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Business Resources


  • Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE)

    ACE is the first testing and research centre of its kind in Canada, and in many respects, the world. ACE offers a full range of test chambers including one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels on the planet. In this chamber they can create:

    • Wind speeds in excess of 240 km/hr
    • Temperatures ranging from minus 40C to plus 60C
    • Relative humidity ranging from five per cent to 95 per cent

    ACE is wholly owned and operated by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and is located on the north campus in Oshawa, Ontario.

  • Boards of Trade (BOT) and Chambers of Commerce

    The local boards of trade and chambers of commerce are a pre-eminent resource for business to connect, grow and succeed by providing maximum value through education, networking, advocacy and business opportunities in our community. As the “Voice of Business”, these organizations are committed to advancing existing business, attracting new economic opportunities and constructively influencing public policy to support a healthy private enterprise system.

    Ajax/Pickering Board of Trade

    Beaverton District Chamber of Commerce

    Clarington Board of Trade

    Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

    Scugog Chamber of Commerce

    Uxbridge Chamber of Commerce

    Whitby Chamber of Commerce

  • Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD)

    The BACD is a non-profit organization funded in partnership by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and The Regional Municipality of Durham. The BACD helps launch and accelerate small business by providing one-on-one consultation; educational seminars and workshops to help small businesses acquire the skills and knowledge to effectively manage and grow. BACD is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE).

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

    BDC is Canada’s business development bank, a federal crown corporation that has been in existence for more than 65 years. BDC’s national presence includes its newest business centre in Whitby, supporting businesses moving into Durham Region. BDC’s commitment to entrepreneurs was very evident in recent economic turbulence through our ongoing availability of credit and support of existing customers. Specialized services include:

    • High ratio, non-demand financing tailor-made, by transaction;
    • Consulting services, which provided by an extensive base of external experts, are designed to help businesses become more efficient, better promote their business and be more profitable; and
    • Value-added services include assisting owners with daily challenges through our own personal expertise and introductions to various outside resources.
  • Central Counties Tourism

    Central Counties Tourism (also known as Regional Tourism Organization 6) is an industry-led, non-profit organization with a mandate to support and grow tourism in provincially designated regions. Region 6 - comprised within the boundaries of the regions of Durham and York, and The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, provides strategic leadership in moving the tourism sector forward in Durham Region.

  • Corporate Training Services Durham College

    Durham College's Corporate Training Services delivers client-focused and results-driven training solutions. With professional trainers who are industry experts, CTS has become an established, proven provider of innovative training solutions to meet the needs of industry..

  • Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC)

    DAAC was established in 2002 to provide advice on agricultural and related rural matters. This volunteer advisory committee is composed of members representing a diverse range of agricultural expertise, experience and knowledge of agriculture and related rural issues. DAAC provides advice to the Durham Region Planning Committee, Economic Development Committee and staff on agricultural and related rural issues affecting Durham Region.

  • Durham Region Employment Network (DREN)

    DREN is a membership organization connecting people, services and employers. To the business community, its members act as an extended human resources department, providing services from recruitment to training. DREN is a central point of contact for employers to connect with the vast array of employment services in Durham Region.

  • Durham Workforce Authority

    The Durham Workforce Authority (aka Durham Region Local Training Board) was incorporated in 1997 as one of twenty five Local Boards in Ontario.

    Concern about training and adjustment programs in Ontario surfaced in the late 1980s. Programs were not always accessible to those they were intended to help. Questions were raised about whether the skills taught were even relevant to the changing job market. Both Canada and Ontario consulted with the labour market partners about the state of labour market programs. The feedback was clear the system needed to be changed dramatically. Creating an efficient, effective, and equitable system required the direct input of those involved in the labour market – the labour market partners. The governments needed to develop a structure that would be the voice for the labour market partners. Hence, Local Boards were formed to be the voice of communities and their constituencies to government. They would facilitate labour market development at the community level.

  • Export Development Canada (EDC)

    The EDC offers a range of trade finance and risk management services to Canadian exporters doing business in more than 200 markets worldwide.

  • FedDev Ontario

    FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region's strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage, and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy.

  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

    The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps companies successfully navigate the complexities of international markets. The TCS is on-the-ground in more than 150 cities worldwide, gaining market intelligence and uncovering opportunities for Canadian companies.

  • The Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council (LDIPC)

    The Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council's throughout Ontario are a mechanism, funded by the federal government, that are designed to develop local partnerships and community-based planning around the needs of residents and newcomers. The LDIPC has four main objectives: to create a culture of inclusion, to improve labour market outcomes for newcomers, to attract and retain newcomers and to enhance Durham’s settlement capacity.

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  • Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG)

    The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth supports a strong, innovative economy that can provide jobs, opportunities and prosperity for all Ontarians. The ministry delivers a range of programs, services and tools to help businesses innovate and compete in today’s fast-changing global economy, including business support and youth entrepreneurship programs, strategic investments and international trade and export expertise.

  • Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI)

    The Ministry of Infrastructure guides Ontario's historic infrastructure plan and leads projects that strengthen our communities and economy, such as hospitals, transit systems, roads and bridges.

  • Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS)

    The Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science supports world-class research, commercialization and innovation taking place across Ontario through a range of programs and services, such as the Ontario Research Fund, Innovation Demonstration Fund and Ontario Venture Capital Fund.

    With research partners in universities, colleges and hospitals, entrepreneurs and business leaders, the ministry helps foster scientific discovery and commercialization of new technologies, and products that can be marketed to the world. By harnessing Ontario’s talented workforce, entrepreneurial spirit, and highly developed industry clusters, the ministry is helping to build an innovative culture in Ontario that continues to support job creation and economic growth for all Ontarians.

  • National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

    NRC-IRAP is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small; and medium-sized Canadian enterprises (SMEs). NRC-IRAP is a vital component of the NRC, and a cornerstone in Canada's innovation system. Worldwide, NRC-IRAP is regarded as one of the best programs of its kind.

  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

    The Ontario Centres of Excellence drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. OCE through its Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR), an initiative supported by the federal government, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable commercial success and global competitiveness.

  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

    The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is an Ontario government ministry responsible for the food, agriculture and rural sectors of the province of Ontario.

  • Spark Centre

    Spark Centre's goal is to help entrepreneurs accelerate their journey from idea to commercialization in order to grow an innovative community, one successful company at a time. Spark Centre is a “one-stop shop” providing business coaching and mentorship, learning tools, connections to business and research networks, and help with access to investment and funding, ultimately creating jobs and wealth within Durham Region and Northumberland County. Spark Centre is one of the newest among 14 non-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that are members of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE).

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