APRIL 2011
Volume 3, Issue 4
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

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Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager

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 keep your business development activities going in 2011.

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Women In Business Luncheon

Wednesday, April 20 

Noon - 2:00 PM

Boston Pizza North Oshawa, 951 Taunton Rd. E.

Keynote Speaker - Vanessa Benedict, ScotiaMcLeod

This is a WOMEN's only event!    

Click here for more information and to register.   


Keith MillerBusiness 4 Breakfast 

"Everything You Wanted To Know About Risk Management In 30 Minutes"
Thursday, April 21, 2011

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Travelodge Oshawa, 940 Champlain Ave., Oshawa 

Keynote Speaker: Keith Miller,  Insurance Broker, W.B. White Insurance

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, April 19, 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 new 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.This event is open to all Chamber members and their employees FREE

of charge. Click here to register. 


Want your 2011 Member JumpStart Checklist?   


Business 4 Breakfast

Helping Business Breakdown Accessibility Barriers

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre,
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa

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Presented by the Ontario Chamber of

Commerce in partnership with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Durham Region Association of Realtors.

The customer service standard applies to all people, businesses and organizations that provide goods or services either directly to the public or to other businesses or organizations and have one or more employees.  

All organizations must be in compliance by January 1, 2012.

This workshop on the customer service standard will provide the necessary information and make it easier for business owners, their staff, volunteers and contractors to meet the training and other requirements under the new standard!

Click here for more information and to register.

Chamber Welcomes New Members in April 2011    

A Pet Nanny Plus
Aditya Birla MinacsBusiness Directory Cover
AIDS Committee of Durham Region
Amex Bank of Canada - Susan C. Singleton
Arthur's on the 4th
Buffalo Wild Wings
Bullitproof Investments Inc.
Hunter's Custom Magnets
Jungle Heat Imports
Kakemono Sushi Bar & Restaurant
Pineridge Rentall
Rotary Club of Oshawa - ParkwoodShop Members First logo
Studio K Salon & Spa
Wallflower Boutique The
Touch of a Paw Spa

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

We encourage you to Shop Members First! 

Business Of The Month - Buster Rhino's BBQ

If you're looking for truly authentic BOM April 2011Southern BBQ flavour, without having to travel to the Deep South, then look no further than Buster Rhino's Authentic Southern BBQ, with two restaurant locations at 2001 Thickson Road S, Whitby and 30 Taunton Rd. E. Oshawa. Darryl Koster, president and owner of Buster Rhino's Authentic Southern BBQ, comes from a long line of competitive BBQ-ers with more than 15 titles under their belt, including the three-time South Carolina State Championship. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for April. Read full story >>>

[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. Nominations must be received by APRIL 22, 2011.

Click here for more information on the nomination criteria and to download the nomination form.

Members in the News Banner

Building Homes, Building Hope for 24 families!


Habitat for Humanity LogoJoin Habitat for Humanity Durham staff and board members, Mayor Henry and Oshawa council, politicians, Chamber members, volunteers and stakeholders on Wednesday May 4, 1:00 p.m. sharp at 372 Centre St. South, Oshawa for the groundbreaking of this community within the city. Learn about partnership opportunities available to corporate citizens in Durham Region. Find out how you can help Habitat for Humanity Durham raise funds to support this revitalization area and build 24 homes for partner families.You will be rewarded and you will be inspired! Please RSVP to Kathy or 905-428-7434 ext. 29.
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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  

Grand & Toy

M2M Advantage: Spring into savings with an additional 10% discount on already reduced prices in the Grand & Toy Furniture Flyer. Offer expires May 31, 2011. Contact Sean Ireland 1-800-478-9405 ext. 6451
for details. Click here for flyer.


Magic Portraits

M2M Advantage: Offering chamber members a 10% discount on portrait photography including business, family, events, pet, and wedding photography. Contact Evan at 905-576-9526.


The Tranquil Garden Retreat Centre 

M2M Advantage: Offering chamber members a membership package for $199. Allows members to use the facility 7 days a week with all amenities and 10% off any meeting room rentals as well. Visit www.tranquilgardenretreat.ca for more details.


Your Moving Depot

M2M Advantage: 10% discount off packing supplies. Plus their division of "Clothes You Can Move In" also offering - Golf Shirts with your company name for $20.00. Minimum order of 6 is required. Call Kelly at 905-438-1906 for details. Offer expires May 31, 2011.


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This is a FREE service for members! Promote your business in the next edition of Business Matters, Business Matters eNews or on the Chamber's website, please send the details by email. Copy deadline for eNews is the first of each month, for Business Matters it is the 15th of each month, and for the website, there is no deadline, send it anytime!
In This Issue
Networking Your Way To Increased Business
Member Orientation
Business 4 Breakfast
New Members
Business Of The Month
Calling for Nominations!
Building Homes, Building Hope for 24 families
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

Membership Orientation - Chamber Member
JumpStart Program
Tue. Apr, 19/11 | 4:30

Women In Business Luncheon
Wed. Apr, 20/11 | 12:00

Business 4 Breakfast
Thu. Apr, 21/11 | 7:30

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

Membership Orientation Chamber Member
JumpStart Program
Tue. May, 17/11 | 4:30

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

Business 4 Breakfast
Wed. Jun, 22/11 | 7:30

Business Events

UOIT Spring 2011
Programs & Workshops
Thru to Mon. Jun, 13/11

The Tranquil Garden - Special Tour for
Chamber Members
Mon. Apr, 18/11 | 10:00
Wed. Apr, 20/11 | 5:00

BPW Durham Dinner Meeting
Wed. Apr, 27/11 | 6:00

One Hour Accessible Customer Service Seminar
Wed. May, 11/11

A Retirement Celebration in Honour of Dr. Ron Bordessa - UOIT
Thu. May, 12/11

Outlook for the Canada, US and Emerging Markets - Seminar
Tue. May, 17/11 | 6:00

triOS College's Career Fair Oshawa Campus
Wed. May, 25/11

Community Events

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 Pitch-In-Week - Make Your Community Cleaner & Greener
Sat. Apr, 16/11 -
Sun. Apr, 24/11

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery Exhibition -
Gordon Monahan
Sat. Apr, 16/11 -
Sun. Jun, 12/11

Open Mic Comedy Night
Sun. Apr, 17/11 | 8:00

General Motors
Centre Events
Wed. Apr, 20/11 -
Fri. Dec, 30/11

Events for Seniors - Traditions of Durham
Wed. Apr, 20/11
Wed. Apr, 27/11

A Taste For Life -
Dining Out Event
Wed. Apr, 27/11

24th Annual Reverse Draw, Dinner & Silent Auction - Rotary Club Of Oshawa-Parkwood
Thu. Apr, 28/11

Ground Breaking -
Centre Towne! Habitat for Humanity Durham
Wed. May, 4/11 | 1:00

Science Rendezvous - UOIT
Sat. May, 7/11 | 10:00

Bowl For Kids Sake - Big Brothers Big Sisters
Wed. May, 11/11 | 6:00

Canvas - A Youth Art Exhibition & Auction
Thu. May, 19/11 | 6:00

Pink Opal Presents Saturday Night Fever
Dinner Dance
Sat. May, 28/11       
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