Volume 4, Issue 12
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Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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The Chamber will be closed during the holidays from Friday December 21st at noon and reopen on Tuesday January 2nd at 9:00am. If there are any urgent inquiries, please email This email will be checked regularly.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!Christmas 3 balls


Bob Malcolmson,

CEO & General Manager         

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Tis the season to save


Need help crossing people off your gift list? Check out our Member 2 Member Directory for great discounts and coupons. We're sure you'll find lots of ideas to inspire you. 


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Click Here for this Month's Featured Chamber Offers!

NEW! General Motors Centre offers GOCC members a discount on tickets for SuperDogs, Lord of the Dance and Oshawa Power - 2012-2013 Season tickets - use CODE GSCC at or call 1-877-436-8811.

Have you logged into you Chamber Online Account and added a coupon or discount? If not, now is the time. Not sure how, give us a call and we will walk you through it!


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!

Lunch_Learn LUNCH & LEARN
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa
Topic: "You Are The Speaker"
This is your chance to tell members about your business and what it can do for them. Only one speaker per business and only members have the opportunity to promote their business. Each member representative will have approximately 2 minutes each to speak about their business. This is a FREE MEMBER'S ONLY event!  Click here for more information and to register online. 

Three Wise Men  Smart Devices in your Small Business 

  Thursday, January 10, 2013

  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - registration at 10:45 a.m.

  Chamber Boardroom, 
  44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa
  Early Bird Registration: by January 3 - No Charge
                            Cost After January 3 - $25 plus HST
Are you getting the most out of
your business' smartphones? Modern smartphones are incredibly capable devices, but how do you leverage them in your business? This seminar is packed with tips and tricks, from taking better pictures with your mobile phone to balancing how you use your cell phone plan for data vs. MMS and more! Lunch is provided, registration is required! Click here for more information and to register online. Space is limited! Book early and SAVE!!
This event is presented in partnership with:  
Marketplace Member Orientation 

Tuesday, January 15, 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 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 also WELCOME!  Click here for more information and to register online.

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 Dezsi, 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
  register online.

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 Business 4 Breakfast 
 Thursday, January 17, 2013
 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 YWCA Durham
 33 McGrigor Street, Oshawa
 Topic: 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 member's only event! 
Click here for more information and to register online.

Anderson Regional Chair Luncheon 
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa
Keynote Speaker: Roger Anderson, Chair, Regional Municipality of Durham
This will be your opportunity to hear the State of the Region address plus Chair Anderson will open the floor to a Q & A period! Click here for more information and to register online.

tasting Annual Tasting Evening
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The R.S. McLaughlin Estate
Parkwood, National Historic Site
270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa
A wonderful evening for food, wine, fun, friends and making great business connections! Exhibitor space is available. A great opportunity to promote your product or service to the business community. Click here for more information and to register online. 

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For your JumpStart Checklist, click here.
Ontario Chamber of Commerce Survey Follow Up

The OCC's first quarterly survey results are in. With nearly 2,500 Ontario businesses and organizations responding, this is the highest response rate ever achieved for an OCC policy survey! Survey results will inform and help to follow-up on the OCC's signature policy piece, Emerging Stronger 2.0.

Thanks to all members for their participation! Congratulations to the Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce, whose members had the highest response rate in the province.

Congratulations also to the two entry winners, Beverley Szatanski of Sault Ste. Marie who won a PlayBook courtesy of RIM, and John Merriam of Peterborough who won two tickets to see The Who in Toronto.

OCC logoStay tuned for the OCC's second quarterly survey, arriving in January 2013. 
Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) Is Interested In What You Know About Accessibility

DREN logo The growing demand for goods and services from people with disabilities presents important business opportunities - but you have to be accessible to capitalize on them. Here is a figure that might interest you: the collective annual spending power of Canadians with disabilities totals $25 billion, according to an RBC report.

Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) is interested in what you know about accessibility and what your views are about it. DREN is especially interested in what you think would help you to make your business more accessible to people with hearing, vision, mobility, and other types of disabilities. More information? Training workshops? Funding? Something else?

Please help DREN gather this information by completing a short, anonymous survey.


For further information, contact Julie Zatzman at DREN, 905-720-1777.
Ontario Growing the Economy in Chatham-Kent 
Ontario is supporting an innovative greenhouse project in Chatham- Kent that will create up to 90 local jobs, strengthen the local economy and help the environment.

In a first of its kind in North America, Cedarline Greenhouses will use surplus heat and carbon dioxide from a local ethanol plant to produce up to 21-million kilograms of Ontario grown tomatoes each year. This project will lower heating costs for the greenhouse by 40 per cent while increasing tomato production by five per cent. 

A strong agriculture industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.

  • This project will create up to 90 direct and indirect jobs upon completion and up to 400 direct and indirect job opportunities as it meets its expansion target.
  • Ontario's ethanol industry produces more than 885 million litres of ethanol annually (2011-2012), has created over 360 skilled jobs in rural Ontario, and has generated more than $635 million in capital investments.
  • Almost 78 per cent of all Ontario greenhouses are located in the counties of Chatham-Kent and Essex.
Ontario LogoFor more information, visit Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Business Of The Month  
CRCS Disaster Kleenup
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CRCS Disaster Kleenup, located at 1200 Skae Drive in Oshawa is a leader in the disaster cleanup field. They are a full-service disaster recovery, remediation and repair provider servicing Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering, Ajax, Toronto and surrounding areas for the past 33 years. They believe in meeting the highest standards of their industry and in ensuring that you and your property recover quickly and can return to business as usual as soon as possible. CRCS is very active in their community from sponsoring sports teams to donating time and money to local charities. Pictured in this presentation from left to right, (front row) Fred Tippins, Ryan Douglas, Andrew Cormack, Christine Parsons, (middle row) Sean McNamara of Petley-Hare Insurance Brokers, Donna Rooney, Gail Mitchell, Melony Green, Matt Douglas, (back row) Tom Hayter, Henry Remiz, Geoff Stewart, Peter Bocking of Hardiman Mount & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd., Phillip Rooney and Thomas Patterson.

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

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Grand Opening - You're Invited!   

On January 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., DeStefano Funeral Home, located at 1289 Keith Ross Drive Oshawa off Taunton Road, will be celebrating their Grand Opening and ribbon cutting with Oshawa's Mayor John Henry. All Chamber members are invited to attend.

Felicio's Cake Boutique will host their Grand Opening and ribbon cutting celebration on February 6, 2013 at 11:00 65 Albert St in Oshawa. You won't want to miss the delectible offerings at this event. All are invited to attend!
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Christmas Event Winners Networking Pays! 

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Christmas Wine & Cheese on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Ontario Regiment - Officers' Mess sponsored by John Williams CA.  Congratulations to the four prize winners. Pictured from left to right, are Janet Dowson of Urban Landmark Realty Inc., Brokerage, who won a gift certificate compliments of Bunny's Fine Foods; Cindy Symons-Milroy of the City of Oshawa, Economic Development Services who won a Gift Certificate compliments of Stav's; 2012 Chamber President Geoff Michie, of RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities; Jacqueline Donevan of Channel 12 who won the grand prize, 2 First Class VIA Rail tickets compliments of VIA Rail Canada and Chelsa Mayew of the City of Oshawa who won a Travelodge Gift Certificate compliments of one of the evenings many exhibitors, Woodland Homes. Congratulations to all!

OPG Darlington Safety Record Milestone 
At Darlington, they have reason to be proud of their safety record. In 20 years of operation, Darlington has operated to the highest safety standards. In 2012, Darlington reached a record-breaking 12.7 million hours worked without a lost-time injury. Congratulations! Click here to find out more.

Hobb & Company Merges With Collins Barrow
Hobb & Company, Durham region's largest accounting firm, has joined Collins Barrow. Now operating as Collins Barrow Durham LLP, the firm is part of an impressive network with nearly 40 offices across Canada, with the Durham office located at 1748 Baseline Rd West, Suite 200 in Courtice. Congratulations to all! For more information, visit

Free Christmas Dinner
Wally's World will be offering a free Christmas dinner for charity and the needy on Christmas Day at 1100 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa from 1:00-7:00 p.m. This is their way of giving back to the community that has sustained them, and have been very generous to them, for the last 32 years. Click here for details.

Parmac 20th Anniversary Celebration 
Parmac Relationship Marketing is hosting its 20th Anniversary Celebration on December 19, 2012. The open house will take place at 52 1/2 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information click here or contact Nick Daunt at 905-404-8007.
Welcome New Members in December 2012    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in December 2012. 
  • BMS IT Solutions
  • Central Ontario Trim Supply
  • Courtice Convenience

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  • Felicio's Cake Boutique
  • FST Vending Services
  • Garth S. Johns Consulting
  • JD Vending Services
  • Maxama Protection Inc.
  • Mediavandals
  • Plush Consignments
  • Precision Laboratories
  • Ritchie Shortt & Tully LLP
  • Sunnyside Eatery
  • Vin Bon Oshawa


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
Happy Holidays
M2M Advantage Program
Networking Events
Durham Wins Award For Marketing Efforts
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Business Of The Month
Grand Opening
Members in the News
New Members
New Membership Directory

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

Employment Services Workshops - John Howard Society
Now thru -
Thu. Dec, 20/12

Grand Opening
DeStefano Funeral Home
Fri. Jan, 4/13

BACD Seminars for
Small Business
Wed. Jan, 9/13 -
Thu. Jan, 17/13

Smart Devices in your Small Business Seminar
Thu. Jan, 10/13

UOIT - Management Development Centre - Winter 2013 Certificate Programs
Mon. Jan, 14/13 -
Sun. Mar, 31/13

HRPA's 2013 Annual Conference & Trade Show
Wed. Jan, 23/13 -
Fri. Jan, 25/13

Grand Opening
Felicio's Cake Boutique
Wed. Feb, 6/13

SMART Prosperity Now program information session
Thu. Feb, 14/13

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Mon. Dec, 31/12

Hampers For Seniors
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Fri. Dec, 14/12

General Motors Centre Events
Now Thru -
Thu. Jan, 31/13

Events for Seniors
Now Thru -
Tue. Dec, 18/12

Blues and BBQ Event
Fri. Dec, 14/12

Christmas Events at the Regent Theatre
Tue. Dec, 18/12 -
Thu. Dec, 27/12

Open House at The Table
Wed. Dec, 19/12

20th Anniversary Celebration & Open House - PARMAC
Wed. Dec, 19/12

Free Christmas Dinner for Charity and those in Need
Tue. Dec, 25/12

Events at the Regent Theatre
Sat. Jan, 26/13 -
Sun. Mar, 3/13

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

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