By joining the Bradford Board of Trade, you are adding your company to a network in the local business community. Your business will be listed in our directory which will be accessed by potential clients. Link backs to your website and social media not only improves your exposure but also increases your Google ranking.
We host events throughout the year. Business After Hours networking meetings to meet with other local business owners. Sourcing local resources for your business not only reduces your costs, it also solidifies your standing in the local community. People who do business together often refer to each other as well. We also host various seminars throughout the year to help educate our members learn about the latest trends and business needs in order to succeed. We also participate with various opportunities in partnership with the Town of BWG, Nottawasaga Futures, Simcoe County and more.
Our two flagship events are our Bradford Home & Lifestyle Show (BHLS) in the Spring and our Business Excellence Awards in the Fall. The BHLS is Bradford West Gwillimbury’s only trade show. We showcase local businesses and get them out, in front of the community. Our Business Excellence Awards encourage local business and recognize excellence within our business community. The general public nominate local businesses for awards. Businesses are then judged on their own merits. The Awards themselves are presented at our annual Gala. An incredible night of formal dress, dinner, entertainment, dancing, celebration & recognition of the BWG Business Community.
Increase your exposure! Our members often offer Member-to-Member discounts for their services. Keeping business local, within the community. We offer many corporate discounts in partnership with the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce.
We have a very active social media presence where we promote our members and increase their exposure to the Bradford West Gwillimbury business community and potential customers. Members can send us their promotions for us to share, which will go on our website feed, Facebook and Twitter. We also offer our BBT Facebook Page cover photo to our members free of charge. Increasing your visibility! Duration of the post is dependant on the popularity of requests from our membership.
We also advocate on behalf of the BWG Business Community to local government. Let us know if you have concerns, roadblocks or challenges facing your business. With our extensive network, we’ll be able to put you in contact with the right people. We can also approach Town Council on your behalf and advocate for you. We are one of Ontario’s most rapidly growing communities. We’ll help you grow too!
If your business would like to carry health benefits for yourself and your staff – all members in good standing are eligible to apply to the Chambers Of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. Employee benefits are an important tool used today by employers to attract new employees and to retain experienced ones.
The Bradford Board of Trade is a resource to you and your business. Your membership will provide you with discounts to events, opportunities to network and be recognized within the business community. We represent you to all levels of local, provincial and the federal government. We are the voice of business in Bradford West Gwillimbury.
Ontario Chamber Of Commerce
As Members In Good Standing with the Ontario Chamber Of Commerce, our members have access to the OCC’s Affinity Programs:
More than 30,000 small to medium-sized businesses choose the Chambers Plan to protect their employees with comprehensive group benefits, including Health and Dental insurance, making it Canada’s #1 employee benefits plan for small businesses. As a not-for-profit program—all surpluses stay in the Plan and help lower premiums.
Benefit from preferred rates on electronic payment processing services including credit, debit, online payments, mobile commerce, cheque guarantee, and gift cards.
Take advantage of the purchasing power that membership in the OCC’s Chamber Network offers! Save up to 25% off competitor pricing on everyday office supplies and workplace solutions, and over 30% on paper.
The OCC has negotiated highly favourable rates with Purolator for its members. Receive preferential pricing with discounts ranging from 25%-45% on Purolator Express and Purolator Ground suite of courier services.
One of North America’s leading collaboration service providers, Dialogue Conferencing offers Chamber members and the members they serve, a 30% savings on their North American toll-free audio conferencing rate.
As a member of the OCC, your benefits include privileged discount rates for professional linguistic services, provided by Vice Versas’ team of expert translators and interpreters.
Canadian Chamber Of Commerce
As Members In Good Standing with the Canadian Chamber Of Commerce, our members may take part in their Affinity Programs was well:
- Preferred rates on the electronic processing of VISA, MasterCard, Discover and debit cards through First Data Canada
- A fuel discount ($0.035 per litre)—offered to the company and its employees—at all Canadian ESSO-branded service stations
- Home, auto and travel insurance through Johnson Inc.
- Chamber Travel programs from Indus Travels. Visit Bali or Iceland.
- SME-oriented online training courses through the Chamber eLearning Centre
- 1800Member Business Savings Programs:
- A savings program that offers member’s savings up to 30% off the everyday public web price of Lenovo’s entire product line.
- Discounts of 40% on shipments within Canada and to worldwide destinations, 25% on imports into Canada and 75% (starting at) on freight shipments services with the UPS® Savings Program.
- ‘Get More’ Member Card from The UPS Store
- Audio conferencing, web collaboration and webinar services.