I hope that everyone is having a busy and fabulous summer. It’s a great time to be doing business in the county!

I find myself somewhat saddened by the last few days of lacrosse season. It’s one of the many things that I’m not sure I realized how much I missed until it was back.

If you are a golfer make sure to get registered for the annual DBOT golf tournament on August 25th at Shelburne Golf Course. You’ll find more about it further along these pages but the committee is working hard to plan a fantastic event. It will also be one of the first tournaments in the area to see the return of a shotgun start. Ticket sales have been going well so far so make sure to register through the website if you’d like to attend. We do have a hard cap of 108 golfers.

The folks in the office have been working really hard lately on your behalf. You’ll read more further along about an exciting tourism project that they are about to undertake. Jordan has been busy making some great videos for our members that they can use for their own promotions. If you haven’t taken advantage of that yet make sure to sign up soon before he’s gone!

Please remember that your board and staff are here to work on your behalf. If you have any industry specific issues we can help with please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you on the links on August 25th!

Doug Harkness,
Chair - Dufferin Board of Trade
2022 DBOT Play Local Golf Tournament
Join us on August 25th, 2022 at 11:00 AM, located at the Shelburne Golf and Country Club as we connect while playing 18 holes of golf and enjoying lunch!

The Play Local Golf Tournament is your opportunity to connect with other small business leaders across Dufferin in a safe, fun, and friendly competitive day on the course. Share some laughs and some beverages while supporting local businesses and having the chance to win some great prizes.
Dufferin Biz Hub - Outdoor Board Room

The warm weather is here and so is our seasonal Outdoor Board Room. Book your spot today and enjoy the nature Dufferin has to offer!

What's included:
  • 10’x20′ outdoor tent
  • chairs & tables
  • access to washrooms and kitchenette inside the building
  • high-speed Wi-Fi
  • adjacent to Mono Pollinator Garden

The Dufferin Biz Hub provides you with a professional space and support to work, connect and grow your business!

Apply For The Grow Your Business Online Grant

As part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, the Government of Canada has partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to deliver the Grow Your Business Online grant.

Through this program, small business owners can receive a micro-grant worth up to $2,400 to help get their business online, give their e-commerce presence a boost, or digitalize business operations. Grant recipients must commit to maintaining their digital adoption strategy for at least six months.

In addition, e-commerce advisors will be available to work with grant recipients to help identify their digital needs, provide links to digital resources, help with completing applications, and answering questions on the Grow Your Business Online program.

If you have any questions about the Grow Your Business Online program, please contact us at

Learn more about the Grow Your Business Online grant and the Canada Digital Adoption Program.
Dufferin Tourism Trails
Does your business have a tourism offering? Something a visitor could see, do, or buy? Join a path and get found!

DBOT is proud to launch the Dufferin Tourism Trails. We invite every local tourism business to participate in this free program. Pick a trail category (or categories) that you self-identify in and/or areas where you’d like to receive coaching. We’ll give you a free workshop in the areas you want to learn more about, and then recognize and celebrate your business in its category (or categories). The Dufferin Tourism Trails - and the businesses on them - will be extensively promoted locally and across the GTA – make sure your business is on a path!
Visit to learn more and sign up!
September 14, 2022 | 1-4pm & 6-8pm | Tony Rose Arena, Orangeville
Hands-on demos. Local skilled tradespeople. Dynamic keynote speaker Jamie McMillan of KickAss Careers. And much more!

Show local students and their parents, second-career seekers, and commuters some of the exciting, in-demand, well-paying career options available in skilled trades in the Dufferin area.

Inspire the future of skilled trades!

Paul Janssen, from JDC Custom Homes says, "As you all know, we need more young people to be interested in a career working in skilled trades. The obstacle, I think, we’re facing, has many different tiers but if we keep it simple, I feel it comes down to education & exposure to available options. We ( I mean people already in the trades. You and me. ) will have to do our part to make an impact on today’s young people to influence their future choices regarding their careers....How can we get more of these young people interested in our trades or how can we show their parents that careers in skilled trades can be very honorable and/or rewarding? How can you make a difference? I’m glad you asked!"

Get involved in Dream Dufferin - Set up an indoor or outdoor booth and let's show them what sort of opportunities are available locally and how rewarding a career in skilled trades can be!

Booth space is limited – please register at
Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Your future workforce will be at Dream Dufferin on September 14th. Don't miss them.
2022 DBOT Member Videos
Jordan Baggio is a Videographer working with our team for the next few weeks, through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Jordan has been reaching out to our members to offer them with a free promotional video for their business! If you are interested, Jordan will come out to film your business and professionally edit the video for you.

Once the final product is completed we will post the video on our social media and website. You would be free to share and use the video for your own promotion as well!

If you are interested or have any questions, feel free to email:
Welcome New Members
pine river institute
The Bluebird Cafe & Grill
Dufferin Storage
Honeybee Apothecary and Spa
Humble Seedz inc
LB Marketing Co
Wild Rose Farm
Join Bethell Hospice on September 20th, 2022 for their exciting golf event located at Caledon Woods Golf Club!

This tournament features 18 holes with shared power carts, a delicious breakfast, a barbecue lunch, a cash bar, prizes and a silent auction.
How can we help you?

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

Lucy-May Gallagher, Community Engagement Manager | 905-587-1904