Greetings!

As we approach the one year anniversary of the first Covid-19 shutdown, your Board of Trade continues to advocate for you. Over the past year the impact on people and business has been catastrophic overall, and disproportionate for certain regions, sectors, and demographics. As part of the Ontario Chamber network, we support the OCC's Pre-Budget Report recommending the government minimize the impact of business closures, target funding towards the hardest-hit sectors, strengthen municipalities' fiscal sustainability, and enhance access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Read the OCC's report, here

Locally we continue to advocate for you by connecting with local officials and Public Health and imploring them to consider the needs of our small businesses when it comes to business shutdowns and restrictions. Read the most recent letter we sent to our MPP and WGD Public Health, here

We are also continuing to work to help you save money and gain exposure for your business. Our advertising bundles, B2B eBlasts, "Did You Know..." features, and enhanced Business Directory, are a few of the new ways we are promoting local business this year.

Attend our upcoming "Maximize Your Membership" virtual event or connect with us to see how we can help your business thrive.

Take good care and stay well,

Diana Morris,
Executive Director - Dufferin Board of Trade
Check out our Expanded & Enhanced Business Directory
Enhanced listings for DBOT members
Expanded - free basic listings for non-members

All current DBOT Members listings have been upgraded to Enhanced Listings on our Directory. These listings now include your logo on the directory search page and the mapping feature! Remember - you can update the content and photos on your listing at any time through the Members Portal!

Thanks to a grant from Innovation Guelph, we are able to open up our Business Directory to all business in the Dufferin area. Any local business can sign up for a free basic listing by visiting www.dufferinbot.ca and clicking "Join Now" at the top.

This means enhanced SEO for every business on the directory! Plus all of our paid advertising on both local radio stations and in print media encourages local consumers to #ThinkLocal #ThinkDufferin and visit the business directory!
Maximizing Your Membership
Are you getting full value for your DBOT Membership?
Join our Membership Coordinator, Lisa Thompson, as she walks current, new, and potential members through the benefits of DBOT membership. She'll show you the tools and programs we offer to save you money and promote your business.

Zoom event
March 18, 2021 @ 9:30am

DWIB March event
#ThinkLocal Business Supporters
Small business relief still available!
Over $14 Million has been contributed to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund by the Federal Government, RBC and Canada United partners to support recovery efforts due to Covid-19.
Grants of up to $5,000 are still available to small businesses to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE), renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving website and e-commerce capabilities.

Applications have re-opened for this program!

Learn more about the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund here:

The Dufferin Biz Hub
The Biz Hub has reopened!

Spaces are available from $25/day.

We have super fast internet, private offices, co-working desks, and excellent coffee!

Professional space and supports to work, connect, and grow your business!

Book online at dufferin.biz
Welcome our newest DBOT Members
How can we help you?
Greetings!

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, Membership Coordinator
lisa@dufferinbot.ca | 519-941-0490 x 209