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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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Introducing Best Guard Security

We are delighted to introduce BEST GUARD SECURITY, hired by DUKE Heights BIA to provide mobile patrol services in marked “BIA SECURITY” vehicles and uniformed security services to all our BIA members, day and night shifts, 7 days/week from March 15, 2020.

Our aim is to enhance safety for all the BIA business members and their employees, eliminate illegal activities, and make our area more inviting to customers, visitors and future investors.

Existing subscribers and interested BIA members, who are interested in signing up, will receive the following free security services:

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

For any inquiries, or if you would like to sign up for the free security service, call our BIA office at 416-739-1621, Mon-Fri, 9 AM – 5 PM, or fill out the form at the following link:
https://dukeheights.ca/members/security-services/

If you require immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 Best Guard dispatch number: 416-739-1621 ext. 1 or 416-826-1446.

COVID-19: Additional Business Support

COVID-19 has called into question many aspects of traditional business operations. As businesses attempt to navigate their next steps to remain operational, it is certain that there will be many grey areas in finding the best available alternative means and/or solutions.

We are here to help our business members find the most useful resources as they become available, not only from the government bodies, but also from other reliable businesses and non-government sources. We are regularly updating our website with updated information. Visit https://dukeheights.ca/covid-19/ for the latest updates.

If you do not find the information you are looking for, contact us by e-mail at info@dukeheights.ca or, call us (416) 739-1621.

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COVID-19: Government Support for Businesses

With the emergence of COVID-19, our primary concern at DUKE Heights BIA is to help our businesses deal with the challenges they are facing in this unprecedented situation. We are regularly updating our website with the latest updates about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) along with useful resources and support available for your business. Visit https://dukeheights.ca/covid-19/.

The Government of Canada is taking significant measures to stabilize our economy. Financial support programs have been announced in the last few weeks at federal, provincial and municipal levels to help Canadian businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have compiled a list of available business assistance programs for businesses in DUKE Heights BIA.

If you do not find the information you are looking for, contact us by e-mail: info@dukeheights.ca or, call us (416) 739-1621.

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Digital Main Street is Here to Help Your Business Sustain

There has never been a more important time for small businesses to start stepping up to digital or to enhance their current offerings with digital services. Digital Main Street, a partner to TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) is here to help DUKE Heights BIA members in finding ways to go digital and sustain through this difficult time.

Digital Main Street is a non-profit program that provides one-on-one assistance through the Digital Service Squad program. The goal is to provide your business with free digital transformation consulting and support. This can include but is not limited to:

  • A digital assessment of your business’ digital presence
  • Access to a free online video-based digital transformation training program
  • Website – review, updating, creation, best practices
  • Social Media – support, best practices, advertising, and more
  • Technology – support and guidance for the best options of technology tools to implement for your business
  • Knowledge of low cost, easy to use software for digital marketing.
  • Miscellaneous Digital Transformation Support: loyalty programs, point of sale systems, ecommerce, back-end business operations support, etc.

Joshua Bonilla from Digital Main Street will be available to help you through the process. To make an appointment, follow the instructions here:

Marketing Assistance - 30 Minutes

He can also be reached at joshua@digitalmainstreet.ca. For more information on Digital Main Street, please visit their website at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/.

 

City Council Update: Ward 7

anthony-perruzza
March 01, 2020

At City Council’s meeting on February 19, I presented two motions, both of which passed. One extended library hours across 8 library branches. The purpose of the extension is to allow for the full operation of Youth Hubs at these locations. This will result in adding 5,538 hours annually to the Centennial, Downsview, Flemington Park, Jane/Dundas, Kennedy/Eglinton, Mount Dennis, Sanderson and Weston branches. This will allow these libraries to stay open longer during the evenings as well as on weekends, making them more accessible for youth and all users.

The second motion requested a report back from Revenue Services before the 2021 budget process on the status of tax ratios. The purpose of the motion is to request information on the current systems in place regarding different property classes, including the relationship between the Commercial Tax and Residential Tax Rates. We need to rethink our model in order to make sure that corporate entities pay appropriately, and that smaller, independent businesses and homeowners are treated more fairly when it comes to property taxes.

New Constituency Office Update:

As of March 2, 2020, our Constituency Office is now located at 2350 Finch Avenue West, Unit C. I will be sharing further updates shortly. Look out for my Spring Newsletter which will also include the updated hours for this new location.

Political Blind Date Update:

I was on Season 3 of Political Blind Date on TVO Docs. Visit tvo.org and watch Episode 2, where Councillor Jim Karygiannis and I discuss transit needs in the suburbs.

As always, you can email me at: councillor_perruzza or call my office at: (416) 338-5335.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

More great things to come for Duke Heights in 2020

james-pasternak
March 01, 2020

 

The new year is here and exciting new developments are taking place all throughout York Centre and Duke Heights.

Dear neighbours,

Improvements to accessibility is one of the key focuses of the coming year, and my office will continue to make sure that local street lighting, sidewalk connectivity, cycling infrastructure and other city assets are there to help workers and residents get to and from work safely. Improvements to the pedestrian realm will be made with the proposed reconstruction of sidewalks on Chesswood, Alness and Flint. As well, I am pleased to announce that BikeShareTO, the city’s bike share program, will be launching a pilot project along the Finch hydro corridor, with bike stations located along the path. Users will be able to pick-up and drop-off bikes at various stations along the corridor to enjoy surrounding green spaces, and we will be working on adding additional stations at Downsview Park and York University. Green spaces are important for any community to be healthy and livable, and the Duke Heights BIA has championed the cause of transforming city owned land into green space with a proposal to establish a parkette at the Dufferin Transfer Station, creating a valuable social node. We are also beautifying the east side of Dufferin Street with investments in public realm projects, art work, seating and vegetation.

Adding to services available, I am pleased to announce that the North York Outpatient Hospital will be opening at the Champagne Centre, and we are excited to be breaking ground on a new fire station on Keele Street just south of Sheppard Avenue West that will service much of the Duke Heights community. The Toronto Public Library’s Downsview branch is open after much needed renovations, and we are pleased with the preliminary designs of the new Centennial library.

As always, I am happy to speak anytime. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 416-392-1371 or councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca. Community updates are available at www.jamespasternak.ca.

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.

York University Introduces a Comprehensive Social Procurement Policy

As one of Canada’s first universities, York University has officially introduced a comprehensive social procurement policy in January 2020.

Social procurement considers how procurement – the process of buying goods and services – can positively impact the social well-being of our surrounding communities and assist to reduce poverty, promote economic and social inclusion, and support local economic development and social enterprise.

To learn more about the guiding principles, the current and upcoming projects where the policy is being implemented, and useful contacts, visit York University’s Social Procurement website: https://procurement.info.yorku.ca/social-procurement/.

Click on the link below for more information.

yFile News Release- Jan 16, 2020

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.