Volume 5 Issue 2| February 4, 2019
Business in the County
In This Issue
Message From the Chair
Maximize Your Membership
Business in Your County
New Members
Provincial Business Updates
Industry Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Our Partners
Message from the Chair
Pete Renshaw, Chair
Dufferin Board of Trade
The DBOT Board of Directors was pleased to receive the Organizational Sustainability Report on January 23rd from Professor Sheldon Leiba of the Humber College Business School. The Board will meet to discuss the report further and to create a strategic action plan to align our resources to ensure our organization is responsive to the needs of our community and delivers highly effective programs and services.

DBOT recently undertook two strategic initiatives that received support from Orangeville Council which included funding for a new Skilled Trades in Dufferin initiative and a local Film and Television Office . We look forward to working with the community to drive these initiatives forward with a high degree of success.
Maximize Your Membership
Members' Group
Join our group for digital networking and strengthen your member to member connections! A business community is only as strong as its network of connections. Join to stay up to date with DBOT, your fellow members, and everything to do with Thinking Local!

Member to Member Discounts
The Dufferin Board of Trade Member 2 Member Discount program offers discounts from proud DBOT members for their fellow members exclusively!

There are over 25 discounts available to members!
M2M Discount Highlights
Bridlewood Soaps
DBOT members will receive one free bar of with purchase over $20 before tax. Available in store only.
Budget Blinds
30% discount on all products
Affinity Programs
The Dufferin Board of Trade offers many exclusive savings for members; everything from office supplies to shipping rate discounts!

Save money with your membership!
Affinity Program Spotlight
Specialized program extends more choices and deeper savings. Save on average UP TO 25% OFF competitor pricing. Get preferred pricing on select categories including coffee & tech accessories. Plus SAVE OVER 30% on paper.

Business in Your County
Humber College Business School Delivers Organizational Sustainability Report for the Dufferin Board of Trade
Dufferin ON: On Wednesday, January 23rd Professor Sheldon Leiba of the Humber College Business School, presented the Dufferin Board of Trade Board of Directors with an organizational stability report. The Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT) and Humber College Business School partnered from September to December 2018 to develop an Organizational Sustainability Report for DBOT to maintain the business association’s relevancy and impact in an increasingly complex, challenging, and ever-changing environment. 

The Report outlines strategic priorities for the organization with SMART objectives (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) related to eight key strategic areas.

Founded as the Orangeville Board of Trade in 1909, DBOT has remained a non-profit, membership organization supporting business in Dufferin County and is celebrating its 110th anniversary year.

DBOT will utilize the Organizational report to create a plan to focus its resources to those activities that offer high impact for business community and best ensures that the organization maximizes its leadership role for and on behalf of business in Dufferin.

“The report presented to us today was bold and ambitious.” Pete Renshaw, Chair of DBOT, said. “I am confident that the organization is strong in its foundation and has the support of this community to help us execute an efficacy-driven plan to ensure that the Board of Trade remains the strongest resource and connector for business in Dufferin. 


New Members
New Members
The Headwaters Hub
Starting a business? Need a space for meetings? Looking for opportunities to network? The Headwaters Hub is a growing Co-working Space located just outside Orangeville and designed to meet the needs of our community of entrepreneurs and innovators. 

Equipped with a wide range of services and high-speed internet, our offices are the perfect venue for brainstorming, networking and learning.

Westend Family Chiropractic & Wellness
Westend Family Chiropractic and Wellness offers so much more than chiropractic adjustment! We have an area for the kids to play that is visible from our treatment area (and their own own treatment table too!), a wobble chair area that helps mobilize the spine, stretching machine to help stretch those tight muscles, basic exercise equipment and other practitioners such as a Naturopathic doctor to ensure your body is getting all the attention it deserves and more!

Avita Weight Loss Clinic
Avita Integrative Health & Restoration treats hormone imbalances and weight loss naturally…Balancing hormones not only provides our body with the foundation of good health, it is also part of your weight loss solution. This solution provides our bodies with the tools to fight disease and remain young.

Provincial Advocacy Wins
On January 15, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)with support from The Dufferin Board of Trade and the Chamber network of Ontario provided the Government of Ontario with thirteen tangible recommendations for the upcoming provincial budget to build a stronger Ontario and create a business climate which encourages growth.

The OCC presented the submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, calling on the government to prioritize small business tax reforms, strategic infrastructure investment, and value-based procurement in Budget 2019.

In an OCC survey last year, 48 percent of Ontario businesses indicated they were not confident about the province’s economic outlook and 61 percent of these cited high tax rates as a reason. As the province heads into a time of economic uncertainty coupled with the province’s staggering deficit, the submission calls on the government to focus on fiscally sustainable and long-term taxation priorities. Currently, business with an income of less than $500,000 are taxed at a flat rate. To create an environment which encourages small and medium business to successfully scale, the OCC recommends the government create a variable small business deduction in Budget 2019.


Industry Opportunities
Ambassador Committee
The Dufferin Board of Trade is looking for members interested in joining the Ambassador Committee! The Dufferin Board of Trade (DBOT) Ambassadors are a volunteer committee, comprised of champions for our organization who build long-term relationships with our members and encourage overall membership growth.

If this sounds like you, contact us today!
519.941.0490 ext 202 | diana@dufferinbot.ca
Upcoming Events
February 21 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Best Western PLUS Inn & Suites , 7 Buena Vista Drive 
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 0A2 

Join Dufferin and area's business and political leaders for the annual Industry Luncheon, featuring Keynote Speaker Korey Jarvis! Korey started wrestling at age 14. At this time he moved to Guelph from his hometown of Elliot Lake to pursue both his sport and welding. Adding to his wealth of accomplishments, Korey is the recipient of Guelph’s 40 Under 40 award (2016) and is the proud father of a beautiful five-year-old girl.

Shelburne Community Job Fair
May 7, 2019
@ 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Agricultural Community Centre
377 William St, Shelburne ON

The Town of Shelburne’s Economic Development Committee and partners will be hosting the first Shelburne Community Job Fair on Tuesday May 7, 2019 from 3 PM to 7 PM at the Agricultural Community Centre | 377 William St, Shelburne ON

Employer booth spaces are available for $30.00, this includes an eight-foot space with a table and chairs. 


Table Talk: Does your customer service SUCK?!?
February 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Edge, 205467 County Rd 109 
Orangeville, ON

Join the Dufferin Women in Business for networking, table discussions & light lunch. The best way to connect with others is to talk. Join us for this interactive session where we will pose questions to the group to discuss. Get meaningful insight from your peers.


Georgian Career and Employment Community Services Job Fair
February 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre
40 Fead St., Orangeville


Georgian Career and Employment Community Services is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, February 26 in Orangeville featuring over 20 employers from the Orangeville, Shelburne and surrounding area!


For more information or to register, visit 30 Centre St. Orangeville or Dial 519.942.9986 ext. 5641
Specialized Volunteer Management Training
February 12 @ 1:00 pm


Volunteer Dufferin is hosting a FREE workshop tailored to volunteer managers for events, festivals and fairs!

Developed specifically with the challenges of festivals and fairs in mind. The workshop is tailored to equip volunteer managers with the information, skills and resources they need to continue making a difference through the long-term engagement of volunteers.


Our Partners
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