March 2010
Volume 2, Issue 3
BusinessMatters ENews

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber Works For ALL!
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce works for ALL businesses in the community - members and non-members. This eNewsletter is made possible from the membership fees we receive from our members. We encourage you to be a member of the Chamber. Your investment ensures that we can continue to be here for YOU! Click here for details on how to join the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Remembers Bob Attersley
Bob Attersley

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce remembers Robert Alan (Bob) Attersley, who passed away on Friday, March 12th, 2010. Our heartfelt condolences to Bob's wife Joan and his family from the Board of Directors, members and staff during this difficult time. Bob was a long time friend of many in our community. He will be deeply missed.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at the R.S. McLaughlin Armouries, Oshawa on Wednesday, March 17 at 2:00 P.M. Bob was Whitby's longest serving Mayor; former Chair of the Durham Regional Police Services Board; Honourary Colonel, Ontario Regiment; former Oshawa General, World Championship Gold Medal member of the 1958 Whitby Dunlops and Olympic Silver Medalist with the 1960 Kitchener Waterloo Dutchman. He was an active member of the Shriners/Jesters; former member of the Rotary Club of Whitby, and served for 11 years with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.
Are You Ready To Face The Dragons!

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Dragons Den Logo
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
44 Richmond St. W. Suite 100
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fresh off the highest-rated season yet, CBC Television's DRAGONS' DEN is embarking on an epic audition tour. Due to overwhelming demand, producers are expanding the search to over 40 stops including a stop in Oshawa. DRAGONS' DEN is seeking Canadians with creative ideas and money-making savvy to make the case for cash. Successful candidates will make their way to the Den for a chance to appear in front of the Dragons in the new season. Click here for FAQ and to register.
AGM With Keynote Speaker Wendy Kane
Just back from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010Wendy Kane
General Motors Centre
99 Athol Street, E., Oshawa
5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m..

Wendy Kane will be the dynamic keynote speaker at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. This will not be just your ordinary AGM! Ms. Kane has helped many of the country's leading organizations bring dozens of entertainment, sports and special events to life. Just back from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Ms. Kane assisted in the development and production of the CTV Olympic Celebration coast to coast. As Executive Director of the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series Ms. Kane will bring this event to the GM Centre in 2011. This AGM is a must attend event for you to learn how your business can take advantage of this International event coming to our community. Click here for more information and to register.
Breakfast With Mayor Jim Abernathy
Mayor of The Municipality of Clarington
Mayor Abernathy

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Harmony Creek Golf Centre
1000 Bloor Street East, Oshawa
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Mayor Jim Abernathy of The Municipality of Clarington who will update the business community on the Go Train expansion and the economic outlook for Clarington. For more information or to register click here.

5th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jubilee Pavilion
55 Lakeview Park, Oshawa
Registration & Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.
Presentation - 8:00 a.m.

Don Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the TD Bank Financial Group will be in Oshawa on Tuesday, April 20 to present an economic outlook to over 200 business leaders. Mr. Drummond, one of Canada's best-known economists, will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the country, the province and the region at the City of Oshawa's 5th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast. The breakfast is presented by the City of Oshawa and TD Bank Financial Group. Click here for more details and the registration form
Luncheon With Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building, Toronto
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) is pleased to invite you and your guests to participate in an exclusive afternoon luncheon engagement with Barbara Walters and learn from her exceptional life experiences and interviews. For a limited time, members and business friends of the GOCC can register for The Power Within luncheon session at an "early bird" rate of $250 (a $100 savings). Please contact The Power Within Inc. to reserve your tickets. Call Joseph at 1-866-883-6568 and be sure to let him know that you are calling for the GOCC registration rate. Click here for more details on the event.
A Tribute to Our Troops - Past, Present and Future
Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Deer Creek Golf and Country Club, Ajax
Reception - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner - 7:30 p.m

You are cordially invited to attend "A Tribute To Our Troops - Past, Present and Future", a dinner fundraiser to salute the men, women and families of Durham Region's own Armoured Reserve unit, The Ontario Regiment (RCAC). The event, to be held in their Honour will be hosted by CTV's Ken Shaw and will feature a fantastic dinner and entertainment, silent auction as well as the opportunity to meet some of the men and women who proudly serve or have served our great country. Visit for sponsorship opportunities, ticket requests, and silent auction donations.
Business Of The Month - Flewwelling Insurance Brokers Limited
BOM March
Over the past two generations Flewwelling Insurance Brokers Limited, Oshawa Branch Office have helped more than 10,000 families and businesses rest secure in the knowledge that their personal and business assets are well protected. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for March. Read more >>>

[Nominate a Deserving Business as "Business of the Month"]
Members In The News Logo

Purple Pancakes Every Tuesday at the Diamond Grill, 10 Bond Street West, Downtown Oshawa. Join owner/operator Jay and his wonderful staff as they participate in their annual pancake event for Epilepsy! Customers can eat purple pancakes every Tuesday (8am until 7pm) for $5.99 per order, with all the proceeds going towards Durham Region Epilepsy.

Elvis is in the building celebrating the Grand Opening of FASTSIGNS and Coyle Packaging! The Staff would like to invite you to attend the GRAND OPENING of their new Whitby location, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be a business card draw for prizes! Live entertainment will be provided by Elvis impersonator Rob Moncrief. Please RSVP by April 7, 2010 to (905) 493-5800 or by email to
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!
This Month's Featured M2M Discounts

Paul's Bookkeeping Service - Flat 25% discount off bookkeeping and tax preparation services.

Russett Auto Service - 15% on  Brake Repairs,  20% discount on Tune up and Maintenance Services.

Shockcircuit - receive 3 months of free web hosting with any 1 year plan.

For complete details on these discounts, and all others offered by the Member-to-Member [M2M] Special Offer Program, or to participate and offer exclusive discounts or special offers click here. REMEMBER - discounts are for Chamber members only and their employees.

Oshawa: A Hub For Post-Secondary Education 

The City of Oshawa is fast becoming a hub for post-secondary education with Trent University and UOIT announcing plans to expand their presence in Oshawa by the start of the fall 2010 semester. In addition, Durham College plans to create new teaching spaces at its Oshawa campus to accommodate increased enrolment numbers and will soon be home to a new Student Services building. Read more >>>
Greening Greater Oshawa
Earth Hour

Become involved and help the Greater Oshawa area remain a green and sustainable community. Upcoming environmental events include Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (the idea is to turn off your lights and all non-essential power to focus attention on the need for action on Climate Change) and the annual PITCH-IN Canada clean-up week from April 19 to 25. The Municipalities are aiming for more business participation during Pitch-In Week. Please do your part to make things cleaner and greener!!

In This Issue
The Chamber Works
Bob Attersley
Dragons' Den Auditions
Annual General Meeting
Breakfast With Mayor Jim Abernathy
Economic Outlook Breakfast.
Luncheon With Barbara Walters
A Tribute to Our Troops
Business Of The Month
Members In The News
New Members
M2M Discount Program
Post-Secondary Education
Greening Greater Oshawa

Chamber Plan logo

Chamber Events


Dragons' Den Auditions
Thu. Mar, 18/10 | 11:00

Biz After 5
Tue. Mar, 23/10 | 5:00

Breakfast and Learn
Thu. Mar, 25/10 | 7:30

Annual General Meeting
Tue. Mar, 30/10 | 5:30

Breakfast with Clarington's
Mayor Abernathy

Thu. Apr, 8/10 | 7:30

Women In Business
Wed. Apr, 21/10 | 12:00

Power Within Luncheon with Barbara Walters
Tue. May, 4/10 | 12:30

Annual Golf Tournament

Thu. May, 27/10 | 12:00

Business Events

Durham Events
Various Dates

BPW Dinner Meeting
Thu. Mar, 25/10 | 6:00

HST Seminar for Retailers
Mon. Mar, 29/10 | 7:30

AGM Big Brother Big Sister
Mon. Mar, 29/10 | 7:00

Durham Professional
Advisory Group
Thu. Apr, 8/10 | 5:00

Fast Sign Grand Opening
Wed. Apr, 14/10 | 3:00

Economic Outlook Breakfast
Tue. Apr, 20/10 | 7:30

A Tribute To Our Troops
Thu. May, 13/10 | 6:30

Community Events

Maple Syrup Festival
Mar. 13-21, Mar. 27-28
April 3-4

Charity Gala
Thu. Mar, 25/10 | 5:30

Rotary Club Silent Auction
Thu. Apr, 8/10 | 7:00

Earth Hour
Sat. Mar, 27/10 | 8:30

Pitch-In Week
Mon. Apr, 19/10 -
Sun. Apr, 25/10

Antique Appraisal Day
Sat. Apr, 24/10 | 2:00

Bowl For Kids Sake
Wed. May, 5/10 | 6:00

Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre Fundraiser
Wed. May, 5/10 | 7:

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