The go-to for Business Guidance in Durham Region!
MARCH 2018
Running a Business -
you don't know, what you don't know!
Let's face it, we can say that about anything, but it is especially true when it comes to running your own business.

You go into business for many reasons. You are passionate about something, your education or skills or maybe you want to work for yourself and you want something of your own - your time, your efforts and your reward.

But what about the business part?
Running a business is not easy, but we can help make it a little easier. The BACD provides many opportunities for you to access tools, resources, learn new skills, as well as connect with Durham Region's business community.
Meet with a BACD Business Advisor
Our business advisors are experienced entrepreneurs and can provide a fresh perspective into your business enabling you to make decisions, take action and grow 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 :
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 first 6 months. Option to apply for a business line of credit *subject to approval.

Contact directly at  905-728-5187  or visit  to learn more
Brooklin Foot & Orthotic Clinic is the place to go when it comes to treating painful feet for individuals of all ages. The head chiropodist, Janet Yu, and her team of dedicated staff offer specialized treatment solution and custom-made orthotics for those suffering from calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetes, arch, heel or ankle pain, or any other foot related problems.

Janet Yu has been a registered chiropodist with the College of Chiropodist of Ontario since 2013. She says the best part of being a chiropodist is being able to help people with painful feet walk pain free again. As such, she loves her profession and shows her passion by providing exceptional foot care to her patients.
The clinic is easily accessible on Baldwin street in Brooklin, Whitby. Parking is available on the side street or in the rear parking lot.
Call them at: 905-425-FEET (3338) or visit their website for more information:
Using Web & Social Data to Grow Your Business
Presented by:  Bobby Kelly,

This event is dense with practical info and hands on activities and will teach you how to use data to improve your business. We’ll give an overview of the people, process and tools involved to make data an asset in your business.

Wednesday, March 7  @   2:00pm - 4:00pm
BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby
COST: $35 + admin fee REGISTER NOW
  • Is your website and social working?
  • Are your SEO and paid marketing efforts paying off?
  • Where should you spend more money
Podcasting: An essential marketing strategy for your business!

This workshop and presentation on podcasting will save you an enormous amount of time on research and self-training. You will leave knowing everything you need to know about creating and starting a podcast in a simple non-complicated way.

About the Presenter: Alexander Laurin is the Author of “ The Book on Podcasting, An Insider’s Guide to Recording Success.

Thursday, March 8 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
BACD Office, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby
COST: $20 + admin fee REGISTER NOW
Financial Risk Management for Business Owners
Your are ready for a take-off, but have you tightened your seat belts?

Money Management is something that is often missed by many business owners. The aim of this presentation is to educate about the blind spots most business owners miss and strategies to avoid them. 

Our guest speaker is Makarand Deshpande, consultant with Investors Group.

Thursday, March 15 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
BACD Office, 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 Emma Harris, Founder and CEO of . healthypets is a digital marketplace connecting local veterinarians with pet parents on demand though video chat, providing affordable access to veterinary care.  

Tuesday, March 20 @ 8:00am - 9:30am
Whitby Centennial Building , 416 Centre Street S., Whitby REGISTER NOW
Celebrating International Women’s Day
Join us and Heart of Networking as we salute the entrepreneurs, the business owners, the practitioners, the leaders, the teams and ALL women of this Community!
We have a panel discussion, plus a 5 star lunch

Tuesday, March 20 @ 11:00pm - 2:00pm
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, March 27 @ 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, 1355 Kingston Rd, Pickering
Digital Durham: Tell Your Story and Build Your Digital Presence
How much business are you losing by not being found online? In this workshop you will learn the essentials to get your business searchable online, enhance your social media presence, and how to start an email marketing campaign.

Presented by: Steve Baric, President SMB Web Services

Wednesday, March 28 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm
Ajax Council Chambers , 65 Harwood Avenue S. Ajax 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
Thursday 8 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday 14 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
Thursday 22 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday 27 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm
BACD Business Fundamentals

Business Planning
Tuesday 6 @ 9:30am - 11:30am

Marketing & Sales
Tuesday 20 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hack for Good Hackathon 2018
March 9th & 10th

In teams of 2-5, developers, designers, and marketers will come together to build a functioning app that tackles an environmental issue in just 36 hours.

To find out how you can participate or sponsor, visit the website:
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
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur working in a business?
Coming in Fall 2018 is a program that supports aspiring entrepreneurs connected to a business, in the creation of a new intrapreneurial project (A business, a new division of a business, a new product, a new app) that will contribute to a stronger economic future for the company. Learn more
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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