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Message from the General Manager
It has been a tremendous 2 years at the Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT) under the leadership of our Chair, Joe Andrews. I would like to take this opportunity in our transition period to thank Joe for his tireless contributions to this organization over his term as Chair. Joe has been an exceptional champion for DBOT and truly a pleasure to work with. The entire staff of the Dufferin Board of Trade look forward to working with Joe  in his new capacity as Past-Chair and the opportunities ahead. 

I would also like to take this time to welcome Pete Renshaw as our new Chair (to be confirmed by the membership at the AGM on May 17th). We look forward to working with Pete throughout his term to build on the work already being done by DBOT as well as to explore new exciting opportunities for this organization. You can look forward to regularly hearing from Pete on various happenings in the upcoming releases of the Business in the County newsletter where he will be contributing the Chairpersons' Message Section. 

I encourage you, our proud members, to attend the Annual General Meeting on May 17th, to have your say, learn more about your Board of Trade, and of course to network and dine on some delicious eats!

Diana Morris, General Manager
Dufferin Board of Trade

Think Local Food Showcase and Annual General Meeting -  May 17th, 2017.

Join us for an evening of networking, great food, and fun. Come out and have your say as a member and learn all about what is ahead for the Dufferin Board of Trade in 2017!

This event will feature a complete market style dinner, including:
  • Dufferin-grown baked potatoes with toppings;
  • beet, radish, chevre and living greens salad;
  • poached rainbow trout on white wine braised leeks, red pearl onions, heirloom carrots, shiitake mushrooms and candied ginger in a miso bone broth;
  • Chopped Hills-burger mini-sliders made with local all-beef patties;
  • herbed spatzle with local artisanal sausage and mushrooms;
  • locally-roasted coffee;
  • Smoked Bacon and Jalapeno Mac and Cheese Balls;
  • Sheldon Creek milk;
  • and more!
All from Dufferin and surrounding area!

This event will be offered at no charge for our members, and only $25 (tax included) for non-members.

5 Minutes for Business A Big Boost to Business Investment  Canadian chamber logo

This brief from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce addresses the Crown's constitutional duty to consult with and accommodate Indigenous peoples whose rights could be affected through infrastructural developments.

Canada's businesses are optimistic about increasing investments this year, but there is a big barrier that needs to be addressed.

Before any development project, such as a mine or road can begin, the Crown has a constitutional duty to consult with and accommodate Indigenous peoples whose rights could be affected. Governments often rely on industry to do these consultations as part of the regulatory approval process. But there is often no guidance on how business should engage with Indigenous communities, or what constitutes appropriate consultations.

Read more about this issue here.
Ontario's Fair Housing Plan

On Thursday April 20th 2017 the Ontario Government introduced the  Fair Housing Plan . This set of 16 comprehensive measures is intended to help people find an affordable place to call home, while bringing stability to the real estate market and protecting the investment of homeowners. 

The Dufferin Board of Trade and Ontario Chamber of Commerce  are encouraged to see that the government has committed to working with municipalities to remove the barriers to getting more new homes and listings on the market faster. While we acknowledge that the government is taking action to ensure affordability, we believe that measures should target increasing supply and protecting landlords while encouraging new opportunities for growth. We encourage the province to keep a close eye on what impact these new policy measures will have on housing supply going forward.

Click here to read more about how this plan may affect you!

10% discount on tickets to members.

         10% off initial analysis.
Think Local Food Showcase & AGM
May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monora Park Pavilion500 Monora Park Drive 
Mono, ON Canada 
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The new Think Local Food Showcase, to be held in conjunction with the DBOT AGM on May 17th, 2017. This event will feature a complete market style dinner of local food, and networking opportunities with local business people!

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Starting an Online Business
April 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre6 Northmen Way 
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada 

Thinking about starting a new business or taking an existing business online? E-business expert, Kelly Brooks, President and CEO of SpeakFeel Corp. will provide the key information and instruction you need to start a web-based company.

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5th Annual Charity Fashion Show - Hockley Valley Resort
April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hockley Valley Resort793522 3rd Line 
Mono, ON Canada 

Join us on April 28th for our 5th Annual Charity Fashion Show - a fashion-forward evening for a great cause!  Complete with a silent auction, a 3-course farm-to-table dinner and spring's latest looks, proceeds from this fabulous event benefit Bethell Hospice Foundation.

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May 2 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Alder Street Recreation Centre275 Alder Street 
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 5H6 Canada 

Explore how Humber can help you solve problems, improve process and develop products. You'll learn from education, government and industry representatives.

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Small Business Finances
May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre6 Northmen Way 
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada 
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If you want to gain a better understanding of your business books, this seminar is for you. Andrew Patricio, owner of Bizlaunch, has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs across the GTA to gain a better understanding of their finances.

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Save the Date- May 25th 2017 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
Dufferin Young Professionals Meet-and-Greet Networking Event.

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