December 2009
Volume 1, Issue 10
BusinessMatters ENews

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

SantaChristmas Toys & Food Urgently Needed!!
We are on a mission to fill Bob's Chevy Equinox full to overflowing with toys and food to help Simcoe Hall Settlement House bring Christmas joy to over 1,000 families in need this year. Our goal is to have the van filled by Thursday, December 17th. The Chamber is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to accept donations. We will take donations until noon on Thursday, December 24th. Click here for a list of toys and food most urgently needed.
Going On Vacation?
Take an issue of Business Matters with you and submit a picture, holding your copy of Business Matters, on the slopes, the beach or where ever you holiday this Christmas season and submit the photo, with a caption, to your Chamber.We will publish the most original photos in the February issue of Business Matters!
What's News with You?
We want to know! Has your business moved or expanded? Are you celebrating an anniversary or hosting a special event? Please forward all articles, kudos and acknowledgments for the January Business Matters to  Deadline for submissions is December 15. Please limit submissions to 100 words.OR Consider submitting an article. Articles should be related to your industry, but not self-promoting. You and your business will receive credit. Length should be approximately 300 words.  Pictures welcome. 
Olympic Torch Relay Comes Through Oshawa

Olympic TourchThe Olympic Torch is expected to begin its Oshawa journey near the Courtice/Oshawa municipal border on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:15 p.m. and will wind its way through the City until it reaches downtown Oshawa for the evening celebration event. The City of Oshawa is calling on residents to line the relay route and cheer on our torchbearers as they carry the official Olympic Flame through Oshawa. To find out if the Olympic Torch Relay is travelling past your neighbourhood, visit and click on "Oshawa Olympic Torch Relay Route."
Phishing For Fraudsters 
The Canadian Anti Fraud Center (PHONEBUSTERS) would like your assistance fighting online fraud. Please forward any suspicious emails where credit card numbers are being used to purchase product from your company to

The CAFC would like to remind you when accepting a credit card not present, (by phone or email) if that card is being used fraudulently the merchant (you) is responsible for the loss. Everyone at CAFC would like wish you a safe and happy holiday season. 
2010 Chamber Business Directory
Chamber Members Only...Book your ad now in the Chamber Business Directory, published annually by the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. Have your message reach over 5500 key business decision makers.

The Buyers' Guide will also be available on our website in a "click and flip" format. More for your advertising dollar at no additional cost!  Click here for more information and advertising rate sheet.
Chamber Welcomes New Members       
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members, [click here for details], who have joined the Chamber since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2009. We encourage you to Shop A Chamber Member First!
Business of the Month - Revolution Salon & Spa
Business of the Month December 2009Revolution Salon & Spa located at 2727 Courtice Road has just recently celebrated their first year in business. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being nominated Business of the Month for December.
Wrap yourself in Red this Holiday Season
Chamber of Commerce members - did you know?
71% of Canadians state they would purchase or use the services of a company supporting the blood program.  (Ipsos Reid) This year, show Durham Region your company cares by sharing your health and vitality through blood donation. Foster life-saving goodwill among employees when you give blood together as a Canadian Blood Services' Partners for Life team. To learn more, call Janine Smith, 905-579-6138 or visit
Energy Issues Addressed By Durham Region Groups
In late November, representatives from Durham Region groups, including Durham College, UOIT, Durham Strategic Energy Alliance, Organization of CANDU Industries, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, and the Durham Economic Prosperity Conference met with representatives of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to discuss Canada's energy future. Click to continue >>>
Fall Bill Cuts Taxes and Creates Jobs for Ontario
With the passage of Bill 218, the Ontario Tax Plan for More Jobs and Growth Act, 2009, the Ontario government will provide individuals, families and businesses with more than  $15 billion in tax cuts over three years. Tax cuts for business include reductions in Corporate Income Tax rates for large and small business. These tax cuts will enhance the benefits of the HST by attracting more business investment into Ontario and creating close to 600,000 new jobs. Click to continue >>>.
HST Booklet Available for Business
The Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA Ontario) has released a comprehensive and easy-to-understand Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) booklet, which provides an all-purpose HST overview and addresses common questions and concerns for business. Also available is an extensive Q&A document and a fact sheet that identify key benefits to the new HST system taking effect July 1, 2010.

The booklet details how businesses can prepare for HST implementation, the application of HST, the transitional rules, and general background on the HST by province. All supportive HST resources have been bundled into an HST information tool kit for Ontario businesses. To obtain a copy of the booklet please visit the CGA of Ontario website.
Launch Of The New Canada Business Network Website
Small Business Week saw the launch of the new Canada Business Network website ( Business is a one-stop shop: in person, online, or by phone. It provides information for entrepreneurs on government programs and services for small businesses. The new site offers the ability to customize information by province and type of business. It is also designed to reduce the time and effort required by small businesses to find information from all three levels of government. For a brief introduction to the site and some of its features, please visit
Member to Member (M2M) Special Offer Program
The Chamber has added a feature to its website to highlight the Member-to-Member Special Offer Program. This program is designed to attract fellow chamber members to "Shop a Chamber Member First". Please click here for a list of M2M participants or if you wish to participate and offer exclusive discounts or special offers to Chamber members and their employees.
In This Issue
Christmas Toy & Food Drive
Going On Vacation?.
What's News
Olympic Torch Relay
Phishing For Fraudsters
2010 Chamber Directory
New Members
Business Of The Month
"Partners for Life"
Energy Issues
Fall Bill Cuts Taxes
HST Booklet
New Canada Business Network Website
M2M Special Offers
Chamber Events

Lunch and Learn
Wed. Jan, 13/10 | 11:45

Women in Business
Wed. Jan, 20/10 | 12:00

Regional Chair Breakfast
Thu. Jan, 21/10 | 7:30

A Tasting Evening
Tue. Feb, 9/10 | 5:00

Breakfast With
Mayor John Gray
Thu. Feb, 18/10 | 7:30

2nd Annual Challenge
Wed. Mar, 3/10 | 4:00

Business Events

Durham Events

Various Dates

Globe 2010 Conference
Wed. Mar, 24/10 -
Fri. Mar, 26/10

Community Events
Project Pink
Buster Rhino's
Fri. Nov, 13/09 -
Fri. Dec, 18/09

Shop and Win
Mon. Nov, 16/09 -
Sat. Dec, 12/09

The Olympic Flame
Wed. Dec, 16/09 | 5:45
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