Volume 4, Issue 7
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Opening Doors To The Business Community!    

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. Click here for details.



Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager      

Chamber Group Insurance Plan
DEPC colour logo 2012 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference Speakers Announced 

The Durham Economic Prosperity Committee announced the line up of speakers who will be attending this year's Conference and the list is impressive. The 4th Durham Economic Prosperity Conference 2012, to be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Ajax Convention Centre, will feature keynote speakers, forums and interactive panel discussions.

Confirmed speakers to date are Jianwei Yu, Consul (Commercial) Consulate General of the P.R. China in Toronto; Jeffrey R. Izzo, Chief of Political and Economic Section Consulate General U.S. Department of State; George A. Ross, Deputy Minister Northern Development & Mines; Dr. Ron Oberth, President, Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI); Derek Holt, Vice President Economics, Scotia Capital; Matt Wilson, V.P. Policy, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME); Kathy Weiss, Region of Durham Economic Development & Tourism and Dave Hare, Past-Chair, 2010 DEPC Committee.


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.    



Now you can register online for all Chamber events!
 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.

Lunch_Learn  Lunch & Learn 
  Wednesday, September 5, 2012
  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Chamber Boardroom
  44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa
  This 'speed-dating' style event allows you to  
  promote your business one-on-one to each
  person in the room. A fun, exciting way to meet
  fellow members and make new contacts!!! This is a a FREE, MEMBERS ONLY event! Only one member representative per member business.
Click here for more information and to register.

Dr. McTiernan   Lunch with UOIT President,
   Dr. Tim McTiernan
   Friday, September 14, 2012
   12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
   Kedron Dells Golf Course
   2400 Ritson Road North, Oshawa
   Speaker: Dr. Tim McTiernan, President of UOIT
   UOIT achieved a significant milestone on June 27th, marking the 10th anniversary of the day UOIT officially came into being. Dr. McTiernan will address the tremendous growth and success since UOIT's inception and highlight its plans going forward.
Click here for more information and to register.  

Award  17th Annual Business Excellence Awards  
  Thursday, September 27, 2012
  5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Oshawa
  1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa

  The 2012 Honorees will be recognized at this special
  Awards presentation. This isn't your average, run-of-
  the-mill awards show-it's the "red carpet" party of the
  year! Click here for more information and to register. 
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Visit for more upcoming events. For your 2012 JumpStart Checklist, click here.
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!
Business Of The Month 

BOM Owasco

OWASCO Inc., located at 2100 Champlain Avenue in Whitby is committed to providing the highest quality of customer service. The staff is highly knowledgeable in the automotive industry and takes pride in representing the Audi brand. OWASCO Inc. is proud of their community and is a huge supporter of the new Civic Indoor Soccer Centre. Pictured from left to right are Sean McNamara of Petley-Hare Insurance Brokers, Peter Bocking of Hardiman Mount & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd., Rebecca Gillespie of Investors Group, John Fledderus of OWASCO Inc., Susan Verway, Bob Verway, President of OWASCO Inc. Audi and Marilyn Pyatt of OWASCO Inc.
On behalf of the Ambassador Committee and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for July 2012.

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Road Traumas Drive Need for Blood
Canadian Blood Services needs 4,300 more donors to book an appointment and donate blood this summer. Area residents are urged to help 'top-up' the blood supply at their local blood donor clinic before heading off on their summer travels. Please visit or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment to donate today or visit the clinic in Oshawa at 1300 Harmony Road, North. Give the gift of life, blood is needed all year!
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SAVE THE DATE! Member's Grand Opening! 
Speedpro Imaging Durham is hosting its Grand Opening, Tuesday, September 18th, 11AM - 1PM. Ribbon Cutting is at 11AM at 4-1333 Thornton Road South in Oshawa. Click here for details

UOIT Celebrates 10th Anniversary 
UOIT achieved a significant milestone on June 27th, marking the 10th anniversary of the day UOIT officially came into being. UOIT will officially kick off its year-long 10th-anniversary celebrations on September 4, 2012, the day the university opened its doors to the first cohort of students. Plans are in development for a variety of anniversary-related activities designed to build awareness, engage the campus community, mark the many achievements and recognize and celebrate those involved in the founding of the university. Watch for details to follow! 
Dan Carter
Awarded Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
Congratulations to Dan Carter on receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Recipients of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal are citizens nominated by the community who have made exceptional and significant contributions to their local community, Ontario and Canada over the course of many years. The award is a way to recognize their service to their peers, as well as a collective token of appreciation to commemorate Her Majesty's sixty years of loyal service to her subjects throughout the Commonwealth. Congratulations Dan!  

Barbara Jones Honoured As Rep Of The Year! 
Oshawa Welcome Wagon has received special recognition as the 2011 Ontario Community of the Year award recipient. Barbara Jones of Oshawa Welcome Wagon Ltd. was recognized as the 2011 Ontario Representative of the Year for her community and sponsor service, enthusiasm, dedication and her personal performance. Congratulations to Barbara and the Oshawa Welcome Wagon team! 

Lakeridge Health Welcomes New Residents 
Lakeridge Health recently welcomed 8 residents from Queen's University's Family Medicine Program. The residents will be completing a two year rotation at Lakeridge Health as part of their medical training. 
Welcome New Members in July 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in July 2012. 
  • Bellum Legal
  • Elias Financial CoBusiness Directory Coverrp. - Heather Baird
  • Harex Fire Prevention Specialists  
  • LegalShield - William Gerrits  
  • M.D. Pest Control
  • Maynard Mediation & Conflict Management
  • My Internet Brand
  • Rice Commercial Group Limited
  • Treetop Eco-Adventure Park
  • UOIT Ridgeback Hockey 
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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In This Issue
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Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Queen's Park Meeting
Members in the News
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
Deadline - Durham Relocation Guide

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BPW Durham - Let's Keep In Touch Summer Social!
Wed. Aug, 22/12

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting - Speedpro Imaging
Tue. Sep, 18/12

UOIT Homecoming - Sponsor the Celebration
Thu. Sep, 20/12 -
Thu. Sep, 20/12

An Audience with General
Rick Hillier - "Leadership in Tough Times"
Tue. Sep, 25/12

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

Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Fri. Nov, 9/12

Community Events 



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Downtown Oshawa
Farmer's Marketplace

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

Free 2 Bowl -
All Summer Long
Mon. Jul, 2/12 -
Fri. Aug, 31/12

General Motors
Centre Events
Sun. Jul, 15/12 -
Sat. Dec, 15/12

Events for Seniors
Tue. Aug, 7/12 -
Thu. Aug, 30/12

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

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

Ride 4 United Way
Sun. Aug, 26/12

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

5th Annual Bobby Baun
Golf Classic
Thu. Sep, 6/12

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

UOIT Ridgebacks
2012-2013 Schedule
Sat. Sep, 8/12 -
Sat. Feb, 9/13

Tee Off To End MS -
Golf Tournament
Thu. Sep, 13/12

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

Welcome Wagon Bridal Showcase
Sun. Sep, 23/12

Welcome Wagon Baby Shower
Sun. Oct, 21/12

Crystal Ball Gala - Fundraising Event for
Hearth Place
Sat. Nov, 10/12

Cesar Millan Live Trust Your Instincts Tour 2012
GM Centre
Sat. Nov, 24/12

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