The Dufferin Board of Trade offers many educational and networking opportunities to help you build your business skills, increase your connections, and gain exposure for your business.

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August 2017

Dufferin Board of Trade Play Local Golf Tournament

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Shelburne Golf and Country Club, 516423 County Rd. 124 RR 3
Melancthon, ON L9V 1V2 Canada
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It's time for the annual member favourite, the  Dufferin Board of Trade Play Local Golf Tournament! Come out to enjoy a round of golf, a delicious dinner, a silent auction benefiting Headwaters Health Care Foundation and vie in friendly competition for the many prizes to be won! As always there will be plenty of opportunity to network with business and community stakeholders!   Current DBOT members - $130 Non members - $145 Dinner only current DBOT members - $50 Dinner…

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September 2017

DWIB: Networking on the Green

September 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lynbrook Family Golf Centre, 285316 Cty Rd 10
Amaranth, ON L9W0Z1 Canada
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DWIB: Networking on the Green
Dinner included in registration • Networking Activities • Infomercials • Door Prizes • Continue the fun and stay to play 9 holes of golf (available at your own cost)

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How to Start a Small Business

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Alder Street Recreation Centre, 275 Alder Street
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 5H6 Canada
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$20

In this session participants will learn about what is involved in starting a small business in Ontario, why a business plan is so important, and what is involved in developing a successful business plan. This workshop will answer many start-up questions and provide participants with the tools needed to begin working on their own “road maps” to success. If you are thinking about starting your own business or are working through start-up right now, then this seminar is for you

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Bookkeeping & Budgeting Basics

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$23

Andrew Patricio, owner of Bizlaunch, has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs across the GTA to gain a better understanding of their financial documents. His straightforward, sensible approach will help you manage your business bookkeeping more effectively. In this three hour session, you will learn how to set up and manage your books, develop budgets, calculate your business break-even point, develop and manage a cashflow forecast, and price your products and services to ensure profitability. As an added bonus, all attendees will…

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October 2017

Financing from a Banker’s Perspective

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$12

This workshop will help entrepreneurs understand small business financing from a banking perspective. Anne Chapman from TD Canada Trust and Gillian Fairley from the Centre for Business and Economic Development will provide information and guidance on how bankers determine lending qualifications, how to present a business case to your bank manager and how to negotiate effectively. Participants will learn about leveraging personal equity for start-up loans and about bank services available for the growing operation. Information about a variety of…

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Costing and Pricing for Maximum Profitability

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$23

Andrew Patricio, owner of Bizlaunch, has helped thousands of entrepreneurs across the GTA to gain a better understanding of their financial statements. His straightforward, sensible approach will help you manage your business more effectively. Pricing is one of the most important decisions a business owner needs to make to ensure success. In this session, participants will learn how to cost and price products and services to maximize business profits. Andrew will share his winning formula for determining the business’s break-even…

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Enhance your Online Presence

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$25

Developing an effective online presence is essential in attracting customers to your business. Kelly Brooks, President and CEO of SpeakFeel Corp., will discuss options and ideas to help you optimize your website, social media platforms, and other online tools to promote your business and engage with customers. Whether you are just starting to develop an online presence or you’re looking to enhance existing content, this workshop will provide you with valuable information and advice to market your business effectively. If…

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November 2017

Write an Effective Business Plan

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mel Lloyd Centre, 167 Centre Street
Shelburne, ON L9V 3R8 Canada
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$20

In this interactive and hands-on workshop, participants will learn the essential elements of a business plan and take practical steps to create their own business planning documents. As participants work on their individual plans, they will learn how to describe the company’s vision, mission, goals and activities, begin the market analysis and promotional plan, formulate the pricing strategy, calculate financial outlays and revenues, and work on the financial forecasts.

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Workplace Safety & Insurance Board Regulations

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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Free

Earl Glyn-Williams from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will provide business owners with an overview of their legal responsibilities under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and provide information on the mandatory coverage rules in the construction industry. Attendees will learn about their roles and responsibilities, who is required to register with WSIB, how to register, how rates are calculated, how to file a claim, how the mandatory coverage rules in the construction industry affect the clearance certificate…

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