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News Release

Building Business Forum inspires entrepreneurship in north Durham

WHITBY, ON October 29, 2015

Today The Regional Municipality of Durham, in partnership with the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge, hosted the fourth-annual Building Business Forum—an event that inspires growth and success within Durham Region’s economy. The half-day conference was held at Fair Havens in Beaverton, and featured business representatives from Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.

“North Durham presents unique opportunities when it comes to attracting and retaining businesses and people,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Durham Region. “Economic development initiatives like the Building Business Forum strengthens our communities in their capacity to develop local businesses, support local entrepreneurs and build a stronger overall economy.”

Members of the business community in Durham Region were invited to attend the forum to share success stories, build connections and learn about entrepreneurship. Key speakers—including Township of Scugog Mayor Tom Rowett; Paul Minshull from Scarsin Corporation (Uxbridge); and Blain Thompson and Angela Fairfield from Sunderland Co-op Inc. (Brock)—inspired the audience with their stories about how to build a successful business in north Durham. Winners from the Shop Brock Better Your Business Competition were also announced.

The Building Business Forum in north Durham was created by the Economic Development Advisory Committees of the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. These committees work with township and Regional staff on economic development activities for north Durham.

“Now in its fourth year, the Building Business Forum continues to engage individuals, creating a more integrated and innovative community,” said Nancy Rutherford, Manager of Agriculture and Rural Affairs for Durham Region. “North Durham hosts a talented labour pool, countless opportunities for entrepreneurship, and is poised to attract and retain individuals, both locally and from outside the area, to work and live in rural Durham Region.”

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