Volume 4, Issue 9
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Hope you had a great summer! We did, and we're anticipating a very eventful fall season. Check out the event calendar and start to plan your September. Networking is the way to increase your bottom line!

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 Speaker Series . . .   
Scott Thurlow
Scott Thurlow 
The Truth About Ethanol:
Fighting Misinformation 

Friday, October 12, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa

Oshawa is about to become the latest community to realize the economic and
environmental benefits of a state-of-the-art ethanol facility. This
Steve Arnold
Steve Arnold
fall, FarmTech
Energy Corporation will begin building a $200 million ethanol facility in Oshawa's industrial portlands. Join us for breakfast with speakers Scott Thurlow, President of Canadian Renewable Energy Association and Steve Arnold, Warden of Lambton County to learn more about the issue of ethanol. Be informed! The breakfast will include a Q & A period. Click here for more information and to register online. 

Lunch with Tim Hudak   
Creating Jobs And Growing The Ontario Economy 

Friday, October 26, 2012 Tim Hudak
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Best Western Durham - Octavien's
559 Bloor Street West, Oshawa

Ontarians need hope that the province's economy will improve and that there will be more opportunity for those who want it. Hope in itself won't create change, though. Change requires action. Join us for lunch and an open forum and Q&A session with Tim Hudak, MPP, Ontario's Leader of the Official Opposition who will address the issue of how to grow the Ontario economy. Click here for more information and to register online.

Minister Brad Duguid To Speak At Durham Economic Prosperity Conference - November 9, 2012 
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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 the: Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation; 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); Steve Peters, Executive Director, Alliance of Ontario Food Processors (AOFP); Dr. Tim McTiernan, President and Vice-Chancellor, UOIT; Kathy Weiss, Region of Durham Economic Development & Tourism; and Dave Hare, Past-Chair, 2010 DEPC Committee

Attendance to the 2012 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference is by invitation only. If you have not received your invitation, and wish to be included on the invitation list please email us.



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.    


Last Chance To Register For Awards!! 
17th Annual Business Excellence Awards
 Thursday, September 27, 2012 
 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 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. 


Now you can register online for all Chamber events!  
  Young Entrepreneurs Networking EventBiz Under 40 logo  
  Friday, October 5, 2012   
  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  GM Centre, 99 Athol Street East, Oshawa 
  Come out for an evening of networking while
  supporting your Oshawa Generals! This event is
  geared towards the under 40 business professional 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 and includes a ticket to the game and finger foods! Click here for more information and to register.
 Member Orientation - JumpStart Program 

 Tuesday, October 16, 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 online. 
Michelle Mitchell
  Women in Business Luncheon  
  Wednesday, October 17, 201
  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  The Thirsty Monk Pub
  21 Celina Street, Oshawa
  Keynote Speaker:  Michelle Mitchell of
  Rhythm Dynamix Dance and Performing Arts
  This is a women's only event!
  Click here  for more information and to register.

Trade Show  Fall Marketplace 2012 
  'A Business to Business Trade Show'
  Thursday, October 18, 2012
  Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
  1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa
  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  Mingle with 150 + other business owners
  Hors d'ouevres & Cash Bar; VIA Rail Draw; Door
  Prizes. Click here for information and to register.

curling 4th Annual Curling FUNspiel 
  Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
  160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa
  11:30 a.m.- LUNCH; 12:30 p.m. - 1st Draw
  Great Networking Event. Don't know how to curl,
  no problem! Come out and learn or cheer a team
  on! Price includes two (2) four end games of
  curling, light lunch and one (1) complimentary drink ticket. Click here for information and to register.    
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Visit for more upcoming events. For your 2012 JumpStart Checklist, click here.
NEW! Have You Logged Into The Member Only Section?Member Login Link

As part of our efforts to help our members interact with us, and each other, we have added a "Member Only" section to the website! You can now update your own information for the online business directory, add an employee, change your contact information, add a coupon, discount or insentive, register online for events and check which event you have registered for! Every member has been sent a new login code. If you haven't received yours, we want to hear from you! Login today!
Business Of The Month  
Rhythm Dynamix Dance and Performing Arts

Rhythm Dynamix Dance and Performing Arts located at 15 Harmony Road North in Oshawa is owned and operated by Michelle Mitchell.  She is celebrating 10 years of teaching excellence at her Dance school here in Oshawa. With 34 years of training and 22 years of teaching she started her business with a one room and office (650 sq.ft. ) by herself and has blossomed into over 5000 sq.ft. of dance studio and theatre school. She has supported and performed for many charities in Durham and has currently taken on the endeavour of partnering with the Durham's Children's Aid Society to provide programs to children in care. For more information, visit or call 905-438-1537. Pictured in this presentation from left to right are Michelle Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell and John Sturrup of JS2 Marketing and Communication.

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

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Woodland Homes Fundraising Golf Tournament Raises $10,000.00 Charity  
Woodland Homes proudly sponsored a fundraising golf tournament held at the Wolf Run Golf Course in Janetville. Over 130 golfers came out to enjoy the 18 hole golf course and join in on some of the fundraising games and activities. This is Woodland Home's second year sponsoring this event with all proceeds going to the Clarington Central Secondary School's Lunch Buddies program and to Whitby's Sunrise Youth Group. Congratulations Woodland Homes!


Winmar Day at the Oshawa Generals 
Benefitting the Humane Society of Durham Region 
On Sunday October 28th, 2012, Winmar in conjunction with the Humane Society of Durham Region will be dedicating a day specifically for employees, friends and family of both Winmar and the Humane Society of Durham Region. A day of exciting family fun at the General Motors Centre deemed as "Winmar Day". Discounted tickets will be offered at $15.00 each with 15% of each ticket purchased being donated to the Humane Society of Durham Region. Regular price at the door is $20.00 for the same ticket. Click here for highlights of the day and to purchase your ticket.


Drive4Dollars Campaign 
Putting Medical Professionals In The Driver's Seat! 

The Oshawa Hospital Foundation is gearing up for its first ever Drive4Dollars Campaign and auto dealers are ready to drive it home. Participating dealerships will make a contribution towards a new CT Scanner for Lakeridge Health Oshawa for vehicles test driven or purchased through September 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012. To date, Durham Dodge, Ontario Motor Sales, and Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac have signed on. Go out for a test drive!   

Welcome New Members in September 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in September 2012. 
  • Business Directory CoverBartlett's Computer & Networking Services
  • Better Business Equipment Inc.
  • Costco Wholesale
  • De Stefano Funeral Home Services Inc.
  • Luna Clothing
  • New Image Car Care & Auto Detailing
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Oshawa South Chiropractic Clinic 
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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Scugog Island Cruises Ltd. - 10% off regular priced Cruises     
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2012 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
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Funding for Accessible Renovations
Tue. Aug, 28/12 -
Fri. Oct, 5/12

Scugog Island Cruises Networking Events
Fri. Sep, 7/12 -
Sat. Oct, 6/12

Fall Programs At Management Development Centre (UOIT)
Mon. Sep, 17/12 -
Wed. Nov, 21/12

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

Apprentice Information Night - Interested in the Trades?
Tue. Sep, 25/12

Seminar - Understand your computers better
Thu. Oct, 4/12

Special Training Event - Understand your computers better!
Thu. Oct, 4/12

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

DSEA 5th Annual Energy Conference
Thu. Nov, 8/12

Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Fri. Nov, 9/12



Capitalizing on CapAbilities Conference & Expo
Fri. Nov, 30/12

Community Events 



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

Drive4Dollars Campaign
Sat. Sep, 1/12 -
Wed. Oct, 31/12

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

Savour the Season
Wed. Sep, 12/12 -
Sun. Sep, 23/12

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

Prenatal Health Fair
Sat. Sep, 22/12

Welcome Wagon Bridal Showcase
Sun. Sep, 23/12

GM Centre Event - Marianas Trench Face the Music
Wed. Oct, 17/12

Welcome Wagon Baby Shower
Sun. Oct, 21/12

Special Event at GM Centre to Benefit Durham Humane Society
Sun. Oct, 28/12

Winmar Day at the Oshawa Generals
Sun. Oct, 28/12

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

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

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