Supporting local business

A lot has changed recently and as a fellow business owner there has certainly been impact. I understand the unsettling feeling of not knowing what is next. 
As we look forward, it is not business as usual. I encourage you to reflect on how you can alter your business model to adapt and grow in this environment. 
"Where there is change, there is opportunity."
It is my hope that as a business community we can support one another and DBOT is here for you! 
If you have specific concerns, need support or need to brainstorm, please contact our office and we can put you in touch with appropriate mentors or staff for advice.
The Dufferin Board of Trade has been consistently providing timely information on our social media and website to give you the best possible information from;
Federal & Provincial government and Ontario & Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Your membership makes business stronger. How? The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) takes concerns from the business community and communicates them to all levels of government. This has been highly effective in the business aid programs already released on a Provincial and Federal level.
We have listed many resources available to you and I encourage you to reach out to us.
Stay positive and we will get through this together. 

Liz Skorski,
Chair - DBOT Board of Directors

Covid-19 Resources
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Business Resources

To help local businesses manage through the pandemic we have aggregated a list of important resources from various trusted partners. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more business resources as they become available.
Essential Businesses
Many local businesses are still open for business, in varying ways. DBOT has compiled lists of various types of business and what methods they are using to serve the community.
Restaurants / Food Service Businesses
A listing of local restaurants offering take out, delivery, curbside pick up, and other options.
Business Services

A listing of local businesses offering B2B services: insurance, marketing services, web design, etc.
Home & Auto Sales/Services
A listing of local businesses offering products and services for home and auto needs.
Charities & Non-Profits
Many local charities and the hospital are experiencing an increased need for support during this pandemic.
Headwaters Health Care Centre
Items needed include:
• Protective gloves
• Ear-loop masks
• N95 masks
• Gowns
• Vented goggles
Businesses with a digital sign are asked to promote the PPE drive, if possible
Business Impact Survey
The County of Dufferin is working with the Western Ontario Warden's Caucus to push out a regional COVID business survey.

This survey will provide the municipalities and partners such as DBOT valuable information to determine how best we can support business owners.

How can we help you?

We are all in this together. If there is something you need please reach out to us. Our team is working from home, with our office phones redirected to our cell phones, and full access to our email.

Diana Morris, Executive Director | 519-941-0490 x 202

Lisa Thompson, Membership Coordinator (working 9-4 Tuesday-Thursday) | 519-941-0490 x 209

Wade Striebel, Digital Media Manager (working Tuesday-Friday) | 519-941-0490 x 206