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2021 Do It In Durham – Riding the Waves of Entrepreneurship

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2021 Do It In Durham – Nov 8 – 12 virtual again.

We are in the planning stages for 2021 and have some great presenters lined up already in topics such as Marketing Funnels, Lead Generation using Linkedin and Google, How to Show Up Online like a Star, Branding – so much more than a logo, Creating Click Worthy Graphics with Canva and so much more!

2021’s Theme is about Riding the Waves of Entrepreneurship. There are many peaks and valley’s to navigate on the journey of entrepreneurship and often the best strategy is to keep paddling and to keep going.  There have been studies that show the entrepreneurs that are successful are so because they make decisions and take consistent action.  Action is what creates the outcomes you are striving for.

We are also planning a virtual flag raising for Monday Nov 8th at 9am and then you have the option of jumping into 2 zoom links per day where these sessions will be hosted.  During the week we will also have Relax sessions taking care of our mental health – something we all need after these last 2 years!

Events will start being posted in September – bookmark for all the details!

Below is a snippet of 2020’s Do It In Durham Week.

Thank you to everyone who joined us Do It In Durham Entrepreneurship Week 2020 – online!

2020 has been a year that no one thought could ever happen. It has challenged people and businesses in so many ways. It has challenged us to think about different ways to do business that would not have been part of the business model or way of doing business in the past. It has also brought many creative and innovative ways to the forefront for many.

This year, we embrace change and challenge through our themes of Digital Tools, Digital Marketing, Business Mindset and Exploring New Markets.

Enjoy, learn, share and connect with us here at BACD – we are here to support you in anyway that we can!

Thank you to our sponsors & partners – we could not have done this without you.

**Monday** started with over 50 people listening to Chair John Henry as he opened the week and shared about the growth of our Region. Simon Gill, Director of Economic Development and Tourism gave a fantastic presentation on the Region, Economic Development and supports for business, we finished with Brandon Pickard, Tourism Manager debuting #ShopDurhamRegion and #SupportLocal.

As business owners and consumers, we have a choice as to where we invest our dollars. Supporting local make sense. Watch the opening

Laura Beauparlant of LabCreative Inc. ran a fantastic workshop on It’s All About Chemistry – Why Brands Success or Fail. Watch event

Colleen Imrie of The Nooks Canada highlighted their Maker Series – another marketplace for local maker businesses. Watch event


Women’s Entrepreneurship Going Global  Screen shot of women entrepreneurs
Information, support and resources available for Women entrepreneurs and how to start exporting services and products.  A BIG thank you to guest speakers Karima (KC) Goundiam and Melissa Malcolm who shared their personal experiences. Watch event

Reimagine, Recover, Relaunch Panel
Local small business owners on how they overcame the challenges of COVID19 and adapted to the ‘new normal.’ Thank you, Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse, the wonderful moderator for the event and the guest speakers: Frantastic Events, All or Nothing Brewhouse & Distillery, Full Tilt Cycle Durham, and The Maker’s Hub. Wow, so many great pieces of wisdom shared tonight. Watch event


Your Virtual Storefront – Shaun Bernstein, The Write Stuff
A robust web presence is integral to being found online. Everyone searches online. Watch event

Speak with Apology to Overthrow Imposter SyndromeGreg Frankson, VoiceShare
Watch as Greg guides the audience to live into the reality of who they are and what they can contribute. Watch event

Sell more of your Current Products & Services with OnlineSamantha King, Fempire Builders
Online courses bring in cash! Learn the nuts and bolts of creating an online course. Watch event

1855 Whitby: Masterclass Our right to Access

Thank you to Chantal Kreviazuk for her beautiful performance.


Cyber Security for the Business Soul, Darnley Greson JR, DarnIT
S steps to protect your business “online” in this new digital age of working remotely. Watch event

20 Content Ideas for the Holidays – Orzala Quddusi, Make It Happen Online
Creative ideas on how content allows your business to stand out and be unique. Watch event

People Purpose Planet – Social Enterprise ChatJay Fisher, FastStart Durham College. Social enterprises are on the rise! Businesses can solve a social problem and be socially responsible.  Watch event


Developing Effective Business Systems, Judith Tait
Working ON your business, rather than IN it. Creating the time and money freedom they desire. Watch event

Avery Swartz, See you on the Internet
Superbly simple steps to improve your digital marketing both globally and locally. Watch event

There were 49 events!

The presenters of Do It In Durham volunteer their time and expertise. THANK YOU for making our business community what it is!

Introduction to Exporting: New Market Opportunities and Resources to Help You.
A very informative session presented by Daiana Villarreal and Ryan Convery| Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade Download pdf

Raising Capital through Angel Investors – Kristen Marumoto, Spark Angel Network

How To Get Clients and Customers With Google – Brandon Quan, Champions of SEO
This session was packed full of information to help businesses improve their digital assets’ SEO.

How to Get Found on Google Search and MapsM. Yalçın Parmaksız

What’s Brewing – Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Heart of Networking Events

Buying Journey of Your Digital Customer – Ameya Juvekar,

Selling on the Spot Marketplace. Website

Brilliant Catalyst 2nd Anniversary Event Ontario Tech University Website

The Side Hustle Starter Kit, Jeff Mitchell – The Makers Collective
Register for the next Side Hustle Starter Kit session: Register now

Spark Centre Startup Grind In Conversation with the inspirational Anthony Lue

Business Booster Shot: A Panel event hosted by the UNG-Uxbridge Networking Group, led by Annie Hardock.

Do It In Durham Unwind Wrap Up Event – a small group of passionate people joined us for the final hurrah.. it was a long week, made longer by sitting in front of a computer all day – thank you for showing up and celebrating. We had such a fun time chatting and laughing together. Business does not always need to be serious.

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