December 2010
Volume 2, Issue 12
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Happy Holidays from the Board and Staff of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce!

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. Thank you for your support and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

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.   Click here for details.
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Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager
The Challenge Is On!
Christmas Food & Toys Urgently Needed!!

Food and toy driveThe Challenge has been laid down
to all Chamber members to help fill not only one, but THREE vehicles
for Christmas!.

We are on a mission to fill THREE vehicles full to overflowing
with toys and food to help Simcoe Hall Settlement House bring Christmas joy to over 1,200 families in need this year. Our goal is to have the vehicles filled by Friday, December 17th. 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 Friday, 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 your donation off at 44 Richmond St. W. Suite 100, Oshawa..
Are You Ready?  Global Experience At Work Logo
To increase your bottom line? To develop a competitive edge? To find and hire the best for your business? 

If yes, then Global Experience @ Work Durham Initiative is hosting a FREE workshop on how to find and hire skilled immigrant professionals and capitalize on this hidden and untapped talent pool.

DATE: January 7th, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Greater Oshawa Chamber Boardroom
44 Richmond St. W., Suite 100, Oshawa

To register, contact Jason Irani at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce at 905-728-8966 or by email. For information on Global Experience@Work Durham Initiative and to download the "The Durham Region Employer Resource Guide" and "The Durham Region Employer Workbook" [PDFs], click here.

Give the Gift that Can't be Bought
Donate blood. It's the gift that saves lives!
Blood Services
Wrap yourself in RED this holiday season and give something that can't be bought from a store. Donate blood. It's the gift that someone truly needs.

Donating blood is a life-saving gift that truly embodies the spirit of the holidays. Between December 1 and January 2, Canadian Blood Services must collect over 14,000 blood donations in Central Ontario to help meet the needs of patients. Help by giving blood at the Oshawa Permanent Clinic Tuesday through Thursday 12:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am till 1:00 pm located at 1300 Harmony Road North.If you have received a seasonal flu shot, you can donate blood two days afterwards.

Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) to book an appointment today and help brighten someone's life this holiday season.
NEW! Bell Mobility Exclusive Chamber Member blackberry curveDiscount Program 

Exclusive offer to Chamber Members!

Discounts are available for Chamber members as well as extended family. Contact Rohit Sabharwal (Chamber's Bell Mobility Account Associate) for details, by email at or by
phone at 1-888-282-4499 ext. 5290.

For more details on the special offer available until December 31, 2010 click here.

Business Of The Month
Home Instead Senior Care - December 2010

BOM dec 2010Home Instead Senior Care is the world's largest provider of non-medical home care services for seniors. The Oshawa office located at 595 Wentworth St. E., Unit 51, serves seniors throughout all of Durham Region, assisting with activities such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, personal care, transportation, shopping, companionship, respite care and Alzheimer's and Dementia care. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for December 2010.

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[Nominate a Deserving Business as "Business of the Month"]
Clear The Way This Winter
Let's work together to make this a safe winter for our community!
 With the snow finally arriving, the City of Oshawa asks businesses and landlords to help their community by clearing the way. Property owners are reminded to completely clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their properties by midnight of the first day after precipitation has ended. Check for snow accumulations around exit doors, stairways, fire escapes and exterior vents. It is your responsibility..For more information on snow clearing/salting operations and regulations and on-street parking, visit For details on fire safety, visit
This Month's Featured Chamber M2M  Discount

The Michie Wealth Management Group - RBC Dominion Securities offers a complimentary portfolio review, and 1 hour free consultation to assist you in any aspect of your wealth management.

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.

We encourage you to Shop A Chamber
Member First!
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In This Issue
Happy Holidays
Christmas Food & Toy Drive
Hiring New Talent Workshop
Donate blood
Bell Mobility Discount Program
Business Of The Month
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


"Stuff The Equinox" Challenge - Food & Toy Drive!
Donation accepted until
Fri. Dec, 24/10

Hiring New
Talent 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, Regional Municipality of Durham
Tue. Jan, 25/11 | 12:00

Women In Business Luncheon
Wed. Jan, 26/11 | 12:00

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

Oshawa Mayor
John Henry
Inaugural Address
Thu. Feb, 17/11 | 12:00

3rd Annual
Wed. Mar, 2/11

Spring Marketplace 2011
Tue. Apr, 5/11

Business Events

UOIT - Winter Programs
Mon. Jan, 17/11 -
Fri. Apr, 1/11

UOIT - Free GMAT Information Seminar
Mon. Jan, 24/11 | 7:00

The Essentials of Communicating
Thu. Feb, 24/11 -
Fri. Feb, 25/11

BPW Durham Dinner Meeting
Wed. Jan, 26/11 | 6:00

Community Events

Community Care Durham Calendar Fundraiser
Now thru - Fri. Dec 31/10

General Motors Centre Events
Thu. Dec, 9/10 -
Sat. Mar, 26/11

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

Oshawa Mayor's
New Year Levee
Sun. Jan, 2/11 | 1:30

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

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