JUNE 2012
Volume 4, Issue 6
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Opening Doors To The Business Community!    

Business Directory CoverThe Annual Business Directory & Buyer's Guide has been mailed to all businesses in the Greater Oshawa area. If you did not get your copy, let us know! You can view it online at www.oshawachamber.com.

he 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. Click here for details.



Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager      

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The Chamber's On Social Media!
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As part of our efforts to help our members interact with us, and each other, we have added social media to our method of communicating! Stay up-to-date with the all the goings on at the Greater Oshawa Chamber. Follow us on Twitter and LIKE us on Facebook, post a comment, tag us on YouTube. We want to hear from you!

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 

 Wednesday August 8, 2012
 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   
Chamber Boardroom,     

 44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa 
 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! Click here for more information and to register.  

  Biz@Noon Autofest Media Launch BBQ   
  Wednesday, August 15, 2012 
  Noon to 2:00 p.m. 
  Party on the Chamber Patio 
  44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa 
  The Chamber, in association with the Motor City
  Car Club,
presents the Biz @ Noon BBQ -
  AutoFest Media Launch.
  Join us for some great networking, great food and an up close and personal view of some of the best classic cars in our region. 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.
Queen's Park Meeting With Minister Duguid   

Queens Park Meeting
In response to a letter sent to the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation concerning Bill 11 - the establishment of the South-Western Ontario Development Fund and the continuance of the Eastern Ontario Development Fund - members of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce were invited to meet with Minister Duguid, on Wednesday May 30th, to discuss the possibility of the Government of Ontario re-evaluating the geographic areas within which each program operates and whether to revise them to include Oshawa and its surrounding area in support of small business expansion and economic growth in Durham Region. Pictured left to right are Bob Malcolmson, CEO & General Manager, John Williams C.A., Past President, the Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development & Innovation, Dave Hare, Past President, and Kevin Petersen, UOIT Policy student.
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Emerging Stronger: A Transformative Agenda for Ontario  

Over 60 local business and civic leaders came together in Peterborough on Thursday, May 31st for the very first session of the Ontario Economic Summit's Regional Economic Leadership Series.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is very pleased with the ideas generated and the commitments made by the participants, which are sure to inspire the sessions to follow in other parts of the province. A special thank you to the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce for hosting the premiere session.
Business Of The Month 
Santiag's Old Country Painting Ltd.

Santiag's Old Country Painting

Santiag's Old Country Painting Ltd., located at 70 Park Road South in Oshawa, is owned and operated by Jose Santiago. Jose grew up in Portugal and emigrated to British Columbia in 1978 where he started his own painting business. In 1985, he relocated to Oshawa and Santiag's Old Country Painting was founded servicing both residential and commercial clients throughout Durham Region. Earning a solid reputation for craftsmanship and reliability, Santiag's has flourished by treating new customers and repeat clients alike to Old Country values. Jose silently gives to the community on a regular basis and every year paints Simcoe Hall Settlement House. Your home or business is a cherished possession. Before you entrust its appearance to strangers, call Santiag's for a free, no-risk consultation and estimate at (905) 434-7168 or visit www.santiagspainting.com.
On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for June 2012.

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Free 2 Bowl  
NEB's Fun World introduces an awesome summer program called FREE 2 BOWL: 2 free games of bowling a day for any youth age 15 or younger. It starts on July 2nd, and runs until August 31st. This giveaway is worth $2808 per family so spread the word! For details visit www.bowlinggivesback.com.

General Motors Centre Ranked 12th In The World
General Motors Centre has consistently climbed the ranks in Venues Today Magazine's Top Stops Report. Taking strides from 18th to 15th in 2011, the venue currently sits at 12th in the world for its category size! Venues Today Magazine releases their Top Stops rankings bi-annually, showcasing the top 20 venues around the world in various categories. The report is based on concert and non-sports event gross sales and attendance. Congratulations to the GMC team! 
Lakeridge Health Fundraising For A New CT Scanner
Lakeridge Health is adding a new low-dose, high-definition CT scanner to its fleet of diagnostic imaging equipment to help cut wait times. The machine is being purchased with money raised by the Oshawa Hospital Foundation and will be installed at Lakeridge Health Oshawa this summer. One major donor has come forward, Don and Sons Building Supplies donated $100,000 and the Foundation is hoping other businesses will follow their example. Contact the Foundation at 905-433-4339 or visit www.theohf.com for  information.

Durham Cause Announces Luke's Place As
Chris Vale of CLH Designs, Andrea Kennedy of Spread Your Word Marketing, Leslie Hughes of Punch Media and Ben Stacey of Ben Stacey Pictures teamed up to offer one lucky not-for-profit a $12,500 marketing package for their agency. Chris Vale announced Luke's Place as the winner of the marketing package. Kudos to the Durham Cause team for offering the prize and to Luke's Place on their win!

Ranfar Steel Improves Their Facilities
Ranfar Steel are always looking for the best equipment and personnel to service their customers and attract new companies to partner with. With that in mind, Ranfar Steel Ltd. has made several improvements lately. They've expanded their shop floor space adding an additional 4000 sq. ft. and re-modeled their offices, welcomed Mr. Andy Yang as their Senior Project Manager and launched a new website...www.ranfarsteel.com. Congratulations on the expansion!
Welcome New Members in June 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in June 2012.
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  • Framing Durham
  • OnStar
  • Rice Commercial Group Limited  
  • Speedpro Imaging Durham
  • T & E Healthpros Inc
  • The Table
Click here for a complete list of members who have joined since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2012.
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This Month's Featured Chamber M2M  Offer
Speedpro Imaging Durham
Chamber members receive a 10% discount on all large scale imaging solutions including vehicle wraps and graphics, signs, banners, window graphics, trade show solutions and other great imaging products. Contact Leanne Lebel at (905) 728-4444.
June 29th Deadline - Don't Miss Out 

Relocation CoverThe Durham Relocation Guide is the Region's only relocation magazine that targets potential residents and businesses in Durham Region. Available in hard copy and in PDF format on the Chamber's and Durham Economic Prosperity websites, you get great exposure for your advertising dollar. Don't miss this opportunity to be seen by people who want to relocate to Durham. Book your ad space now to be included in the 2012/2013 edition. Call Michelle Lea at 905-433-7854 for information and advertising options. Deadline for advertising is June 29, 2012.

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In This Issue
Queen's Park Meeting
Ontario Chamber Report.
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
Deadline - Durham Relocation Guide

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Chamber Events



Membership Orientation - Jumpstart Your Membership
Wed. Aug, 8/12

BIZ @ NOON Autofest Media Launch BBQ
Wed. Aug, 15/12

Business Excellence Awards
Thu. Sep, 27/12 | 5:30


Business Events  



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SMART Community Forums
Fri. Jun, 1/12 - Sat. Jun, 30/12

Implementing the Integrated Accessibility Standards Workshop
Wed. Jun, 27/12

Revenue Canada Seminar - Corporations - An Introduction
Wed. Jul, 4/12

HST for New Registrants Information Seminar
Fri. Jul, 20/12

Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA)
Wed. Oct, 24/12

Durham Economic
Prosperity Conference

Fri. Nov, 9/12

Community Events 



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events, scroll down
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Downtown Oshawa
Farmer's Marketplace

Tue. Jun, 12/12 -
Tue. Sep, 4/12

Jason Challice Memorial
Golf Tournament

Fri. Jun, 29/12

Free 2 Bowl -
All Summer Long

Mon. Jul, 2/12 -
Fri. Aug, 31/12

Events for Seniors
Thu. Jul, 5/12 -
Wed. Jun, 27/12

Oshawa Generals Celebrity Golf Classic
Mon. Aug, 13/12

Ride 4 United Way
Sun. Aug, 26/12

Frontenac Youth Services 7th Annual Best Ball Golf Tournament
Wed. Aug, 22/12

Durham Family Court Clinic Charity Golf Classic
Mon. Aug, 27/12

Ontario Police Memorial
Golf Tournament

Wed. Aug, 29/12

10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament - Habitat For Humanity Durham
Thu. Sep, 6/12

Oshawa Rotary Ribfest
Fri. Sep, 7/12 -
Sun. Sep, 9/12

6th Annual Phil Rooney Memorial Golf Tournament
Sat. Sep, 22/12

Crystal Ball Gala - Fundraising Event
for Hearth Place

Sat. Nov, 10/12

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Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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July Special Price on Flyer Distribution!

Looking to get your printed marketing materials in the hands of the membership? Save 30% off price of flyer insert in Business Matters.

Insert your promotional materials in the July/August Newsletter ($175 + HST) OR place an ad in the newsletter for as little as $47 + HST. Contact JoAnne for more information at 905-728-1683 or by email. 
Flyers must be at the Chamber office by July 6, 2012 for inclusion in the July Business Matters.