MAY 2011
Volume 3, Issue 5
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Opening Doors To The Business Community! 

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

Last Chance To Donate Silent Auction Item!

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Showcase your business to over 144 potential clients during the Annual Golf Tournament by entering a silent auction item! There is still time to donate an creative and select an item that best showcases your business! The SOLD OUT Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday May 19, 2011. Items must be at the Chamber office by 5PM Wednesday, May 18th. Contact the Chamber at 905-728-1683 if you wish to donate.
Networking Your Way To Increased Business  

Networking is not about numbers, it is about relationships. People do business with people they know. Below is a list of upcoming events to get you out, building relationships and to keep your business development activities going in 2011.


Member Orientation - JumpStart Program 
Tuesday, May 17, 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.This event is open to all Chamber members and their employees FREE

of charge. Click here to register. 


Want your 2011 Member JumpStart Checklist?   


Helping Business Breakdown Accessibility Barriers

Business 4 Breakfast Workshop   


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
(Formerly Holiday Inn)

1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Durham Region Association of Realtors hosts a breakfast workshop to help "Breakdown Accessibility Barriers". The new customer service standards apply 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 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 for more information, and to download the registration form , 

Presented by:                   In Partnership with:  

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Biz at Noon BBQ - Mark Your Calendars!  



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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

Chamber Patio,

44 Richmond Street W., Oshawa

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce in association with the Motor City Car Club presents Biz At Noon BBQ - AutoFest Media Launch. Join us for some great networking, great food and an up close and personal view of some of the best classic cars in our region Mark your calendars...more details to follow!
Business Of The Month - Berkhof's Roofing

BOM May 2011Berkhof's Roofing, located at 160 Wentworth Street East in Oshawa, is owned and operated by Karen and Gary Berkhof. Berkhof's Roofing started as a home improvement and roofing business in 1985 and became strictly a roofing business as a result of popular demand in 1989. They are an IKO certified company and their quality and customer service is what keeps their customer's satisfied.Give them a call today at 905-576-6416 or visit for more information. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for May 2011. Read full story >>>

[Nominate a Deserving Business as "Business of the Month"]
Chamber Welcomes New Members in May 2011    

The 2011 edition of the Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide is HOT off the press and has been distributed to Chamber members and member representatives. The Buyer's Guide section has been shipped to all businesses on the Canada Post business drop in Oshawa and Clarington.

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who have joined in May 2011. Member Directory Cover

BTS Bakker Technical Services Ltd.
Central Drain Service Inc.
DoMore Property Management Services Ltd.
Doodle Co.
inPerson Singles Events
Lux Limousine Services Ltd.
Mack Lawyers
New Worlds Coaching
Rapid Rubbish Removal
Tammy Lee Hanlon Insurance Agency Inc. -   Shop Members First logo
      State Farm Insurance
TAV Pools and Water Kingdom

Click here for a complete list of members who have joined since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2011.

We encourage you to Shop Members First! 

May 30th Deadline - Don't Miss OutRelocation Cover


The Durham Relocation Guide is the Region's only relocation magazine that targets potential residents and businesses in Durham Region. Available in hard copy and in PDF format on the Chamber's and Durham Economic Prosperity websites, you get great exposure for your advertising dollar. Don't miss this opportunity to be seen by people who want to relocate to Durham. Book your ad space now to be included in the 2011/2012 edition. Call Michelle Lea at 905-728-1683 or 905-433-7854 for information and advertising options. Deadline for advertising is May 30, 2011.
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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  

In Style Limousine Service

M2M Advantage: 10% off any limousine service - fully Licenced by the Ontario Highway Transport Board. Contact Phil at 1-866-505-5695.

Rhythm Dynamix Dance

M2M Advantage: Offering Chamber members and their employees a 20% discount on all services and for the MONTH OF MAY, members and member's employees get 1/2 price off all summer camp programs.
Contact Rick or Michelle Mitchell at 905-438-1537.


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Announce something to everyone!

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
Still TIme To Donate To Silent Auction
Member Orientation
Business 4 Breakfast
Biz at Noon BBQ
Business Of The Month
New Members
Relocation Guide - May 30th Deadline
M2M Advantage Program
Shop Members First

Click on logo for
Online Member Directory

Chamber Events
Click here to view all events,
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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

Biz at Noon BBQ
Wed. Aug, 17/11 | 12:00

Business Events

UOIT Spring 2011 Programs & Workshops
Mon. Apr, 11/11 -
Mon. Jun, 13/11

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

Oshawa Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts
Thu. May, 19/11 | 12:30

Free Webinar - Manufacturing Opportunity Through Software Best Practices
Thu. May, 19/11 | 1:00

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

BPW Durham
AGM Dinner Meeting
Wed. May, 25/11 | 6:00

Gala Dinner to Support Military Families
Sat. Jun, 4/11

DRHBA Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
Tim Hudak, Leader of the Ontario PC Party
Mon. Jun, 6/11

Rotary Club - Building A New Workforce with Keynote Speaker
Hon, David Onley
Mon. Jun, 6/11 | 5:00

An Evening With The
Deputy Ministers
Thu. Jun, 16/11

Workplace Mental Health 2011 Conference
Mon. Jun, 20/11 -
Tue. Jun, 21/11

Community Events

Click here to view all events,
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General Motors Centre Events
Current thru -
Fri. Dec, 30/11

Events for Seniors - Traditions of Durham
Tue. May, 10/11 -
Tue. May, 24/11

11th Annual Kid's
Fishing Day
Sat. May, 14/11 | 11:00

Class Act Dinner Theatre  Fundraiser for Durham Rape Crisis Centre
Wed. May, 18/11

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

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

Heroes Highway
Ride & Rally
Sat. Jun, 4/11

7th Annual Peony Festival
Sat. Jun, 11/11 -
Sun. Jun, 12/11       
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