Be part of Durham Region's Entrepreneurial Community!
Apply for BACD's Pitch2Win Business Competition now!
Call all business in Durham Region!
Every business needs a great elevator pitch! Enter now to t ake advantage of the skills training and a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes!

Application deadline:
Monday October 8 at 4pm
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Mandatory info session October 10, 4:30-5:30pm
Limited space. Restrictions apply. 
Open to registered businesses operating between 1 to 5 years in the Durham Region. #DoItInDurham
October 5
BACD Business Mentoring Session
Join us at this monthly group Business Mentoring session. A problem shared is a problem halved, so bring your business challenges to others in the business community. This is  not a " sell at" session, but an opportunity to bring thought-provoking questions with a vision of building your business and to drive the vibrancy of Durham Region’s entrepreneurial community.

Time: 9:00am - 11:00am FREE
Location: BACD Offices, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200 Whitby  REGISTER
October 10
Step 1, Profit 
Revenue is not profit. Having a positive balance in your bank account does make you profitable. This half day workshop will teach you to love your numbers, and have your numbers love you in return. By the end of the session you will reverse engineered your outrageous income goals for the next year, and know exactly what it will take on a day by day basis to accomplish them. – Power of One – Limitless Results – Cashflow Predictor
This session's ROI is Profit Predictor

Time: 8:30pm - 12:30pm
Event location : BACD Office, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby L1R 2G6
Cost : $35 (+EventBrite fee) REGISTER
October 16, 2018
Taking place during Small Business Week, Heart of Networking Events has partnered with BACD.
Event in Partnership with
Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Forest Brook Community Church,
60 Kearney Drive, Ajax, ON L1S3W4
Cost: $50.85 (Includes lunch)

Click to REGISTER and see the full agenda
Up! Sales Talks
Join us for UP! A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches.

October 17
Audrey Jamieson, President, Marketing Kitchen

Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Location: Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre Street South, Whitby, L1N 4W2
October 17
She Means Business
Join a community of female entrepreneurs for interesting conversations, connections and collaborations.

This month we have Danielle Fernandes, Founder & CEO of Bantr Inc. An entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, activist, speaker, and writer, Danielle has worked with endless clients from large-scale corporations to smaller scale non-profits.
She is passionate about plant based lifestyles, animal rights and her basset hounds Seymour & Seely. Danielle is an avid reader and holds true to a minimum of a book a week ranging from business to classic English literature and any content by her hero, Malcolm Gladwell. 

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm FREE
Location: Durham College (Centre for Collaborative Education (CfCE), 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON L1H 7L7 CA REGISTER
October 18
Starting Smart
Presented by Andrea Rowland, BACD
You have an idea for a business but not sure what to do next?

In this session you will learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset needed for success, top business ideas, creating a business online and then how to ensure that the business will be viable.  

Time: 9:30am - 11:00am
Location: The Collective Offices, 93 King Street West, Bowmanville, ON L1C1R2
Cost: $28.25 REGISTER
October 18
Reach Customers Online with Google
Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We’ll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and G Suite.

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Event location : BACD Office, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby ON L1R 2G6
Cost: $10 (+ EventBrite fee) REGISTER
October 23
BACD Biz Lunch
Our networking lunch is for businesses 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 connect, share ideas, opportunities and challenges.

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, Whitby  REGISTER
October 23
Rock Your Holiday Sales
Presented by Teresa Shaver, BACD

Most businesses make all their sales in the last quarter of the year in the run up to Christmas.

In this session we will look at how to get ready for this busy time of year and to build irresistible strategies to rocket your holiday sales.

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: The Maker's Hub, 1200 Phillip Murray Ave, Unit #5 Oshawa L1J 6Z8
Cost : $15 / Free to members of The Makers Hub REGISTER
November 1, 2018
Digital Durham Symposium
Learn about digital tools to grow your business

  • Digital Main Street Grant Program
  • The Google Toolkit
  • Online Reputation Management
  • LinkedIn Best Practices
  • Marketing via Mobile
  • Cyber Security

8:30am - 4:15pm
Whitby Centennial Building

Full Day Ticket: $35 / Half Day Ticket: $25
(lunch included in all tickets)

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 .
BACD Start Up Sessions

October 3 @ 9:30am - 11:00am

October 10 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm

October 17 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm

October 24 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm

October 31 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
BACD Business Fundamentals

Business Planning
October 3 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Marketing & Sales
October 16 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Financials & Operations
October 31 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Do It In Durham - Register Now!
November 12-16
Get ready for
Do It In Durham 2018!
Now it its 6th year, Do It In Durham is 40+ business events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.

  • Be Inspired
  • Connect & Collaborate
  • Explore Opportunities
  • Build Your Network
  • Learn From Experts
Do not miss this week!

More events coming....
Charlotte Caunter, Founder of Health Shero
Charlotte is a mum of two children, a Health Coach, Certified Health & Nutrition Consultant, Certified Raw Food Chef, Cancer Survivor, Author and the Founder of Health Sheroes.
Having been through the challenge of cancer at age 32 and having to deal with the limited options for cancer treatment in Canada, she decided to become her own health shero! With research and training, Charlotte has discovered a path that helped her take control of her own health from the inside out.

By experiencing the positive changes in her own life, she has developed a health and wellness lifestyle program that will give others the power to take control of their inner health and wellness.

Charlotte’s goal is to educate, empower and inspire women to be their own Health Shero!

To learn more about Charlotte’s services, please contact her at:
Services Offered:
  • Health Consultation Programs
  • Workshops
  • Health Retreats
  • Webinars
October 22
Municipal and School Board Elections

Positions you can vote for:
  • Regional Chair, who is the head of Council of the Region of Durham;
  • Mayor, who will be elected City-wide;
  • Regional and City Councillor, who will be elected from their ward;
  • City Councillor, who will be elected from their ward;
  • School Board Trustees for the appropriate school board, who will be elected City-wide.

This information was provided by the City of Oshawa. Elections take place in all municipalities. Please visit your municipality website for more info and to register to vote.
October 24
Employer Appreciation Breakfast
Complimentary breakfast in appreciation for all employers in the community!

  • Learn about the advantages of employing individuals with disabilities
  • Network

Time: 7:30am
Location: Oshawa Golf & Curling Club

RSVP by October 17, 2018 to:
October 30
Power of Women presents
"Take it to the Next Level" Conference & Trade Show
Connect with an elite group of Powerful Professional and Entrepreneurial Women at the Ajax Convention Centre.

Special Features: Fashion Show: Why and How to Dress for Success
" The Elevator Pitch". A complementary recording of your current "Elevator Pitch & Value Offering" recorded on site & the opportunity to have feedback from your coach of choice from experts from stage.

On Stage: Successful Entrepreneurs, Region Leaders and Top Professionals share practical proven tips, knowledge and show us how to take our business and careers to the next level.

For more details visit:
Thank you to our 2018 Executive Partner
To learn about their services, please visit their website:
BACD - the go-to for Business Guidance in Durham Region!