MARCH 2014
Volume 5, Issue 3
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Networking Tip of the Month:

People don't need you 'til they need you. Your responsibility is to continually add value and build relationships so that when the need arises, you will immediately be perceived as the resource of choice. Networking for results...the power of personal contact! What are doing to stay in touch and add value?


Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager 


Chamber Group Insurance Plan
You Now Have A Choice!
TD Merchant Services Program or First Data Merchant Processing Services

TD logo The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the continued partnership with the TD Merchant Service program which remains in affect locally and will continue to offer the same service and benefits currently enjoyed by our members. The partnership between TD Merchant Services and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce expired on December 1, 2013.


If you are a Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce member currently on the program, or wish to participate in the program, the Chamber has been assured that your relationship with TD Merchant Services will continue seamlessly with no immediate changes. If you have questions about the program or wish to participate in the program, please call our TD rep Karen Mann at 1.877.394.5813 or call the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce at 905.728.1683.


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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce an agreement with First Data Canada, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, in which First Data will offer Canadian Chamber members exclusive merchant processing services.


As part of this agreement, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members will receive preferred rates on electronic payment processing services, including credit, debit,  eCommerce, mCommerce, cheque guarantee and gift cards.


Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members can sign up for First Data's merchant processing services at or by phone at 1-888-265-4117.     

Building New Business Connections!

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Nominations Now Open:
GOCC Business Excellence Awards

awardNominate a leader in your community today! The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations of companies whose significant business achievements have made an important contribution to the economic and social well being of the Greater Oshawa area.


The categories for nomination are: Business Person; New Enterprise; Civic Pride; Business Excellence and Innovation.


The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday April 25, 2014. The honorees will be recognized at the
19th Annual Business Excellence Awards on September 18th.


For details, download nomination form [editable word doc].


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 but all are welcome to attend.
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 

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


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 

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


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   

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.




Women in Business
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Keynote Speaker:  Ann Adair, Vice President Communications & Strategy at Siemens Canada

Great networking opportunities with your peers!

This is a women's only event!

Fazio's Restaurant
33 Simcoe St., S., Oshawa, ON 


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.



New Member Reception

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 


Come one, come all to meet our new members! 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. 

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. Great Prizes!!!

Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexander Street, Oshawa

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.



Golf Tournament Welcome Gift Bag

Monday, May 12, 2014
Golf Tournament - Thursday, May 15  
Add to the swag! At the Chamber's Annual Golf
Tournament, each golfer will receive their own personal "gift bag" full of great stuff! If you wish to highlight your product or service, then you don't want to miss putting an item in the "bag" or donating an item for the silent auction.
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


jumpstart logoVisit for more upcoming events.

For your JumpStart Checklist, click here .
Business Opportunity!
PanAm Games Procurement Workshop 
10 Spots Left                       
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM   
The Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon Street, Whitby 
The 2015 Pan Am Games, taking place July 10 - 26, 2015, offers quite a large business development opportunity for local businesses with over $350 million of business opportunities for small and medium sized businesses in the GTA.


You are invited to attend a workshop which will provide an overview of the games, discuss the business opportunities that exist and discuss the procurement process including the RFP response writing. The head of the procurement team will be there to talk about Pan Am Games, their specific requirements and what is most important to the committee. If you are interested in the procurement process, register as soon as possible as seating is limited.


Click here for details and to register for the workshop 


Click here to download the RPP Guide - a step-by-step guide on RFP requirements.


Registration Is Open Now
9th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast

Craig_AlexanderThe  9th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast hosted by the City of Oshawa and TD Bank Group, will take place on Tuesday, April 22 at the Jubilee Pavilion at Lakeview Park in Oshawa. The morning will feature a presentation from Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Group. Registration & breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 8:00 a.m. Tickets: $28 + HST (in advance) or $35 inclusive at the door.

Register by April 11th by fax 905.436.5623, email: or phone 905.436.5617 - Seating is limited, reserve your spot today!
Business Of The Month  
YoYo's Yogurt Cafe...Yogurt YO Way!

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to YoYo's Yogurt Café Oshawa on being named Business of the Month! 
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Help BBBS Win $50K MLSE Grant!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oshawa-Whitby and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ajax-Pickering have jointly been selected as one of the Top 20 organizations chosen to compete for the MLSE TeamUP Fund Grant! This grant will fund a new program, Power Play - Mentoring Through Sport, where kids will have access to participate in a variety of sporting events held throughout the year. In order to be one of the top four who receive the grant, BBBS needs your help by casting your vote! Voting is open until March 21. Supporters can vote once per day. To register and vote, visit


Happy 90th Birthday To City Of Oshawa!

The City of Oshawa celebrated its 90th anniversary as a "City" on March 8. With a population of 157,000, Oshawa is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. Although still a sector of strength, especially in the field of engineering, automotive is no longer the sole focus in Oshawa. Oshawa's diversified business platform focuses on five key sectors: advanced manufacturing, health and bioscience, energy generation, multi-modal transportation, and logistics and information technology. Visit, to learn more about the history of Oshawa.   


Congratulations To General Motors Centre
Celebrates Busiest Month Since Its Inception In 2006! 

More than 55,000 fans filled the General Motors Centre for the 15 events during February, a record for the seven year old Arena.The record-breaking month featured Elton John, five Oshawa Generals games, three Durham TurfDogs games, and a myriad of remarkable events in the General Motors Centre. Among the 15 events, there were four sold out concerts including Jason Aldean, Dean Brody, Elton John and Hedley. Global Spectrum continues to fill the 2014 event calendar with events such as Varekai by Cirque du Soleil which will be coming to Oshawa for eight performances in May! Check out the schedule at


Opportunity To Promote Your Business
OFA Provincial Championships Coming To Durham

The Ontario Fencing Association is putting together a "LOOT Bag" to give each participant attending the Provincial Championships taking place at Durham College on March 28-30. If you are interested in putting something in the LOOT bag to promote your business or service to OVER 800 attendees that may wish to visit/purchase while in the Oshawa area from March 28-30, please contact Dave Millard at This is your opportunity to address "directly" a demographic that would be considered "upwardly-mobile, highly-educated, high-income/earners" and generate potential interest and sales from this event.  


Durham Tourism Partnership Summit
The Durham Tourism Partnership Summit is taking place on March 26, 2014 at the Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax. This summit will be an excellent opportunity for tourism stakeholders to benefit from powerful marketing initiatives, receive important updates, and network with fellow tourism operators. The summit is no charge with thank you to partners at Central Counties Tourism. To register, please visit   

Limo Driver Needed!

In Style Limousine Service is looking for a part time limo driver. Please contact Phil at (905) 431-5075. You must have a bus or taxi licence with 3 years experience.


Celebrating A Milestone?  
If you are celebrating a major milestone such as receiving a professional award, celebrating a grand opening, new location, major expansion or special anniversary, contact the Chamber at 905-728-1683 or email details to  


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


  • Bosco Properties and Services Ltd.Business Directory Cover
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Fanara Wealth Management Group - RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
  • Juke's Photography
  • The UPS Store #219
  • Zochodne Law Office 


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
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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
Merchant Services Program
Networking Events
9th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
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
Now Thru -
Fri. Mar, 14/14

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch
Now Thru
Fri. Mar, 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

Durham College - Spring Open House
Sat. Mar, 22/14

Durham Tourism Partnership Summit
Wed. Mar, 26/14

9th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
Tue. Apr, 22/14

Grow Your Business Using Social Media - RBC
Free Seminar
Thu. Apr, 24/14

INNOVATION 2014 Conference - Rethinking Management 2014
Tue. Jun, 24/14

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




Community Events 





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

2014 Ontario Fencing Association Provincial Championships - Durham College
Fri. Mar, 28/14 - Sun. Mar, 30/14

BBBS - Tea @ Two
Sun. Apr, 6/14

A Tribute To Our Troops Dinner
Thu. Apr, 24/14

27th Annual Reverse Draw, Dinner 7 Silent Auction - Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood
Thu. May, 8/14

BBBS - Bowl For Kids Sake
Wed. May, 14/14

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





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