New year

I always like to think of the beginning of a new year as an opportunity to find a new challenge or opportunity. As this new decade takes hold, I thought I’d do a round up of news from chambers of commerce in Wellington County.

Centre Wellington

The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2020 Mayor’s Breakfast at the Grand River Raceway on Jan. 29.  Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton will update attendees on what happened in 2019 and what is planned for 2020.

Nominations are also open for the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence. The nomination process is completed online at and a full list of awards is available at

The nomination deadline is Feb. 7. The 2020 Awards of Excellence Gala will take place on May 5 in the Captain’s Quarters in Elements Casino Grand River in Elora. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities visit


The Mapleton Chamber of Commerce is starting out the new year with an online survey asking members what they would like to learn in the coming year.

The survey offers a number of different workshop options, from strategic planning and quality management systems to stress management, succession planning and organizational development.

If you live or do business in Mapleton, maybe take a minute and let your voice be heard.


The Minto Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual general meeting on Feb. 10 at 6:30pm. The event will take place at Harry Stones Social House in Harriston.

For tickets visit the Minto Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and look under events.

Mount Forest

The Mount Forest Chamber of Commerce recently wrote a blog encouraging community members to shop local. To read about all of the reasons visit

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Kaitlyn’s K9 Clips in Palmerston is holding an official grand opening on Jan. 24. The professional dog grooming service is located at 107 William St. in Palmerston. Owner Kaitlyn Meier is looking forward to helping dogs look their best. The business is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 8am to noon (closed on Sundays).

For more information email

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Clifford Takeout Pizza has new owners. In a Facebook post Leonard Underwood and family wrote that it was “wonderful” serving the community for three years but new owners will be taking over soon. “We are happy to announce that Clifford Takeout will continue operating,” Underwood wrote. The eatery is located at 29 Elora St. North in Clifford.

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