Lots to get excited about as summer heads towards fall as we do business here in the county. The excitement (and nervousness) have been palpable around our place the last few days as we helped prepare our newly minted high schooler for his journey. I’m sure he isn’t thinking about what comes after that in 4 years but your Board of Trade is as we get ready for our second skilled trades event in November. You’ll see plenty on our website and social media channels in the coming days and weeks. Please help spread the word so that we can build on the success of our first event.

The excitement is building too for the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo coming up on September 19th to 23rd. It will without a doubt put Bowling Green on the map! Congratulations to the event organizers who have done so much work to bring this event to our area. It has taken an immense amount of work to get it to this point and there will be an army of volunteers to make the event a success while it is taking place. This event will have a large impact on the local community and shine a spotlight on all that our local agricultural community has to offer.

Those of us who attended the annual Dufferin Board of Trade a few weeks back were treated to a great day of golf fun. Tim Venn, Meaghan Young and their committee of 6 along with DBOT staffers Diana Morris, Jaemilyn Gavino, Lucy Gallagher, Charley Post and Declan Kenny hosted a fantastic event with lots of fun games and fellowship. Thank-you as well to the many sponsors who supported this event. A final shout out to Dave Holwell for his hole in one at the tournament. I have golfed with Dave in the past and it’s great to hear that smooth swing of his paid off with a once in a lifetime shot.

Have a great month doing business in the county!

Doug Harkness

Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade



We're back! DWIB + DBOT

Cocktails and Connect

Come join us September 27th for a night out of networking! The DWIB and your Board of Trade will be having a joint event at the

Mill Creek Pub.

Expand your network, and don't miss out - All genders are welcomed!

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Save the Date: Dream Dufferin

November 9th, 2023... details to come, stay tuned!

Dream Dufferin / Career Pathways - a new event held in partnership with the Career Education Council to showcase local in-demand careers to our youth! Become an exhibitor and inspire youth with us on November 9th!

Welcome New Members

Ontario Federation of Trail Riders

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Morris Investigation Agency (M.I.A.)

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Lawrie Insurance Group

DBOT Member Spotlight

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Kimberlite Enterprises – Member Spotlight

Ever since the year 1992, the year Joy Foster founded Kimberlite Enterprises, she has made it her mission to empower everyone, from youth to adults. Life wasn’t always like this for Joy Foster as she started her working career off at YellowPages for 19 years. 


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Headwaters Driver Training – Member Spotlight

Tobi Long’s career as a driving instructor began back in 2019 with Young Drivers, preparing drivers of all ages for the sometimes ominous task of operating a vehicle on their own. Since June 1st, 2023, Long has made it her mission to ensure that Dufferin County drivers are well prepared for whatever the road throws at them with the launch of her new business, Headwaters Driver Training. Read More...


The Dufferin BizHub is a social enterprise project of the Dufferin Board of Trade, offering co-working desks, private offices, virtual offices, administrative support services, and meeting rooms for daily or long-term rentals.

We currently have 2 private offices available for long-term rent. If you'd like to come see them, feel free to email: jaemilyn@dufferinbot.ca to book a time to see the space!

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Toolkit Tuesday: Our next Toolkit Tuesday lunch webinar is on September 19 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

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Ask the Expert - Banking

September 12th

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Golf 4 Bethell Hospice

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Heidi's Walk for Hope in support of Family Transition Place

September 24th, 2023

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September 25th: Stir the Pot (The new and improved Soup Sisters event)

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Hello DBOT,

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

jaemilyn@dufferinbot.ca | 519-941-0490 x 204

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