MARCH 2012
Volume 4, Issue 3
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager      

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Digital Technology Can Help Your Business Grow
Information Session:
Friday, March 16 and Thursday, March 22, 2012

Durham CollegeDurham College is participating in the delivery of the Government of Canada's Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP),

DTAPP is structured to provide assistance to firms in all sectors of the Canadian economy. Its objective is to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in small- and medium-sized enterprises operating in Canada in order to boost their productivity and create economic growth and opportunity.

If your firm is incorporated, has 500 employees or less and is currently seeking opportunities to adopt digital technology with a goal of increasing its productivity, it could be eligible to receive assistance.

As part of the initial phase of DTAPP, Durham College is looking to identify a limited number of industry partners to continue to work with for the remainder of the program by Saturday, March 31.

Firms that meet the eligibility requirements listed above and those on the DTAPP website should contact Chris Gillis, Manager Incubator Centre Durham College, by Friday, March 16.

Two information sessions will be held on Friday, March 16 and Thursday, March 22, 2012 to identify suitable partners for the remainder of the program. To confirm your attendance at one of these sessions please contact Chris Gillis by email.
OPG Marks An Important Milestone For Darlington Refurbishment  

OPG logoOntario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) has taken another step toward the refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.

OPG has awarded a two-phase contract to plan for and then replace major components of the four reactors at Darlington. The contract for more than $600 million to a joint venture of SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. and Aecon Construction Group Inc. is one of several that will be awarded for the refurbishment of the facility.  

This is a key project milestone and a significant advancement of the refurbishment activities and continued operation of the Darlington station.

The refurbishment will create more than 6,000 jobs. Visit the OPG website for information on the project.
Chamber Announces New ADVOCACY IN ACTION Strategy  

The Policy Committees of the GOCC have been recently revised into four distinct areas and consist of two standing committees and two taskforces (Municipal Affairs & Economic Development; Federal & Provincial Affairs; Transportation Taskforce and Environment & Energy Taskforce).

The committees and taskforces monitor and interpret government legislation that will impact business and make recommendations for action to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The Policy Committees work with various levels of government and with the Economic Development Departments of the Greater Oshawa area to ensure there is a climate for growth of existing businesses as well as new business.


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.

 Member Orientation - JumpStart Program 

 Thursday, March 15, 2012


 Wednesday, April 11, 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 Annual 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. 

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Annual General Meeting  
Tuesday, 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. 

Golf Ball  Golf Tournament Gift Bag Promotion 
  Deadline: Friday, May 11, 2012
  The Chamber would like to extend an invitation
  to all members to have your promotional piece
  included in a gift bag to be given out to each
  golfer at the Annual Golf Tournament on
  May 17, 2012 This is your opportunity to promote your service or product to 144 potential customers.SPACE IS LIMITED! Register today! Annual Golf Tournament - SOLD OUT.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact the Chamber office at 905-728-1683.

Lunch_Learn  Lunch & Learn 
  Wednesday, April 4, 2012
  Chamber Boardroom
  44 Richmond Street West, Suite 100, Oshawa
  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
  Topic: Understanding Mental Health in the  
  Facilitator: Heather Bickle, Education & Training
  Specialist, Canadian Mental Health Association Durham. This is a FREE members' only event! Bring your own lunch!
Click here for more information and to register.   

Assessibility LogoAccessibility Works Workshop 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Chamber Boardroom
44 Richmond Street West, Suite 100, Oshawa
Topic: Is Your Business Accessibility Ready?
Presenter: Louie DiPalma, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Click here for more information and to register. 

Hollingshead  Women in Business Luncheon 
  Wednesday, April 18, 2012
  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  STAVS Restaurant
  557 King Street East, Oshawa
  Keynote Speaker: Candice Hollingshead,
  This is a women's only event!
  Click here for more information and to register.      
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Visit 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.
Business Of The Month 
Armstrong Funeral Home Limited

Armstrong Funeral Home
Business of the Month - Armstrong Funeral HomeLimited, located at 124 King Street East, has been operating in Oshawa for 82 years. The four generations of Armstrong's are proud of their commitment to the community. Their support is varied and extensive and some ongoing commitments include, The Oshawa Hospital Foundation, Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre, Durham Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ontario Regiment, Hearth Place Cancer Centre, Local Churches, local kids to camp programs and Lady Generals. They are honoured to be able to give back to the community. Pictured from left to right in this presentation are Chris Vale of CLH Designs; Chamber President Geoffrey Michie of RBC Dominion Securities Inc.; Peter Bocking of Hardiman Mount & Associates Ins. Brokers Ltd.; Debbie Armstrong of Armstrong Funeral Homes, Yvonne Brady of Johnson Insurance Inc.; Sean McNamara of Petley-Hare Insurance Brokers and Ash Khan of Minuteman Press.

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

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Welcome New Members in March 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in March 2012.
  • Brain Injury Association of Durham Region
  • Canadian Beauty College & Medi-Spa
  • De Palm Hair Care Specialists
  • Equipoise Paralegal Services Professional Corporation
  • Genamation Technology Services Inc.
  • John Howard Society of Durham Region Employment Services
  • Kitchen Studio, TheMember Directory Cover
  • Local Media Marketing Inc.
  • MAD Sports
  • Minuteman Press of Oshawa
  • Patty Shack, The
  • Peace Solutions Canada Inc.
  • Seamless Care Drug Therapy
  • Sugar Chalet

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!   


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This Month's Featured Chamber M2M  Offer  

JS2 Marketing & Communications  

M2M Advantage: All GOCC Chamber members receive a 15% discount on any marketing material.  


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In This Issue
Durham Cause
Prosperity Initiative Supports Southern Ontario Manufacturer
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7th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
Business Of The Month
New Members
M2M Advantage Program


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Chamber Events



Golf Tournament Gift Bag Promotion
Fri. May, 11/12

Chamber Membership Orientation
Thu. Mar, 15/12

Annual General Meeting
Tue. Apr, 3/12

Spring Marketplace 2012
Tue. Apr, 3/12

Lunch & Learn
Wed. Apr, 4/12

Accessibility Works Breakfast Workshop
Tue. Apr, 10/12

Membership Orientation - Jumpstart Your Membership
Wed. Apr, 11/12

Women In Business
Wed. Apr, 18/12

Annual Golf Tournament
Thu. May, 17/12


Business Events  



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

Annual Local BIZ
Expro & Trade Show
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

5th Annual Purdue Pharma Distinguished Lecture at UOIT
Wed. Apr, 4/12

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

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

"A Tribute To Our Troops" Dinner
Thu. Apr, 26/12

Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Fri. Nov, 9/12

Community Events 



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

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oshawa-Whitby AGM
Mon. Mar, 26/12

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

Celebrate Earth Hour
Sat. Mar, 31/12

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

Oshawa Community Clean
Mon. Apr, 23/12 -
Mon. Apr, 30/12

A Taste For Life
Wed. Apr, 25/12

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oshawa-Whitby Annual Bowl for Kids Sake Campaign
Wed. May, 9/12

Durham Waterfront Community Ride
Sun. May, 27/12

8th Annual Peony Festival
Sat. Jun, 16/12 -
Sun. Jun, 17/12

Ride 4 United Way
Sun. Aug, 26/12


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