Webinar April 09, 2020: What Every Business Needs to Know about Employment Law Right Now

Join us for a Discussion on critical workforce management dilemmas in light of Canadian Employment Law during the time of lock-down and restrictions.

About this Event:

COVID-19 has called into question many aspects of conventional business operations and practices. Employers are improvising and exercising makeshift adjustments.

Do you have questions about Layoff, Termination, Payment to Employees, work-from-home arrangements? Register now to find answers to some of these vexed questions.

Register on Eventbrite:
https://dhbia-webinar-april-09-2020.eventbrite.ca

Or, you may also directly join the WebEx meeting, when the meeting starts:
https://meetingsamer9.webex.com/meetingsamer9/j.php?MTID=m40b9d84a9a946d6e92df7ca53b1aef1a

To learn more and get involved, please contact us. E-mail us at: business@dukeheights.ca.

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DUKE Heights Business Networking Event on March 24, 2020

Why Business Networking Events?

At DUKE Heights BIA we believe in the power of building connections, which essentially means connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.

If you are someone who thinks that pursuing opportunities to connect with industry leaders or professionals with varying skills, interests and perspectives is critical to your own business growth, this event is for you.

Through our meetups and networking sessions we encourage good quality referrals among the participants. Our goal is to help members improve workflow and grow their business. Our members and guests come from a wide variety of businesses and we enjoy a friendly, helpful atmosphere at our meetings, where those attending can benefit from one another’s experience and expertise.

Next Business Networking Event

Date & Time:

March 24, 2020, 8 AM – 10 AM

Venue:

YEDI – York Entrepreneurship Development Institute HQ
907 Alness St, North York, ON M3J 2J1

Topics:

  • Simple Ways to get your BOOK ready for your business/corporate filings and Tips on minimizing Your Business/Corporate Tax
  • Small Business Survival and Growth strategies – how to fight low-cost competitors

Speakers:

  • Thomas Tang, Partner at Tang & Partners LLP
  • Atul Oka, Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, DUKE Heights BIA

What can you expect?

  • Interactive presentations on business topics by business people
  • Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business
  • Networking – make valuable connections
  • Freshly served breakfast & free parking

Interested in attending? Sign up on Eventbrite. It’s FREE! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/duke-heights-business-networking-event-march-24-2020-tickets-97850197575.

Let us know your thoughts at business@dukeheights.ca, or, join DUKE Heights Business Hub Meetup Group (https://www.meetup.com/DUKE-Heights-Business-Hub-Meetup-Group/) so we can keep you updated.

DUKE Heights Business Networking Event on February 27, 2020

Why Business Networking?

At DUKE Heights BIA we believe in the power of building connections, which essentially means connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.

If you are someone who thinks that pursuing opportunities to connect with industry leaders or professionals with varying skills, interests and perspectives is critical to your own business growth, this event is for you.

Through our meetups and networking sessions we encourage good quality referrals among the participants. Our goal is to help members improve workflow and grow their business. Our members and guests come from a wide variety of businesses and we enjoy a friendly, helpful atmosphere at our meetings, where those attending can benefit from one another’s experience and expertise.

Next Business Networking Event:

Date & Time: February 27, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Venue:

YEDI – York Entrepreneurship Development Institute HQ
907 Alness St, North York, ON M3J 2J1

Topics:

  • Tax Essentials
  • How to Market Yourself in Videos that will Go Viral

Speakers:

  • Alina Peleg, Corporate Accounting & Business Development at Peleg’s Group
  • Joshua Oliver, Screenwriter, Director and Content Producer

Also, the DUKE Law team will be present at the venue to help you find answers to your business questions. DUKE Law is a free legal information service developed for businesses of all sizes by DUKE Heights BIA in partnership with Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

What can you expect?

  • Interactive presentations on business topics by business people
  • Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business
  • Networking – make valuable connections
  • Freshly served snacks and beverage
  • Free parking

Interested in attending? Sign up on Eventbrite. It’s FREE! https://duke-heights-business-networking-meetup-feb-27.eventbrite.ca.

Let us know your thoughts at business@dukeheights.ca, or, join the DUKE Heights Business Hub Meetup Group (https://www.meetup.com/DUKE-Heights-Business-Hub-Meetup-Group/) so we can keep you updated.

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest on Family Day, February 17, 2020

DUKE Heights BIA is once again hosting DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest, one of our annual events for the community. As the local BIA, it is our goal to promote our businesses and bring investment to the area. Our winter festival is a great opportunity for our neighbouring communities to enjoy local food and event vendors.

Join us in celebrating this year’s Family Day on Monday, February 17, 2020 along with the rest of the DUKE Heights community. DUKE on Ice winter festival is back with ice-skating, loads of food, music, free giveaways and fun family activities! Come and join us at Champagne Centre parking area with your family and friends. Everyone is welcome and admission is free!

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 (Family Day)
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Address: Champagne Centre, 2 Champagne Drive, Toronto, ON M3J 0K2

Interested in getting involved as a sponsor and/or a volunteer? Email us at events@dukeheights.ca, or call (416) 739-1621. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683249515139459/.

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest on Family Day, February 17, 2020

January 01, 2020

Join us in celebrating this year’s Family Day on Monday, February 17, 2020 along with the rest of the DUKE Heights community. DUKE on Ice winter festival is coming back to North York with ice-skating, loads of food, music, free giveaways and fun family activities! Admission is free. Come to the Champagne Centre parking area with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!

By hosting DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest, the only event of its kind, our goal is to promote North York and provide a winter festival for our neighbouring communities. It will also provide local food and event vendors an opportunity to promote their businesses and this area.

DUKE Heights BIA works to bring investment to the Downsview and the Dufferin-Keele neighbourhoods. We expect this event to attract many children, families, and community members as it is held on the Family Day. This event will be a unique attraction for the neighbourhood!

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 (Family Day)
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Address: Champagne Centre, 2 Champagne Drive, Toronto, ON M3J 0K2

Interested in getting involved as a sponsor and/or a volunteer? Email us at events@dukeheights.ca, or call (416) 739-1621. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683249515139459/.

DUKE Heights Business Breakfasts 2020: Foundation Series

January 01, 2020

Why Business Breakfasts?

At DUKE Heights BIA we believe in the power of building connections, which essentially means connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.

If you are someone who thinks that pursuing opportunities to connect with industry leaders or professionals with varying skills, interests and perspectives is critical to your own business growth, you are one like us.

Through our meetups and networking breakfast sessions we encourage good quality referrals to help members improve workflow and grow their business. Our members and guests come from a wide variety of businesses and we enjoy a friendly, helpful atmosphere at our meetings, where those attending can benefit from one another’s experience and expertise.

Next Business Breakfast Event:

Date & Time: January 23, 2020, 8 AM – 10 AM

Venue:

YEDI – York Entrepreneurship Development Institute HQ
907 Alness St, North York, ON M3J 2J1

Topics:

  • Business Financing Options for Entrepreneurs
  • Maximize your marketing dollar with digital marketing

Speakers:

  • Thomas Tang, Partner at Tang & Partners LLP
  • Catherine Luzena-Hall, Founder at Practical Marketing Group

What can you expect?

  • Interactive presentations on business topics by business people
  • Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business
  • Networking – make valuable connections
  • Fresh breakfast buffet & free parking

Interested in attending? Sign up on Eventbrite. It’s FREE! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/duke-heights-business-networking-breakfast-january-23-2020-tickets-86716147331.

Let us know your thoughts at business@dukeheights.ca, or, join DUKE Heights Business Hub Meetup Group (https://www.meetup.com/DUKE-Heights-Business-Hub-Meetup-Group/) so we can keep you updated.

DUKE Heights Business Breakfasts

Dec 01, 2019

DUKE Heights BIA is launching a series of FREE business breakfasts and networking events in the new year. Each event will include an information sharing session from business professionals and experts who will share ways in which you are able accelerate the success of your business.

What can you expect?

An interactive business presentation related to business BY Businesspeople + discussion about the topic of the event

Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business

Networking – Connect with other businesspeople and build long lasting relationships

Freshly served breakfast – Your time is valuable. So, let’s kill two birds with one stone. Join us for breakfast while learning how to boost your business.

If you are interested in attending, please make sure to let us know at business@dukeheights.ca, so we can keep you updated.

Annual General Meeting 2019 – DUKE Heights BIA

November 01, 2019

DUKE Heights BIA invites its members to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Location: Painters Union Hall (IUPAT), 132 Toro Rd, Toronto
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Proof of BIA membership will be required. Members are requested to bring their photo IDs and either a business card, utility bill showing business name/tenant name and address, or their City of Toronto property tax bill.
The purpose of this meeting is to approve the DUKE Heights BIA budget and general program for 2020. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to BIA members. For the BIA member, the best way to participate in decision making is to get involved, so we encourage you to be active and join our committees.

AGM Invitation - DUKE Heights BIA

Tour de DUKE Heights – Children’s Bike Race held on October 05, 2019

October 05, 2019

While the “big” folks can race, so can the “little” ones!

After hiding behind the gloom for the past few days, the sun finally came out bright to smile at and welcome young riders on the tracks of the first ever Tour de DUKE Heights on October 05, 2019. The event took place on Canarctic Drive located in DUKE Heights BIA. It was a “special day” for children from surrounding communities who received their first bikes and helmets as gifts and then took part in a friendly race.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory addressing children and parents at Tour de DUKE Heights 2019

DUKE Heights BIA co-hosted the first Tour de DUKE Heights with Toronto City Councillor Anthony Perruzza. The event was a success! Special thanks to the City Transportation and Traffic Management departments, TTC, EMS, Toronto Police, CultureLink Bike Hub and our volunteers for assisting in the day’s events.

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The day started with a Cycling Education and Safety training session by CultureLink Bike Hub and bike trainer Hugh Smith, who is also a retired officer and one of the city’s first Bike Patrol Unit officers. This session aimed at guiding the young riders on essential skills and awareness of road safety.

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With significant contribution from our sponsors we were able to provide 101 bikes to children from underprivileged families from the surrounding neighbourhoods. The Toronto City mayor, the local MPP and the City Councillor joined our Board of Directors at the inauguration ceremony.

To end the proceedings of the day full of excitement and fun, each racer was given a race medal and treats, so every kid was a winner!

Hundreds of Jobseekers Participated in the Annual Opening Doors Job Fair

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October 01, 2019

A hiring event took place at the National Event Venue located in the DUKE Heights BIA on Aug 29, 2019. The event was organized by the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT) to connect newcomer jobseekers with prospective employers hosted 15 employers from various fields. MNLCT is an organization from the BIA that works as a conduit to bring together diverse talent with employers who understand that to serve their diverse customer base, they need to have qualified and culturally competent staff.

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“We know that great candidates come through various locations, we are trying to connect them to the right opportunities”, said TD Bank’s Nima Hersi at the job fair. The fair was an opportunity for jobseekers to demonstrate their skills as well as network with employers.

“I have been able to move from table to table submitting my resume and having a chat with some of the employers. I am hoping to be contacted soon.” said Denis Wakigiri, one of the newcomers at the Fair. Leticia Esquivel, who oversees the HOPES program (Helping Our Newcomers Prepare for Employment Success) at MNLCT said, “The newcomers’ participation was high, this is a good example of how we can support them and the kind of activities they require since lack of employment is one of their main barriers.”

DUKE Heights BIA sponsored this event. This was a window for us to connect our member businesses with the right talents that they need. Events like this support one of our core objectives – driving employment in the area.