Posted by: WPL | 2014/11/06

More events!

Do It In Durham 2014 logo.The Business Summit may be over for this year (and what a Business Summit it was!), but the events keep coming. November 17 to 21 is Global Entrepreneurship Week and to celebrate, several local business groups and support organizations are holding Do It In Durham 2014. Do It In Durham will be running a series of events across Durham Region to showcase and encourage entrepreneurship. There’s some really neat and informative stuff aimed at existing and budding entrepreneurs – there’s something for everyone!

Posted by: WPL | 2014/10/28

Almost there…

It’s tomorrow! Durham’s premier business event – it’s late, but not too late to see Frank O’Dea, an interactive panel discussion and great workshops on marketing, talent, IT and succession. You can still register online or drop in tomorrow. Registration starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM and Frank O’Dea’s keynote address at 9:00, so make sure you’re here on time!

Follow along on Twitter at @DurhamBizSummit and on InstaGram at #DRBS2014.

Business SummitThe countdown continues. Only three weeks to Durham’s premiere business event, the Durham Business Summit. And now there’s a new website that provides all of the details (plus registration) in one convenient spot. It’ll be a full and terrific day of inspiration, learning and networking.

And don’t forget that keynote speaker Frank O’Dea has written two books, both available at WPL. When All You Have Is Hope is his first book, written in 2008. It tells his inspiring rags-to-riches story, detailing his rise from a homeless alcoholic living on the streets of Toronto to co-founder of the Second Cup coffee juggernaut. Do the Next Right Thing: Surviving Life’s Crises is his second book, written in 2013. In it, Frank provides techniques and strategies to help deal with crises – and a big part of that is recognizing that a crisis may simply represent change, and not necessarily change for the worst. “The crisis is a curve in the road, not a dead end.”

Posted by: WPL | 2014/09/29

One month today!!

Business SummitThe Durham Business Summit is just one month away! Come out to Deer Creek to hear terrific speakers (including Frank O’Dea of Second Cup fame), learn at informative working sessions, connect at the trade show and network with other area entrepreneurs. All on October 29! Register online at the Chamber website.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/09/15

New Whitby Chamber magazine

AscentureThere’s a new media player coming to Whitby! The Whitby Chamber of Commerce is launching Ascenture magazine, a quarterly publication aimed at Whitby’s business community. Ascenture’s content will address the issues faced by Durham Region businesses with topics like marketing, finance, technology and talent. The coolest part? Articles are written by the member professionals at the Chamber, making this an excellent way to tap into local business expertise. The first issue is scheduled to appear on October 15, so watch for it. For more information, check out the Chamber’s media kit. It includes contact information if you’d like to purchase ad space or, if you’re a Chamber member, look into submitting an article of your own.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/08/13

ImageDurham Region’s Economic Development department has launched a new website! is intended to one-stop shopping for businesses looking to invest, relocate or set up shop in Durham Region. It outlines why companies should locate in Durham Region, key business sectors, a property search tool, links to resources to help launch a business and publications. We’ve added this site to our list of links – check it out!

Posted by: WPL | 2014/08/07

Business Math

Book cover for Mind for Numbers.We’re always trying to stay on top of what’s hot in the book world, and a great place to do that is Amazon. Their bestsellers lists are updated all of the time and they provide a different take on bestselling books than the NY Times, Globe and Mail or Maclean’s lists. Plus, they have subject specific lists, including one for business. One title caught my eye recently. It’s a new book that we didn’t have, but it looked like it would be a good addition to the collection. So we ordered it.

Barbara Oakley’s A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if you Flunked Algebra) “offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field” of math. She suggests taking a different approach to math problems using the creative part of the brain. Many of us have difficulty with math and given its importance in the business world (and in many other fields), books like this may offer some help. Here’s hoping. Mind for Numbers was released August 5 and should arrive soon.

In the meantime, we have lots of other math books, including some related specifically to business math and math for investors. Check them out!

Posted by: WPL | 2014/07/29

At Last! New Data for PCensus!

Screenshot of PCensus.As noted last year, the detailed Census data that we provided in PCensus was not available for 2011. This is due to the changes made in administering the Census and collecting data, specifically the switch from the old long-form census to the National Household Survey. It has been almost a year, but we’re pleased to report that we finally have a solution. We’re adding new data for several useful categories, including that perennial business favourite, income. Other categories include labour force by occupational categories, households & dwellings, education, citizenship, visible minority population and mobility status. And of course, we still have basic demographics (age/gender) and spending info for any area you choose in Ontario, right down to the neighbourhood level. We can look at everything within a 5 minute drive of your location, the entire province or anything in between.

Want to get a look at your customers? Just drop us a line and set up an appointment. You’ll walk away with a full demographic and spending report that will help you get to know the customers in your area better.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/07/17

More Reasons to Save the Date!

Business Summit

A few weeks ago, we suggested you save October 29 for something special. And now we can tell you what that something special is! The Durham Region Business Summit, one impactful day to learn, lead and succeed, brings awesome speakers (including Frank O’Dea, who overcame incredible challenges to cofound Second Cup), enlightening and educational sessions, and a great trade show to the Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility. There will be more information about this terrific event in the weeks to come, but you might want to consider getting your tickets now. An event this awesome is going to sell out fast!

This business extravaganza is presented by the good folks at the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/06/26

Business for Dummies

Business DummiesThey’re one of the most familiar book brands around. They’re easy to spot, wherever they are. Dozens (hundreds?) of new and updated titles are released every year. And we have them at the library.

Of course, we speak of the famed “Dummies” series of books. These yellow and black softcovers explain how to do all sorts of different things – use softwareunderstand a sport, figure out math and, start or run a business. We have a bunch of business books for dummies, from writing business plans to marketing to accounting. They present sometimes difficult concepts in a fun and easy-to-understand manner. And comics! There are always one-panel comics to lighten the mood.

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