 31 @ 9:30pm - 11:00am
Business Fundamentals 3
 Financials & Operations
In this session we discuss financials and operations. By understanding the accounting and financial basics and developing these operational strategies.

JANUARY 9 @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Business Fundamentals 1
Business Planning
Learn about the planning you need to do to start your business and complete a business model canvas

JANUARY 24 @ 2 :00pm - 4:00pm
Register for our Events
We want to thank you for registering for our events in advance. It allows us to organize the event based on the number of attendees.

If you cannot come to the event, please cancel via your Eventbrite registration notification or contact us via emai l or call us on 9 05-668-4949 to let us know you cannot attend. We appreciate your consideration in this matter.
Looking for help this summer? Why not hire a student? 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. The program is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Service Canada is accepting applications from December 19, 2017 until February 2, 2018.
10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Retailer Should Keep
A new year signals a fresh start. For many people, Jan. 1 offers a chance to assess the past year while looking ahead at the next 365 days. So, while you make a list of personal New Year’s resolutions, why not do the same for your business?

How to Optimize Your Google My Business Listing
An important first step in any local SEO strategy is to claim and verify your local business’ Google My Business (GMB) listing. Qualifying local businesses can claim this free listing on Google and include basic information about their company, like their address, phone number, business hours and types of payments accepted.

Thank you to our 2018 Executive Partner