November 2013
Volume 5, Issue 11
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Christmas Wine and Cheese  
Tuesday, December 3, 2013  - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Wine and Cheese Visit the exhibitors and come prepared to
network! This is a great way to make new business connections for the busy Holiday Season! Bring an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food or toiletry item to help Simcoe Hall Settlement House.The reserves of peanut butter, canned milk and canned fruit are critically low this year!
Officers' Mess - Ontario Regiment
53 Simcoe  Street North, Oshawa
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Women In Business Luncheon

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


With keynote Speaker:
Nina Romano, Nina Romano Insurance Agency Inc. Come out and hear her amazing story...
you will be inspired! Great networking opportunities with your peers! This is a women's only event!

Fazio's Restaurant,
33 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa


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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


It was such a success last time, we are doing it again! No agenda, no speaker, simply networking! This is your time to meet and connect with fellow members!   


STAVS Dining Emporium
557 King Street East, Oshawa   


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Under 40 "Hockey Night in Oshawa"

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Under 40 LogoAre you under 40?  A Young Entrepreneur? A Young Business Professional? If you answered yes to any of the above...this fun networking event is for you! COME OUT AND WATCH YOUR OSHAWA GENERALS TAKE ON THE PETERBOROUGH PETES.

Join the Under 40 group for an evening of networking, finger food and beverages while supporting your Oshawa Generals. A cash bar will be available.


GM Centre,
99 Athol Street East, Oshawa 

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Regional Chair Annual Luncheon
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Roger Anderson
Regional Municipality of Durham Chair Roger Anderson's annual address to the business community. Join us to find out what and how the Region is doing.


Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa 

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A Tasting Evening
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Mark the date!
Talk and taste...this is a great opportunity to sample great food and beverages and network with others in our business community! Exhibitor tables available.


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Mayor's Annual Luncheon

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Mayor Henry
City of Oshawa Mayor John Henry addresses the business community. Join us to find out what and how the City is doing.

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa 

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Cowboys & Cowgirls for the 6th Annual Challenge!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

We're looking for teams of 5! No team, no problem, we will add you to a team!

REWARD: $500 to Winning Team for their Charity of Choice! You can also win just by dressing as your favorite Wild West character!

NEB's Fun World
1300 Wilson Road North, Oshawa 


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Business Of The Month  
4K Prints

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to 4K Prints on being named Business of the Month!
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Networking On Ice!

After a fun afternoon on the ice at the Curling FUNSpiel on November 6, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce VP John Sturrup was on hand to present the winning team, CRCS Disaster Kleenup, their cheque for $500.00 to be gifted to their charity of choice, Epilepsy Durham. Pictured from left to right is John Sturrup of JS2 Marketing & Communications; the CRCS Disaster Kleenup team members, Lloyd Morden, Geoff Kabush, Cris Douglas and Kyle Douglas; and Adam Hare of Petley-Hare Insurance Brokers. Thank you to Petley-Hare Insurance Brokers and CRCS Disaster Kleenup for sponsoring the Curling FUNSpiel again this year. Your support is appreciated!


Price of Eating Well in Durham Region

Did you know that 7.7% of Durham Region residents are food insecure? That's almost one in ten families! To learn more, check out the Price of Eating Well in Durham Region newsletter Join the conversation about affording healthy food at #food4allON.


Filling Over 1300 Christmas Hampers
Simcoe Hall Settlement House has started its Annual Christmas Food and Toy Drive and will soon be assembling food hampers for many families in the Oshawa area. Last year they provided hampers to 1300 families and current numbers indicate the need will be even greater this year. While donations from the community have been fantastic, the reserves of peanut butter, canned milk and canned fruit are critically low. Anything you could do to help at this time would be greatly appreciated. You can drop off any non-perishable food items or toys to Simcoe Hall directly at 387 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa until Dec. 24. For more information, call 905-728-7525 or visit


HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas!
Yes its true, Christmas is just around the corner. It's taken Santa all year to bulk up again so he can be in the "Pet Pics with Santa" for the Humane Society of Durham Region. Please come out and support the animals in their care. Photo opportunities continue on November 30, December 1, 7 and 8 at Vandermeer Garden Centre. Bring your animals, big and small, to sit on Santa's knee and have their picture taken. Don't forget to bring the children too! For further information contact the shelter at 905-665-7430.

Dear Santa, Holiday Hunt & Charity Event
Think scavenger hunt meets holiday party meets awesome charity event, and you'll have yourself the Dear Santa, Holiday Hunt & Charity Evening! On Saturday, December 14th, organizers will be sending you and your team across town to participate  in whacky activities while helping fill Santa's sack for families in need. You can enter as a single, couple or a foursome and should probably do so NOW as space is limited. After the scavenge there will be prizes, great food, drinks, music and dancing - all in the name of a good cause! All proceeds in support of the Rose of Durham. Click here for more details.

Complimentary Eco-Efficiency Assessment

The Durham Partners in Project Green Eco-Efficiency Program is your one-stop shop for reducing your energy, water and waste costs. If your company is looking to reduce its energy costs, increase its productivity and improve its environmental performance, this program is for you! To book your COMPLIMENTARY Eco-Efficiency Assessment or for more information, call (905) 985-3279 or visit
Welcome New Members...   

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in November 2013. 


  • Aztech Realty Inc., Brokerage

    Business Directory Cover

  • Catholic Family Services of Durham
  • D.S.M. Plumbing Service
  • Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
  • Howe 2 Massage
  • J.J. McGuire General Contractors
  • Logicon Solutions
  • Mortgage Intelligence - Rosemary Madden
  • RIM - Renascence Investment
    Management Corporation
  • SNAP Oshawa  
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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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 Offer:

Caltrans Logistics Inc.
650 King St. E., Oshawa, ON (905) 926-8637
M2M Offer: GOCC members receive first Container Delivery 1/2 Price - anywhere in GTA to/from CN or CP. Offer is valid with minimum of 3 moves within 30 day period.   
Have You Logged In Yet?  
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
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!  
Why Chambers Plan?


Over 25,000 businesses purchase group benefits from the Chambers Plan. Comprehensive benefit packages apply to home-based businesses and small business firms - with no industry restrictions. For-profit businesses with three people and up are eligible for guaranteed coverage. Coverage for 1 to 2 people is also available.

  • Customized Coverage for Firms
  • Pooled Benefits - Keeping employee benefit costs stable from year to year
  • Guaranteed Non-Cancellable Regardless Of Your Firm's Size
  • Customer Service Operated at the Local and National Level
  • Health & Dental Claims Usually Paid Within 48 Hours


Enjoy Group Benefits with a Difference!  


Click here for a complete list of Chamber Cost Savings Benefits!   

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Business Of The Month
Members in the News
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Youth Employment Fund
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Small Strategy...
Big Results
Tue. Nov, 26/13



RBC Business Seminar Series - SEMINAR 3 - Property and Liability Insurance/Group Benefits
Wed. Nov, 27/13



BPW Durham
Dinner Meeting
Wed. Nov, 27/13



DREN Hosts Capitalizing on CapABILITIES - Information Session
Tue. Dec, 3/13



RBC Business Seminar Series - SEMINAR 4 - Employment Law 101
Wed. Dec, 4/13



Christmas Networking Event At Viamede - Special Chamber Member Rates!
Fri. Dec, 6/13



RBC Business Seminar Series - SEMINAR 5 - Financial Statements Made Easy!
Wed. Dec, 11/13



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






Community Events 






Pet Pics With Santa - Proceeds to the Humane Society Durham
Now thru
Sun. Dec, 8/13



Trent U Lecture Series - Solving Global Problems Differently
Tue. Nov, 26/13



Canadian Pacific
Holiday Train
Thu. Nov, 28/13



Yo! Yo! Yo! Holiday Event
Sat. Dec, 7/13



Dear Santa, Holiday Hunt & Charity Evening!
Sat. Dec, 14/13







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