MARCH 2013
Volume 5, Issue 3
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Chamber Annual General Meeting - April 2, 2013

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The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Octaviens,
559 Bloor Street West in Oshawa.

The AGM meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. The AGM is a FREE member's only benefit open to all eligible voting Chamber members!

In accordance with Chamber Bylaws, we hereby give notice to the membership that amendments have been approved by the Board of Directors and will be presented at the AGM for ratification by the membership.

Click below to view the proposed Bylaw changes and the Strategic Plan Updates. 2013 Bylaw Changes |    2013 Strategic Plan

Following the AGM, members are invited to attend the Spring Marketplace 2013, also being held at Octaviens. The Spring Marketplace is open to all members and their employees as well as prospective members and the general public! Everyone is invited!

Pre-registration is required for both events. Please click here for more details and to register online.
Nominations Open: GOCC Business Excellence Awards  
Business Excellence Awards Plaque   
Nominate a leader in your community today! The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations of companies whose significant business achievements have made an important contribution to the economic and social well being of the Greater Oshawa area.

The categories for nomination are: Business Person; New Enterprise; Civic Pride; Business Excellence and Innovation.

Nominate yourself or another outstanding business today for a GOCC award. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday April 26, 2013. The honorees will be recognized at the 18th Annual Business Excellence Awards in September. For more information, download nomination form [PDF].


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!

Marketplace    Member Orientation
   Thursday, March 14
, 2013
   4:30 p.m. - 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.

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, have some fun, 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.  

Donna Taylor  Women In Business 
  Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  Fazio's Restaurant Inc.
  33 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa
  Keynote Speaker: Donna Taylor, CEO & Port  
  Manager, Harbourmaster, Port of Oshawa
This is a great networking event for women only. Invite a friend to lunch!  Click here for more information and to register.  
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 for more upcoming events.
For your JumpStart Checklist, click here .
Business Of The Month  
Lux Limousine Services Ltd.  
Lux Limousine Services Ltd.

Lux Limousine Services Ltd., located at 1280 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa has been serving the Durham Region and the GTA since 1998 and is the largest limo company in the Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area. Lux Limousine Services Ltd. are proud sponsors of many sporting teams in the area as well. Pictured in this presentation from left to right are Sean McNamara of Petley-Hare Insurance Brokers, Steve Hamad of Lux Limousine Services Ltd. and Peter Bocking of Hardiman Mount & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. For more information, call 1-800-606-5007 or visit

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

View Past Business of The Month Recipients >>>

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Give Blood.... Before You Go
March break is fast approaching and whether people are preparing to hit the slopes or the beach that week, Canadian Blood Services is asking Canadians to check off one last thing on their to-do list. After booking your travel, Canadian Blood Services is encouraging residents to take a few extra moments to make one more call and book an appointment to give blood. Give...before you go. And know that while you're away, a patient in need is being helped thanks to your donation.

The blood donor clinics scheduled in Oshawa for March are:   
1300 Harmony Rd. North  Go online at or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283) to book an appointment or to obtain information about eligibility or the donation process. 
Welcome New Members in March 2013    

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in March 2013. 
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    Abilities Centre  
  • Birnie Electric Ltd.
  • DPL Security
  • Joanne M. Seeds, CMA
  • LA Fitness  
  • Oriana Financial
  • Perfect Sounds D.J. Services
  • PODS Moving & Storage
  • Powerful Journey Consulting  
  • Remax Jazz Brokerage Inc. - Dave & Noel Coppins  
  • STANDOUT Promotional Products
  • Viamede
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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We encourage you to always . . . . . . .  

New Cost Saving Benefits Programs!  
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The Chamber has partnered with to help our members locate contract opportunities
to grow their business. You can try this service free for 30 days, with no obligation. Visit 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 for more information.

Click here for a complete list of Cost Savings Benefits!

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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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for Featured Member Offers! 

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!

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In This Issue
Nominations Open: GOCC Business Excellence Awards
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
New Cost Saving Benefits Programs!
M2M Advantage Program

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

BACD Business Seminar Schedule
Tue. Mar, 26/13

UOIT Seminar - The Not-for-Profit Sector - An Insiders Perspective
Thu. Mar, 14/13

Durham Region Association for Volunteer Administration Meeting
Thu. Mar, 14/13

New Exporters to Border States (NEBS) - Exporting to the United States Seminar
Tue. Mar, 19/13

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

OCC Webinar - Will Your Business Be Affected By New Anti-Spam Law
Fri. Mar, 22/13

Durham College Open House
Sat. Mar, 23/13

Changes to Probate in Ontario - Seminar
Tue. Mar, 26/13

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

CMA Information Session - FREE
Tue. Apr, 16/13

CMA Information Session - FREE
Tue. Apr, 23/13

8th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
Tue. Apr, 23/13

Community Events 





General Motors Centre Events
Sat. Feb, 9/13 - Sun. Mar, 31/13

Events for Seniors
Thu. Feb, 14/13 - Sat. Mar, 23/13

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

Free Fraud Prevention Awareness Forum
Wed. Mar, 27/13

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

Starry Nights 10th Anniversary - Supporting Y's Wish Shelter
Fri. Jun, 14/13

The Charles H Best Diabetes Centre Charity Golf Tournament
Sat. Jun, 15/13

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