I really hope that business is strong for everyone doing business in Dufferin County.

It was great for the little more than 100 folks that were able to join us for our AGM followed by the Business Excellence Awards a little more than a week back. It was wonderful to attend such a great event and celebrate all that our business community has to offer. Certainly, we congratulate all of the winners but also all of the nominees as well. There were many stories throughout the evening of all of the successes that those in our local business community are having and the support they are receiving from the community at large. It was great that this event was back in person, hopefully, those in attendance left motivated and inspired as I did.

We certainly need to thank Diana, Lucy, Jaemilyn and the caterers Lavender Blue for the success of the event. There was just an immense amount of work that went into the event behind the scenes, and they pulled it off seamlessly through their efforts.

DBOT doesn’t rest for the summer. DBOT has 2 summer students starting with us soon – one is a Digital Journalist who will be available to do interviews and photos with members for our new blog articles, and the other will be doing community photos and videos. If you would like to use their services to help promote your business (for free!), they can be booked through the office. We are able to provide this service due to the Canada Summer Jobs grant program.

Your golf committee is also busy planning what I’m sure will be a spectacular event. This year’s tournament will be held on Thursday, August 24th, at the Shelburne Golf Course. It’s been a while since OPC has made it onto the trophy so I plan on working on my game lots when I’m on holidays the week before. This event is always the highlight of the local golf tournament season. I hope you can make it and enjoy lots of fun with a little friendly competition mixed in too!

I’d better leave you here as I need to print this and run it around the corner to the DBOT office. Unfortunately, that still remains a faster option than the “high speed” we enjoy here on Main Street Mono.


Doug Harkness
Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade
DBOT Connects - Free Event!
Join us on June 7th at The Odd Fellows, located in Orangeville, as we continue our FREE networking event series - DBOT Connects.

This event will be co-hosted by the Alliston Chamber of Commerce. Connect with other business owners from Alliston and network with other Dufferin businesses! Get a chance to learn about The Odd Fellows and tour around their organization.

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.

You won't want to miss this! Register today
9th Annual: Cocktails & Connect
Come join the Dufferin Women in Business on June 14th at The Barley Vine Rail co. for one of their most popular annual event -
Cocktails & Connect!

This event is open to ALL genders! Registration is required, so save the date and register today!
Congratulations to the
2023 BEA Award Recipients & Nominees!
2023 BEA Award Winners:
Chairman’s Award -– Liz Skorski 
Innovation Award -- Hereward Farms
Community Builder Award -- Branching Out Support Services 
Responsible Business -– Lavender Blue Catering Ltd.
Business of the Year -– Town Tees
Business Person of the Year -- Rick and Michelle Arsenault
Inclusivity Champion -- Dufferin Child and Family Services
See more photos from our 2023 Business Excellence Awards!
Welcome New Members
A Message from our #ThinkLocal
Advertising Partners
DBOT MEMBERS: Get involved in our FREE Summer Promotion Projects!
Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program, we will be having two students, Digital Journalist Declan Kenny, and photographer / videographer Jahmeil Dunkley, joining us this summer!

  • Oh Canada Video: We’re putting together an Oh Canada Video to play before our special events, featuring local businesses and municipal buildings flying the Canadian Flag. If your business flies a Canadian Flag or displays other maple leaf / Canadian symbols send us a photo or short video clip or let us know your location and we will try to pop by to get some footage.  

  • Member videos: If we didn’t get to you last summer, and you’d like a member video this year, drop us an email and we’ll put you on Jahmeil’s list!

  • Digital Media Article / Business Blog: Declan will be visiting members this summer, conducting short interviews and taking a few pictures for our new business stories section.

Let us know if you want in!
Congratulations to Whispering Pines Landscaping for being in Business for 30 Years!

Happy 30th Anniversary!
Calling All Indoor and Outdoor Exhibitors -
There's an early
bird rate until June 30
Submit your application soon & save!
Looking for things to do in Dufferin County? Check out the Explore Dufferin Guide!

Pick up a copy at:
246372 Hockley Road, Mono, ON, or you can...
Digital Main
Street’s Ontario Grants Program: Applications
are now open
June 6th: Mulmur's EDC Breakfast
June 2nd: Artsploration's GRAND OPENING!
June 20th: Toolkit Tuesday webinar
June 11th: Hike for Hospice Dufferin and Butterfly Release
June 17th: Trillium Ford Shelburne -
All-Wheels Show & Shine
June 22nd:
An Evening Gala Under the Stars
June 26th: Stir the Pot (The new and improved Soup Sisters event)
Looking for more events? Click below!
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