Greetings DBOT members and friends,

I hope that everyone is summering well, busy in their business and getting some well deserved time off to relax and enjoy the season. I am counting the days when Snowflake, Bamm-Bamm, Pebbles and I head out for our next adventure. We’re planning on a little golf, lots of canoeing and ATVing, activities that outside of golf town kids don’t get to spend near enough time on.

Your Board of Trade remains busy throughout the summer and none of our committees are likely busier right now than the golf committee. This years event is taking place on Thursday, August 24th at Shelburne Golf Course. Registrations are strong but we wouldn’t turn away more golfers or prizes! Get signed up through the DBOT website for what surely will be a fun filled day.

I had a pretty good idea of what DBOT did before I became chair but even I was surprised with the number of events and activities our board is involved with. There are many events that are higher profile but I’m not sure there is an activity more impactful than our work in helping develop skilled trades. Our Dream Dufferin event last September was a resounding success and plans with some of our partners for a bigger and better event for this November are already underway. You will read and hear soon about some of the other work this committee is doing in the near future. It is great “boots on the ground” stuff that I am pleased that DBOT can help with and in some areas take a leadership role.

I hope to see you all at the golf tournament!

Doug Harkness

Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade


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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.

Join us August 24th at the Shelburne Golf and Country Club! You won't want to miss this! Register today or become a sponsor!

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The 2023 IPM Beautification Competition is your opportunity to visually demonstrate your community spirit and to make the surrounding areas more appealing to our visitors.

The contest engages the communities within Dufferin by creating outdoor visual displays that incorporate the theme, flowers and colours of the 2023 IPM & Rural Expo.

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August 28th: Stir the Pot (The new and improved Soup Sisters event)

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