Volume 4, Issue 1
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      

Young Business Professionals
NEW!  Connecting Young Business Professionals!

Are you under 40? A Young Entrepreneur? A Young Business Professional? If so, then you don't want to miss this Networking Event!

Business Under 40 is a networking event for young business professionals and entrepreneurs that provides opportunities for this group to connect and build their network.

The first meeting of the Business Under 40 group will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Buffalo Wild Wings, 903 Taunton Rd., E., Oshawa, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone under the age of 40 and in business is welcome to attend.

Register a friend who is not a member of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and you will be entered in a draw for dinner for 2 at Buffalo Wild Wings (value $50.00).

Spread the word around your office! Click here for more information and to register.

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.

Elaine Garnett  Women in Business Luncheon
  Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  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. 

  Lunch_learnLunch & Learn

  Wednesday, February 8, 2012  

  Chamber Boardroom 

  44 Richmond Street West, Suite 100, Oshawa

  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

  Topic:  Good Communication Makes Good
  Business Sense!
Facilitators: Ann Mulligan and Darren Bailey of The Canadian Hearing Society, Rebecca Malcolmson, Audiologist

Complimentary Lunch Provided By: G&V's Pizza & Pasta House
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, February 9, 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, market your business, and get involved.This event is open to all Chamber members and their employees FREE of charge
. Potential members WELCOME!
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for more information and to register
Biz Under 40 logo  Business Under 40 Young Professionals 

  Wednesday, February 15, 2012  

  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  Buffalo Wild Wings
  903 Taunton Rd., E., Oshawa 

  The Chamber recognizes people under 40 often communicate, network and do business differently. This event is geared towards the younger Chamber members and offers you the opportunity to get together with your peers in the business community, make new business contacts and grow your businesses together. This event is only open to those UNDER 40!
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.        jumpstart logo

Visit www.oshawachamber.com for more upcoming events. For your 2012 JumpStart Checklist, click here.
Prosperity Initiative Supports Southern Ontario Manufacturers   

Manufacturers in southern Ontario will improve their productivity and international competitiveness thanks to a contribution of $18.9 million provided by FedDev Ontario's Prosperity Initiative announced last week.
The funding will be allocated to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to launch a productivity improvement program, SMART Prosperity Now. The program will enable manufacturers that participate in export activities to commercialize technologies, enter new markets, invest in sustainable and green energy, purchase new equipment and technology and improve efficiency.

Eligible companies can access funding of up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $5000 for productivity assessments. Productivity enhancement projects are eligible for up to 33.3% of eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $75,000.
CME will be holding a series of workshops in the coming months to provide businesses with information on the project. Check the events page on the SMART website for updates on these locations
FedDev Ontario's Prosperity Initiative encourages businesses, non-profits and learning institutions in the southern Ontario region to create a more productive, diversified and competitive economy.

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Business Of The Month
Working It! Making Your Clothes Work For You Inc.

Business of the Month Located at 843 King Street West, Unit 10, Working It! Making Your Clothes Work For You Inc., is Durham Region's Personal Consignment Boutique. Julie MacDonald, owner, believes in giving back to the community. Through the collaborative effort of her customers, she has written two cheques to the Humane Society of Durham, donated countless bags of clothing to the Y's Wish Women's and Children's Shelter in Oshawa, Heat the Street (the ministry that provides clothing to the homeless in Oshawa) and has also provided an outfit to a very appreciative lady, through the Catholic Family Services of Durham, who had the daunting task of facing her abuser in court!

On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for January 2012.

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 Accreditation With Distinction! Accreditation 2012-2014

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce  has once again gone through the process of Accreditation.

Accreditation is a formal acknowledgement that member chambers of commerce/boards of trade have been successfully evaluated by the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada (CACC) against rigourous national standards of policy, service, and performance.

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce was one of the first of 12 Chambers of Commerce in Canada to earn National Accreditation. We proudly operate under the Canadian Chamber Accreditation with Distinction - the highest quality standard awarded to Chambers in Canada. We have held this honour since 2005.
Welcome New Members in January 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in January 2012.
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Candace's Small Business Services
Debra Grant, Paralegal
Frank's Hairstyling & Barbershop
G & V's Pizza & Pasta House
Public Mobile 2263078 Ontario Inc.
RDEE Ontario
Swiss Chalet
Working It! Making Your Clothes Work For 
     You Inc.

for a complete list of members who have joined since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2011.
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We encourage you to always . . . . . . .  

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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  

Working It! Making Your Clothes Work For You Inc.  

M2M Advantage: All GOCC members receive 15% off all newly arrived clothing and accessories with minimum $50 purchase (before taxes). Visit Julie MacDonald at 43 King Street West, Oshawa.   


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In This Issue
Connecting Young Business Professionals!
Prosperity Initiative Supports Southern Ontario Manufacturer
Business Of The Month
Accreditation With Distinction
New Members
M2M Advantage Program


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Chamber Events



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

Lunch and Learn
Wed. Feb, 8/12

Chamber Membership Orientation
Thu. Feb, 9/12

Biz Under 40 - Young Professional Networking Event
Wed. Feb, 15/12

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

The 4th Annual Challenge
Wed. Mar, 7/12

Annual Golf Tournament
Thu. May, 17/12 | 11:00



Business Events  



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Seminar - The Changing Face of Retirement
Mon. Jan, 23/12

Seminar - The Changing Face of Retirement
Tue. Jan, 24/12

BPW Durham Dinner Meeting
Wed. Jan, 25/12

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

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

BPW Fundraiser - Dinner Theatre
Thu. Jan, 26/12

BPW Interactive Workshop on Public Speaking
Sat. Feb, 4/12

IPAC 7th Leadership Conference
Mon. Feb, 13/12 -
Tue. Feb, 14/12

WSIB Work Reintegration & Claims Cost Management Workshop
Wed. Feb, 29/12

Networking on the Slopes
At Brimacombe
Fri. Mar, 2/12

The Art Of Marketing - Canada's Marketing & Innovation Conference
Mon. Mar, 5/12

Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Fri. Nov, 9/12

Community Events 



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Oshawa Little Theatre's "Trials and Tribulations" - 2011/12 Season


Tue. Aug, 2/11 -


Sat. Apr, 14/12

General Motors Centre Events
Wed. Dec, 7/11 -
Tue. Jan, 31/12

Events for Seniors - Traditions of Durham
Sat. Jan, 7/12 -
Tue. Jan, 24/12

The Driven To Quit
Smoking Challenge
Thu. Jan, 12/12 -
Wed. Feb, 29/12

80s Dance - United Way Fundraiser!
Sat. Jan, 28/12

A Celebration of Black History & Culture At Trent U Oshawa
Fri. Feb, 3/12

Welcome Wagon Bridal Showcase
Sun. Feb, 19/12

WingFest - Big Brothers
Big Sisters Fundraiser
Sat. Feb, 25/12

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



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Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
44 Richmond St. W., Suite 100, Oshawa, ON  L1G 1C7
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