February 2011
Volume 3, Issue 2
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Paul's Bookkeeping Service

Paul's Bookkeeping Service not only assists business owners with its bookkeeping needs but also assists them with their tax preparation needs. Tax returns for individuals are also prepared. 
The fees are reasonable and the returns are done professionally and on a timely basis. 

905-571-6268 |  paul.guerin@oshawabookkeeper.com   |  oshawabookkeeper.com


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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

Dragons Den

Are You Ready To Face The Dragons?

Only A Few Spots Left - Register Today!  

Do you have a hot new invention or the next million-dollar idea? Then Dragons' Den wants to hear from you! The Dragons' Den team is hitting the road on the hunt for entrepreneurs to appear in front of The Dragons. No experience is necessary - just be ready to pitch your business in under 5 minutes and you could qualify to be on Dragons' Den. Open Auditions are taking place on Thursday, February 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) Boardroom, at 44 Richmond St., W. Unit 100, in Oshawa.

Contact the GOCC Chamber office at 905-728-1683 to reserve an interview time. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Have questions about the audition process? Click here for more information on the Dragons' Den process.
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 going in 2011.

The Challenge

The Challenge

Register Today - Almost Sold OUT! 

Wednesday, March 2
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NEB's Fun World, 1300 Wilson Rd. N., Oshawa
Events include Bowling, Go Karting and Air Tag.
Click here for more information and to register.


Business 4 Breakfast

Employees - We Help Find The Perfect Fit
Thursday, March 24
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Stavs, 557 King Street, East, Oshawa
Click here for more information and to register.

Spring Marketplace

Spring Marketplace 2011

Tuesday, April 5
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Octaviens, 559 Bloor Street West, Oshawa
Market your business to over 150 potential clients!
Click here for more information and to register.

WIB_Vanessa BenedictWomen In Business Luncheon

Wednesday, April 20 

Noon - 2:00 PM

Boston Pizza North Oshawa, 951 Taunton Rd. E.

This is a WOMEN's only event!    

Click here for more information and to register.  


Annual Golf Tournament

Thursday, May 19

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM 

Oshawa Golf & Curling Club,
160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa
Includes lunch, golf and dinner, cart, prizes and more!
Click here for more information and to register.

NEW! Participate in the Golf Tournament Gift Bag
                     program. Space is limited, click here for details.

For more events, click here and scroll down the right column.

NEW!  Member Orientation - 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?   


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.
Business Of The Month - February 2011

Fazio's Restaurant  

BOM FaziosFazio's Restaurant Inc., located at 33 Simcoe Street South, is a family owned and operated business. Tino Fazio and his children, Nicholas, Rosaleen and Martin make your dining experience a pleasure from the moment you walk in the door. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for February 2011.

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[Nominate a Deserving Business as "Business of the Month"]
16th Annual Business Excellence Awards
Calling for Nominations! 
Business Excellence Awards Plaque

Do you know a business or person who should be recognized for their outstanding achievements? The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations of companies whose significant business achievements have made an important contribution to the economic and social well being of the Greater Oshawa area.

Click here for more information on the nomination criteria and to download the nomination form.
RAMP it up! Hwy 407 East Campaign 

The City of Oshawa launched the RAMP it up! campaign in January 2011 in response to the province's announcement that it would build the Hwy 407 East Extension in two phases -- contrary to years of preparation, study and promises for a one-phase extension from Brock Road in Pickering through to Hwy 35/115 with a completion date of 2013. The City of Oshawa and government partners are presenting Hwy 407 East Extension petition postcards at Queen's Park mid March, and are requesting your help. Click here for details!

Chamber Welcomes New Members For
February 2011       

Business Directory Cover


Diamond's Grill

EN-PRO International Inc.

Jimmy Guaco's Border Town Burritos

RBC Dominion Securiites Inc. - Darren Smith

Rhythm Dynamix Dance

Urban Landmark Realty Inc., Brokerage - Janet


The 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.

M2M Advantage logo



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  

Paul's Bookkeeping Service

M2M Advantage: $10 off basic tax return fee during the month of March 2011. Call Paul at 905-571-6268 to arrange an appointment. 


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In This Issue
Face The Dragons
Networking Your Way To Increased Business
Member JumpStart Program
Power of Women Event
Business Of The Month
Calling for Nominations!
RAMP it up!
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
Shop Members First

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Online Member Directory

Chamber Events
Click here to view all events,
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side of home page

Dragons Den Auditions
Thu. Feb, 24/11 | 11:00

3rd Annual CHALLENGE
Wed. Mar, 2/11 | 4:00

Membership Orientation - Chamber Member
JumpStart Program
Tue. Mar, 22/11 | 4:30

Business 4 Breakfast
Employees - We Help Find The Perfect Fit
Thu. Mar, 24/11 | 7:30

Annual General Meeting
Tue. Apr, 5/11 | 4:00

Tue. Apr, 5/11 | 5:00

Business Events

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

Australian Flood Relief Benefit Concert
Sat. Feb, 19/11 | 5:00

Wed. Feb, 23/11 | 10:00

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

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

BPW Durham Dinner Meeting
Sat. Feb, 26/11 | 6:00

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

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

Souper Saturday -
Gourmet Soup Tasting
Sat. Feb, 19/11 | 11:30

Annual Swim-A-Thon - Eastview Boys and
Girls Club
Tue. Feb, 22/11 -
Sat. Feb, 26/11

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Sat. Feb, 26/11 | 7:00

Journey to Peace
Sun. Mar, 6/11 | 7:00

Annual Reverse Draw
Dinner & Silent Auction
Rotary Club
Thu. Apr, 28/11

Annual Purple Pancake Day
Epilepsy Durham Region
Tue. Mar, 8/11      
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