JUNE 2011
Volume 3, Issue 6
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager

Due To Pending Disruption In Mail Delivery... 

Canada Post

The print schedule for the June 2011 edition of Business Matters was put on hold pending the strike decision by Canada Post. Now that a decision has been made to start rotating 24-hour strikes. beginning with Winnipeg, the newsletter will be printed on Monday, June 6 and delivered within the following 3 business days. We apologize for the delay, but felt that it was prudent to hold off printing until the Chamber could be certain Canada Post could fulfill their commitment to deliver Business Matters to all businesses registered with Canada Post throughout Oshawa and Clarington.If you want an advance copy, the June issue has been posted online for your convenience.

Click here to download Business Matters - June 2011 [PDF] .

eFLYER included in this month's issue:

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 
Wednesday June 14, 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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Do You Have Your Head In The Sand?   head in sand

Do you have your head in the sand with respect to the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)? If you are ignoring the deadline, individuals risk fines of up to $50,000 (corporations up to $100,000) for each day that the requirements have not been met!

It's interesting that many businesses haven't heard about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the need to become compliant. Others have heard about it but seem to be ignoring it thinking it doesn't apply to them. Some know about it but don't know how to get started. People have a tendency to procrastinate on getting started early in order to meet the requirements for AODA legislation. 

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Business Of The Month - Global Pet Foods

BOM June 2011Global Pet Foods, located at 575 Thornton Road North, Unit 12 offers a wide variety of pet supplies including natural and holistic. They offer pet grooming as well. In December of 2010, Susanne MacDonald of Global Pet Foods collected pet supply donations which she kindly donated to the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce food, toy and pet drive in aid of Simcoe Hall Settlement House. Susanne and her knowledgeable staff are available to assist you with all of your pet supply needs, contact them at (905) 723-5428. On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for June 2011. Read full story >>>

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

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in June 2011.
Member Directory Cover
Arrow Pavement Markings
E.G Gilmore & Associates Inc.
Great Canadian Popcorn Company
Independent Project Managers
JCB Performance Solutions Inc.
Mary Kay - Elizabeth Ackerblade

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

We encourage you to Shop Members First! 

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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  

BMO Bank of Montreal

M2M Advantage: New Business Start-Up Package: New businesses (in first nine months of operation) pay no plan fee for the first three months. Contact Cameron Ackerblade, Financial Services Manager, 905-432-6703. Visit website for terms and conditions. 


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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
Postal Strike Decision
Member Orientation
Business 4 Breakfast
Business Of The Month
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
Shop Members First

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Online Member Directory

Chamber Events
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Membership Orientation Chamber Member
JumpStart Program
Tue. Jun, 14/11 | 4:30

Business 4 Breakfast - Helping Businesses Breakdown Accessibility Barriers
Wed. Jun, 22/11 | 7:30

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

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

BPW Durham - Provincial Conference Sunday Workshops
Sun. Jun, 5/11

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

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

Skill Path -
How to Excel at Managing & Supervising People
Tue. Jun, 14/11 -
Wed. Jun, 15/11

Durham Days at the Races
Tue. Jun, 14/11

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

Webinar -
Grow your Business with
the Canada Small Business Financing Program
Thu. Jun, 16/11

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

BPW Durham Dinner Meeting
Wed. Jun, 22/11 | 6:00

Community Events

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

Open Mic Comedy Night
Sat. Jun, 4/11 | 7:00

BBQ Supporting Durham Outlook for the Needy
Wed. Jun, 8/11

7th Annual Peony Festival
Sat. Jun, 11/11 -
Sun. Jun, 12/11 | 10:00

Kids Bowl FREE All Summer!
Tue. Jun, 28/11 -
Sat. Sep, 5/15

General Motors Centre Events
Wed. Jul, 27/11 -
Fri. Dec, 30/11

6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament - Frontenac Youth Services
Wed. Aug, 24/11

18th Annual Autofest 2011
Fri. Aug, 26/11 -
Sun. Aug, 28/11

Mayor's Gala In Support of  the Ontario Philharmonic
       Fri. Sep, 16/11          
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