August 2013
Volume 5, Issue 8
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

awardThe 2013 Honourees will be recognized at a special Awards presentation. This isn't your average, run-of-the-mill awards show - it's the "red carpet" business 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.
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.
WINWin Exciting Prizes!

Each attendee will have a chance to win exciting prizes including:

    > 2 Round Trip First Class VIA Rail Tickets
    > A Blackberry Z10
    > 2 Night Deluxe Accommodation for 2 at 
       Viamede Resort and more!!



Join the Post Awards Parties beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the following restaurants: 


Fazio's Restaurant, 33 Simcoe St. S.  Oshawa (905) 571-3042
Avanti TRATTORI, 17 King St. E. Oshawa (905) 404-8045
Buster Rhinos BBQ, 28 King St. E. Oshawa  (905) 436-6986
Riley's Olde Towne Pub, 104 King St. E. Oshawa (905) 577-1808 


Join the 2013 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS and continue the celebration! Each restaurant is offering special discounts to those who present their Award Admission Ticket! 

If you have a large party (6 or more), the restaurants would appreciate if you called ahead and let them know you are coming!


Now you can register online for all Chamber events!
Lunch & Learn   
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Lunch_Learn
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Chamber Boardroom,  
44 Richmond St., W., Ste 100, Oshawa
Speaker: You Are The Speaker!
This is your time to shine with a 2 minute spotlight on your business! This is a FREE member's only event. Bring your own lunch and come early to network. Only one member representative per member business. Click here for information and to register.    
New Member Reception & Member Orientation
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
New Member Icon 5:00 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.
Women in Business Luncheon   Carol Cavallari
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
STAVS Dining Emporium
557 King Street East, Oshawa
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Carol Cavallari of The Table
Great networking opportunities with your peers!
This is a women's only event!
Click here for more information and to register.

Fall Business Showcase 2013Trade Show
'A Business to Business Trade Show'
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre 
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa 
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Mingle with 150 + other business owners
Hors d'ouevres & Cash Bar; VIA Rail Draw; Lots and lots of Door Prizes.
jumpstart logo Visit for more upcoming events.

For your JumpStart Checklist, click here .
Business Of The Month  
Oshawa Paint & Wallpaper Inc.
Oshawa Paint & Wallpaper Inc.
On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Oshawa Paint & Wallpaper on being named Business of the Month for August 2013.

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Pearle Vision Grand Opening
grandopeningPearle Vision Oshawa is hosting its Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, August 31  at 941 Taunton Road East in Oshawa. Ribbon cutting will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Mayor John Henry. All are invited. For more information visit
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!


Lakeridge Health Wins Blood Donor Challenge

The Canadian Blood Service's third annual Hospital Blood Challenge has concluded with Lakeridge Health staff, doctors and volunteers donating the most blood of any Ontario participating hospital. "As a team, we love a good challenge, especially if it can help save the lives of people who come through our doors each day," said Kevin Empey, President and CEO of Lakeridge Health.

Hospitals across Ontario were asked to help boost blood donations between June 1 and July 31, a time when the number of donors typically takes a dip due to the summer vacation season.

This was the first year Lakeridge Health participated in the challenge. Congratulations to the Lakeridge team! To donate blood, call 1-888 2 DONATE or visit to book an appointment. Blood is ALWAYS in short supply!.
Mediavandals Receives 2nd Award Nomination!
Specializing in graphic design, web design and online programs for Small Business and the Canadian music industry, Mediavandals are the proud recipients of their 2nd Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) nomination! Receiving their first nomination in 2012, this marks the 2nd year in a row the team has been nominated for the CCMA Album Design of the Year award. Congratulations to the Mediavandals team! For more information, please visit


Santa Has A New Address!

The Oshawa Santa Claus Parade has a new domain name...check it out!


Welcome New Members...   

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in July and August 2013. 
  • 5LINX - Suzanne Connor Business Directory Cover
  • Acklands Grainger Inc.

  • Best At IT - Marketing

  • Canadian Cancer Society Durham Community Office

  • 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
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We encourage you to always . . . . . . .  

Check out our Member 2 Member Directory for more money saving ideas with great discounts and coupons.  
Click Here for complete list!

This Month's Featured Member 2 Member Offer:
Roughley Insurance Brokers Ltd. is pleased to offer eligible GOCC members a 20% discount for Home and Auto insurance for members and their employees. Contact Roughley today to schedule a free no-obligation Insurance Audit so you can be sure that you are getting the right coverage at the right price. Call
(905) 576-7770 or visit
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


Click here for a complete list of Cost Savings Benefits!   

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

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Grand Opening -
Pearle Vision Oshawa

Sat. Aug, 31/13 



Board Governance and
Risk Management Seminar
Thu. Sep, 12/13



Core21 Grand Opening Celebration
Thu. Sep, 19/13




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



Adventure to CHINA!
Wed. Oct, 15/14 -
Sat. Oct, 25/14



Community Events 





General Motors Centre Events 
Now thru -
Fri. Sep, 20/13 



Bottle Drive Fundraiser
Now thru -
Sat. Aug, 31/13



TOUCH-A-TRUCK Rolls To The General Motors Centre 
Fri. Aug, 23/13



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
Sat. Sep, 7/13 -

Sun. Sep, 8/13



Habitat For Humanity Durham's Annual Golf Tournament Benefitting CentreTowne
Thu. Sep, 12/13



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



Lakeridge Health Foundation Bed Races
Sat. Sep, 21/13



32nd Annual
Camp Samac Art Festival
Fri. Oct, 4/13 -

Sun. Oct, 6/13



Oshawa Santa Parade -
Sat. Nov, 16/13





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