Greetings,

There is a lot going on in the county!

The folks in the office are planning a fantastic holiday-themed DBOT connects event for Tuesday, December 6th from 5-7 PM at the Plumbing Experts Showroom in Orangeville. It is great to see so many in-person events up and running again. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to the many Board members and interested others who attended the DBOT strategic planning meeting last week. Our extraordinary moderator Kaarina Dillabough kept us focused, which allowed us to cover a great deal of material in a short time. We left energized and organized with both our board and staff having a better idea of what direction to take the organization in both the short and medium term. Thank you to Orangeville Hydro for allowing us to use their meeting room for the event.

A note of reminder to all of our members that your Board of Trade is here to advocate on behalf of its members. I recognize that many issues are sector-specific, so if there is something you think we should be acting on, don’t hesitate to drop us a note, and we can discuss it with you. Getting passable high-speed internet on Main Street Mono and other parts of rural Dufferin is not an issue in the urban parts of the County like Orangeville, where not only is high speed available, but there is a choice of providers!

I want to close by wishing our members all the best in the coming holiday season. While I’m not sure that things have completely returned to “normal,” I’m looking forward to the many in-person events that are starting to fill up my calendar. I wish you all a season of joy and, hopefully homes filled with family and friends this holiday season.

Doug Harkness,
Chair - Dufferin Board of Trade
CONNECT
DBOT Connects - Year End
Networking Event... Holiday Edition!
Come join us on December 6th at the Plumbing Expert's showroom located in Orangeville, as we continue our networking event series - DBOT Connects. This is our last DBOT event of 2022 and you won't want to miss out!

We have amazing entertainment by Baker's Magic Show, and some holiday-themed fun to enjoy!

These free networking events will give you the opportunity to make valuable connections with other business leaders in our community in a casual and fun setting. Tis' the season to network and connect!
DWIB - Stay tuned... Details to come!
SAVE MONEY
Happy Holidays, Dufferin!
This holiday season, the Dufferin Board of Trade would like to remind you to support local businesses!

Visit our business directory to find something near and dear to you!

If you haven't done so already - subscribe to our mid-month B2B eBlast to see special offers curated for you!

If you have a hot deal you'd like to share, please email jaemilyn@dufferinbot.ca before the 10th of the month, and she'll add it to our eBlast!

Whether you're buying gifts, looking for something to munch on while shopping, or if it's that time to treat yourself...
We urge you to #ThinkLocal!
PROMOTE
Welcome New Members
Local Office
Greeny's Pest
Control Inc.
Fenech Designs
Rose Digital
Media Group
Speedy Glass
Tony's Garage
CONQUER LEADERSHIP
MAD Clear Out
AC Custom Reno
The holiday shopping season is in full tilt right now, and while you’re busy analyzing your Black Friday and Cyber Monday revenue, there are a few things you want to do to capture those December holiday
dollars.

  1. Refresh Your Website - Websites are designed to feature the most up-to-date info, so make sure you are using that space to drive the most sales.
  2. Make an Offer - It’s just a little something extra to make them feel the value behind what they’re getting.
  3. Launch a Social Media Giveaway - A quick way to build your following (and your email list)
  4. Highlight Past Purchases or Services - December is a great time to showcase what others have purchased or the services you have rendered. 

December is the most frantic part of Small Business Season.
But it’s also an excellent time to help people when they need it most. You can make a big impression on customers when they’re feeling stressed and frantic. Do what you can to make holiday shopping easier on them!
ADVOCATE
Ontario Chamber Network: Broken Links
While the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated technology adoption within organizations, many are being left behind. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s latest policy brief, Broken Links: Driving Technology Adoption within Ontario’s Small Businesses, explores solutions to address the key barriers small businesses face in adopting and implementing technology.  

Ontario’s economy and communities thrive when small businesses succeed. We must ensure they are not left behind in the transition to an increasingly digitized economy. Click here to read.

NEWS FROM COMMUNITY PARTNERS
CONQUER YOUR VALUES IN 2023
As we wind down this year, let's build an unshakable foundation for 2023.

In this session, we will get to work by identifying your core values and highlighting how you can incorporate them in your personal and professional leadership.

You see, values is the inside work that needs to happen. It's what helps you identify why you show up the way you do. Your values define how you do everything in life. When you're clear on your values and how they come to the surface whether in you personal, professional, community life or anything in between, you can then live with that much more intention. Not by accident.

This session is also a chance for PROJECT CONQUER alumni to re-connect. And if you haven't participated in PROJECT CONQUER before, you'll get a chance to meet some amazing people who are doing incredible things in their own way.
Georgian College Career & Employment Services presents Dufferin County
HR Group - Welcome Back!
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kristin Graham


Phone: 249-288-6655 
How can we help you?
Greetings!

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

Diana Morris, Executive Director
diana@dufferinbot.ca | 519-941-0490 x 202

Lucy-May Gallagher, Community Engagement Manager
lucy@dufferinbot.ca | 905-587-1904

Jaemilyn Gavino, Digital Media Coordinator