Volume 5, Issue 2
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Wilma Metcalfe
Bob Malcolmson, CEO & General Manager of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce would like to inform the membership that Wilma Metcalfe will be retiring after 20 years of service to the Chamber and its members.

Wilma came to the Chamber in 1993 as the Chamber's Administrative Assistant. During her tenure at the Chamber, Wilma has attended and minuted countless Committee and Board meetings and worked with hundreds of volunteers, over 400 Board members, twenty Presidents and three CEOs!

The last official networking function Wilma will attend is the upcoming Mayor's Luncheon on February 22nd. Please join with us in thanking her for a job well done and in wishing her all the success and happiness for the future.

We are happy for Wilma but sad to see her go. She is a true professional and will certainly be missed. Wilma's last day of work will be February 28, 2013.

On behalf of the entire membership and the Chamber staff we wish Wilma a long and happy retirement. Enjoy Florida!


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!
Mayor Henry  Mayor John Henry's
  Address To Business Community 
  Thursday, February 21, 2013
  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, Oshawa
  1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa
  Mayor Henry will update the business
  community on the State of the City of Oshawa.
  Click here for more information and to register.    
 The Challenge The 5th Annual Challenge     
  Wednesday, March 6, 2013   
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  NEB's Fu
n World
  1300 Wilson Road North, Oshawa
  Are you up for the CHALLENGE? Bowling, Go   
  Karting, and Air Tag. Network, Teamwork,
  Funwork...Everyone Wins! Individual Event 
  Sponsorships are available. Click here for more
  information and to register. 
Marketplace    New Member Reception & Member 
   Monday, Februar
y 25, 2013
   4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Chamber Boardroom,
   44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa
   This month the Member Orientation is combined
   with the New Member Reception...come out and
   meet the new members! 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.

Under 40 Logo  Under 40 Young Professionals 
  Poker "FUN" Night 
  Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  Officer's Mess
  53 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa
The Chamber recognizes people under 40 often communicate, network and do business differently. This event offers Chamber members the opportunity to get together with your peers, 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 online.

Marketplace  5th Annual Spring Marketplace
  Tuesday, April 2, 2013  
  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  Octaviens - Best Western Durham
  559 Bloor Street West,Oshawa 
  Thousands of dollars in door prizes. Great  
  networking event! Click here for more information  
  and to register.   

Annual General Meeting  
Tuesday, April 2, 2013  
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4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Octaviens - Best Western Durham
559 Bloor Street West,Oshawa
Let your voice be heard. This is a free MEMBERS' only event. Click here for more information and to register. Attend the AGM only or both the AGM & Spring Marketplace - one registration form.   
Breakfast  Business 4 Breakfast  
  Thursday, April 18, 2013
  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  Boys & Girls Club of Durham
  433 Eulalie Avenue, Oshawa
  Topic: You Are The Speaker!
  Come out for a morning of networking and tour
  the facility as they celebrate their 50th
  Anniversary. 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.

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Visit www.oshawachamber.com for more upcoming events.
For your JumpStart Checklist, click here.
Business Of The Month  
Better Business Equipment Inc.
Better Business Equipment Inc.

Better Business Equipment Inc., located at 350 Wentworth Street East, Unit 8 in Oshawa is the leading supplier of office equipment, software solutions, IT and internet services for small business through to large enterprises, supporting Oshawa, Pickering, Peterborough, Belleville, Trenton, Kingston, Bancroft and Brockville. BBE gives back to the community by supporting many sports teams and other local charities. Pictured from left to right in this presentation are; (back row) Sean McNamara of Petley-Hare Insurance, John Sturrup of JS2 Marketing & Communications, Mike Goodes of Better Business Equipment Inc., Iain Adamson of Better Business Equipment Inc., Andrew Osborne of Better Business Equipment Inc., Peter Bocking of Hardiman Mount & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd., (front row) Blain Taylor of Better Business Equipment Inc., Ben Bowen of Better Business Equipment Inc., Jose Mendez of Better Business Equipment Inc. and Don Pitman of Guardian Residential Services.

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations on being named Business of the Month for February 2013.

View Past Business of The Month Recipients >>>

Grand Opening - You're Invited!   

RBC Royal Bank, located at 680 Longworth Avenue in Bowmanville, will host its Grand Opening and  Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Saturday, February 16. Mayor Adrian Foster will cut the ribbon at 11:30 a.m.; refreshments will be served.   


YoYo's Yogurt Café™, located at 785 Taunton Road East in Oshawa, will be celebrating a Grand Opening on Saturday February 23 of the first self serve yogurt store to open in Oshawa. Ribbon cutting will take place 12 noon.


As Ontario's largest make-your-own-wine retailer Vin Bon will host the Grand Opening of its Oshawa location on March 2 at 350 Wentworth Street East in Oshawa. Ribbon cutting will take place at 1:00 p.m. 

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Justine Murray-Robinson Joins TD

Justine Murray-Robinson TD Commercial Banking is very pleased to announce that Justine Murray-Robinson has joined their South East Ontario Commercial Banking Centre. Justine is well known to the Greater Oshawa Chamber community, having recently served as VP on the Chamber's Board of Directors. Justine brings with her over 13 years of personal and commercial banking experience. Justine can be reached at the TD Commercial Banking office at King & Simcoe in Oshawa at 905-576-7194.


Kim Achieve Top 5% Most Viewed on LinkedIn

Kim Boatman  

Congratulations to Kim Boatman of Oshawa Express...she has achieved the coveted position of being one of the top 5% most viewed @LinkedIn for 2012. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/profile/30/109/164  


Healthy Workplace Award

Congratulations to our members who recently received a 2012 Healthy Workplace Award given to organizations that encourage employees to lead healthy lifestyles. The award is given by the Durham Region Health Department. 

  • Community Living Oshawa-Clarington
  • Grandview Children's Centre
  • OLG Slots at Ajax Downs
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Region of Durham
New Cost Saving Benefits Programs!  
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The Chamber has partnered with Biddingo.com to help our members locate contract opportunities
to grow their business. You can try this service free for 30 days, with no obligation. Visit www.biddingo.com/occ for more information and to sign up.

HOTLINE TO HR: Hotlinie To HR logo
From the largest corporations, to mid-sized businesses and emerging entrepreneurs Hotline to HR gives organizations 24/7 access to a virtual Human Resources Department to help you manage
your employees and limit financial and legal exposures. Special Offer: A free Employee Handbook valued at $500 exclusive to Chamber members. Visit www.hotlinetohr.com for more information.
Welcome New Members in February 2013    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in February 2013. 
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    Bath Revival 
  • Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate 
  • Discount Car And Truck Rentals 
  • LegalShield - Gloria Whitfield 
  • M.K. Tailoring
  • Niblett Industries                                      
  • Northern Chiropractic Centre  
  • Ontario Truck Training Academy
  • Tosca Banquet Hall Inc. 
  • Watershed Designs                               
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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Check out our Member 2 Member Directory for more money saving ideas with great discounts and coupons.  

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Have you logged into your Chamber Online Account and added a coupon or discount? If not, now is the time. Not sure how, give us a call at 905-728-1683 and we will walk you through it!
LAST CHANCE! 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 www.oshawachamber.com.

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

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In This Issue
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Grand Opening
Members in the News
New Cost Saving Benefits Programs!
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
New Membership Directory

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UOIT - Management Development Centre - Winter 2013 Certificate Programs
Now thru  -
Sun. Mar, 31/13

Grand Opening -
RBC Bowmanville
Sat. Feb, 16/13

QUEEN Tribute Show at The Regent - Special Rates For Chamber Members
Sun. Feb, 17/13

Grand Opening -
YoYo's Yogurt Café™
Sat. Feb, 23/13

Grand Opening -
Vin Bon Oshawa
Sat. Mar, 2/13

MDC - UOIT Seminar
The Not-for-Profit Sector - An Insider's Perspective
Thu. Mar, 14/13

Essential Communications Presents: 2013 Local Biz Expo
Wed. Mar, 20/13

Durham College Open House
Sat. Mar, 23/13

UOIT Presents: Life in 2030 - Discussion Series
Wed. Apr, 3/13

Community Events 





Events at the Regent Theatre
Now thru -
Sun. Mar, 3/13

General Motors Centre Events
Now thru -
Sun. Mar, 31/13

Events for Seniors
Now thru -
Sat. Mar, 23/13

Oshawa Bridal Showcase
Sun. Feb, 17/13

3rd Annual Wingfest
Sat. Feb, 23/13

Cowboy Chic - Benefiting The Boys Girls Club of Durham
Fri. Mar, 1/13

Walk to Remember - Fundraiser for Bereaved Families of Ontario, Durham Region
Sun. Mar, 3/13

Welcome Wagon's Oshawa
Baby Show
Sun. Mar, 24/13

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

The Great Canadian Shoreline Spring Cleanup
Mon. Apr, 1/13 - Sun. Jun, 30/13

Reverse Draw, Dinner, Silent Auction - Rotary Oshawa-Parkwood Fundraiser
Thu. Apr, 25/13

Bowl for Kids Sake
Wed. May, 8/13

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