January 2011
Volume 3, Issue 1
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

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The Chamber...Opening Doors To The Business Community!

We are on a mission in 2011 to
educate you, and everyone in your organization, on how to make FULL USE of your Chamber Membership...to find and connect with new customers, to expand your knowledge and to help you MAKE MORE MONEY!


The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce works for ALL businesses in the community - members and non-members. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become one today.  

Click here for details.



Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager

NEW!  Chamber Member JumpStart Program    

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 

Chamber Boardroom, 44 Richmond Street W., Oshawa.
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Member Orientation gives a great snapshot of the Chamber Member JumpStart Program. New and long-term members will learn how to maximize your membership to make new business connections, market your business, and get involved.

Bring promotional materials to display on the networking table. This event is open to all Chamber members and their employees FREE

of charge. Click here to register. 


Interested in attending, but not currently a member of the Greater Oshawa Chamber? Join today. Call the Chamber at 905-728-1683    or contact us by email



Want your 2011 Member JumpStart Checklist? Click here and request one!

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Ten Minutes To Have Your

 Say On Corporate Taxes

Corporate taxes affect every Canadian business - including yours. Now is your chance to have a say.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has partnered with KPMG on an important survey regarding the taxation of corporate groups. The information gathered in this process will be used to provide feedback to the Government of Canada, which is currently in the midst of an extensive consultation period.

These consultations could lead to the adoption of a more formalized system of loss transfers, or some form of consolidated reporting. This could dramatically alter the taxation of many corporate groups in Canada.
As part of our contribution to this crucial debate, we are asking financial executives from coast-to-coast to share their views.

Please take 10 minutes to voice your comments and concerns by completing the following survey, in confidence, by Friday, January 28, 2011. CME and KPMG will share the final results, as well as our formal submission to the Department of Finance, after the data has been analyzed.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your input in this matter.

To complete the survey, please click:


For more information, please contact Derek Lothian at 613-238-8888 (ext. 4228) or e-mail derek.lothian@cme-mec.ca.

Networking Your Way To Increased Business

Networking is not about numbers, it is about relationships. People do business with people they know.

Here's a list of upcoming events to get you out, building relationships and to get your business development activities started for 2011.

AndersonTuesday, January 25th

Lunch with Roger Anderson, Chair, Regional Municipality of Durham

Oshawa Golf & Curling Club,
160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WIB Best PhotoWednesday, January 26th

Women In Business Luncheon

Fazio's Restaurant, 33 Simcoe Street S., Oshawa


This is a WOMEN's only event!  


Wine TastingTuesday, February 8th

A Wine Tasting Evening At Parkwood

Parkwood Estate, 270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Table top exhibitor space available at this event for members only!


Mayor HenryThursday, February 17th

Oshawa Mayor John Henry Inaugural Address

Place: Tosca Banquet Hall & Conference Centre

800 Champlain Avenue, Oshawa

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For more events, click here and scroll down the right column.
Business Of The Month - January 2011

Hardiman Mount & Associates Insurance Brokers 

BOM Jan 2011Hardiman Mount & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. are located at 1032 Brock St. S., in Whitby. Their customer service is exceptional and staff are always available to assist you with any Insurance questions. Barry Mount and his team offer many services and are the provider of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Benefits. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for January 2011.

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[Nominate a Deserving Business as "Business of the Month"]

WeaverSpecial Member Offer!

See Sigourney Weaver & Joy Behar
at the Power of Women - April 1st!

The internationally acclaimed Power of Women Leadership series will return to Toronto on Friday April 1st, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre to celebrate a special 10-Year anniversary event!
See these extraordinary speakers in person: Sigourney Weaver, Joy Behar,Loretta LaRoche, Peggy Klaus, Michelle Phillips and Jessica Holmes.

Before tickets are released to the general public, members and
guests of the GOCC are eligible to receive an "Early Bird" registration discount. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. For registration details, click here.

Ten Volunteers Needed - Are You Up For The Challenge?

Get involved and make a difference. The 3rd Annual "Challenge" is a great opportunity for networking and there are several areas, including bowling, go karting and air tag, where volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. It takes teamwork to make the event work, and the Chamber needs your help. The Annual Challenge will take place at NEB's World, 1300 Wilson Road N. in Oshawa and if you can spare some time on Wednesday, March 2, between 3PM and 8PM, please contact the Chamber at 905-728-1683 or by email and put your name on the list.

Blood Drive - Make It A Team Effort!
Blood Services

Due to flu and illness appointments are down at the Canadian Blood Services in Durham and they need the community's help. Over the next two weeks, the Oshawa Permanent Clinic will host a group of 4 or more to come to the clinic and donate as a team. This is a great team building exercise and doesn't cost  anything but an hour of time. Remember that your one donation can save up to 3 lives.

If you call to arrange for a group donation time - staff will provide pizza while visiting and even arrange for a bus to come and pick you and your group up (for 4 or more). Advanced notice required.

The Oshawa Permanent Clinic is open Tuesday through Thursday 12:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am till 1:00 p.m.

If you and your team can help, please call Melissa Smith-McGuire at 416-550-0934. If you are unable to bring a group, please encourage your employees to visit the Clinic in the next two weeks!
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 Members First!

We are currently preparing the 2011 Business Directory & Buyer's Guide. Don't miss your opportunity to showcase your business to over 5500 key business decision makers. For more information contact Michelle Lea at 905-433-7854 or 905-728-1683.

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FREE listing to promote your own business through our online Member to Member Advantage program.


We encourage members to SHOP MEMBERS FIRST, so what better way to encourage members to do business with you than to offer an incentive! Please email us the details and your business will be featured in our M2M Directory! 

Review online M2M offers for additional savings, click here!


This Month's Featured Chamber M2M  Offers

Networking On The Slopes At Brimacombe 

Join your fellow business associates for a day of networking and fun on the slopes at Brimacombe on Friday, January 28th, from 9AM. to 5PM .Click here for more details.

M2M Advantage:

GOCC members receive $5.00 off event package price.


Durham Management Consultants

M2M Advantage: A 20% discount to Chamber members on any of DMC's 1,000+ employee assessments, tests and its employee engagement and customer loyalty surveys. Imagine Great Employees!!


The Michie Wealth Management Group

RBC Dominion Securities

M2M Advantage: A complimentary portfolio review, and 1 hour free consultation to assist you in any aspect of your wealth management. Any individual becoming a client will be entitled to 6 months of VIP Service at one of our Royal Bank branch partners (value $180) in the Durham community.

Earth Day Canada - Small Business Hometown Hero Award 

Are you a small business that demonstrates outstanding environmental leadership, innovation and benefits beyond your products or services?

Earth Day Canada has just introduced the Small Business Hometown Heroes Award. The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend any professional development course, workshop, summit or conference focused on environmental sustainability and/or conservation within Canada.

Nominate yourself, an individual, group, organization or small business from your community by February 28th, 2011.

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In This Issue
Member JumpStart Program
SURVEY - Have Your Say On Corporate Taxes
Networking Your Way To Increased Business
Business Of The Month
Power of Women Event
Ten Volunteers Needed
Blood Drive - Make It A Team Effort!
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
Small Business Hometown Hero Award
Shop Members First

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Online Member Directory

Chamber Events

Click here to view all events,
scoll down rigjt
side of home page

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

Lunch & Learn - Sales and Marketing Planning
Wed. Feb, 16/11 | 12:00

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

3rd Annual
Wed. Mar, 2/11

Tue. Apr, 5/11

Annual Golf Tournament
Thu. May, 19/11 | 11:00

Business Events

Click here to view all events,
scoll down rigjt
side of home page

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

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

RMG Board of Trustees Invites Applications
Fri. Feb, 4/11

Estate Planning
Mon. Jan, 24/11 | 7:00

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

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

Networking on the Slopes at Brimacombe
Fri. Jan, 28/11 | 9:00

Durham Professional Advisory Group Network Meeting
Thu. Feb, 10/11 | 5:00

BPW Durham Dinner Meeting
Wed. Feb, 23/11 | 6:00

UOIT Winter Open House
Sat. Feb, 26/11 | 10:00

Special Member Offer!

Power of Women
Leadership Event
Fri. Apr, 1/11 | 9:00

Community Events

General Motors
Centre Events
Thu. to Sat. Apr, 30/11

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

Have A Heart For Hunger - Dinner & Dance
Thu. Jan, 13/11 | 5:00
16th Annual Durham Ski
For Hearth Place
Wed. Feb, 9/11

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