September 2013
Volume 5, Issue 9
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) 404-8040
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 party of 4 or more, the restaurants would appreciate if you called ahead and let them know you are coming!


 Win A Trip To China!  
The Lion Dance Troupe will join the "Business of the Year Party" on September 26th in downtown Oshawa. The Lion Dance Troupe will escort the VIP Pre-Award attendees from Fazio's Restaurant to the Regent Theatre for the 2013 Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards presentation bringing luck and happiness to all who join in! Known as the king of animals, the lion is a traditional symbol of good luck in China. In the Lion Dance, two people act as a lion; one moving the head and the other moving the body and tail. All of the Award attendees will have a chance to win at trip to China! Reserve your ticket to attend at!  
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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 2013 null
'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
Seminars, Hors d'ouevres & Cash Bar; VIA Rail Draw; Lots and lots of Door Prizes.
Seminar Speaker: Cate Collins, Powerful Journey Consulting

Click here for more information and to register. 


4th Annual Curling "FUN" Spiel curling
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa
11:30 a.m.- LUNCH; 12:30 p.m. - 1st Draw
Great Networking Event. Don't know how to curl,
no problem! Come out and learn or cheer a team
on! Price includes two (2) four end games of
curling, light lunch and one (1) complimentary drink ticket.

Click here for more information and to register.
Luncheon With Jonathan Dart
UK Consul General in Toronto
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 null 
Noon. to 2:00 p.m.
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor St., E., Oshawa
Speaker: Jonathan Dart, Consul General in Toronto and Director General of UK Trade & Investment for Canada 

The main subject of Mr. Dart's presentation will be on the opportunities in civil nuclear power offered by the UK, and how the UK and Canada are natural partners in this. He will also talk more broadly about the UK's energy market reforms, carbon abatement commitments and the need for new nuclear build - this has led to other operators (EDF, GE/Hitachi, Rosatom) committing to civil nuclear generation.

Mark the date, and stay tuned for details.


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Business Of The Month  
FST Vending Services
On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to FST Vending Services on being named Business of the Month for September 2013.
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Core21 Grand Openinggrandopening

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!


Smoke's Poutinerie Grand Opening

Smoke's Poutinerie is hosting its Grand Opening Celebration on Monday, September 30th at 75 King Street East in Oshawa. Ribbon cutting will be held at 11:00 a.m. sharp! All are invited.


Class Act Changes Name!
As one curtain sets, another begins to rise. Since 2001, Class Act Dinner Theatre in Whitby has operated as a unique and successful live entertainment complex.This past summer, extensive renovations to the theatre, located on Consumers Rd. in Whitby took place and included in those renovations was a new name and a new focus. As a result of merging Class Act with We Rock Entertainment, a 3 year old and rapidly growing live event promotion company, they are proud to announce the launch of LIVE ACT. For more information visit


Ontario To Launch Youth Employment Fund

Starting this September, the fund will help employers offer four-to six-month job and training placements for young people seeking work with hiring incentives, supports and services.


Ontario will provide up to $7,800 to cover a range of supports and services for each eligible young worker under the fund.

Placements can start as soon as September 23, 2013. VPI Inc. is recruiting candidates and employers NOW!  


For more information, please contact: VPI Inc. Oshawa, 843 King Street West, Unit # 9, Oshawa at 905-571-3301.


Oshawa Blood Donor Clinic Partners Reception
You're invited to the Oshawa Blood Donor Clinic Partners Reception on Wednesday, September 25th at 1300 Harmony Road North in Oshawa from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.. Network with other partners and learn about the benefits of the Partners for Life program. Know of a group/organization that would be great for the Partners For Life program? Bring them along! 

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 September 2013. 
  • Caltrans Logistics Inc.

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  • Master Mechanic Oshawa

  • Oshawa West Home Hardware

  • Sustainable Autonomous Living Technologies Inc.


Click here for a complete list of members who have joined since the Business Directory was published on April 1, 2013.
The 2014 edition of the popular Business Directory and Buyer's Guide containing business listings of all Greater Oshawa Chamber members is in the works. Don't get left out! If you are interested in advertising in the Business Directory and Buyer's Guide contact Michelle Lea at (905) 433-7854. You can download the Buyer's Guide at
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This Month's Featured Member 2 Member Offer:

Local Media Marketing Inc.
1925 Stevenson Rd., N, Oshawa, (800) 672-3569
Save at least $750, Chamber Members get 50% off any of our packages
Best At IT - Stefan Hettich
492 Palmtree Cres., Oshawa, (905) 925-1895
Free Online Marketing Assessment of your Business with Consultation
YoYo's Yogurt Cafe
785 Taunton Rd., E., Oshawa, (905) 579-9696
BOGO $1 off
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
Win A Trip To China
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
M2M Advantage Program
New Cost Saving Benefits Programs!

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Wed. Aug, 28/13 -
Tue. Dec, 31/13


Youth Employment Fund
Thu. Sep, 12/13 -
Tue. Dec, 31/13


Grand Opening Celebration
Thu. Sep, 19/13


Oshawa Blood Donor Clinic Partners Reception
Wed. Sep, 25/13


Grand Re-Opening -
Print Three Oshawa
Thu. Sep, 26/13


Autumn Harvest Open House - Wynfield Retirement Residence
Sun. Sep, 29/13


Smoke's Poutinerie Grand Opening - Ribbon Cutting
Mon. Sep, 30/13


Reflecting On The Past, Preparing for the Future -
The Financial Meltdown of 2008 - RBC Seminar
Tue. Oct, 15/13


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


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



Community Events 





Aboriginal Gathering Series: Tipi Raising Ceremony
Wed. Sep, 18/13



Welcome Wagon
Bridal Showcase
Sun. Sep, 22/13



32nd Annual Camp Samac
Art Festival
Fri. Oct, 4/13 -
Sun. Oct, 6/13



Pearle Vision Oshawa Presents - World Sight Day Challenge
Thu. Oct, 10/13



Welcome Wagon Baby Show
Sun. Oct, 27/13



Oshawa Santa Parade -
Sat. Nov, 16/13





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