Let me begin this month by congratulating those newly elected municipal politicians on their recent victories. We look forward to working with all of you as we move forward business issues in Dufferin County. Thanks as well to all that ran who weren’t successful. We were lucky locally to have so many strong campaigns and new ideas presented. Change doesn’t always come from those that succeed in elections but certainly is impacted by all of those that run.

The Dufferin Tourism Trails campaign will remain particularly active during November. Watch the website and your email for additional training sessions in November. The consumer advertising component of the Tourism Trails campaign will also begin in November.

On an administrative note from the office they still have rapid test kits available should your business require them. We are also encouraging members to try the space at the Biz Hub by offering a 25% discount on new rentals in November.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce did a good job of promoting small business week throughout the province during the third week of October. The theme of the campaign this year was, Small Business: Too big to Ignore!. In a press release OCC President Rocco Rossi remined us that “98 % of all employer businesses in Canada are small businesses, yet they continue to face unique challenges related to accessing talent, capital, and markets. It is more important than ever that public policy focuses on removing red tape and other barriers to ensure they can continue to support our labour market and economy.”

DBOT will continue to support these initiatives from OCC on your behalf. We are far enough through the pandemic that simply surviving should no longer be the goal for small business. For all of us now should be the time to thrive!

Doug Harkness,
Chair - Dufferin Board of Trade
Register for a Knowledge Sharing Session
DBOT is working hard to help promote your business across the GTA. This is a FREE program which started in October this year.

We have launched a robust multi-channel advertising campaign to support tourism businesses in Dufferin County. Don’t miss out!

Join us on Monday, November 7th or Thursday, November 10th for our free Tourism Knowledge Sharing Sessions.

Offered in-person in the Boardroom at Dufferin Board of Trade, with remote option

Look forward to a day of learning and networking with other tourism-ready businesses in Dufferin.

Sign up for a Knowledge Sharing Session, for your next step to join a path! Register for November 7th or Register for November 10th
DWIB Presents: Sparkle Gala Awards
Nominations are now opened until November 7th. Place your nominees now!

Award Categories:
  • 2022 Woman of Influence
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Mentor of the year
  • Networker of the year

Women can be nominated in one of four categories. All nominees will be asked to provide a short submission and photo that speaks to their accomplishments in the award category.

If a nominee is recognized in multiple categories, we will ask which nomination she wishes to accept.

Save the date for the Sparkle Gala Awards, November 24th, 2022
... details to come!
Get 25% off Dufferin Biz Hub Booking
We've made some changes to some of our spaces - Come check out the different spaces you can book!

The Dufferin Biz Hub currently offers 25% off bookings for any of our spaces until the end of November.

Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery here on Hockley Road! Book your spot today

Welcome New Members
The Orangeville Christmas Market
The Orangeville Christmas Market is opened on November 19, 2022 from 10am - 5pm located at The Orangeville Fairgrounds.

We will host 225 vendors, family friendly activities, food trucks, Santa and much more! We are asking for a $2 donation to the Orangeville Food Bank upon entry.
Annual Economic Outlook Summit
The annual Economic Outlook Summit will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 8. This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Leslie Preston, Managing Director and Senior Economist with TD Bank Group.

Date & Time: Tuesday Nov 8, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EST

Registration required for this free event
A Night in Paris - November 15, 2022
Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County has joined forces with Hospice Dufferin to host a joint fundraising event to raise funds for service support and to increase awareness of both organizations.

The event, under the theme, "A Night in Paris", promises to be a magical, one- of- kind event where patron will get to indulge in the most decadent, mouthwatering desserts from the best local vendors while networking with members of the local business community.
How to Start a Small Business

Mark Jamieson, Co-ordinator of the Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre, will discuss the key elements of a business plan and why this essential document is so important when starting or growing a business.

Registration is required for this Free webinar
Boost Your Productivity

Business coach David Cohen will provide strategies and tools to help business owners be more effective with their time, gain traction on priorities, and turn goals into actions.

Registration is required for this Free webinar
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 | 519-941-0490 x 202

Lucy-May Gallagher, Community Engagement Manager | 905-587-1904

Jaemilyn Gavino, Digital Media Coordinator