We are thrilled to announce the launch of the second initiative in our Dufferin Days Campaign, Eat Local! This initiative encourages the public to shop in Dufferin. Eat local highlights restaurants, catering, grocery, coffee shops and more. The campaign features large signage around Dufferin County, radio ads, video, social media posts, newspaper ads and a grand prize draw valued at $500. We are doing our part to encourage consumers to spend locally to support all Dufferin County business. You can get involved on our website and by sharing our posts on social to let as many people as possible see the messaging. Together we can keep our businesses going!

In a recently released publication on Mental Wellness in the Workplace
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is drawing attention to the increased instances of mental health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Ontarians to experience a prolonged period of uncertainty and change. Households, schools, childcare centres, and businesses have had to adjust. Some also experienced the grief associated with the unexpected loss or sudden illness of a loved one. The pandemic also sparked or worsened feelings of fear, anxiety, and social isolation for others. In December 2020 only 38% of Canadians rated their mental health as excellent or very good compared with 53% in 2019. As we progress toward wider reopenings we must all work together as consumers and business owners to help each other, be kind and patient.

Read the mental wellness in the workplace: A playbook for employers
Our Publications | OCC

Liz Skorski,
Chair - DBOT Board of Directors
Play Local Prizes
The Play Local Prize draw was held at the grand opening of RLB LLP's new location in Shelburne Location!

The winners are....

$500 Prepaid Visa: Shelburne Optometry

Headwaters Racquet Club Gift pack: Gary Murakami

$40 Downtown Orangeville Gift card (sponsored by the BIA): Gino Guatto

Would you like to win in the next round? Post photos of your business with the hashtag #DufferinDays

Would you like to sponsor a prize? Click Get Involved below!

See our website for more details.
Free ways for local businesses to get involved:

  1. Social media feature – if you’d like us to post a “Local Business Spotlight” on your business, just send us the info on the web form
  2. Video feature* – if you’d like us to shoot a video at your business, or if you’d like to send us about a 25-second video you’ve shot, just let us know on the form.
  3. Signs – If you have a digital sign, let us know the specs and we’ll provide you with a Dufferin Days graphic! All businesses can print and display a copy of the Dufferin Days poster or pick up a hard copy of the poster at our office and remind your customers that every purchase they make at your store, or any picture they post while shopping, can get them entered in the prize draws!
  4. Stickers – If you would like stickers to put on your receipts to remind customers to enter their receipt in the prize draw – let us know!
  5. Prizes – Consumers will be rewarded for shopping local with the chance to win great prizes. We will be offering three $500 grand prizes, and many local prize packs and other prizes. If you’d like to sponsor a grand prize, or supply another prize let us know!
  6. Promote and share –  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share our posts on your social media, use the hashtags #DufferinDays and #ThinkLocal #ThinkDufferin
  7. Business Directory – Ensure your business directory listing is up to date and current. If you are a non-member and don’t have a directory listing, sign up for one for free today. Much of the advertising will send people to our website, make sure your business is on it!
Free videos are an exclusive opportunity only for DBOT members in good standing
Your Board of Trade has distributed over 17,000 rapid testing kits to more than 165 local businesses in the past six months! And we have an agreement with the Ministry to continue providing this service until March of 2022.

Public Health recommends every business creates a vaccination policy requiring unvaccinated employees to be routinely rapid tested.

Help spread the word that any local small business or non-profit can rapid test their employees or volunteers for free through this program!

Appointments are required to pick up kits - learn more and sign up on our website today!
No doubt, the past 18 months have been challenging. Dufferin County wants to hear more about your experience through the Covid-19 pandemic.

How has it impacted your:
  • Employment
  • Wellbeing
  • Social behaviour
  • Daily life

Dufferin County is participating in a University of Guelph research project to determine how the pandemic has impacted rural and small urban communities.
They need your help. Fill out the survey to tell them about your experience. This information will be used to shape future programming, as we work towards recovery from this unprecedented time.
Digital Transformation Grant 2021
The Digital Transformation Grant has been expanded! Bricks and mortar businesses with 1-50 employees might be eligible for a $2,500 grant to adopt their technologies. Some uses of the grant include: digital marketing, website, software, digital training, or hardware.

Locally, this grant is managed through the Orangeville & Area SBEC, Christine Hann, Digital Services Co-ordinator chann@orangeville.ca or phone 519-939-8106.
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How can we help you?

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

Lisa Thompson, Business Development Manager
lisa@dufferinbot.ca | 519-941-0490 x 209

Paige Maywood, Administrative Assistant

Morgan Taylor, Shop Local Program Coordinator