3…2…1… Happy New Year!
Can you believe it? It’s already 2023 - a new year to look forward to. Our team here at DBOT has a lot in store for this new year. We’re starting strong with our State of Business event on January 24th, and stay tuned for the Dufferin Women in Business event on January 18th. View our upcoming events below!

These past few weeks, the weather has been a whirlwind of temperatures. That being said, we are still providing businesses with free rapid antigen test kits! Join our test kit program and pick up your order here at the DBOT office located in Mono! We are continuing our program until further notice.

If you haven’t done so, or even if you have… check out our Dufferin Tourism Trails video on our website! Support local businesses that share your values - check out our trails!

As your board of trade, we promise to continue our commitment to helping the business in our county thrive! We are looking forward to supporting our community this new year.

Best Wishes From,

Jaemilyn, Digital Media Coordinator
& the DBOT Team
State of Business in Dufferin
Come join us on January 24th at Monora Park Pavillion from 8:30 am to 10:30 am for a networking breakfast and discussion with Dufferin's business and political leaders.

Meet the newly-elected and re-elected officials in Dufferin and discuss the state of business in our community!
DWIB Presents: Revitalize Yourself and
Your Business
Please join the Dufferin Women in Business for their first 2023 event! On January 18, 2023 DWIB presents... 'Revitalize Yourself and Your Business' featuring Laura May, motivational speaker.
Laura May is a published author, success coach, parent, social worker, motivational speaker and creator of power of The Joy Journal© process. The Joy Journal is a 3-part success process, a working journal that is a teaching tool utilized by participants her workshops and coaching sessions. Enthusiastic and optimistic, Laura May loves to motivate, inspire and empower others to live their very best life.

Save your spot - Register today!
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.
The magic of newsletters is that they're a way to distribute your content on a regular basis straight to someone’s email inbox or phone. It creates a privileged communication when you do it correctly. But when done poorly, it can feel like a boring monologue of self-promotion.

If you don’t have one already, it’s time to start building a list of emails and creating a newsletter. Whether you’ve been a longtime newsletter publisher or one just starting, here are a few ideas to spice it up.

  • A/B Testing - For good open rates on your newsletter, you must provide valuable information from the reader’s perspective. To do this, you must get to know your reader.
  • Images - If you’re not sure if your audience prefers text or images, try some A/B testing or a social media vote. People enjoy being asked their opinion. And they’ll likely open your newsletters if they feel they contributed to the new style.
  • Decoder Rings - Customers do enjoy feeling like they are in a VIP relationship with you. They want to be part of a group and be in the know. Show them something in your newsletter that they can’t get elsewhere such as special discounts, flash sales, new rollouts of products or services, or coupon codes

Never let an opportunity to connect with your target market slip by. Newsletters not only help you grow a loyal following, but they keep your business top of mind for recipients.
The Ontario Economic Report (OER) is the landmark research platform of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province. The OER is a data-driven, evidence-based document rooted in the OCC’s annual survey of its members, the Business Confidence Survey (BCS).

This year, the data and content contained within the OER reflect the unprecedented year that was 2021 and the unpredictability of 2022, examining the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disproportionate impacts it has had on certain businesses and individuals in Ontario. Read the release.
Light It Up Blue
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. Add a Blue bulb to your home or business to help raise awareness and show your support for people living with Dementia and their care partners.
Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre Presents: WSIB 101
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will provide business owners with an overview of their legal responsibilities under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Attendees will learn about their roles and responsibilities as employers, who is required to register with WSIB and how to register, calculation of rates, how to file a claim, and the available free resources offered to small business by WSPS.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask important health and safety questions to a representative from WSIB.
Sheldon Creek Homes will be having an Open House - Stay tuned for the details!
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
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