Volume 4, Issue 2
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Still Time To Register!  
Mayor John Henry's Address To 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.

The Role Of Metrolinx In Durham

McCuaigMonday, March 5, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa
Keynote Speaker:
Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO of Metrolinx
Mr. McCuaig will inform the Durham business community on the role of Metrolinx in Durham Region's prosperity. Click here for more information and to register.

Lunch with the U.S. Consul General Kevin Johnson
 Kevin Johnson, US Consul General Thursday, March 29, 2012 
  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  Quality Hotel & Conference Centre 
  1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa.  
  Mr. Johnson will address issues of U.S. and  
  Canada Trade Relations and Border Security. If we  
  can make trade better between U.S. and Canada  
  it's a win for everyone.
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.

Challenge  The 4th Annual Challenge    
  Wednesday, March 7, 2012
  NEB's Fun World
  4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  1300 Wilson Road North, Oshawa
  Are you up for the CHALLENGE? Bowling, Go   
  Karting, and Air Tag. Network, Teamwork,
  Funwork...Everyone Wins! Individual Event
  Sponsorships are available. Click here for more
information and to register. 

 Member Orientation - JumpStart Program 

 Thursday, March 15, 2012

 Chamber Boardroom,
 44 Richmond Street W., Oshawa. 
 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 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.    

  4th MarketplaceAnnual Spring Marketplace 
  Tuesday, April 3, 2012
  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
  Octaviens - Best Western Durham 
  559 Bloor St., W., Oshawa.   
  Thousands of dollars in door prizes. Great  
  networking event! Click here for more information  
  and to register.  

Annual General Meeting 
AGM logoTuesday, April 3, 2012    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Octaviens -
Best Western Durham
559 Bloor St., W., Oshawa.
Let your voice be heard. This is a free MEMBERS' only event.  Click here for more information and to register.  

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Visit www.oshawachamber.com for more upcoming events. For your 2012 JumpStart Checklist, click here.
7th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast   

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
8:00 a.m. - Jubilee Pavilion, Oshawa
Keynote Speaker: Senior Vice President & Chief Economist Craig Alexander, TD Bank Financial Group

This event is presented by the City of Oshawa Economic Development and TD Bank, and is supported by Durham Region Association of Realtors and Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. Register by APRIL 10-by fax, email or phone. Download the registration form [PDF] for details.
Partner With UOIT And Grow Your Business   

TUOIT logohe University of Ontario Institute of Technology is accepting applications for funding through FedDev's Applied Research and Commercialization initiative. This money will be available to support industry partnered research projects after April 1st of 2012. This is a follow-on program to the $739,000 that was awarded to the OTTC for the funding period between April 1st, 2011 and March 31st, 2012. This was used to fund 13 industry-university collaborations and UOIT hopes to repeat this success. They encourage you to start thinking about potential industry partners and/or projects that you may want to bring to this program. The overall goal of this initiative is to accelerate innovation, to improve productivity and contribute to the creation of globally competitive companies in Ontario.

Durham Cause: Changing The Game For One Lucky Not-For-Profit Organization In Durham  

Durham Cause is a philanthropic partnership bedurhamcause_logotween CLH Designs, Spread Your Word, Punch Media and Ben Stacey Videos, and they are hosting a contest to award a package of game-changing services to one deserving Durham-based not-for-profit. Together, these Durham-based businesses are donating over $12,500 in marketing services to a local Durham nonprofit, including web design, social media and public relations, marketing, and video production services. Applications are open from Monday February 6th to Friday March16th. To participate in Durham Cause go to www.durhamcause.com and complete the online application.
Members in the News!  
WOW Jungle Heat Gourmet Sauces
.... now has 9 awards! Jungle Heat is making it's mark in a tough industry. In late January, Ron & Adrienne of Jungle Heat Imports traveled to Dallas Texas to participate in the Fiery Food Challenge. With entries from all over the world...JUNGLE HEAT took 7 Awards! What a way to begin a new year! Contratulations! To taste a little heat...visit Jungle Heat Imports Hot Sauce Emporium at 650 King Street East, Oshawa or www.jungleheat.net.

Brimacombe...This February will mark the 75th anniversary of the Brimacombe ski hill and they invite you to celebrate the founding of the Oshawa Ski Club from February 24-26 for a weekend-long celebration on the slopes, perfect for the entire family.Enjoy music, face painting, interactive displays and demo tents, contests, giveaways & more! For more information, visit Brimacombe.

AVTEL Media Communications Inc.

Congratulations to Fred Pellegrino and his team at AVTEL Media Communications Inc. for celebrating 14 years serving Durham! To learn more about AVTEL, visit www.avtelmedia.com. 

Business Of The Month
Woodland Homes

Woodland Homes, located at 319 College Avenue in Oshawa, is celebrating 30 years in business as a builder of quality homes and communities in Durham Region since 1982 and prides itself on being a local builder of quality homes with craftsmanship that rivals any luxury home. The ambiance and comfort of a Woodland Home come from the builder's attention to detail, their exceptional staff and personal touch. As a local builder, Michael Foley lives in the community and takes pride in the homes he builds within it. Michael Baird of Woodland Homes believe in giving back to the community, serving as a member of the YMCA Advisory Committee, Member of the Durham Collage Board of Directors, and sponsor of the Clarington Central Secondary School Lunch Buddy Program, to name a few.

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

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Welcome New Members in February 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in February 2012.
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A&W Restaurant North Oshawa
Baxters Wigs
Inner Reflections Registered Massage   

Investors Group - Lynne Sharpe
Matthew Bakker Professional Corporation
Off The Pitch Endeavours
RE/MAX JAZZ - Bruce Snowden

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 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  

LegalShield - Thompson & Associates   

M2M Advantage: All GOCC members receive a complimentary business assessment and 1 free listing in the The SmallBiz Directory, a place for small business owners to connect, network and receive exposure for their business. Contact Diana Thompson at 1-866-306-5858 for details.    


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In This Issue
Still Time To Register!
7th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
Prosperity Initiative Supports Southern Ontario Manufacturer
Durham Cause
Members in the News!
Business Of The Month
New Members
M2M Advantage Program


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Chamber Events



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

Breakfast with Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO of Metrolinx
Mon. Mar, 5/12

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

Chamber Membership Orientation
Thu. Mar, 15/12

Lunch with U.S. Consul General
Thu. Mar, 29/12

Annual General Meeting
Tue. Apr, 3/12

Spring Marketplace 2012
Tue. Apr, 3/12

Lunch & Learn
Wed. Apr, 4/12

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


Business Events  



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Durham Region Home Builders' Association Business Showcase & Dinner
Tue. Feb, 21/12

BPW Dinner Meeting
Wed. Feb, 22/12

UOIT-MDC Professional Management 5-day Certificate Program
Fri. Feb, 24/12

"Safe Communities Incentive Program" - WSIB Hosts 4 Complimentary Sessions
Mon. Feb, 27/12

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

HST Information Seminar & Corporations - FREE Seminar
    Thu. Mar, 8/12

Networking for International Educated Professions
Wed. Mar, 21/12

UOIT-MDC- Small Business Management 4 Day Certificate Program
Thu. Mar, 22/12

Dine With Durham Dignitaries
Tue. Mar, 27/12

Business Writing Skills - Durham College Corporate Training Services
Tue. Apr, 10/12

7th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
Tue. Apr, 17/12

HST Information Seminar & Corporations An Introduction Registration
Fri. Apr, 20/12 and
Thu. Apr, 26/12

Community Events 



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Oshawa Little Theatre's "Trials and Tribulations" - 2011/12 Season
Now - Sat. Apr, 14/12


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

General Motors
Centre Events
Now - Thu. May, 10/12

Purple Pancake Day!! Fundraiser for Epilepsy Durham
Tue. Feb, 21/12

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

United Way of Durham Region Comedy Festival 201
Sat. Feb, 25/12

Great Canadian Popcorn Company - 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
Thu. Mar, 1/12

Canvas Youth Art & Soul Auction & Exhibition
Thu. Mar, 29/12

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

25th Annual Reverse Draw, Dinner & Silent Auction - Rotary Club Oshawa-Parkwood
Thu. Apr, 12/12

A Taste For Life
Wed. Apr, 25/12


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Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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