January 2010
Volume 2, Issue 1
BusinessMatters ENews

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

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 March issue of Business Matters to marketing@oshawachamber.com  Deadline for submissions is February 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. 
Oshawa Wants On The New Monopoly Board! 
Vote for Oshawa! Oshawa has been selected as one of 65 great Canadian cities to compete for a chance to be featured on the new MONOPOLY board game. MONOPOLY fans can visit www.monopolyvote.ca to cast votes for their favourite Canadian cities. The contest is open until February 7, 2010. The 20 cities that receive the most votes will be featured on the Canadian game board. The city that receives the most votes will be placed on the highest rent property traditionally held by Boardwalk. The winning cities will be announced June 2010. Let's make history and put Durham Region (Oshawa) on the Board. Vote for Oshawa! Click here to read more.
Breakfast With Mayor John Gray
Mayor John GrayThursday February 18, 2010
Tosca Banquet Hall & Conference 800 Champlain Ave, Oshawa
7:30 am to 9:00 am

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Breakfast with Mayor John Gray who will update the business community on what's happening in Oshawa. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register click here.
An Introduction to Lean Principles 101
Friday, February 26, 2010
Chamber Boardroom,
44 Richmond Street W, Suite 100, Oshawa
8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce in partnership with High Performance Solutions is hosting a workshop for individuals seeking a clear foundation and understanding of lean principles. It is a one-day, highly interactive, hands-on workshop that makes "lean thinking" and manufacturing principles easy to understand and appealing to achieve. The workshop is presented by Richard Evans, Senior Consultant with High Performance Solutions Inc. Click here for further information and registration.
Intellectual Property: "How To" Workshop
DSEA The Durham Strategic Energy Alliance hosts a Continental Breakfast
Friday, March 5, 2010
1610 Champlain Ave., Suite 108, Whitby
7:45 am - 11:30 am

Start your day with industry experts who will answer questions on how to manage IP, intellectual property rights, IP tax strategies and how universities contribute to the creation of commercialization of IP. Click here for more information.

OCC logo     Trade Mission to India

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) needs your help to determine interest level in a Trade Mission to India. The OCC through the Export Market Access (EMA) program provides funding to help companies expand into new and consolidate existing export markets. In addition, the program also provides financial support to companies for export focused missions to overseas markets. In this regard, the OCC is trying to gauge the level of interest of their chamber network/member companies for an OCC led mission to India in early spring.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey. Responses are requested by Wednesday January 27th, 2010.

A Possible Phone Scam
A local chamber of commerce in Ontario has sniffed out a scam that is currently going the rounds. An ISO is doing phone solicitation regarding merchant accounts saying that they have the support of the "XXX chamber of commerce" or "chamber group" and want to offer a better program etc. ... and in so doing is asking for merchant information that in no way should be shared with third parties.
Remember that you (or any employees answering your phones) should not provide information like this over the phone or submit any documents (merchant or bank statements) to an entity that is unknown to you.  If in doubt, please contact the Chamber office at 905-728-1683.
Is Your Business Accessible?
Ontario's Accessible Customer Service Standard is now law. The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service became law on January 1, 2008. All businesses or organizations that provide goods or services to the public or to other third parties in Ontario, with at least one employee, are legally required to comply with the requirements of the standard. Public organizations were required to comply by January 1st this year. All other organizations - including small business - have until January 1, 2012. Start preparing now. Visit the Ministry of Community and Social Services to learn more. The website has information on the accessibility laws, what you must do to comply and a variety of helpful tools such as a Compliance Manual for Small Businesses and Organizations.
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Vacancy Application
February 28, 2010 is the deadline for the 2009 Tax Relief Applications for Ontario Commercial/Industrial Properties. Under the Municipal Act, 2001, and the City of Toronto Act, 2006, commercial and industrial property owners are entitled to tax rebates for vacant, renovated or demolished space. To obtain the benefit for the 2009 tax year, a taxpayer or representative of the taxpayer must make application to the municipality no later than February 28, 2010. Click here for more details.
Business of the Month - Ian Goodall Photography
Business of the MonthIan Goodall is an Oshawa based freelance photographer specializing in corporate assignments, location portraits, sports and weddings. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for January.
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!
2009 Business Directory 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.
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
What's News
Canadian Monopoly Board!
Breakfast With Mayor John Gray
An Introduction to Lean Principles 101
How To Manage Intellectual Property
OCC Trade Mission to India
Phone Scam.
Is Your Business Accessible?
Tax Rebate
Business Of The Month
New Members
2010 Chamber Directory
M2M Special Offers
Chamber Events
Monopoly Vote Oshawa
Chamber Events

Court House Info Breakfast
Fri. Jan, 22/10 | 7:30 

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

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

Breakfast With
Mayor John Gray
Thu. Feb, 18/10 | 7:30 
 Introduction to Lean Principles 101 Workshop
Fri. Feb, 26/10 | 8:30

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

Durham Events

Various Dates

BPW Durham Dinner
Wed. Jan, 27/10 | 6:00

BACD Accessible Customer Service Training
Mon. Feb, 1/10 | 9:00

Ontario Brownfields Regulation Seminar
Wed. Feb, 24/10 | 7:30

DSEA - How To Manage Intellectual Property
Fri. Mar, 5/10 | 7:45

Community Events
Chocolate Lovers Lunch
Sun. Feb, 14/10 | 11:30
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