Greetings around Dufferin County!

The hard-core golfers were happy this weekend to see a handful of courses open within an hour's drive of Dufferin this past weekend. Hopefully, this warmer weather is an early spring for us all to enjoy and not just a tease!

There is a lot going on around the DBOT offices right now.

Hopefully, many of you were able to make it out to the Industry Luncheon last month and hear our excellent speaker Mark Cohon. Mark told some great stories about his ongoing business career and of his happy memories growing up in the area. The event was well attended and outside of the rather pedestrian emcee, it was a great event. Thanks to our partners from the Greater Dufferin Homebuilders Association and the Rotary Club of Orangeville for standing beside us once again. The event would not be possible as well without the many sponsors who support it year after year. Finally thanks as well to Diana Morris and Jaemilyn Gavino for all of their work leading up to the event and on event day. Their hard work and ongoing excellence does not go unnoticed.

Please join us for an open house to celebrate the improvements to the new and improved Biz Hub. Please make sure to register through the website to help us prepare for some made-in Dufferin snacks! The event will take place on Wednesday, March 27th from 3 to 6.

I had a chance to attend the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park recently on behalf of DBOT. It is quickly becoming one of my favourite events as chair of this organization. The day is set up with a couple of meetings in the morning with the large group of Chamber representatives from across the province to hear roundtable discussions with the critics from the various opposition parties. Regardless of your political stripe one couldn’t help but be impressed with how well prepared they were and would certainly be able to hold the government to account. We were split into much smaller break out groups in the afternoon and my group had a chance to meet separately with the Associate Minister of Small Business Nina Tangri and then a separate meeting with Green Party leader Mike Schreiner. There were a multitude of business contacts discussed with Minister Tangri. The discussion with Mr. Schreiner centred around the green economy as well as an interesting Private Members bill he has put forward dealing with the housing crisis.

Have a great month doing business in the county!

Doug Harkness

Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade


DWIB Presents: Cocktails & Connect

Come join the Dufferin Women in Business on March 20th, 2024 at the Mill Creek Pub from 5 PM to 7 PM for an evening to have some cocktails & connect!

Open to all genders | Appetizers will be served. 

CONNECT with local businesses. GROW your Business and your referral network! Meet with like minded people and BUILD relationships!


You're Invited to our Open House!

We would like to invite you to join us for an exciting celebration as we unveil the all-new Dufferin Biz Hub! We're thrilled to announce that we've scaled up our social enterprise operations, expanding and enhancing our meeting, office, and coworking spaces to better serve you and the community. Discover our revamped facilities, along with exciting additions like our coffee hub, virtual offices, and essential business services.

Date: March 27th Open House: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We hope you'll pop by for a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate from our coffee hub. While you're here we'd love to give you a tour and introduce you to our new essential business services with a complimentary professional headshot photo.

Our social enterprise is built on our belief in the power of business to drive positive change in our community. Join us in celebrating not only our scale up, but also our commitment to fostering growth, collaboration, and social impact.

Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur, a budding startup, a nonprofit, or simply curious about our offerings, we welcome you to drop by and experience the future of collaborative workspace.

Mark your calendars and be part of this momentous occasion!

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Dufferin Biz Hub: Supporting businesses to build up our community.

Welcome New Members
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Local Tile + Co

Broadway Engraving

Bulldog Personal Training & Nutrition

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Rotary Club of Orangeville

Vida Financial Group

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Contact North | Contact Nord

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Starr Performance Management Consulting

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Polycultural and Immigrant Community Services

Level Up Dufferin

Free Training Coming Soon

LevelUp Dufferin is a group of businesses actively engaged in promoting corporate values and contributing positively to the community. They are dedicated to identifying and promoting their values through various initiatives and education.

Level Up Dufferin is a project of the Biz Hub, a social enterprise of the Dufferin Board of Trade.


DWIB Gives back to our community, by donating over $900 to the Orangeville Foodbank!

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Silencing Doubts with Discussions

March 8, 2024 | 6PM to 8PM

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"In the meantime Ukraine"

March 19, 2024

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Intro to Canva

March 20, 2024

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Employers wanted! 2024 Shelburne Job Fair

Employers wanted for the 2024 Shelburne Job Fair – April 18, 2024 | Centre Dufferin Recreation Centre

Do you want an opportunity to maximize your business exposure, recruit the best candidates for your organization, connect directly with skilled professionals, newcomers to the area, students and individuals who are currently unemployed or thinking about a career change?

Look no further... visit for more information and to register.

Stir the Pot (The new and improved Soup Sisters event)

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Hello DBOT,

We are all in this together. If there is something you need please reach out to us.

Diana Morris, Executive Director | 519-941-0490 x 202

Jaemilyn Gavino, Communications Coordinator | 519-941-0490 x 204

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