Happy New Year!

On behalf of the VCC Board of Directors and VCC Staff
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS !                                                        January 2015


Welcome to our NEW Members...
Membership RENEWALS....

Corazza Palummo Professional Corporation,

Chartered Accountants

Dewey & Howe

Gallery of Moments

Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors

Marquis Gardens

Master Mechanic Concord
MCD Jewellery

MD Thermowindows Ltd. (MD Doors)

Realty Executives Priority One Ltd.

Roll Pro 

Ruso Mazzeo LLP

Silk Plant Warehouse "Your Décor Accessories Store"

Sunbelt Business Brokers Premium

Supreme Banquet Hall & Convention Centre

Transmission Depot


VCC would like to welcome our first student member:
Jeffrey Tannebaum
Paula Curtis, VCC President & CEO with Jeffrey Tannebaum

Special Student Member rate - $52/yr
Must be a full-time student to qualify.

AIM Autosport

All-ness Electrical Inc.

Allstate Insurance

BAASS Business Solutions Inc.

Behrends Group

Blue Tortoise Acupuncture

Business Development Bank of Canada

Canberra Company

CIBC - Private Wealth Management

Colosseum Online Inc.

Compressed Air International 

Conmico Inc.

Eddy Construction Inc.

Grand Canyon Enterprises Inc.

History Hill Group

Human Endeavour

Magnotta Winery Corporation

Masters Insurance Limited

Monte Carlo Inn


PEO/Presidents of Enterprising Organizations
Pro Fleet Care Vaughan

PropertyGuys.com Vaughan

Rivalda Ceramic Tiles Inc.

Royal LePage Your Community Realty

Skylar Media Group Inc.

Sunwell Technologies Inc.

The Bridg Group of Companies - Pinewest Financial

Services Inc.

Toronto Pro

Treasure Hill Design Centre Inc.

Tremonti Resturaunt

Vaughan Inn



... Looking forward to another successful year together!


              Join the VCC!  

Click here to begin your engagement with 
Vaughan's Premier Business Association.

 If you would like to receive a copy of the VCC 

membership information booklet,
e-mail your address to 
or call 905-761-1366 ext. 223


As a proud member of the Chamber, we are pleased to provide the VCC logo to add to your e-mail signature.
We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to co-brand your business with the VCC. 


For more information regarding this logo or how to use it, please contact Alyssa Marrese at 





Paula Curtis, VCC President & CEO with Joe Pampena, Chair, Membership Committee + Principal, C4C Coaching-4-Change 


Marc Fournier, Investors Group is the winner of a free 
1 Year VCC Membership.

(Drawn from 2014 VCC event satisfaction surveys)


If you are a Business Owner, CEO or Senior Executive, this Peer Group will offer you a small group setting to build relationships and discuss relevant issues/challenges. Interest topics for discussion include: business challenges, technology, innovations, strategic planning and advisory. The Peer Group requires consistent attendance and meets every two weeks. 


Upcoming Sessions:




Thursday, January 22, 2015 & Thursday, February 12, 2015

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

VCC Office, 25 Edilcan Drive, Unit #2, Vaughan ON L4K 3S4

FREE with VCC membership

Online Registration Mandatory.

Save The Date...

Monthly Networking Breakfast


Thursday, February 5th, 2015
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Courtyard By Marriott, 150 Interchange Way, Vaughan ON L4K 5P7

Member - $5+HST / Non-Member - $10+HST

(Click Here To Register) 

Online Registration Mandatory.


Look out for the event flyer in your inbox this Friday.

"Membership Matters" Information & Networking Session



Want to make your VCC MEMBERSHIP MATTER? Then attend this informative session, where you will learn what's new, ways to get involved, programs and services, and how to maximize your VCC membership. There is also an opportunity to network and learn tips on how to make your networking matter. 



Thursday, February 19, 2015
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Board Room
25 Edilcan Drive, Unit #2, Vaughan, ON L4K 3S4
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Online registration prior to the event is mandatory. 




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Board Room

25 Edilcan Drive, Unit #2, Vaughan, ON L4K 3S4

4:00-6:00 p.m. 

FREE (Click Here To Register)

Online registration prior to the event is mandatory.

Vaughan Chamber
Announces Kevin O'Leary
2015 BAA Keynote
Sponsored By Deloitte   


Kevin O'Leary

"Shark" on ABC's Shark Tank | Journalist and Television  Personality | Chairman of O'Leary Funds


He's opinionated and ruthless, and he hungers for big deals. Yet he made millions helping children learn how to read. Nothing if not a polarizing force, Kevin O'Leary pulls no punches when it comes to the good, the bad, and the ugly as it pertains to markets and economic opportunities. A judge on Shark Tank and a contributor to CTV, as well as the author of the two bestselling books entitled Cold Hard Truth, O'Leary is also previously well-known as the former co-host of The Lang & O'Leary Exchange and a former panelist on the wildly popular program, Dragons' Den. 


Sponsorship Opportunities
Gold Award Sponsor - $7,500
Runner Up Award Sponsor - $6,500
Silver Sponsor - $5,000
Reception Sponsor - $3,500
Decor Sponsor - $3,500

Corporate Tables
Members - $2,500 + HST / Non-Members - $3,000 + HST

Members - $195 + HST / Non-Members - $295 + HST

Click Here To Register

For more information contact Jennifer Coletta-Rashty at jennifer@vaughanchamber.ca


 Welcome To The Team!

We would like to welcome two new staff members to our VCC team!

Alyssa Marrese - Marketing Communications Officer
alyssa@vaughanchamber.ca / 905-761-1366 Ext. 223 

» Inquire about advertising with Vaughan Chamber

» Post an event or M2M Savings on our website


Suzie Di Gennaro - Events Officer
suzie@vaughanchamber.ca / 905-761-1366 Ext. 103 

» Register for an event

» Find out more information about an event


Board of Directors Call For Nominations

Vaughan Chamber members have the opportunity to consider either nominating themselves or someone they know to serve on the Board of Directors. Ideally the candidate will have previously served on a Chamber Committee / Board and has expertise in one or more of the following areas: Board Governance, Finance, Events, Policy/Advocacy, Marcom and Membership. The terms are 2 years beginning April, 2015.


Please submit by email the nominee's CV together with a letter of interest outlining reasons for wanting to serve on the Board to Paula Curtis, President & CEO at paula@vaughanchamber.ca by February 24th.


The nominations received will be reviewed and the finalists interviewed by the Nomination Committee. Please direct your questions to Paula Curtis at 904-761-1366 ext. 222 or by email.


Time to Renew Your VCC Membership? 

Take advantage of a NEW membership opportunity! 

Register for a 2-year membership and earn up to $150 in "Chamber Cash" 

Chamber Cash is accepted at the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, and can be used towards event tickets, advertising, booths, sponsorships, etc.

To register your 2-year membership, or for more information, 
call 905-761-1366 Ext. 225 or email fiorina@vaughanchamber.ca

Want to have a say, make a difference and get involved? 

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers interested in joining the Membership and Marketing/Communications (MarCom) Committees: 
  • The Membership Committee works to attract and retain members through facilitating focus groups, Membership Matters Sessions and starting the Ambassadors Program, to name a few opportunities. 
  • The MarCom Committee provides ongoing promotional support to the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce by developing materials, resources and technology that will enhance the marketing and communications initiatives of the Chamber.  
Each Committee meets monthly. Email your questions/area of interest to info@vaughanchamber.ca   


Private Office Space Available to Rent


A private office space is available at the VCC to rent on a full-time basis. 

Amenities include: access to a board room, kitchen and office services as required. 

If you are interested, please email info@vaughanchamber.ca



The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer 

convenient export document certification services

Exporters can also complete export document certifications ONLINE!  



 Click to read:

Looking Into The Crystal:
Economic, Political And Technology Outlook 2015 (Jan.8, 2015)


We now offer the 
UPS® Members Affinity Program that will significantly lower your costs. For more information or to register, please email info@vaughanchamber.ca

For more information or to book your banner ad, please email info@vaughanchamber.ca or call 905-761-1366 ext. 229.

Toronto Women's Expo 

Toronto Women's Expo are giving away complimentary passes (valued at $297) to members of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. Click on the banner below to find out more.



Please join our list if you have not already, you will get a FREE download on social media platforms with a 30 minute networking video. 
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For complete listing of VBEC's events and seminars, CLICK HERE


Business Plan Series - How to Write a Business Plan

Session 4: A Bright Future for your Business Success  Part 4 of the Business Plan Series. In this seminar, you will compose your own mission, vision, and value proposition. You will also create your brand, and develop your sales, promotional, and marketing plan. 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vaughan City Hall, Committee Room 244

2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, ON, L5A 1T1


6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Register online or call 905-832-8526 or email vbec@vaughan.ca 


The Conference Board of Canada has partnered with the Province to offer a workshop explaining the Standard and HR practices and policies that promote
accessible employment. 


Click Here to register or for more information

The Healthy Italian: Great Grains

Creamy risotto hits the spot after a frigid day on the road. We're swapping out the old - white arborio rice - and bringing in an ancient grain - barley - for a delicious, nutritious meal that's packed with fibre and flavour.


  • 0.5 oz (14 g) dried porcini mushrooms
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp each: extra-virgin olive oil and light butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 2 cups peeled, cubed eggplant
  • 1 pkg (8 oz/227 g) cremini or white button or oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced, divided
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ tsp   sea salt
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated Asiago cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

 Makes 4 servings | 40 min or less | Meatless


  1. Reconstitute porcini mushrooms by soaking in 1½ cups boiled water for 10 minutes. Remove mushrooms from water (reserve water) and gently rinse them under warm water, using your thumbs, until all the grit has been removed. Drain and chop; set mushrooms aside. Strain mushroom water through a fine mesh sieve to remove grit. Combine mushroom water (discard grit at the bottom of bowl) with broth.
  2. In a large pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until onions are softened, about 1 minute. Add barley and stir until well coated. Stir in eggplant, half the cremini mushrooms, wine and salt; cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, until wine is almost absorbed. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Add a ladle of broth at a time to large pot until liquid is absorbed. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until barley is al dente, stirring occasionally. Add remaining mushrooms about halfway through cooking time. Just before serving, stir in grated cheese, basil and pepper. Serve hot.



Excerpted from The Healthy Italian: Cooking for the Love of Food and Family by Fina Scroppo. For more recipes, inspiration and NEW cooking classes, visit www.thehealthyitalian.ca

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