Spring has sprung, and hopefully some nicer weather isn’t far behind. We had an overwhelming response to the call for nominations for the Business Excellence Awards. Outside Chambers and Boards of Trade are busy evaluating them as we get ready for the big event on May 18th. If you haven’t done so already, please go to the DBOT website and get your ticket. It will be great to celebrate in person all of the successes that businesses in Dufferin have achieved over the last little while.

The golf committee is busy getting things ready for another fun-filled event at Shelburne Golf Club on August 25th. More details on that event soon.

There is still no high-speed internet on the horizon for Main Street Mono as well as many other areas throughout the county. I'll keep beating the drum….

It was a privilege to represent you at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls last week. It was a good reminder of how connected we are to both our provincial and national organizations and all that they do on our behalf. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is doing a lot of work right lobbying for government policy to further help alleviate the housing crisis and the skilled trade shortage. The housing crisis is already here and impacting our businesses. Even if we pay well above minimum wage, housing for many remains unaffordable, which makes it tough to find workers. Finding skilled trades is past the crisis point in the construction sector and has an impact on many more as well.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a free tool on its website called the “Business Data Lab” and contained within that is the “Business Conditions Terminal.” This is a great tool to help small businesses plan as it gives us access to a huge amount of free data that we wouldn’t have access to otherwise. I spent a great deal of time playing around with it when I should have been writing this intro! Much of the information is customizable to suit your needs. It is a handy little tool if you get a chance to check it out.

Enjoy this spring weather, and see you all at the Business Excellence Awards in a couple of weeks!


Doug Harkness
Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade
The 2023 BEAs recognize outstanding local businesses and nonprofits who work to benefit both our local economy and the well-being of our community. Winners are determined by judges from outside the area, based on how the nominee exemplifies the award criteria.
2023 BEAs - Check out the Nominees!
May 18th, 2023 at Monora Park Pavillion

Tickets Available!
DBOT Connects - Free Event!
Join us on June 7th with The Odd Fellows located in Orangeville as we continue our FREE 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!

You won't want to miss this! Register today
DWIB Presents: How to Network at a Networking Event
Join our speaker Dina Barazza as she shares tips and strategies for making the most of your networking opportunities. Attendees will gain practical skills and build their confidence in networking situations.

Whether you're a seasoned networker or just starting out, this event offers valuable insights and networking opportunities that can help you advance your career or business.

Save your spot - Register today!
Connect: Resources
Technology and the pace of change has accelerated rapidly in the last few years. If you are having difficulty keeping up, or want to optimize your business’ digital capacity, consider applying for a Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) Boost Your Business Technology.

Boost Your Business Technology can help get your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost, or digitalize your business' operations. These grants are designed to help Canadian businesses become more competitive.

In addition to helping your business scale up its technology, and become more resilient and competitive, the program also offers wage subsidies to hire youth to support the implementation of new technology and strategies.

Eligibility criteria:
  • Be incorporated federally or provincially, or be a Canadian resident sole proprietor
  • Be a for-profit, privately owned business
  • Have between 1 – 499 full time equivalent employees
  • Have at least $500,000 of annual revenues in one of the previous three tax years

If you have any questions about the grant, please reach out to digitaladoption-adoptionnumerique@ised-isde.gc.ca

If you have any questions about the wage subsidy, please reach out to boostyourbusiness@magnet.today
Welcome New Member
Ask: In our 2023 Provincial Budget Submission, we call on the government to support the adoption of electric and zero-emission vehicles by private and public sector entities.

Win: On April 11, the Government of Ontario launched a new Ultra-Low Overnight Price Plan. This is expected to bolster grid efficiency and support electric vehicle adoption in the province.

Hike for Bethell Hospice 2023
Connectivity through
humour with
Kate Davis
2023 IG Wealth
Management Walk for Alzheimer's
Stir the Pot (The new and improved Soup Sisters event)
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Diana Morris, Executive Director
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Lucy-May Gallagher, Community Engagement Manager
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Jaemilyn Gavino, Digital Media Coordinator