September 2010
Volume 2, Issue 9
BusinessMatters ENews

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

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The Chamber Works For ALL!
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce works for ALL businesses in the community - members and non-members. This eNews is made possible from the membership fees we receive. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become one. If you are a member, we encourage you to encourage others to join! We value your membership and would appreciate your help to grow the Chamber's membership. As you know, a growing membership strengthens the Chamber's impact on its advocacy on issues important to business growth and success. Click here for details on how to join the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager
Oshawa Municipal Coucil Report Card Survey
Make your voice heard! With the upcoming Municipal Election the Durham Region Association of REALTORS®, Durham Region Home Builders' Association and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce have partnered to form the Municipal Election Task Force and have put together a Report Card Survey to help determine how the business community perceives the current Oshawa Municipal Council. 

The results of this survey will help the Task Force form questions for the municipal election candidates during the live debates scheduled this fall. See dates on the Events Calendar - right panel.

We are asking that all members complete this brief survey (it'll take less than 5 minutes) by 5PM on September 17, 2010.

Take this survey

You can only take this survey once. Thank you for your input! Your opinion matters! 
Kate Wheeler to Emcee Business Excellence Awards Thursday, September 16, 2010 

Kate WheelerThe Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce presents the 15th Annual Business Excellence Awards at the Holiday Inn Oshawa Whitby Conference Centre on Thursday, September 16th, 2010. The Chamber is pleased to have Kate Wheeler, former CTV news anchor, and the new host of Studio 12 News Oshawa as the emcee of the event to honour this year's Business Excellence Awards recipients. Studio 12 News Oshawa will be launched in late September.

Click here for more details. [PDF] 
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence Event
Registration Deadline - Monday September 20

Special Giveaway!
Participants can win an unforgettable 3.5-day Disney Institute Program at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida!

Disney GraduateThe Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host a one-day Disney's Approach to Business Excellence professional development training event on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Oshawa Whitby Conference Centre. This is a rare opportunity to take an inside look at the "business behind the magic" from experienced Disney leaders.

Chamber members save 15% off the registration fee - that's a $60 savings off the regular $399 rate. Group Rates are also available.

For more details and to register
click here [PDF]
Fall Marketplace 2010 - B2B Tradeshow
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Exhibitor Tables Now Available!

tradeshowGreater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce presents Fall Marketplace 2010, a B2B Tradeshow at the Holiday Inn Oshawa Whitby Conference Centre, Oshawa on October 14th, 2010. This Business After Hours event will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Mingle with 80 + other business owners
  • Establish new business relationships
  • Promote your business
  • Hors d'ouevres & cash bar
  • VIA Rail draw
  • Door prizes
Members can reserve an exhibitor table for only $35!  Exhibitor tables are booking quickly - don't miss out. reserve your table today!

For complete details, and to register for this event, please download the registration form [PDF]. Pre-registration is required to attend.
2010 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Friday, November 5, 2010 DEPC colour logo
Ajax Convention Centre

An exciting line-up of distinguished speakers and panelists are scheduled for the 2010 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference. In an effort to build regional collaboration and maximize economic development opportunities, community leaders from business, academia, labour and government have been invited to attend the half day "think tank" event to discuss economic strategies for Durham Region.
This is an invitation only event.

If you have not recieved your invitation, and you wish to be on the invitation list, send us an email or visit
Business Of The Month
Winexpert Courtice - September 2010

BOM Sept 2010Winexpert Courtice located at 1414 King Street East, Courtice, opened its doors in September 2008. Owner Norah McDonald with son Cameron and daughter Sarah-Beth run a family business that prides itself on customer service. Whether you want wine for a very special occasion or want to discover the winemaking lifestyle, great wine is yours for the making! Contact Winexpert Courtice at 905-438-VINO (8466).On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for September 2010.
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[Nominate a Deserving Business as "Business of the Month"]
Need to Upgrade Your Business Computers?

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government is helping businesses in all sectors of the economy by providing a temporary 100-percent capital cost allowance (CCA) rate on new computer hardware and systems software acquired after January 27, 2009, and before February 1, 2011. Click here for more details.
Durham Tourism

Durham Tourism - 2011 Discovery Guide

Durham Tourism is currently working on the content for the 2011 Discovery Guide. Again this year, they will be featuring events within the guide at no charge to the stakeholders. The events used in the guide, are pulled directly from their online events calendar on Deadline for event submission for the 2011 Discovery Guide - Friday September 17th, 2010

If you are not familiar with entering events onto the website, please click here for directions. > > >
This Month's Featured M2M Advantage
Ian Goodall Photography - 15% discount on photographic services.
For complete details on this discount and others offered by the Member-to-Member [M2M] Special Offer Program, or to participate and offer exclusive discounts or special offers click here.
Chamber Welcomes New Members       

Business Directory CoverThe Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members, click here
for a list of members
who have joined since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2010.

We encourage you to Shop A Chamber
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In This Issue
Report Card Survey
Business Excellence Awards
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence
Fall Marketplace
Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Business Of The Month
Upgrade Business Computers
2011 Discovery Guide
M2M Discount Program
New Members

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Chamber Events

Click here to view the details for any of the events listed below - calendar of events is on the right side panel on the home page!

Excellence Awards
Thu. Sep, 16/10 | 5:30

Disney's Approach to Business Excellence
Thu. Sep, 23/10 | 8:00

Safe Communities
Incentive Program
Fri. Sep, 24/10 | 8:30

Election Debate
City Council
Tue. Sep, 28/10 | 7:00

Election Debate
Region & City Council
Wed. Sep, 29/10 | 7:00

Election Debate
Mayor & School Trustees
Thu. Sep, 30/10 | 7:00

Fall Marketplace 2010
Thu. Oct, 14/10 | 5:00

Women In Business
Wed. Oct, 20/10 | 12:00

Business 4 Breakfast
Thu. Oct, 21/10 | 7:30

Curling FunSpiel
Wed. Nov, 3/10 | 12:00

Business Events

Community Care
Durham Opening
Mon. Sep, 20/10 | 2:00

Carbon Economy Summit
Tue. Sep, 21/10 | 8:30

BPW Political Forum
Wed. Sep, 22/10 | 5:00

Grand Opening
Holiday Inn Express Bowmanville
Thu. Sep, 23/10 | 4:00

UOIT - MDC Program
Info Night
Mon. Sep, 27/10 | 7:00

Habitat for Humanity
Raise the Roof
Golf Tournament
Mon. Oct, 4/10

Day of Hope and Leadership
Tue. Oct, 5/10

EcoBusiness Conference
Thu. Oct, 28/10 | 8:30

2010 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Fri. Nov, 5/10

Community Events

Oshawa Fall Art Festival
Fri. Sep, 17/10 -
Sun. Sep, 19/10

Ontario Philharmonic Gala
Fri. Sep, 24/10 | 6:00

Doors Open Oshawa
Sat. Sep, 25/10 -
Sun. Sep, 26/10

Benefit Auction - Simcoe Hall Settlement House
Thu. Oct, 7/10 | 7:00

5K On The Runway
Sun. Oct, 24/10

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