The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Building Business Forum inspires and supports entrepreneurship in north Durham

WHITBY, ON May 28, 2014 –This morning, The Regional Municipality of Durham, in partnership with the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge, hosted the third annual North Durham Building Business Forum–an event that inspires growth and success within Durham Region’s economy. The event took place at Nestleton Waters Inn in Scugog, following which, attendees were encouraged to visit Port Perry’s thriving downtown area.

“The North Durham Building Business Forum strengthens our communities in their capacity to develop local businesses, support local entrepreneurs and build a stronger overall economy,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Durham Region. “Our thriving local business sector is poised to attract and retain individuals, both locally and from outside the area, to work and live in rural Durham Region.”

Members of the business community in Durham Region were invited to attend the forum to share success stories, network and learn about entrepreneurship. Key speakers inspired the audience with their stories about how to build a prosperous business, as well as successful connections, in north Durham. These individuals included representatives from Fishers Independent (Brock), Old Flame Brewing Co. (Scugog), Kleurvision Inc. (Scugog) and Taking Root Creative (Uxbridge).

“Now in its third year, the north Durham 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. “Collaboration among our talented labour pool in north Durham is key to building a strong economy and expanding upon opportunities for entrepreneurship.” 

The North Durham Building Business Forum 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.

“The Building Business Forum showed just how many great business operate in Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge,” said Brett Puckrin, Chair of the Scugog Economic Development Advisory Committee. “Our communities are filled with incredible entrepreneurs, who constantly sparking new ideas.”

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