November 2010
Volume 2, Issue 11
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 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!  Click here for details on how to join the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager
Christmas Food & Toys Urgently Needed!!

We ar
Food and Toy Drivee 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 1,100 families in need this year. Our goal is to have the van filled by Thursday, December 16th. The Chamber is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to accept donations and will take donations until noon on Thursday, December 24th. Open your heart to those who need your help and support! For more information call the Chamber at 905-728-1683 or drop by 44 Richmond St. W. Suite 100, Oshawa..
Last Chance To RegisterGlobal Experience At Work Logo
Hiring Best Practices Workshop
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Greater Oshawa Chamber Boardroom
44 Richmond St. W., Suite 100, Oshawa
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Are you an employer thinking about hiring in: Finance; IT; Office Management; Marketing & Graphic Design or Engineering? If yes, the Global Experience@Work Durham Initiative is hosting a FREE Workshop event for employers called "Are You Ready" to help ease the transition between employers and foreign trained professionals.

To register, contact Jason Irani at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce at 905-728-8966 or by email.

Christmas Wine and CheeseChristmas Wine and Cheese
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Officers' Mess - Ontario Regiment

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Christmas Wine and Cheese event on December 7th at the Officers' Mess - Ontario Regiment. Please bring an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food item or toiletry item to be distributed to the Simcoe Hall Settlement House!  Pre-registration is required, click here for details.
Business Of The Month
Bocking Financial Solutions Inc. - November 2010

BOM Nov 2010Financial Advisor Neil Bocking, CLU, CH.F.C., and office manager Laurie Selway, have been providing Life & Health Insurance and Retirement Planning Strategies to families and businesses in the Durham Region for over 27 years. Maintaining personalized service for over 700 families has earned Bocking Financial Solutions a reputation for outstanding client care. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for November 2010.

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[Nominate a Deserving Business as "Business of the Month"]
Give Back With "Toys for Tickets" Campaign

Motorists will have the opportunity to turn the situation of receiving a parking ticket into a positive experience this festive season by donating a new toy in lieu of payment.

The program applies to parking tickets issued by the City of Oshawa between December 1 and December 10. Tickets issued for illegal parking in accessible spaces will not be eligible. Toys will be accepted for children from newborn to the age of 18. The value of the toy must equal or exceed the amount owing on the parking ticket. 

A new unwrapped toy with a supporting cash register receipt will be accepted as "payment" at Service Oshawa, located inside City Hall at 50 Centre Street South on December 9 or December 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for each eligible ticket presented..

For more information, visit or call 905-436-3311.

Human Resource - Hiring Regulations

When you hire a new employee, there are a few things you must do to comply with government requirements. You need to:
  • ensure that your recruitment and interviewing practices are not discriminatory
  • create an employee record with basic information on your employee
  • verify your employee's social insurance number (SIN)
  • have your employee complete certain tax forms for payroll purposes
In addition, while not currently required, the government is asking employers to participate in the Report on Hiring Program, by reporting new hires to help reduce employment insurance fraud.

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This Month's Featured M2M Discounts

Durham Management Consultants offers a 20% member to member discount on any of its 1,000+ assessments, tests and its employee and customer surveys.

Mentoria Computer Consulting offers a $10 member to member discount on regular onsite hourly rates.

KiboTec Inc offers $15 off Online Data Backup Software - Promo Code GOCC.

Would you like to promote a product or service at a discounted rate to Chamber members? Please email us the details and your business will be featured in our M2M Directory!  For complete details on the above discounts and others offered by the Member-to-Member [M2M] Special Offer Program 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.

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In This Issue
Christmas Food & Toy Drive
Hiring Best Practices Workshop
Christmas Wine and Cheese
Business Of The Month
"Toys for Tickets"
Hiring Regulations
M2M Discount Program
New Members
Submit News!.

Chamber Events

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


Hiring Best Practice Workshop
Thu. Nov, 25/10 | 9:00

Christmas Wine & Cheese
Tue. Dec, 7/10 | 5:00

Hiring Best Practices Workshop
Fri. Jan, 7/11 | 9:00

Lunch & Learn
Wed. Jan, 12/11 | 12:00

Breakfast with
Kevin Williams,
President GM Canada
Wed. Jan, 19/11 | 7:30

Lunch with Roger Anderson, Chair, Durham Region
Tue. Jan, 25/11 | 12:00

A Tasting Evening At Parkwood
Tue. Feb, 8/11 | 5:00

Oshawa Mayor's
Inaugural Address
Thu. Feb, 17/11 | 12:00

3rd Annual
Wed. Mar, 2/11

Business Events

CME 2010 Sustainable Manufacturing Summit
Wed. Nov, 24/10

Rapid Results Marketing Workshop
Wed. Nov, 24/10 | 9:00

BPW Durham Dinner Meeting
Wed. Nov, 24/10 | 6:00

OPG Announcement at UOIT and Durham College
Fri. Nov, 26/10 | 10:30

Sustainability Forum
Tue. Dec, 7/10 | 8:00

Durham Professional Advisory Group Meeting
Thu. Dec, 9/10 | 5:00 

Community Events

Community Care Durham Calendar Fundraiser
Now thru - Tue. Nov, 30/10

Fibre Art Show
Now thru - Sun. Dec, 5/10

Canadian Pacific
Holiday Train
Sun. Nov, 28/10 | 7:15

Catch A Star Fashion Show
Sun. Dec, 5/10 | 12:00

Oshawa Celebrates 2011
Fri. Dec, 31/10 | 6:00

Canadian Open - Grand Slam of Curling
Wed. Jan, 26/11 -
Sun. Jan, 30/11

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