Volume 5, Issue 2
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Happy Valentine's Day from the Board and Staff of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce!

We value our relationship with our members and look forward to working with you in 2014. We wish you all a year filled with peace and prosperity. 

Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager 


Chamber Group Insurance Plan
Canadian Chamber: Budget Initiatives Will Boost Canada's Competitiveness  


Report from Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The 2014 budget released February 11th presents the continuity of a plan for economic growth that builds on Canada's economic and fiscal advantages. The measures announced by the government will help Canadian businesses prosper and compete.
We have urged the government to focus on where Canada needs to be in five or 10 years, even if it means making tough decisions now. The government has acted on some of the key elements of our Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness. The result will be a stronger economy and more jobs...


Building New Business Connections!

Now you can register for all events ONLINE!



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 of Oshawa is doing.

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa 

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


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! This is an event where having fun is the name of the game! Bowling, Go- Karting and Hoops. The theme for the day is Wild, Wild West! So let out your inner Cowboy/Cowgirl! 

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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Lunch & Learn 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 



Facilitators: Cate Collins of Powerful Journey Consulting

Who should attend? Only those who are serious about stepping out of their comfort zone to break all their barriers to grow their business! This is a FREE MEMBER'S ONLY event!


Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa
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Member Orientation  

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 


New Member Icon JumpStart your membership! This event gives you an overview of how to maximize your membership investment. This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome: members, employees and potential members, so bring a guest!


Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100, Oshawa 

Click here for more information and to REGISTER. 

85th AGM with Keynote Speaker 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 


AGM logo The Chambers 85th Annual General Meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. and is open to all Chamber members at no charge. Only member representatives with voting privileges will be able to vote on matters.
Lunch will follow the AGM at 12 noon with Keynote Speaker: Dwight Duncan, Former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister for Ontario. Mr. Duncan will provide insight into the economic issues facing Ontario.   


Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa 

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Spring Business Showcase 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Trade Show Make the Spring Business Showcase THE event that grows your business! Mix a Biz after 5, with a mini trade show and dynamic guest speakers: Cate Collins of Powerful Journey Consulting, and Dan Carter of Channel 12,  and you have a tremendous opportunity to make some new business connections!    

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

This new format is a hit! 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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Annual Golf Tournament 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Golf icon Network with your peers during a fun afternoon on the greens! Includes lunch, 18 holes of golf and dinner at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club! Showcase your brand! Sponsorship opportunities available.

Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexander Street, Oshawa

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jumpstart logoVisit web.oshawachamber.com/events for more upcoming events.

For your JumpStart Checklist, click here .
Business Of The Month  
Costco Wholesale Oshawa

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Costco Wholesale Oshawa on being named Business of the Month! 
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grandopening Grand Reopening of Staples
You are Invited to celebrate the Grand Reopening of Staples in Oshawa with a special presentation and an exclusive 10% off offer for customers on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Ribbon cutting will take place at 8:45AM at 410 Gibb St. West, Oshawa [south east corner of Oshawa Centre, beside LCBO]. Chamber members can receive an EXTRA 5% discount! You must see Chauncey McCarrell, General Manager of the Oshawa store on Feb. 22 to receive your special 15% off coupon!



Youth Employment Funds Still Available
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. VPI Inc. is recruiting candidates and employers NOW! Funds must be spent by March 31. If you are reruiting...call VPI today! For more information, please contact: VPI Inc. Oshawa, 843 King Street West, Unit # 9, Oshawa at 905-571-3301.


Book A 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 www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/durham.

Welcome New Members...   
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome all new members who joined in February 2014. 


  • Oshawa Folk Arts CouncilBusiness Directory Cover
  • The Sixsisters 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 2013 Buyer's Guide at www.oshawachamber.com.
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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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In This Issue
Budget 2014
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!

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Oshawa Invites Nominations For Urban Design Award
Wed. Dec, 4/13 -
Fri. Mar, 14/14



Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch
Fri. Feb, 7/14 -
Fri. Mar, 28/14


CORE21 presents Free Co-working Days
Tue. Feb, 18/14


DSEA Networking Breakfast
Tue. Feb, 18/14


BACD Seminar - Business Basics: Starting Your Own Business
Thu. Feb, 20/14


Staples Grand Reopening in Oshawa
Sat. Feb, 22/14



BADC Seminar - Marketing & Sales Strategies
Wed. Feb, 26/14



Go Global Conference - CME
Thu. Feb, 27/14


HRPA Durham Nuts & Bolts Seminar
Fri. Feb, 28/14



Porter Airlines CEO speaks at UOIT's Regent Theatre
Thu. Mar, 13/14


CORE21 presents Free Co-working Days
Tue. Mar, 18/14



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




Community Events 






Pucks 4 Heart -
Charity Hockey Game
Fri. Feb, 14/14



9th Annual Heart to Heart Gala
Sat. Feb, 15/14


Boys and Girls Club - 2nd Annual Cowboy Chic Event
Sat. Mar, 8/14


OFA Provincial Championships - Sponsorship & Volunteer Opportunities
Fri. Mar, 28/14


3rd Annual "Race for Kids'
Sat. May, 31/14   





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