The Clarington Board of Trade

NOW THAT WE CAN CLICK ONE BUTTON AND BE INSTANTLY CONNECTED TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, IT SEEMS ONLY NATURAL THAT WE WOULD BEGIN TO LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US.

That to me is what sets the Clarington Board of Trade (CBOT) apart. Their main focus is and will always be the community and more importantly the local businesses within.

Take a walk in to the CBOT, I’m telling you it doesn’t take long to see the evident passion that these individuals have for Clarington and the surrounding area. When discussing the loss of local businesses you can feel the emotion and compassion that is felt but thankfully the determination that follows - the determination to help other local businesses survive and succeed. Now the success of any business doesn’t rest within their hands, however they can provide meaningful connections, opportunities and resources to help equip a new or existing business.

Bonnie Wrightman, Economic Development Coordinator at the CBOT, highlighted the importance of shopping locally and supporting our community’s entrepreneurs. Besides just purchasing, we can help by sharing content through social media or word of mouth and there is no cost involved.

To me it’s important that while our community continues to grow bigger and stronger, we don’t forget the businesses and people who make it what it is now. That’s the underlying reason I wanted to start this blog and hopefully it’s the reason you choose to read and share it. 

Another point that Bonnie had brought to my attention that day, which I hadn’t previously paid much thought, was the great diversity in our business community. Looking at it now we have such a massive variety of local shops, recreation/entertainment facilities, restaurants, farms, professional services and they’re all so close.

Although there is nothing set in stone with GO transit plans, Bonnie also spoke about other infrastructure needs that also require attention. Getting Durham Region transit buses down to our industrial areas so that we can get employees to work is a top priority.

My visit was brief, but I can tell you that Bonnie and the entire team at the Clarington Board of Trade are working hard at “Shaping Our Community” everyday. If you run a business or you’re looking to start one, go check out what they have to offer - they’re as friendly as this community.

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