JULY 2013
Volume 5, Issue 7
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Bob Malcolmson,

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WOW! Bold Exciting Changes In Store For 2013 Business Excellence Awards



The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the prestigious Business Excellence Awards: "Business Excellence" - Dr. Angela Fountain and Associates and Rhythm Dynamix Dance & Performing Arts; "Civic Pride" - McCAM Insurance Brokers Ltd.; "Innovation" - GeoSight Inc.; "New Enterprise" - Working It!  Making Your Clothes Work For You Inc.; "Business Person of the Year" - Norm Mackie of Mackie Moving Systems, Oshawa and the President's Award will be presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Durham-Eastview Unit.


We are shaking things up this year...with a new location and a new format. Plus everyone attending will have a chance to win one of several exciting prizes including 2 Round Trip VIA Rail Tickets to Quebec City, 2 Night Deluxe Accommodation for 2 at Viamede Resort, a Blackberry Z10, and so much more! This isn't your average, run-of-the-mill awards show - it's the party of the year!


The party kicks-off with a Pre-Award VIP Cocktail Reception at Fazio's Restaurant beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by a Red Carpet greeting and Awards Presentation at the Regent Theatre beginning at 6:15 p.m. Paparazzi are already abuzz! Post-Award Parties, beginning at 8:00 p.m., are being planned by participating downtown restaurants. 


Book your ticket today and be part of the celebration! Contact the Chamber at 905-728-1683 for more details or click here to register. Tickets are selling quickly, so reserve your ticket today! You don't want to miss this party!


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Now you can register online for all Chamber events!
Biz @ Noon Autofest Media Launch BBQ  
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AutoFest
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Party on the Chamber Patio
44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa
The Chamber, in association with the Motor City Car Club, presents the Biz @ Noon BBQ. Join us for some great networking, great food and an up close and personal view of some of the best classic cars in our region. Click here for more information and to REGISTER.
New Member Reception & Member Orientation
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
New Member Icon5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Meet our newest members and find out how to maximize your membership, market your business, make new connections 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.
18th Annual Business Excellence Awards
Business Excellence Awards Plaque
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The 2013 Honorees will be recognized at a special Awards presentation. This isn't your average, run-of-the-mill awards show - it's the "red carpet" party of the year!
Pre-Award VIP Cocktail Reception at
Fazio's Restaurant at 5:00 p.m.
Red Carpet and Awards Presentation at the
Regent Theatre at 6:15 p.m.
Post Award Parties begin at 8:00 p.m. at participating downtown restaurants.
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.
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Visit web.oshawachamber.com/events for more upcoming events.

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New Advisory Panel to Examine Ontario's Minimum Wage System 


Ontario Logo The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce applauds the announcement of the appointment of the advisory panel on minimum wage as promised in last spring's budget.


For several years, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has advocated for the development of a third party commission made up of business, labour and community stakeholders to review minimum wage requirements. The key element of such a commission or review board would be to ensure that minimum wage requirements follow the economic circumstances of the day.



Chamber Mourns The Loss Of A Good Friend
Leo Morin                                    
On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce staff, the Board of Directors and members, our deepest sympathy go out to the family on the death of Leo Morin.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Leo Paul Morin, CD, Past Commanding Officer and former Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) passed away on Monday, 22 July 2013, in his 70th year.
The family will receive friends at the

Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King St. W. (905-721-1234), Oshawa, on Sunday, 28 July 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A celebration of Leo's life will be held at St. Gertrude's Roman Catholic Church, 690 King St .E, Oshawa, on Monday, 29 July 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Col. R.S. McLaughlin Armoury, 53 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Ontario Regiment Museum c/o The Ontario Regiment Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Business Of The Month  
James Printing & Signs
BOM July
On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to James Printing & Signs on being named Business of the Month for July 2013.

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Core21 Grand Opening

CORE21 Oshawa is hosting its Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, September 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 21 Simcoe Street South in Oshawa. Ribbon cutting will be held at 4:00 p.m. All are invited. Please register online to let them know you are coming!


Plane Pull for ALS!
Congratulations to Shelley Johnston Hilditch and "Team Game Day" who raised $10,405 during the 3rd Annual Bombardier Plane Pull for ALS Canada in honour of her dad. Gerry Johnston, a former member and the first recipient of the Business Person of the Year Award ever given by the Greater Oshawa Chamber was recently diagnosed with ALS. The team managed to pull a Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, weighing approximately 37,000 lbs., 100 metres in the shortest time.


Investors Group Opens New Doors!
The Investors Group celebrated the opening of its newest financial planning centre at 1361 Grandview Street North (Taunton & Grandview) in Oshawa on June 18th. On hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to present a congratulatory plaque from the Greater Oshawa Chamber was Chamber President Dan Carter, Chamber CEO Bob Malcolmson and several Chamber members. 

Welcome New Members...   

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in July 2013. 
  • 5LINX - Suzanne Connor Business Directory Cover
  • Best At IT - Marketing

  • Canadian Cancer Society Durham Community Office

  • Canadian Missing Children Awareness and Prevention Programs

  • Christine's Clear Mortgages

  • Global Performance

  • LA Quinta Inn & Suites

  • Oshawa Durham AM Kiwanis Club

  • Trinity College School                     

Click here for a complete list of members who have joined since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2013.
The 2013 edition of the popular Business Directory and Buyer's Guide containing business listings of all Greater Oshawa Chamber members is out! If you did not get your copy, contact the Chamber at 905-728-1683 or download the Buyer's Guide at www.oshawachamber.com.
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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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This Month's Featured Member 2 Member Offers:
Bellum Legal - 10% discount   
Best At IT - Marketing -
Free Online Marketing Assessment of your business with consultation 
Furniture Galleries
- 20% discount
Investors Group Financial Services Inc., David Oshier Consultant -
Family balance sheet re-alignment   

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!
Cost Saving Benefits Programs!  

Employees Can Use Their Esso Cards Even On Vacation!

esso Last year, the Chamber Esso program upped the game by adding the ability of business owners to put their employees on the program.


It's tough for small business owners to find great benefits to offer their employees. We think this one is a winner - because even if they're driving on their own time, the discount of 3.5 cents off posted pump price applies.


Employee forms have recently been updated; visit the Esso program micro site at www.essofleetoffers.com/CHAMBER.


Click here for a complete list of Cost Savings Benefits!   

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In This Issue
Business Excellence Awards
Networking Events
Examining Ontario's Minimum Wage
In Memory of Leo Paul Morin
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
New Cost Saving Benefits Programs!

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BACD Seminar -   
Leveraging LinkedIn To Increase Sales
Thu. Jul, 25/13



BACD Seminar - Should You Be Using YouTube?
Thu. Aug, 8/13



Deer Creek Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre
Thu. Aug, 15/13



Let's Keep In Touch Summer Socials!
Wed. Aug, 21/13



BACD Seminar - Have Interest in Pinterest?
Thu. Aug, 22/13



Core21 Grand Opening Celebration
Thu. Sep, 19/13



Dealing With Challenging Volunteers - Seminar
Wed. Nov, 13/13


Community Events 





Durham Medical - 3
0th Anniversary Contest - Win a $30,00 Home Accessibility Renovation0

Now thru -
Thu. Aug, 1/13



Luke's Place Community Fundraising Challenge
Wed. May, 1/13 -

Wed. Jul, 31/13



General Motors Centre Events
Sat. May, 11/13 -

Fri. Sep, 20/13



Blood Donor Clinic - Whitby
Fri. Jul, 26/13



World Hepatitis Day
Sun. Jul, 28/13



4th Annual Ontario Police Memorial Golf Tournament
Wed. Aug, 28/13



12th Annual Oshawa Rotary Ribfest
Fri. Sep, 6/13 -

Sun. Sep, 8/13



The Rotary Pancake Breakfast @ Ribfest
Sat. Sep, 7/13 -
Sun. Sep, 8/13



2013 Durham Region Mayors' Gala supporting Ontario Philharmonic
Fri. Sep, 13/13


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