I’m sitting at my desk this morning looking out for inspiration at Main Street Mono watching many of the commuters fly by southbound. It’s kind of like the winter, those of us in the precast industry get a little break before spring hits and we need to get up to the speed or better of those commuters. I’d better get back at the task at hand. Those busy days will be here before I know it.

I hope that you had a chance to attend the State of Business Dufferin event a few weeks back. Thanks to MP Seeback and MPP Jones along with our excellent panel of mayors who made this such a fantastic event. We are lucky to be represented by so many knowledgeable and engaged politicians in our area. This was clear by just how deftly they were all able to handle questions from DBOT and the floor throughout the event. Being able to think on ones feet is a skill many of us wish to be better at but to be able to handle such a broad range of questions was impressive. Thanks as always to Diana Morris and her staff at the DBOT office for pulling the event altogether. Great catering job by Lavender Blue as always despite my disappointment that the pastries were in fact quiche and not butter tarts as I had initially thought.

Our next big event is the Industry Luncheon on February 20th at the Oak Room at the Fairgrounds. DBOT hosts this event along with our partners the Rotary Club of Orangeville and the Greater Dufferin Home Builders Association. You can register now on the DBOT website and there are still a host of many great sponsorship opportunities. Those of us on the organizing committee had the opportunity to meet this years speaker Mark Cohon on a zoom call last week and it has left me really looking forward to his talk. Mark is an entrepreneur that is carving out a very interesting career that has included a stop as commissioner of the CFL. He has made a great mark on his own while living under the huge shadow of his father George of McDonald’s Canada fame. It is sure to be a great event.

Have a great month and if I don’t see you at the Industry Luncheon I hope we’ll see you elsewhere around the county!

Doug Harkness

Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade



Morning Glory – Nonprofit Appreciation Week Breakfast

Come join us on February 15th, 2024 at Monora Park Pavillion from 8 AM to 10 AM for our Morning Glory Breakfast to celebrate Nonprofit Appreciation Week!

It's time to rise and shine with a special breakfast dedicated to the people who work for our local charities and nonprofits. This first-time event, which takes place during Nonprofit Appreciation Week in Ontario, will bring together staff and supporters of nonprofit organizations in Dufferin County, to celebrate their immense contributions to our community well-being.

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This event will give the nonprofit sector a rare chance to come together and be recognized for all the ways they go above and beyond for our community. There will be live food stations by Lavender Blue Catering and Maple Grove Farm, goodies from Quest for Cakes and Sheldon Creek Dairy, and entertainment that will leave everyone feeling energized and inspired. Oh, and lots of hot coffee.


2024 Industry Luncheon

The Industry Luncheon is an annual event hosted in partnership between the Rotary Club of Orangeville, the Greater Dufferin Home Builders Association, and the Dufferin Board of Trade. This event brings local business leaders together to share ideas, network, and enjoy a great keynote speaker.

This year's speaker is Mark Cohon! Join us on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024. Doors open at 11:30 am - lunch and speakers beginning at 12 noon. You wouldn't want to miss this!

Register today and learn more about sponsorship opportunities by clicking the button below.

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DWIB Presents: Survival within the Jungle

Starting a new year with your business can be challenging, frustrating and difficult. Keeping the belief pattern and mindset, especially the focus will be an important part of your success. 

Within this exciting and interactive environment you will have the opportunity to explore and learn effective weapons to apply to your new years goals.

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Frameworks Renovation Ltd

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McIntyre Media Inc.

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Mulmur Business Services


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Dufferin Board of Trade:

2024 Business Survey

Calling all Dufferin County Business Leaders! 🌟

Your insights matter! 📊 Complete the 2024 Business Survey for a chance to WIN 1 of 3 $50 gift cards to a local business! 🛍️

If you're a decision-maker in a business or nonprofit in Dufferin County, your voice is crucial. 🗣️ This annual survey is our key tool to understand the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in our area.

Your responses are CONFIDENTIAL, and the data gathered helps DBOT, local municipalities, and partner organizations focus on the issues that matter most to YOU. 🎯 Let's work together to make our business community stronger!

Take a few minutes to share your insights, and you could be a lucky winner! 🌐

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Promote your event in the 2024-2025 Explore Dufferin Guide

Are you a business or organization hosting an event this year in Dufferin County? Look no further! The Explore Dufferin Guide will be back this year and is ready to promote all things tourism in the County!

If you are not familiar, the Explore Dufferin Guide is Dufferin County’s tourism resource, spotlighting prime attractions, and community events held throughout the year. It is a one-stop-shop offering information on local businesses, events, suggested itineraries and much more! The guide will showcase events scheduled from May 2024 to April 2025. Submitted events will also be featured in the events calendar on the new Dufferin Tourism Website and other related tourism promotions.

A few things to note:

  • For the event to be listed, it must be open to the public and take place within the boundaries of Dufferin County.
  • The submission of the form does not guarantee inclusion in the guide. All responses will undergo evaluation and approval by our team.
  • The form must be submitted by Thursday February 29th, 2024. Responses will not be accepted beyond this date.
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Silencing Doubts with Discussions

March 8, 2024 | 6PM to 8PM

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

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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

Jaemilyn Gavino, Communications Coordinator

jaemilyn@dufferinbot.ca | 519-941-0490 x 204

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