If you have done business in Dufferin County over the last half century you would have almost for sure run into John “Doc” Gillies. He set a wonderful example for so many of us on how it was that we should all “do” business in the area. He was successful through many changes in his career from car dealer to sailor to developer. He was best known however for his many volunteer and philanthropic pursuits with wife Nancy always at his side. He was chair of both the EDC, the Headwaters Healthcare Foundation and President of the Rotary Club of Orangeville. His involvement in various community projects either spearheading them or working quietly behind the scenes were many. He was involved in the expansion of the Library, the construction of the Community Living Building, The Door, Family Transition Place, Rotary Park, the Splashpad and the Skateboard park to name but a few. He worked tirelessly with a smile on his face and a joke at the ready with a single motivation, to make our community better. With his passing our community has lost one of its pillars. The great example that he set for so many of us will allow his impact to continue for a long time to come. We will miss you Doc, our deepest condolences to your family.

Your Board of Trade is actively working on the “Dufferin Tourism Trails” project. This unique project connects many of our diverse local businesses with both visitors and locals so that they can spend more time and money in the region. The trails are a virtual network across Dufferin showcasing businesses in 9 special categories. The Trails and the businesses on them will be extensively celebrated and promoted within our community and nearby regions. If you would like the spotlight shone on your business through this project you can find more information on this exciting project on the DBOT website

DBOT is also partnering with others or organizing outright 3 local all candidates nights. Visit our website to learn about the candidates and view the video of the Orangeville mayor and deputy mayor forum from Sept 27th. Details are also online about the upcoming Mono All candidates night on Tuesday, October 4th at Monora Park Pavillion, and the Amaranth all candidate meeting via zoom on Thursday, October 6th.

Thank-you for all that you do to support the Dufferin Board of Trade. We look forward to seeing you all around the county.

Doug Harkness,
Chair - Dufferin Board of Trade
DBOT Connects - Networking Event
During the summer, we had a great turnout for our DBOT Connects Networking event... So, we've decided to bring it back! Join us on October 25th from 5 to 7 pm at FM 101 Orangeville Station.

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: Rapid Fire Marketing
Join us on October 19th at the Barley Vine Rail Co. in Orangeville for a new way to connect - Networking with a twist!

Rapid Fire Marketing is a networking event where participants will move around from table to table and each one will have a different Marketing topic with an "expert" there to facilitate questions and discussion on their topic.

More details to come, stay tuned!
#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.

Package Deal Includes:
  • Over a three-month period you will receive:
  • 36 spots on Country 105 Radio
  • 36 Spots on Orangeville’s Local Radio station
  • 3 spots in the Orangeville Banner
  • 3 spots in the Orangeville Citizen
  • 3 ads in the DBOT Newsletter
  • 3 monthly web banners on DBOT’s website
  • 3 posts on DBOT’s Instagram
  • 3 posts on DBOT’s Facebook
  • complimentary creative and design work

All for $299/month (+HST) for three months

If you are interested, please fill click the button below and we will be in touch!
Register for a Knowledge Sharing Session
DBOT is working hard to help promote your business across the GTA. This is a FREE program starting in October.

Starting in October we will be launching a robust multi-channel advertising campaign to support tourism businesses in Dufferin. Don’t miss out!

Join us at Monora Park on Tuesday October 4th for our free Tourism Knowledge Sharing Sessions.
Sign up for a Knowledge Sharing Session, for your next step to join a path! Click to Register
Welcome New Members
AllPro Roofing Inc
Divinity & Co Hair Studio
Our Mortgage Lady
Municipal Elections 2022
  • All Candidates Meeting
  • October 4th – meet & greet at 6pm, debate from 7-9pm
  • In-person at Monora Park or streamed via Zoom
  • For more details and candidate profiles, click here:

GENESIS Live Kickboxing Show
Join us on Saturday, October 15 at 6pm to experience Dufferin County’s first live, sanctioned kickboxing show!

It will be an exciting night of kickboxing action as athletes utilize their boxing, kicks and knees to wow the crowd and challenge themselves to spectacular victories! Want to catch the action up close from the BEST seats?

Become a sponsor and experience the rush from a ringside table.

Tickets are available online HERE.

DBOT members, call 519-941-7275 or email for special pricing and sponsorship opportunities.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt in support of Hospice Dufferin
Looking for something spooktacular to do with the kids while making a difference in your community? Visit Hospice Dufferin's 2nd Annual Scavanger Hunt on October 22nd from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Participants will enjoy a few hours of fun, following the clues and discovering businesses and homes throughout Dufferin County in a quest to win great prizes.

Everyone registered will receive a passport that will get stamped along the way. At the end of the scavenger hunt, they will return them to have them entered into a draw for some spooktacular prizes.

Tickets are $30 each and include: 1 passport, 1 pumpkin, 1 mini putt game, and 1 treat bag
Additional tickets for 1 mini putt and 1 treat bag are $10 each.

There will be lots of prizes donated from our business community for best costume, social media shoutout, and the grand prize for getting the passport filled.

We are also currently looking for businesses in Orangeville, Shelburne, and Dufferin County who would like to be a stop on our scavenger hunt. If your business is interested in being a part of this Scavenger Hunt please email for more information.

All proceeds from this event will go back to the programs supported by Hospice Dufferin.
SEO: The Way to Get Your Business Noticed
On October 5th, 2022 Danny Vogler will be presenting at a free webinar from 12-1 PM.

Search engine optimization serves as a digital megaphone for your business and can help you increase your online visibility.

Having your business appear on search engines like Google is critical and no matter the size of your venture, SEO can help you attract prospective and existing customers to your website. Having SEO as part of your marketing strategy is vital it and should always be top of mind.

During this webinar with Danny Vogler, Director of Marketing & Sales at Treefrog Inc, participants will learn about SEO and how it can help amplify your business. Danny will also share his expertise on how to create a local SEO strategy and platforms that can help your business.
Orangeville Community Profile - Neighbourhood Case Study
The Neighbourhood Case Study will provide new and existing business owners with market research data leveraged through the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program. This presentation, delivered by Christine Hann, Main Street Ambassador at the Town of Orangeville, will provide insight into our community’s trade area and demographics along with detailed consumer profiles that can help business owners identify new strategies to attract their target customers.

Date & Time: Wednesday October 26, 2022, 12-1 PM

Topics will include:

  • How individuals can leverage local research data to start or grow their own businesses
  • What this data means for Orangeville’s main street and area local businesses.  
  • How market research data can be used to generate new opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs in our community. 
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