Volume 3, Issue 12
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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The mission of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is to be the Voice of Business for Greater Oshawa, by providing positive leadership in support of its members and business. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become one today.   
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Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager      

Pre-Budget Survey: Give Recommendations on 2012 Ontario Budget   

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) wants to know what you would like to see in the 2012 provincial budget and are requesting your input. Please click on the link below to participate in the survey.

Please complete by January 9th, 2012.

The purpose of the survey is to identify the public policy priorities of Ontario's business community. It consists of 15 questions and should take no more than six minutes to complete. The survey closes January 9th, 2012.

The OCC will develop its pre-budget submission, based on these survey results. The recommendations within the pre-budget submission will be presented to Ontario's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in its 2012 provincial pre-budget consultations.
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The Challenge Is On! 
Christmas Food & Toys Urgently Needed!! 

The Challenge has been laid down
Food and toy driveto all Chamber members to help fill not only one, but FOUR vehicles
for Christmas!.

We are on a mission to fill FOUR vehicles full to overflowing
with toys and food to help Simcoe Hall Settlement House bring Christmas joy to over 1,200 families in need this year. Our goal is to have the vehicles filled by Wednesday, December 21st. The Chamber is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to accept donations. Open your heart to those who need your help and support!

For more information call the Chamber at 905-728-1683 or drop your donation off at 44 Richmond St. W. Suite 100, Oshawa..

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.


Denise Alford

  Lunch & Learn

  Wednesday, January 11, 2012  

  Chamber Boardroom 

  44 Richmond Street West, Suite 100, Oshawa

  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

  Topic:  "Laws of Leadership" 

  Facilitator: Denise Alford, CPC, Thinking Into  
  Success. This is a FREE members' only event! Only one member representative per member business!
Click here for more information and to register.    



  Member Orientation - JumpStart Program 

  Thursday, January 12, 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 for more information and to register
Elaine Garnett  Women in Business Luncheon
  Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  Fazio's Restaurant
  33 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa 

  Keynote Speaker: Elaine Garnett, Channel 12   

  This is a women's only event!

  Click here for more information and to register.

Anderson  Regional Chair Luncheon 
  Thursday, January 26, 2012
  12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
  160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa ON
  Keynote Address: Roger Anderson, Chair 
  Regional Municipality of Durham. Chair Anderson will update the business community on the State of the Region.  
Click here for more information and to register. 

Wine Tasting  A Tasting Evening 
  Tuesday, February 7, 2012
  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  The R.S. McLaughlin Estate
  Parkwood National Historic Site
  270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa
  Table exhibit space available! A great networking event and a great opportunity to promote your product or service to the business community. Click here for more information and to register. 

Mayor Henry  Mayor John Henry's Address To 
  The Greater Oshawa Business Community 
  Friday, February 24, 2012
  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  Tosca Banquest Hall & Conference Centre
  800 Champlain Avenue, Oshawa
  Mayor Henry will update the business community on the State of the City of Oshawa. Click here for more information and to register.       
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Visit for more upcoming events. For your 2012 JumpStart Checklist, click here.
Rally Together to Save Lives - The Need For Blood Is Significant This Holiday Season  

The Oshawa Permanent Clinic Canadian Blood Services logoare asking businesses, organizations, community groups to rally together and take an hour of time to donate as a team and that a minimum of 10 people come together and donate on one day at the Oshawa Clinic. They will provide recognition for your group donation through media outreach,promotion within the clinic as well as through our national call centre. They can also provide a bus to come and pick you up as a team. This holiday season, Rally Together to Save Lives with your friends, family, coworkers. Act together collectively and make a difference to help hospital patients.

To book your day please contact Melissa Smith-McGuire at 416-550-0934.
Inventors Wanted For New TV Series

Do you have a unique invention? Have you found a genius solution to an everyday problem? If so, this new TV show could help you develop and market it to the world!

On W Network's "Backyard Inventors", one of the world's leading inventors, Doug Hall, and his team will show you how to turn a great idea into a real product, then introduce you to company CEOs with the power to fast track it to the mass market.

Welcome New Members in December 2011    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in December 2011.
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Canadian Lacrosse League
Down East Donairs
Elaine M. Forbes McCallum
Jennifer Hirlehey & Associates - Oshawa
Jennifer Hirlehey & Associates - Whitby
Graham MacLeod Veterinary Services
Money in Motion
Oshawa Power Basketball

Click here for a complete list of members who have joined since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2011.
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Business Of The Month
A Pet Nanny Plus - December 2011

BOM Dec A Pet Nanny Plus services include: crate-free cat and dog boarding, doggie daycare, cat and small animal visits, animal transportation, in-home overnight stays Paws Out, Reiki Healing and poop'n'scoop services. All nannies are bonded, insured and pet first aid certified!
APNP supports a variety of charities each year as the Alzheimer Society of Canada, The Animal Guardian Society (TAGS) and Pet Trust Fund at the Ontario Veterinary College. APNP has been a proud participant and host of "Wishbones For Pets" in support of the Humane Society of Durham Region since 2005. APNP also produces a Pet Calendar for $15.00 and the proceeds go to support the Humane Society of Durham Region. For information on purchasing a calendar, or about A Pet Nanny Plus, visit

On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for December 2011.

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

The Michie Wealth Management Group
RBC Dominion Securities  

M2M Advantage: he Michie Wealth Management Group offers members a complimentary portfolio review and 1 hour free consultation .    


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In This Issue
Christmas Food & Toys Drive
Blood Needed!
Inventors Wanted For New TV Series
New Members
Business Of The Month
M2M Advantage Program


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Chamber Events



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

Membership Orientation - Chamber Member
JumpStart Program
Thu. Jan, 12/12 | 4:30

Women in Business Luncheon
Wed. Jan, 18/12 | 12:00

Lunch with Roger Anderson, Chair, Regional
Municipality of Durham
Thu. Jan, 26/12 | 12:00

A Tasting Evening At Parkwood
Tue. Feb, 7/12 | 5:00

Annual Oshawa
Mayor's Lunch
Fri. Feb, 24/12 | 12:00



Business Events  



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23 Days of Giving At The Blood Donor Clinic
Now until -
Sat. Dec, 31/11

OCI Christmas Luncheon
Mon. Dec, 19/11

Marketing in the Age of Social Media
Thu. Jan, 26/12

MDC-UOIT Winter 2012 Certificate Programs
Thu. Jan, 26/12 -
Thu. May, 3/12

Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Fri. Nov, 9/12

Community Events 



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Seeking Talent For Junior CLAX League
Kids Aged 10-19
Now til - Fri. Dec, 30/11

Epilepsy Durham Region - $10.00 Challenge
Now til - Sat. Dec, 31/11

General Motors
Centre Events
Now til - Tue. Jan, 31/12

Canadian Lacrosse - Exhibition Triple-Header
Sat. Dec, 17/11

Kiwanis Annual
Christmas Breakfast
Tue. Dec, 20/11

Family Skate - Support Canadian Cancer Society
Wed. Dec, 21/11
Fri. Dec, 23/11

Oshawa Celebrates 2012
Sat. Dec, 31/11

Welcome Wagon Bridal Showcase
Sun. Feb, 19/12

Welcome Wagon Expectant Mom Baby Shower
Sun. Apr, 1/12



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JoAnne Cerovich, Marketing
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce/Durham Economic Prosperity Conference