Utilizing the Synergy in our Affiliations and Partnerships
Dufferin County is home to many business and service organizations committed to its success. There are several prominent business-related organizations listed below, and there are many more service clubs, local associations and sports clubs in the area.
The Dufferin Board of Trade has forged an excellent relationship with its economic development partner, Headwaters Tourism. As we both hold unique facets of economic development, by combining efforts on projects we can leverage resources and achieve greater success. DBOT also works closely with the various EDC’s in the County to provide assistance where possible and to incorporate their strategic messages into our own promotional efforts.
Business Associations and Groups
Working on behalf of and in conjunction with our partners and regional tourism operators shall be the primary marketing and facilitating agent for regional tourism that is consistent with the region’s rural heritage, respectful of its extraordinary natural environment and that promotes its spirit of community.
Small Business Enterprise Centre or SBEC
The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) provides guidance and support to start up and existing small businesses during their initial years of operation.
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs or OMAFRA
OMAFRA’s vision is a thriving rural Ontario, agriculture, and food sectors. With a mission to be a catalyst for transforming our agriculture and food sectors and rural communities for a healthy Ontario.
Economic Developers Council of Ontario Incorporated or EDCO
An independent, non-profit, association engaged in economic development, assisting and fostering economic prosperity within Ontario municipalities.
Greater Dufferin Home Builders’ Association or GDHBA
GDHBA has been the voice of the residential construction industry in this region since 1988. We provide this voice through a network of home builder associations coordinated nationally and provincially.
Dufferin Federation of Agriculture
Lobby group for farmer’s rights and liaison between rural & agricultural neighbours.
Headwaters Communities in Action or HCIA
Building a Better Quality of Life Together ~ HCIA is a grassroots citizen group that fosters community leadership and action towards a long-term vision of well-being for Dufferin County and the Town of Caledon. Our definition of well-being encompasses five pillars of a healthy community – Healthy People; Dynamic Economy; Sustainable Environment; Vibrant Culture; and, Engaged Citizens.
Their mandate is to bring together artists and supporters to promote the development, appreciation and enjoyment of all arts in the Hills of Headwaters.
Dufferin County Museum and Archives
The Dufferin County Museum and Archives strives to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Dufferin County. Opened to the public in October, 1994, the DCMA is unique among Canadian community museums.
Dufferin Arts Council (DAC)
The Dufferin Arts Council (DAC) was founded in 1992 as a volunteer, not-for-profit community organization. The goal was, and still is, to support and promote the arts and provide members with cultural experiences and social activities.
The Orangeville Banner
The award-winning Banner is a twice-weekly publication serving as the newspaper of record for Dufferin County and area since 1893. Located in Orangeville, a growing community located an hour northwest of Toronto, The Banner caters to a growing urban audience, while maintaining its historic rural roots.