Volume 4 Issue 13| December 3, 2018
Business in the County
In This Issue
Message From the Chair
Maximize Your Membership
Business in Your County
Membership Update
New Members
Provincial Business Updates
Federal Business Updates
Industry Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Our Partners
Message from the Chair
Pete Renshaw, Chair
Dufferin Board of Trade
DBOT has had an eventful fall, full of excitement, achievement, and promising opportunities for business in Dufferin through the passing of the Ontario Open for Business Act. This big policy win for the Ontario Chamber Network brought forward many of the reforms our network has long advocated for. I encourage you to stay up to date with the policy and advocacy work of the Dufferin Board of Trade both through the Business in the County newsletter and the Policy and Advocacy section of our website.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Sparkle Awards and to the Dufferin Women in Business for an incredible evening of celebration! Each and every nominee should be very proud of this achievement and for their contributions to the Dufferin business community.

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
Athlete Institute
We offer a reduced Corporate rate on 12 Month Adult memberships to DBOT Members and their staff.
Alton Mill Arts Centre
10% discount off room rental rates for any corporate functions booked in our meeting rooms Monday through Thursdays.
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
The ASSN UPS Savings Program just got even better! You can now save 40%* on UPS shipping services! In today's ever-changing marketplace, the Dufferin Board of Trade understands your need to save time and money. That is why we have leveraged the buying power of our members to deliver even better savings on the shipping products and services that can help move your business forward.

Business in Your County
Think Local This Holiday Season

Throughout the Holiday Season DBOT will be encouraging Dufferin to #ThinkLocal! Check out our latest video:
The Dufferin Women in Business Celebrate
the Sparkle in Dufferin
The Dufferin Women in Business, a committee of the Dufferin Board of Trade, gathered to celebrate the winners of the 2018 Sparkle Awards at the Monora Park Pavilion in Mono. A total of four awards were presented to the deserving recipients.

The Dufferin Women in Business are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Sparkle Awards:

Volunteer of the Year…………………..Karen Ross-Smith
Networker of the Year………………….Victoria Johansen
Mentor of the Year.……………………..Diana Morris
2018 Woman of Influence……………..Brenda Seltzer

The Sparkle Award nominations opened in early October and the recipients were selected through a balloted voting process that took place at the Gala. Nominees provided a short bio and photo speaking to their accomplishments. The biographies were posted online in preparation of the vote at the Gala and available at the event on printed booklets.

The evening provided an opportunity to celebrate high achieving and influential women in Dufferin County, and allowed for attendees to network and build connections. The Sparkle Awards mark the Dufferin Women in Business’ premier networking event of the year; over 110 guests attended the Gala.

“It is truly an honour for our committee to present these distinguished awards to outstanding women in our business community,” Liz Skorski, Chair of the Dufferin Women in Business Committee, said. “Each nominee should be very proud of their accomplishments, and I extend my sincere congratulations to all our award winners.”

The Gala began with a networking cocktail reception with music provided by local musicians, Sara Rose and Ryan Avery. A locally inspired four course dinner prepared by Lavender Blue was served with the awards ceremony immediately following. Attendees were addressed by the Honourable Sylvia Jones, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to open the awards ceremony.
Membership Update
DBOT is always glad to celebrate business milestones with our members!
Congratulations Foote Law on your Grand Opening!

Congratulations Fromage on your Grand Re-Opening!

Congratulations The Morgage Centre on your Grand Opening!

Congratulations Orangeville Chrysler on your Grand
Photo courtesy of Snapd Dufferin

Is your business celebrating a milestone? Contact the DBOT office and let us know about any upcoming anniversaries, openings, or any other milestone! We are always glad to recognize and celebrate our members' achievements!
Call 519.941.0490 ext. 202 or email diana@dufferinbot.ca
New Members
New Members
Temple Nutrition
Imagine if you didn’t have to go grocery shopping. Imagine you didn’t have to plan, cook, or clean up from making any of your daily meals. You didn’t have to shop around for the freshest fruits and produce or have to hunt for the highest quality meats. You didn’t have to plan and rotate recipes or worry about missing or falling off your dietary commitments anymore.

At Temple Nutrition, we are changing the concept of daily eating. To those who never have enough time, we are here to help.

Shelburne Iron & Metal
SLM Recycling is your premier full-service scrap metal recycling, processing, marketing and transportation provider – founded in 2000 by a small and highly experienced team of second generation scrap dealers. With yards in Welland, Shelburne and Manitoulin Island, a proficient mobile division and trucking fleet, our reach extends to Ontario and beyond.

Provincial Business Update
Making Ontario Open for Business Act Receives Royal Assent

The Dufferin Board of Trade and Ontario Chamber Network is pleased the Government of Ontario is holding strong in its commitment to make Ontario open for business. 

We applaud the government for taking swift action to introduce many critical reforms that we have persistently advocated for on behalf of Dufferin business.
What do these changes mean for business?

1.   Minimum wage paused at $14 per hour.
2.   Partial repeal of scheduling provisions. 
3.   Removal of equal pay for equal work.
4.   Returning to previous calculation of public holiday pay.
5.   Return to previous union certification policies.
6.   Amended personal emergency leave.
7.   Maintain domestic or sexual violence leave.
8.   Maintain paid vacation expansion. 
9.   Apprenticeship ratios set at 1:1. 
10.   Dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades.

Federal Business Update
Federal Fall Economic Update Seeks to Address Canada's Competitiveness Gap 
On November 21, the Government of Canada released its 2018 Fall Economic
Statement entitled “Investing in Middle Class Jobs”, which provides an update on the government’s finances and announces commitments to improve Canada’s
The government is projecting steady, moderate growth in Canada’s economy, with real GDP forecasted to rise by 2 percent in 2018. The Fall Economic Statement
forecasts a deficit of $18.1 billion in 2018-19, down by $0.9 billion from the previous
year. Growth is expected to be more modest over the next four years due to limited economic capacity, higher interest rates, and slowing US growth.

The government has taken steps in the right direction with faster write-offs for new investment, regulatory reform and concrete actions to accelerate the removal of barriers to trade within Canada.
We remain committed to working with the government to bring forward a commitment to a full review of our tax system or set out a clear, realistic strategy for balancing the public books.  
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
Let’s Get the Season Rolling!
December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Boston Pizza Orangeville, 5 Buena Vista Dr. 
Orangeville, ON L9W 0A2

Join the Dufferin Young Professionals Network for our giving back event in support of HatsOnDufferin! Come out for a fun social get-together where we will help roll yarn for HatsOnDufferin so that they are able to make more winter clothing for those in need. All are welcome at this FREE event! No need to know how to knit, we're only rolling loose yarn!, food will be provided, drinks for purchase, all are welcome to join!

Cannabis and the Workplace: What employers need to know
January 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road 
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 1P8

Presented by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), this relevant and informative session will provide an overview of the new cannabis legislation. Employers will gain a better understanding of the implications and risks involved with the new regulations and will discuss next steps to consider as they navigate the changes. This session is being held in partnership with the Skills@Work program at Georgian College Career & Employment Community Services. Light refreshments will be provided.

Our Partners
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