Registration for the 2021 Season is Open at Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club

April 09, 2021

During these unpredictable times, the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club has been busy at planning their upcoming outdoor 2021 season. They have reviewed and continued to update themselves in navigating through the various phases of Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Guide and strict COVID-19 protocols and procedures.

In an effort to allow them to organize and prepare meaningful and exciting services and programs for the 2021 summer season, they are continuing to accept player registrations. Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club is providing a special offer strictly to the BIA membership of a $50 coupon off the registration price for the first 100 registrations. Use coupon code BIA50 to receive this special offer. (Note: You must enter the code before payment as we cannot apply the discount afterwards.)

The summer registration includes 32 sessions of soccer activities taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 6:00pm. They will also be offering Saturday morning activities. They are planning to launch their season in early May. Each registrant will receive a player kit (jersey, short and socks) a water bottle, and a soccer ball.

Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club will be strictly adhering to their Return to Play protocols set out by the City, Public Health and Ontario Soccer. Please take the time to go on-line and register at Once registered you will receive a confirmation of your son or daughter’s registration.

We are very much aware that this unsettled times, conditions, and circumstances will continue to exist, and the environment will change constantly moving forward. The outlook for our community is getting better so don’t miss out on the opportunities to have fun playing some outdoor soccer activity for your son and daughter. Flexibility, programming, understanding, training, competition, compassion will all be captured under the umbrella of safety at the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club.

If your company is interested in sponsoring children etc., Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club has some great opportunities with respect to sponsorship signage, company names on the jerseys or providing signage at their beautiful stadium field for the summer months.

If you have any questions or concerns, or you require clarification on opportunities with the club, please contact the office at 416-782-1578.

* This article was composed by Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club.

COVID-19: Stories of Ingenuity and Resilience

They had to board up their windows. They had to lay off their employees. They had to pivot their business models so they can strive to make ends meet in a troubled world. They’ve learned the hard way that the necessity is the mother of all inventions.

These are the stories of some of the businesses from DUKE Heights BIA who chose to share their tribulations and triumphs with us. They are stories of ingenuity, adaptability, perseverance, and resilience during the time of crisis.

If you are part of our BIA community and have or know any inspiring, innovative, or touching stories, reach out to us and let us share it with all of our BIA members and beyond. We’re all in this together!

The Bespoke Shop and Tailor Raj Singh

This hidden gem in our BIA, located at 3872 Chesswood Dr, is responsible for some of the City’s finest tailoring jobs. Having been in this craft for over 37 years, and being considered by many, a one-of-a-kind master in the lost art of “old-schooled” bespoke tailoring in Canada, the owner – tailor Raj Singh – believes that “clothes don’t make the man; they just define him”, while providing meticulous one-on-one consultations to his clients. The same attention to detail you will find in the design of the custom-made, reusable masks, he has started producing from the very beginning of this pandemic. Without any shortage in his imagination and creativity, Raj also design headbands with attached buttons to hold the mask in place without any irritation to the ears. Raj has graciously donated numerous sets to local families in the neighboring community. Reach out to Raj at, email or call (416) 661-6777.

Progress Luv2Pak

Founded in 1917, Progress Luv2Pak is a family owned and run business in our BIA, that imports and distributes premium retail & gift packaging – high end shopping bags, gift boxes and many other products used by businesses of every size across North America.

With over 35 years importing experience, “it was clear that our team was well equipped to help to fill the urgent need for PPE” says David Hertzman, owner of the business. Their team did extensive due diligence, qualified multiple factories and to date has imported millions of certified, high quality disposable masks. They also keep a robust inventory at their Downsview Warehouse to fill any immediate needs. Their masks are currently being used by hospitals, long-term care homes, and businesses across many industries throughout North America.

For more information on all their products or to order medical or commercial grade face masks, visit or call: (416) 638-1221.

Eagle Sportswear and Shoppe List

Established in Toronto in 1988, Eagle Sportswear, manufactures and distributes performance and protective sportswear, customized uniforms and promotional products. Their services include in-house manufacturing and embroidery for custom uniforms as well as free consultation for uniform requirements. Shortly after the pandemic lockdown, Eagle Sportswear introduced a new line of reusable and washable face masks, including but not limited to silver yarn masks, quilted cotton masks and copper infused mask. For more information on their products and services call (416) 650-5144 or email or or visit their new e-commerce site at or go to their online store at

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Matrix Academy is Here to Help Children Learn, Build and Succeed



March 01, 2020

Matrix Academy is a private school for Gr 6-12. Their mission is to engage students of all academic backgrounds to become unique, active learners. With a maximum enrollment of 25 students per year, they are dedicated to an individual learning approach and close collaboration between students, teachers and parents.

They offer:

  • Day and evening high school credits
  • Affordable group and individual math tutoring
  • Summer programs
  • After-school programs: Free Mandarin Club (SPECIAL OFFER)
  • Early Bird Registration Gr 9 & 10

Incremental & Systematic Approach to Learning

Matrix Academy offers an effective incremental approach to education, under which previously taught concepts are reviewed on a regular basis to promote a better understanding of more complex concepts. They believe repetition is the key to a deeper understanding of the subject matter and they see students of all levels flourish under this technique. They support and deliver a systematic approach to studies that helps students gain strong academic skills.

Scholarship Options

Do parents have to be wealthy in order to afford a private school? Not necessarily! Students are required to take an assessment test as part of the admissions process in order to determine whether scholarship options might be available to help parents reduce tuition fees.

Free Mandarin Club

Mandarin club is focusing on introducing, sharing and learning Chinese language and culture, having face-to-face and in-group communication with native speakers to learn Mandarin from scratch. Parents with kids are welcome!

Contact Matrix Academy: call 647-291-0085, or e-mail at


Take a Career Leap with Canadian Technology College


Canadian Technology College has been providing expert-led education in the IT industry since the 1990s. They offer courses that give their students the skills they require to find jobs in the information technology, business and healthcare fields.


The Engineering courses offered by Canadian Technology College are unique to private colleges, especially the diploma program Computer Aided Design and Drafting that covers over ten engineering design software such as: AutoCad, CATIA and others, plus provides solid knowledge in Draft reading.
The Greater Toronto Area is the financial and business heart of Canada, therefore their business courses, such as the Business Management – Administration diploma, are perfectly suitable for students who are looking for a career in business. Knowledge of different types of businesses and structures, knowledge of accounting and essential management skills and improving business functions is a trademark of the Canadian Technology College graduates from this diploma program.


Their most unique program for Internet Technology industry is Testing & Internet Technology diploma course. That program is developed and led by highly qualified specialists with many years of work experience in software programming and testing. Knowledge of many in-demand automation-testing tools, program languages and an in-depth understanding of manual testing make their graduates stand out in the job market.

One of the most important activities of the Canadian Technology College is to assist their students in finding a placement, therefore they are always looking to partner with businesses.

For more information, visit their website:, call 416.663.0665, or, e-mail them at

Simplifying Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

January 01, 2020

Based in DUKE Heights and with over 25 years of experience in IT security, Akouto provides managed cybersecurity solutions specifically designed for small and medium size business. Many small businesses simply don’t have the resources for enterprise-grade solutions even though they share many of the same risks. Akouto’s business objective is to provide enterprise grade cybersecurity features at affordable prices.

Cybersecurity is often poorly understood and many businesses are unaware of the legal responsibilities of protecting client data and financial costs of unplanned downtime caused by a data breach. Phishing emails, ransomware and malware have made it more difficult and complex for businesses to stay ahead of the daily online threats.

Akouto works with their clients to simplify the process and provide a cybersecurity solution that fits the clients’ business needs. Their solution is actively monitored by cybersecurity experts who regularly identify threats and work to quickly contain and resolve issues so that their clients can focus on the task of running their business.

To learn more about how to protect your data and to take advantage of Akouto’s exclusive promotion for the Duke Heights BIA community, contact (416) 828-5968 or email Akouto at


Exciting Winter Break Camp at Active Kids Zone from Dec 23, 2019


Dec 01, 2019

When school’s out, Active Kids Zone is the place to be! Conveniently located near Steeles Ave and Alness St, we take the worry out of what your children are going to do for FUN with their time off school. Especially when you are stuck at work! Offered for ages 5 to 12 years old, Active Kids Zone’s Winter Break Camp is action-packed with sports and organized games, crafts and ceramics, cooking, karaoke, fun zone and much more! Pre-registration is required.


Camp runs from Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, January 03, 2020 (Closed December 25 and January 01).

Weekly Cost is $400 for all 8 days, or daily registration is available for $60. Register by Friday, December 20 and get their pre-camp registration price of $55 per day.

Visit or call 416-650-5060 for more information and registration.

Don’t be stuck out in the cold, register your child for Active Kids Zone’s Winter Break Camp today!

Distill Laser Clinic is now open!



Dec 01, 2019

Distill Laser Clinic is a cosmetic clinic offering only Health Canada and FDA approved technology in laser hair removal and skin treatments. The team at Distill Laser Clinic has 20 years of combined experience.

The new state-of-the-art Laser Clinic facility offers hair loss, photo rejuvenation, skin tightening, scar removal, wrinkle treatments including injectables, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and much more.

Distill Laser Clinic is located at 1275 Finch Avenue West, suite 407 in North York. The facility has convenient underground parking perfect for patient privacy.

To book an appointment for a free consultation, please contact Distill Laser Clinic at 416-398-4000 or email them at

Security Services for DUKE Heights BIA



Dec 01, 2019

Doing business has never been safer in Duke Heights as we provide security services for Duke Heights BIA members 7 days a week.
Since its inception, DUKE Heights BIA has been providing its members with the Security Mobile Patrol Service. The goals of the program are to maintain and increase the property values, increase safety and reputation and reduce cost associated with crime, vandalism and theft. More than 600 businesses located in the BIA are already making use of the DUKE security services and the number is increasing.

Interested BIA member can sign up and receive the following free services:

  • Patrol dispatches
  • Patrols of your property
  • Alarm response
  • Safe walk program
  • By-law infraction notification

If you operate a business in the DUKE Heights area and would like to sign up for the DUKE security services, visit the BIA website and submit the signup form.

DUKE Law – Our Free Legal Information Service is back!



October 01, 2019

In partnership with Osgoode Law School we are bringing back the DUKE Law service which provides free legal information to the DUKE Heights BIA community and beyond.

Whether you are a start-up, a small business owner or an entrepreneur, DUKE Law can be your first-hand resource in finding answers and clarifications to the legal aspects of any business query.

Mark your calendar as DUKE Law is set to reopen its doors from October 9th, 2019! The DUKE Law team equipped with Osgoode Law School students will be available for answering your questions.

Disclaimer: DUKE Law service is available to be accessed only for free legal information and it cannot be substituted for legal advice from a trained legal professional.

Questions, comments or concerns? Let us hear from you.

Know your Customers – Understand where you need to focus your marketing efforts

October 01, 2019
Written by: Atul Oka, Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, DUKE Heights BIA


Creating effective marketing messages, while sounding simple, is in reality one of the most difficult things to define because all prospective customers, are not all cookie cutter versions of each other. Every potential customer is different, with different wants, needs and aspirations. Do we know which customers are more likely to buy from us? Do we actively market to them, or do we try and reach all our potential customers by spreading our marketing message as wide as possible?

Our approach depends on what we hope to achieve with our marketing efforts. Traditionally marketing is aimed either at brand awareness, or sales.

Marketing for brand awareness is used to create and maintain visibility of our brand. It keeps our brand top of mind with potential customers and ensures that our company is well understood and positioned. Let’s take two brands owned by the same company but with very different positioning. Jaguar and Tata Motors are both part of the Tata Group. The Jaguar brand is perceived as an aspirational brand while Tata Motors is perceived as a lower cost, value for money brand. If you are planning on marketing for brand awareness, you need to be clear about what you want your brand to stand for.

Most small businesses however need to focus on targeted marketing to boost sales. But, how do we reach, and sell effectively, to our potential clients? Let’s take an example of a product or service from the same company and how it can apply to different markets. Imagine that you are a home baker that has a passion for cakes. Your biggest selling items are children’s birthday cakes and wedding cakes. To whom, and how, will you market each of your products? Ask yourself, who makes the purchase decision, and what type of media do they usually consume.

We all know that the bride has the final say for any wedding cake, so in this instance you know you need to target potential brides. Where would you advertise to make sure that you reach this target market? In bridal magazines and websites of course. Advertising on your community radio station might reach more people, but what percentage of listeners are actually looking for a wedding cake? Radio advertising may reach more people but will not translate into more sales.

Children’s birthdays are usually planned by moms, so how would you reach this market? Your best bet here, would be to advertise at party venues and party supply shops. You should note however that when it comes to small business, word of mouth is your most powerful marketing tool, so make sure that each and every client is satisfied with your service.

Wonder how we keep our clients satisfied? We will explore how to measure client service in our next article.