Volume 4, Issue 11
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Have Your Say in Ontario's Future!

Exercise your voice! The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Ontario's local chambers and Leger Marketing, is conducting a survey of leader/business opinion.


There is strength in numbers! We need a high response rate to support the network's advocacy at Queen's Park and beyond.

It takes less than three minutes to complete. All respondents are entered into a draw to win two amazing prizes:
  • A BlackBerry PlayBook courtesy of Research in Motion Ltd., creators of the Blackberry solution.
  • Two tickets to see The Who perform in Toronto on November 23rd, courtesy of Music Canada.

Your responses will help inform the Chamber's five year plan to create jobs and grow Ontario's economy.
November Is The Month Of Remembrance!    

Rememberance Day Though the last World War ended 67 years ago, Canadian lives are still lost on the battle field today.The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce recognizes the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who served our country, as well as those who serve in uniform today. We will remember!

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      

Chamber Group Insurance Plan
Darlington Nuclear Recipient Award of Excellence   

darlingtonOntario Power Generation Darlington Nuclear recently received an Award of Excellence at the Annual Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) conference in Atlanta, Georgia in recognition of a number of strengths identified in a recent peer review, including management and leadership; operator knowledge and skills; equipment performance and condition; and their response to Fukushima.

The positive recognition Darlington Nuclear has received from industry peers is confirmation of their unwavering dedication to continuous improvement in operational excellence and safety that has made Darlington a world leader.  It also reinforces the station's status as an excellent candidate for refurbishment.

As a nuclear operator, Darlington staff is entrusted by station neighbours to operate their nuclear facilities safely, reliably, and with the utmost care and responsibility.  This award reinforces that Darlington employees never take this responsibility for granted, and that they will continue to seek continuous improvement on their journey to excellence.
Durham Wins National Economic Development Award For Marketing Efforts 

EDAC AwardRegional Council commended staff of the Economic Development and Tourism Division, and Corporate Communications Office for receiving first-place honours at the 2012 Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Marketing Canada Awards. The award was received in the Publications category, as the Transitions magazine series was chosen from 160 Canada-wide submissions.

EDAC is Canada's national organization of economic development professionals. The Marketing Canada awards competition is open to those organizations that promote and market Canadian provinces, territories, regions, cities, towns and areas with a view to improving the economic well-being of Canadians. The 2012 awards were handed out during the EDAC's 44th Annual Conference, held in Iqaluit, Nunavut on October 2.

For more information on the Region of Durham's efforts to grow the local creative economy through the Art of Transition movement, or to view past issues of Transitions magazine, visit

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!  
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 Young Entrepreneurs Networking Event
  Wednesday, November 21, 2012    
  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  NEB's Fun World, 1300 Wilson Rd. N., Oshawa 
  Come out for an evening of networking while
  enjoying a game of bowling, pizza and wings!
 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! Click here for more information and to register.

Christmas Wine and CheeseChristmas Wine and Cheese  
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Officers' Mess - Ontario Regiment
53 Simcoe  Street North, Oshawa
Visit the exhibitors and come prepared to
network!  This is a great way to promote your
products or services for the busy Holiday Season! The Challenge Is On! Help fill Bob's Equinox, bring an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food or toiletry item to help our local charities. Over 12,000 jars of peanut butter are needed this year! Click here for more information and to register.

Marketplace Member Orientation 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chamber Boardroom, 
44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa

The Member Orientation gives a great
snapshot of the Member JumpStart Program. 
This, combined with the new members reception, gives you a great opportunity to network. 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.

Tina Dezi  Women In Business 
  Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  Fazio's Restaurant
  33 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa
  Keynote Speaker: Tina Dezi, CEO T&E Health
  Pros Inc. This event is for women only! Enjoy a
  wonderful lunch with a great opportunity to
  network!  Click here  for more information and to

speed networking
 Business 4 Breakfast 
 Thursday, January 17, 2013
 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 YWCA Durham
 33 McGrigor Street, Oshawa
 Speed Networking Event
 This "speed-dating" style event allows you to
 promote your business one-on-one to each
 person in the room. Great way to meet fellow members and make new contacts! This is a members 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.
Business Of The Month  
Guardian Pharmacy Bowmanville
BOM Nov 2012
Guardian Pharmacy Bowmanville, located at 133 King Street East in Bowmanville, is actively involved in fund raising activities in their community. They participated in the Wilmot Creek Annual Charity Golf Classic Tournament in September to raise money for Lakeridge Health Bowmanville. They participated in the Clarington Older Adult Association Health Expo in August 2012 as well. Using state-of-the-art tools to identify health issues easily and effectively, the staff at Guardian Pharmacy are committed to providing excellent service to their customers and go the extra mile to make you healthier. Pictured from left to right in this presentation are Riaz Ahmad, Pharmacy Manager, Hilda Malik, Vanessa Benedict of ScotiaMcLeod, Thaya, Julie Becker and Sean McNamara of Petley-Hare Insurance Brokers. For more information, call Guardian Pharmacy Bowmanville at (905) 419-7000 or visit

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

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FunSpeil Winners Networking At The Fall Marketplace 
The Greater Oshawa Chamber hosted its Curling "Fun" Spiel event at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club on November 7th. Congratulations to the "Fun" Spiel winners Johnson Insurance Inc. They won $500 to be gifted to their charity of choice which was Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, who also happened to be playing in the Fun Spiel! Pictured here is Yvonne Brady, Doug Munn, Darren Desmarais, Cathy Turner (all from Johnson Insurance) and Jennifer Milligan of Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre.

Better Business Equipment Opens Its Third Location 
Better Business Equipment hosted a Grand Opening of their 3rd location in Greater Oshawa. Located 350 Wentworth Street East in Oshawa, they do more than just sell copiers! There's tons of new development in the print and business technology sector. They'd love to share with you some of the potentially high return opportunities that lay ahead. Visit, call or view online at to increase your awareness of today's top technology advancements.

CMHA Durham Receives Exemplary Accreditation Standing    
The Canadian Mental Health Association Durham (CMHA Durham) has achieved the highest level of excellence award from Accreditation Canada exemplifying their ongoing commitment and dedication of providing clients and their families with the highest quality health services.  It is with high honour that CMHA Durham accepted this 'Accreditation with Exemplary Standing' with this being their fourth Accreditation since 2003 when CMHA Durham was the first CMHA branch in Canada to receive a full Accreditation from Accreditation Canada. This is a milestone to be celebrated, and the Chamber congratulates you and your team for your commitment to providing safe, high quality health services!
Be a Santa to a Senior 

Santa isn't the only one busily preparing this year for the coming holidays. The Home Instead Senior Care Durham Region has launched its annual Be a Santa to a Senior campaign. This year the organization hopes to collect and distribute gifts to more seniors than ever before. The popular campaign that delivered more than 900 gifts to local seniors last year is being planned at a time when seniors' gift requests are expected to rise as they struggle to keep pace with the rising cost of living. The program runs until December 14. Holiday shoppers can pick up a Be a Santa to a Senior paper ornament at a participating location, buy the item(s) on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. For more information on how to help, visit

Christmas Hampers for Seniors Program
Did you know that there are currently hundreds of seniors and frail elderly people living close by that do not have the funds to afford basic essentials such as food, toiletries and even toilet paper? The project "Hampers for Seniors" will collect items in various locations across the Region between November 15 and December 14, 2012! To participate in the program, volunteer to put together hampers or for more information please contact Shelley Portelance at 905-433-9266 or visit for details.  
Grand Opening - You're Invited!   
You are invited to attend the Grand Opening Celebration of The Running Room, November 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at 941 Taunton Road East in Oshawa. A Holiday Magic Night 2.5k /5k Run or Walk with Running Room founder John Stanton. Entry is FREE with a donation to The Salvation Army Kettle or online at
Stand Out Among Your Competitors!
Membership Directory Advertising Opportunity...

Business Directory Cover Do you stand out among your competitors? The Chamber is currently preparing the 2013 Business Directory & Buyer's Guide. Don't miss your opportunity to showcase your business to over 5700 key business decision makers.

All members receive a FREE listing in the printed Business Directory and Buyer's Guide. Please ensure your information on file with the Chamber is accurate! Log in to the "Member Only" section to update your information at

Advertising space is limited! For more information and advertising rates, contact Michelle Lea at 905-433-7854 or 905-728-1683.
Welcome New Members in November 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in November 2012. 
  • Business Directory CoverBowmanville Guardian Pharmacy
  • Durham Lice Care
  • Front Page News Communications
  • Link Greenhouses Inc.
  • Martell Training Systems
  • Minto Kingmeadow
  • North Durham Appliance Inc.
  • Spay Neuter Iniatives Association
  • Zenith Accounting & Tax Services   
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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New Image Car Care & Auto Detailing -50% Gold Package - $150 
Your Moving Depot Inc. - 10% off Packing Material    

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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 incentive, 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!

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In This Issue
OCC Survey - Have Your Say!
Darlington Nuclear Recipient Award of Excellence
Durham Wins Award For Marketing Efforts
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
Grand Opening
New Membership Directory
New Members
M2M Advantage Program

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

Durham Professional Women Event Schedule
Wed. Oct, 24/12 -
Wed. Dec, 12/12

Downtown Oshawa BIA Festive Competition
Mon. Nov, 19/12 -
Mon. Dec, 24/12

Business Seminar Schedule
Tue. Nov, 20/12 -
Thu. Dec, 6/12

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

Venez Prendre Un Cafe Entre Entrepreneurs Francophones
Mon. Dec, 3/12

Christmas Breakfast for DRAVA
Thu. Dec, 13/12

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General Motors
Centre Events
Now thru -
Sat. Dec, 15/12

UOIT Ridgebacks
2012-2013 Schedule
Now thru -
Sat. Feb, 9/13

Fundraiser for Humane Society of Durham Region - Win Tickets to See Cesar Millan at the GM Centre
Now thru -
Sat. Nov, 24/12

Pet Calendar Fundraiser
Now thru -
Fri. Nov, 30/12

Habitat For Humanity Looking For Volunteers/Donations
Now thru -
Fri. Nov, 30/12

Now thru -
Mon. Dec, 31/12

Hampers For Seniors
Now thru -
Fri. Dec, 14/12

2012 Senior Star National Final Invitation
Mon. Nov, 19/12

Fundraiser -
All I Want For Christmas...
Sat. Nov, 24/12

Dog Whisperer's Live Show To Benefit Humane Society of Durham
Sat. Nov, 24/12

Curlers Wanted! OSCC 2nd Annual Fundraising Funspiel
Sat. Nov, 24/12

Oshawa Community Christmas Celebration
Sun. Nov, 25/12

Yuk Yuks Comedy Club In Support Of Hampers for Seniors
Thu. Nov, 29/12

Oshawa's Christmas
Tree Lighting
Fri. Nov, 30/12

Canvas Youth Art & Exhibition
Thu. Mar, 28/13

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