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News Release

Building Business Forum inspires entrepreneurship in north Durham

WHITBY, ON October 21, 2016

Today, The Regional Municipality of Durham and the townships of Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock, hosted the fifth-annual north Durham Building Business Forum (BBF)—an event that inspires business growth and success within Durham Region’s economy. The half-day conference was held at St. Paul's Leaskdale in Uxbridge, and featured business representatives from north Durham.

“As forward thinkers in economic development philosophies, processes and projects, our northern municipalities are working hard to maximise opportunities to build a stronger overall economy,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Durham Region. “In addition to business opportunities, these municipalities also strive to inspire and support entrepreneurship; create a vibrant future for young adults; and build a stronger rural and small-town identity.”

Members of the Durham Region business community were invited to attend the forum to share success stories, build connections and learn about entrepreneurship. This collaboration illustrated that business attraction, retention and expansion need to remain as one the area’s highest priorities.

Key speakers—including Peter Colpitts from Colpitts Design Inc.; Leslie Forsythe from Forsythe Family Farms 2009 Inc.; and Joanne Ricther from The Second Wedge Brewing Co.—inspired the audience with their stories about how to build a successful business in north Durham.

“Our three northern communities offer unique economic structures, a talented labour pool, countless opportunities for entrepreneurship, and a strong sense of heritage that also boasts a strong arts and culture community,” said Nancy Rutherford, Manager of Agriculture and Rural Affairs for Durham Region. “With so much to offer, northern Durham Region is poised to attract and retain individuals, both locally and from outside the area, to work and live in rural Durham Region.”

The Building Business Forum in north Durham was organized 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, in connection with the Vibrant North Durham Economic Development Plan.

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