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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February 2018

Exceptional Customer Service

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$15

Good customer service is just good business and can offer a unique opportunity to differentiate your business from competitors. Diane Nelson of The Achievement Centre will present techniques that both employers and staff can use to create a superior experience for customers. From initial impressions to difficult situations, this workshop will provide practical information on how to exceed your customers’ expectations, every time.

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Event Marketing Success!

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Soulyve, 34 Mill St
Orangeville, ON L9W 2M3 Canada
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Build, connect, grow - Join us! Enjoy a delicious dinner,m networking and infomercials. Dinner is included in registration. Guest speaker Teena Avery.

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Industry Luncheon

February 22 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Best Western PLUS Inn & Suites, 7 Buena Vista Drive
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 0A2 Canada
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  Hosted in partnership by the Rotary Club of Orangeville, Greater Dufferin Home Builders Association, and the Dufferin Board of Trade Keynote speaker:  Steve Paikin   Join the Rotary Club of Orangeville, The Greater Dufferin Area Home Builders Association and The Dufferin Board of Trade at The Annual Industry Luncheon for a time of discussion, discovery and insight with Steve Paikin.  The host of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, will be sharing insights with our local business community and…

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March 2018

Employment Standards Act

March 1 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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The Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) was recently passed and makes changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). A representative from the Ministry of Labour will discuss the new ESA requirements

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Understanding Social Enterprise

March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alder Street Recreation Centre, 275 Alder Street
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 5H6 Canada
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$15

A Social Enterprise is an organization or business that endeavours to achieve social or environmental outcomes while maximizing revenue. Learn more about this rapidly developing business model and how it can enable entrepreneurs to enhance their social impact. A social enterprise expert from Pillar Non-Profit will discuss social enterprise structures as well as tools and resources available for socialpreneurs.

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Executive Round Table

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
DBOT Office, 246372 Hockley Rd
Mono, ON L9W6K4 Canada
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FOCUS Management and Dufferin Board of Trade invite you to an Executive Round Table for business leaders who want great execution of what matters most. You’ll discuss practical solutions with like-minded participants facing similar challenges. Continental breakfast at 8:45am.

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Start and Run a Home-Based Business

March 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mel Lloyd Centre, 167 Centre Street
Shelburne, ON L9V 3R8 Canada
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$15

Running a business from home can be an ideal option for many entrepreneurs, but it comes with a unique set of considerations. In this session, Jane and Jed Phillips of Concept Signs and Marketing will help entrepreneurs understand the steps involved in starting and running a home-based business. Insurance, tax, and regulatory requirements will be discussed along with solutions for marketing, client accessibility, staffing, and more. If you are interested in starting a business in your home, this workshop is…

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April 2018

Bookkeeping & Budgeting Basics

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$15

Andrew Patricio, owner of Bizlaunch, has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs develop a better understanding of their financial documents. His straightforward approach will help you set up and manage your bookkeeping more effectively. You will also gain essential financial advice to help you build budgets, calculate break-even points, manage cashflow forecasts, and much more.

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Creativity under pressure: Inspiration for artists and entrepreneurs

April 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Best Western PLUS Inn & Suites, 7 Buena Vista Drive
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 0A2 Canada
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$25

As a highly successful actress, entrepreneur and producer, Mag Ruffman has learned that continuously re-inventing oneself is the key to personal fulfillment and professional success. Her varied career in television, construction, writing, publishing, theatre and music is testament to this inspiring discovery. Mag will provide guidance, advice and a humourous perspective on how to enrich yourself and your entrepreneurial endeavours, usually by doing the exact thing you’ve been avoiding! Geared to entrepreneurs in the arts and culture sector, this event…

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May 2018

Creating Great Website Content

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alder Street Recreation Centre, 275 Alder Street
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 5H6 Canada
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$15

Developing effective content for your website is essential to ensure that your customers can engage with your business online. Kelly Brooks, President and CEO of SpeakFeel Corp., will discuss the importance of creating relevant and impactful website content. She will offer ideas and options to help de-mystify SEO, enhance site navigation, bolster search rankings, and ultimately, attract more customers.

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