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2015 Helping Hands Charity BBQ for Hope

 When people work together great things can happen!

 

For over a month we have been planning and organizing a charity bbq event to help raise funds and  donated items benefiting Herizon House, a not for profit organization  who provide  free confidential services 24 hours a day and provide a place of safety, support and empowerment for abused women and their children. Herizon House is committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence in the community.

Yesterday was the day of our 2015 Helping Hands Charity BBQ for Hope Event and although considering the possibility making the difficult decision of cancelling  and rescheduling, we decided to move forward with hosting it as planned.

Despite the rain, wind and cooler than normal weather and a very well- built tarp for shelter, we are very grateful to those who volunteered, attend and donated items to make this event a huge success!

We are dedicating this blog  to these individuals who have worked incredibly hard at helping us  make a difference in our community.  This event is just an example of how when people work together, great things can happen!

We are a dedicated team of individuals focused on continuing to find ways to make our communities better and helping those who in difficult times, need help the most.

 

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Our nieces Olivia and Alessia who have been working so hard at helping us create and decorate a donation bin for the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program. These 2 girls did an INCREDIBLE job and we all had so much  fun working together.

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Don setting up a tarp to provide shelter from the elements for our guests.

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Two beautiful sisters having fun in the rain!
Peter, master of the barbeque. We thank you for taking the day off of work to help us out at our event today!
Organizing the seating and the designated food areas for our event.

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Thank You Stef from Canada Bread who donated the hamburger and hotdog buns to support our cause.

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Natasha and Aaron who volunteered to help us set up.

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Carmela and son Adam. A special thank you to Carm who has an incredible recipe for cosmopolitans but also came to the rescue with frosting and for her skills making our Helping Hands Cake so beautiful!

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Don with our guest and friend, Pam Little from Pam Little Accounting.
Thank you going out to our son Anthony who helped out with our special event.

   

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Thanking Blair and Tanya along with the kids for taking the time to attend our event today!

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Our Helping Hands B.B.Q. for Hope Event today was a HUGE success! We want to thank all of our guests who attended, supported and donated items benefiting Herizon House!

     

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

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2014 Recap of Local Business Events In Durham

 

What a busy and exciting year 2014 has been  for our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services!  We are proud to say that although our company has been busy catering to our clients and their home improvements, we still managed to set time aside to participate and attend important events that went  on in our communities.  Below, is a recap of the 2014 Local Businesses Events In Durham that we were invited to and happy to attend. Just another great example of how Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services supports other local businesses in the Durham.

 

March 5, 2014

2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show

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Our Team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services had a blast at the 2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was an exciting event we participated in and although it was a long tiring day, it was so worth it to be involved alongside other fantastic local businesses in the Durham Region.  We were featured in Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition! How exciting is that! Click the link  to read all about it below.

2014 Local Biz Expo & Trade Show

March 8, 2014

Celebrating International Women’s  on Day March 8, 2014 with Staples Canada

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Staples Canada was celebrating International Women’s Day at their store locations. Not only where the Staples locations offering great discounts, door crasher specials and free refreshments in store, they were offering networking opportunities for entrepreneur’s!  We quickly jumped at the opportunity to meet these incredible business women and found out more about their services and their business. Kudos to Staples on showing their support to local businesses in their community! These type of events are very important to all  entrepreneurs. Even more of a reason to shop at Staples!

Staples Celebrates International Women’s Day On March 8th With Discounts + Goodies

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Our Team at Don Of All Trades  wants to thank 2 special women in businesses. I entered my name for a draw and to my surprise I won their prize! My favorite piece? The novel by: Living Underground. Thank you Ruth Walker and Gwynn Scheltema from Writescape. Offering writers workshops, retreats and inspiration…escape to write with Writescape. Check out their website www.writescape.ca

 March 2, 2014

Skin Cellutions Advanced Skincare & Laser Centre Grand Opening

We showed our support by attending this truly special Grand Opening for entrepreneur Marilyn Nickerson owner of Skin Cellutions and what a fantastic event . From free reiki demos, prize giveaways, special grand opening discounts, food and beverages and the fun and interactive Spin the Wheel to win game. My favorite moment was when Marilyn gave a wonderful speech that personally touched my heart.  A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor John Henry was held along with  other local businesses owners who also attended.  We wish Skin Cellutions much success! Want to find out more about SkinCellutions and their products and services? Visit www.skincellutions.ca.

Now Located at 1626 Brock St South, Whitby within PinUps & Pompadours!

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March 27, 2014
Carberry DIY Demo Series
 The Carberry Soap Company is one of Durham Region’s best kept secrets.  Located at 629 Liverpool Road, Pickering, Ontario.  Yes even  Don from Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services attended the DIY Demo Series. Being the only male for this particular event didn’t stop Don from learning how to hand-made soap with store owner Margo Stinson.
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Sue Pitchforth, owner and principal decorator of  Décor Therapy Plus  offered tips, ideas and advice on Dollar Store Decorating & Entertaining for Spring that fits anyone’s budget.  A big thank you to Carberry Soap Company owner  Margo Stinson  for an incredible evening of learning! We are DEFINATLEY coming back!
 
April 11, 2014
First Annual Pickering Wing Fest
  
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Had a blast at the 1st Annual Pickering Rotary Wing Festival. Great to See some new and old faces! This place had an amazing ribbon cutting ceremony and the food was TO DIE FOR!!! Not to mention it was a full house! Wow! Did I mention Spider Jones host on AM640 was also present for this event?
I believe this was a huge success!!!
April 26, 2014
Grand Opening of Whole body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre
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Don Of All Trades got to the Grand Opening just in time to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony from Mayor Steve Parish to celebrate owner Michelle Berentschot  of Whole Body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre ceremony today! Another fantastic local business in the Durham Region! Congratulations on your grand opening!
  July 08, 2014
Celebrating with Cupcake Junkie and their Grand Opening
So glad we were able to make it to Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Cafe’s grand opening. It was a day of celebrations and congratulations to owner Jessica Kula Trinier  and the Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Café  team! Located at 404 Brock St. South in Whitby,  local residence enjoyed the complimentary coffee, cake and specials.  Specialty cakes, coffee, teas, cupcakes, sandwiches and wraps are just a few of the delicious items available at this location.
Want to find out more? Check out www.cupcakejunkiecafe.ca.
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September 2, 2014
Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary
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Don Of All Trades attended the celebrations event for Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary last night at the Abilities Centre. The Durham Home &  Small Business Association  hosts affordable monthly meetings that provide an excellent opportunity to network with local small businesses and so much more.    A thank you goes out to  President Stefan Hettich for the invite.  Guest speaker Kerri King of Durham Region Tourism gave a glorious presentation on ” How to Take You Community Event to the Next Level.” Great turn out, food and networking!

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Pam Little, CGA from Pam Little Accounting, Don D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades Home Maintenance Services and Kellie Doiron from Zip Dandy were just a few of the many that attended last night’s Durham Home & Small Business Association’s 20 th Anniversary.
September 9, 2014
2014 Business Expo
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Our team at Don Of All Trades had a fantastic opportunity to connect and network with other local business in Durham Region at the 2014 Business Expo held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was quite an interesting and exciting evening to be able to browse the exhibitors booths and find out what these business, services and products were all about.
September 13, 2014
 Brooklin Harvest Festival
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So what is the Brooklin Harvest Festival About?
Great event going on this weekend for the entire family to enjoy. Browse the Harvest Marketplace overflowing with fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Children can participate in crafts, games, and interactive activities. Step back in time and enjoy a horse and wagon ride and entertainment throughout the day. Stroll through the Downtown shops for unique gifts and sidewalk sales. For more information visit: http://www.whitby.ca/en/residents/brooklinharvestfestival.asp
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First time attending the Brooklin Harvest Festival.
Got a chance to visit Sales Representatives Rhonda Lee
Axhorn and Sales Representative George Zois from
Island Heritage Realty Inc. Came home with some
fresh local produce and baked goods :). What a great event  for the entire family! Lots of activities and local businesses in the community. Will definitely be returning next year!
 October 22, 2014
Third Annual  Purplicious Event
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Last night’s Third annual Purplicious Event Taste the Fares Of Durham was an incredible event for such a great cause! Raising awareness and funds to ensure that Epilepsy Durham Region will continue to impact the quality of life for those living with epilepsy. A big thank you to Jacqueline Bos and all of those who participated including restaurant’s Jack Astor’s, Boston Pizza, Lone Star and Trinity Irish Pub. It was nice to see Jacqueline Bos, Howard Haslett from Legal Shield, Yolanda D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades and of  course  Rhonda Lee   Axhorn  SRES Sales Representative from Island Heritage Realty Inc. Of course it was great to see everyone else that showed their support as well.
October 25, 2014
Learning Disabilities Awareness Day
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I was very happy that I attended the Learning Disabilities Awareness Day yesterday. Thank you for the invite Shannon Sheppard and to The Learning Disabilities Association Of Durham Region for holding such a great event! The presentation by: Dr. Joan Flood about ADHD was TRULY informative and educational. Loved it! Learned so much about something I’ve heard about but never really knew much about.
October 25, 2014
Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
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We had an opportunity to attend  Mango Reclaimed 1 year anniversary celebration.  Owner Melanie Curley studio is incredible!  This studio is located at 2001 Thickson Road South, Studio 18 in Whitby. So many beautiful pieces of  vintage furniture, milk paints, chalk paints and more! Free demonstrations were held, tasty treats and great deals were available to all who attended.   Would definitely recommend anyone dropping by to see what Mango Reclaimed has to offer. Wishing you many, many  more years of success Melanie! Happy Anniversary!

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It was nice to catch up with Marta Raptis owner of Kalina Naturals at Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary yesterday. My wife was very happy to purchase some more of Marta’s incredible soaps . Did we mention that Kalina Naturals produces 100% natural, pure and luxurious, handmade soap and body care products? Visit www.kalinanaturals.com to find out more!

 November 16, 2014

iDaybreak Grill Celebrates It’s Grand Opening

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Located at 279 Kingston Road, Ajax, this iDaybreak Grill restaurant has a lot of delicious menu choices that will satisfy every member of your family. On this day we ordered the sample breakfast. Let me tell you that sample was a HUGE portion of bacon, eggs, and home fries.  Our waitress was fantastic! We arrived at 10am  we were fortunate enough to find a seat as it was definitely a full house with local residences that were excited to try the food as much as we were. SnapdAjax  and the Mayor Steve Parish of Ajax attended as they all celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. To all the staff and owner of iDaybreak Grill, we thank you for your excellent food and service. Congratulations on your Grand Opening and we will be  definitely be coming back!

An event, grand opening, anniversary or re-opening is an important scope for all small businesses. It’s the perfect opportunity to have some fun and get involved with your community. For many small businesses, these events are a critical part of their long-term success. They also encourage consumers to “Shop Local” and support small businesses in their  communities. 

For locals who live in these communities, these events are an ideal moment to drop in with friends and family members to find out who these new businesses are, where they are located,  what  products or services they have to offer and to show your support as a consumer.

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Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition on 2014 Local Biz Expo & Trade Show

Our Team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services had a blast at the 2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was an exciting event we participated in and although it was a long tiring day, it was so worth it to be involved alongside other fantastic local businesses in the Durham Region.  We were featured in Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition! How exciting is that! Read all about it below!

Article Below  By: Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition on 2014 Local Biz Expo & Trade Show

Business professionals and entrepreneurs joined together for the annual Ontario Self Employment Benefits Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. There were more than 90 businesses on showcase to connect with other business professionals, exchange services and ideas and learn from a variety of industry professionals. The show also offered a variety of speakers, providing valuable and practical presentations, and Entrepreneurial Coaching Panels designed for individuals looking to get a head start on beginning a new business venture. There was something for everyone and lots more to see at ajax.snapd.com! A big snapd thank you to Erin Courville Photography for all her great shots.

 

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Getting our table set up before the doors open at 4pm.

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President/Ceo  of Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services – Mr. Don D’Orazio.

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 Don D’Orazio with his Business Coach Michael Medina from Business Plan Plus.

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Don D’Orazio with Andre Real from  socialexpose.com  and Erin Courville from  erincourvillephotography.com.

 

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My partner Yolanda D’Orazio who has been a huge support through this incredible journey.

 

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Positive and uplifting  speech by Mayor Steve Parish.

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Ian Kennedy and Tina Wieringa of Essential Communications along side Mayor Steve Parish  getting ready for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

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Is There Such A Thing As A “Complimentary Consultation?” And Does “Complimentary” Mean Free?

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Free Complimentary Consultations-Advantages:

Providing a complimentary consultation is a huge advantage  not only to the company offering this service but to the client as well. In the industry of Home Improvement/Home Maintenance Services, complimentary consultations are viewed favorably by our customers.  In most cases the general public is always looking for a bargain and at the best price possible for any product or service offered. Satisfied clients with a particular service or product  will spread the word about the incredible value they received. This could result in an increase in sales for any company. By implementing an offer as simple as a complimentary consultation,  you could see a potential  increase in the number of  interested prospects  contacting Home Improvement/Maintenance Services in search of a good deal. This could be even more beneficial than positive word of mouth from satisfied clients.

Free Complimentary Consultations-Disadvantages:

The advantages of providing free consultations must be weighed against the disadvantages. First, the potential client seeking a complimentary consultation may be Renovation or Home Improvement shopping—contacting many  contractors and meeting with them to determine who would be the best fit or perhaps the “cheapest”. Even if the contractor devotes substantial time to the complimentary consultation and answers all of the potential client’s questions, the potential client might still comment along the lines of, “I need to think about it, I have 2 more contractors coming to give an estimate—I’ll contact you at a later date.” Beware. Potential clients who look for the “cheapest” quote  may in fact not be getting the best deal in the end.  In these cases, the  contractor will not recoup the lost income for time spent during the free consultation.

Conclusion:

Remember, the commodity that contractors  sell is experience and knowledge—their opinion and expertise regarding a client’s project. Contractors  who offer complimentary consultations are giving away their commodity to that potential client.

And even if the complimentary  consultation does result in a new client, it might not be the type of client that the contractor wants. All Home Improvement and Home Maintenance Organizations want their companies to succeed  and make a profit. If a client contacts a contractor  based on the complimentary consultation, will the client be willing to pay for the contractors future work and time? And if the client is willing to pay for the initial retainer fee, will the client pay fees exceeding that retainer? These questions are difficult to answer—but contractors need to consider them all the same.

YOU ARE INVITED TO AN AWESOME EVENT!

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You’ve seen us on Face Book. You’ve read our tweets on Twitter. Maybe you’ve even connected with us on Linked In!

 

 

Well now you  can come out and meet us and our businesses in person! Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, located in Durham Region is EXCITED to extend an invitation to you to talk to us and find out what we’re all about! We would love to meet you!

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YOU ARE INVITED!

You are invited to attend the  2014  Local Biz Expo & Trade Show on March 5th from 4pm-8pm. If you’re a business owner then this is a  Huge Opportunity to network and make new connections. Find out what new  Local Businesses are in our wonderful communities and meet and greet! It’s going to be an  incredible evening. Considering the possibilities of becoming an entrepreneur? Well this is the place to be!

ITS FREE!!!

This event is open to everyone! It’s conveniently located in Ajax being held at the Beautiful Ajax Convention Centre, 550 Beck Crsnt. Best Part is that it’s FREE.  There’s something for Everyone! You can shop till you drop! Find out what talented individuals with their businesses has to offer. You may find that one of a kind gift or item that you can’t find anywhere else.

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Prizes  Free Admission Free Parking

Can’t wait to see you there!