Your Board of Trade co hosted the Industry Luncheon last week with our partners the Greater Dufferin Homebuilders Association and the Rotary club of Orangeville. Folks at this well attended event were treated to a chat from local MPP who just happens to be the Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health the Honourable Sylvia Jones. RBC graciously brought in the speaker for the event, their Senior Economist Josh Nye (aka Josh Nye the economist guy). Josh laid out some pretty detailed projections for the coming year and while predicting a bumpy ride that the sky is indeed not falling.

Thank-you to the many sponsors who support this event year after year along with a hard working committee headed up by Henry Jansen who pulled it all together. Just another one of those events that was great to be able to attend in person again.

I had the opportunity to meet with a potential new member this week and it reminded me of the many things that the Dufferin Board of Trade has to offer. Each of us have our own reasons for joining be it to be listed on the business directory, have increased opportunities to network, being able to provide staff with cost effective benefits, to join our advocacy voice or to have access to our advertising bundles there has never been a better time to join DBOT.

The International Plowing Match organizing committee is in full swing with their planning to hold the event in Dufferin County this fall near Bowling Green. What a great opportunity it is to have this large, high profile event locally.

Hopefully we’re nearing the end of these winter blasts and by the time my next missive rolls around there will be some signs of spring. I am excited to be representing DBOT at the OCC advocacy day at Queen’s Park on March 6th. I’ll have more on that in the next newsletter

Doug Harkness

Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade
CONNECT
DBOT CONNECTS - Free Networking Event
Join us at the Orangeville Storage as we continue our networking event series - DBOT Connects.

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.
DWIB Presents: Business Women Giving Back
Why and How to get involved
Join us at the Orangeville Food Bank for this Business Women's Networking Event

Learn how supporting community initiatives can boost your business
Tour the Foodbank's new location and learn how poverty and need is growing in Dufferin County

Network with business women and make connections
Enjoy lunch donated by the DWIB Committee

Save your spot - Register today!
Conquer Your Values - Free Workshop
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.

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.

Register Today!
SAVE MONEY
#ThinkLocal Advertising Bundles
#ThinkLocal Advertising Bundles help DBOT members save money on multi-channel local advertising. The program consists of a quarterly commitment and advertises your business on radio, newspaper, social media, our website and newsletter. The power of bulk buying ads gives businesses more visibility (more impressions) for a lower monthly cost. Reach new markets on various channels which may have been too expensive on your own.
Rapid Test Kits are STILL Available
PROMOTE
Spotlight of the Month -
Women Owned Businesses
As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, we would like to encourage you to support our local female entrepreneurs.
Welcome New Members
TLC for Business
Hockley Valley Resort
MJ Auctions
ADVOCATE
Thank you to the 125 local business leaders who completed our 2023 Business Survey! The three lucky winners of a $50 gift card were chosen at random, and they are...

Gary Biegel - Biegel's Pizza
Jane Vogel - Expedia Cruises
Mistilee Desrosier - Mad Clear Out

Congratulations to our winners!
2023 ONTARIO ECONOMIC REPORT
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and #ONChamberNetwork released the seventh annual Ontario Economic Report highlighting the challenges faced by the business community and the unpredictability that lies in the year ahead.

NEWS FROM COMMUNITY PARTNERS
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Joy Foster Presents: Strategies to Navigate Menopause
Sheldon Creek Homes Open House!
Connectivity through humour with
Kate Davis
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