The go-to for Business Guidance in Durham Region!
JUNE 2018
Give your business a BOOST and enter BACD Pitch2Win Business Competition!

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 pitches!
($5,000, $3,500, $1,500 of value)

Applications are now open for Durham Region businesses to enter the new BACD business competition Pitch2Win.

The final 10 businesses will present their pitch
on stage at the live Pitch2Win Finale on November 14, 2018 at the Town of Whitby Council Chambers.
Interested in becoming a sponsor or a judge for Pitch2Win?
Send an email to Teresa Shaver at with details of your interest.
BACD Mentoring Session
This month we are talking about ' Limiting Beliefs '. We have Matthew Gardner who is certified in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis sharing his knowledge to help business owners breakthrough their current challenges that is holding them back from achieving their next level of income.

Friday, June 1 @ 9:00am - 11:00am
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby Register Now
HR Law and Your Small Business
Join Peninsula for a seminar discussing HR management for small-and-medium businesses including legal and organizational obligations.

Learn best practices from our HR experts on managing HR in your small business including:
  • Laws governing your workplace
  • The importance of contracts and proper policies
  • Changes to legislation including Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, Bill 203 Pay Transparency Act

Thursday, June 14 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby Register Now
Create Compelling Content for
your Social Media
Presented by Orzala Quddusi, Make it Happen Services

Do not know what to post and when? Join us for this workshop and learn how to to create powerful content for your social media. FREE editorial content calendar template to get you started!

In this workshop you will learn:
  • How to balance sales posts versus engagement posts
  • Schedule content to post automatically
  • Learn how the algorithm plays a big role in the success of your posts and your feed
  • Build an editorial calendar
Make it Happen Services is an online marketing boutique that helps small businesses develop and implement an effective digital marketing strategy using social media and direct email marketing techniques.

Monday, June 18 @ 9:30am - 11:30am Cost: $25 + admin fee Register Now
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby
Up! Practical Sales Talks
A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches. 

What can we learn about Sales from the AirBnB and UBER of Everything?

Over the last ten years the rapid change in technology and social norms has opened up new business models in the market place and there seems to be an Airbnb and Uber of everything… maybe even yours!

While conceptually you understand what the Airbnb of parking is…the act of getting people on both sides of the marketplace to participate, it really comes down to a VERY TARGETED sales positioning and process. 
Building sales in a marketplace takes patience, persistence and a very replicable plan. Over the last 3 years Tim Wootton, Founder and CEO of Rover Parking learned what works and what doesn’t and will share his entrepreneurial journey with you, so you can implement a sales strategy that will impact your business right away. 

Wednesday, June 20 @ 8:00am - 9:30am
Whitby Centennial Building , 416 Centre Street S., 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, June 26 @ 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, Whitby Register Now
Digital Durham: How to Become a Successful Amazon Seller
Presented by: Jill Sabourin, XL Design

As an internet entrepreneur starting out you have one of the biggest advantages ever! You don’t have to figure out everything for yourself as far as how to market your products or have brick and mortar retail to be successful. Learn how to sell on the largest online marketplace in the world.
What you will learn:
• How Being an Amazon Seller Works
• Making Your Amazon Seller Business the Most Profitable It Can Be
• Where to Find Products to Sell
• Be Where the Buyers Are
• How to Get Products in Customers Hands Without a Warehouse

Wednesday, June 27 @ 9:00pm - 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 6 @ 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday 14 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
Wednesday 20 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Thursday 28 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
BACD Business Fundamentals

Marketing & Sales
Wednesday 13 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Financial & Operations
Wednesday 27 @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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
Traffic Control People (TCP)
Owned by Joe Weber, and located in the region of Durham, Traffic Control People is a full-service traffic management company providing the finest highly trained personnel.

After becoming a BACD client in 2017, Traffic Control People consisted of 1 truck and 2 staff. By July, the word spread that Joe had started this company and that one of their goals was to ensure their staff were taken care of, especially in the area of safety while on the job. At that point, they had 6 people who Joe had worked with in the past, come join the company as staff members and consequently they added 3 new trucks.

Joe says "TCP's reputation is built on service and client satisfaction. When you need traffic control for short or long term projects, we have the people for you. We are 40% cheaper than all of our competition. And we do not have travel time charges in Durham."

Today, TCP has 7 trucks ad 18 talented TCPs (16 of our staff live in the Durham Region). 
"We hope to continue to employ dedicated local residents (we will only grow as talent is available) and provide services to 65 incredibly loyal clients. And the big news is we are on pace to do $1.5 this year."

Tel: 416-707-9447
Eternal VR Grand Opening Event
Grand Opening at Pickering Town Centre
June 9th from 2pm - 4pm followed by the official public opening of the arcade at 1355 Kingston Road.

Virtual Reality Arcade offers VR gaming and experiences and is the first of this magnitude in the Durham Region. They invite everyone to attend and discover new frontiers in virtual reality gaming and experiences
Startup Grind Durham
Guest entrepreneur is Spencer Turbitt,
CEO of iApotheca Healthcare Inc.

A life-long entrepreneur, Spencer’s entrepreneurial journey began at a young age with lemonade stands and hustling products he purchased in bulk for a profit while growing up in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Tuesday, June 12 @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Riley's Pub, 104 King St E Oshawa, L1H 1B6 Register Now
2018 Small Business Money Forum
Looking for ways to fund your business?
Interested in understanding market conditions so that you can build your customer base? Trying to find tools and resources to help you manage your money? Join TD and the City of Toronto for a full-day session focused on helping small and medium-sized businesses get connected to financial resources to help them grow and succeed.

Friday, June 16 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, 3rd Floor, Council Chambers, Toronto Register Now
WISE 50 over 50 Awards are now open
The 2018, WISE 50 over 50 Awards are now open and accepting applications and nominations for deserving entrepreneurs who started a business after the age 50.
If you know anyone who has started their business after the age of 50, I encourage you to have them apply or nominate them yourself. If anyone is skeptical I suggest you read what the 2017 winners have to say about the awards.

More information and the application form is available at Applications close June 30, 2018
Thank you to our 2018 Executive Partner
To learn about their services, please visit their website: