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


Success in business and in life is all about relationships. Relationships take time, need to be nurtured and require investment. Are you prepared to play the dating game before expecting to get engaged? 


Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager 


Chamber Group Insurance Plan


Provincial Election Debate


On Thursday, June 5, 2014, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Durham Region Home Builders' Association, will host an election debate for the Oshawa, Durham and Whitby/Oshawa ridings.




The Liberal, PC and NDP candidates from the three ridings have been invited to attend and state their platforms and debate the issues of concern to the business community.


The Breakfast Debate will be held at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Make your voice heard...plan to attend!


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


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Business 4 Breakfast - YOU ARE THE SPEAKER!
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  


BIZ BREAKFAST ICONTopic: You are the speaker...this gives each member company an opportunity to showcase who they are and what they do (2 minute spotlight) plus tour the newest boutique hotel in downtown Oshawa, La Quinta Inns & Suites.


Great networking opportunities with your peers!

La Quinta Inns & Suites
63 King Street East, Oshawa


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.




Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Lunch_Learn Learn how to build a social media campaign!
Facilitator: Kevin Brady: The Digital Marketing People

This is a free, members only event.

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


Click here for more information and to REGISTER. 



Chamber Orientation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 


New Member Icon Learn how to maximize your Chamber membership investment! This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome: members, employees and potential members.

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

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Networking in the Treetops
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Treetop The Aerial Tree Top Adventure course on the beautiful Oak Ridge Moraine is an elevated obstacle course suspended between the trees. All ages invited to participate in the adventure, or stay on solid ground to network! Pizza included!

Treetop Eco-Adventure Park
53 Snow Ridge Court, Oshawa


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.




At Buffalo Wild Wings!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014  - 5:00 p.m. TO 7:00 p.m.  


This event format has no agenda, no speaker, it is "simply networking"! An informal way to meet new business contacts while enjoying sumptuous is the ultimate place to get together!


Buffalo Wild Wings
903 Taunton Road East, Oshawa


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.   



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GOCC & OCC Call On Political Parties To Focus On Improving Provincial Business Climate 

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) is calling on local candidates in the provincial election to take action in order to improve Ontario's business climate and foster economic growth.

On May 15th, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), in partnership with the GOCC released Ontario Election 2014: Business Priorities, which among other recommendations, calls on all political parties to tackle Ontario's growing debt, address out-of-control electricity prices, and invest in critical infrastructure.

Business Of The Month  
STAVS Dining Emporium!

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to STAVS Dining Emporium on being named Business of the Month for May! 
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CRCS DKI - 2014 Recipient Of The Jim Copeland Award

Early in May the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association (OMFPOA) held its annual Symposium. The 3-day event culminated with an awards gala dinner where recognition is given to the Chief of the Year, Life Member to the OMFPOA, a Student Bursary Award and the Jim Copeland Award. This year the Oshawa Fire Services nominated CRCS DKI for the Jim Copeland Award for their dedication to raising awareness for the prevention of fire. Congratulations to the CRCS DKI team!


Culture Days Information Session

Durham Tourism invites local artists, businesses, event producers, professional and volunteer-run cultural groups, and heritage organizations to learn how they can participate in the fourth annual Culture Days - a national celebration of arts and culture, which will be held Sept. 26 to 28. The Information session will be held Monday, June 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby in Room LL-C (located on the lower level). Ontario Culture Days staff will be in attendance to answer questions. The information session is free and is open to all interested participants. RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited. Please RSVP at For more information on Culture Days, visit  

Innovation Conference Rethinking Management 2020 

UOIT Management Development Centre, in partnership with RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, present the future of business and technology Conference on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the UOIT, North Oshawa Location. Cost of $79 + HST includes keynote speakers, workshops, morning refreshments, lunch and free parking. For more information, visit


Interested In FREE Rugby Tickets?

Matthew Fava, President & CEO of Bullitproof Investments Inc. has a number of tickets for a promotional rugby event in Toronto on June 21 and is offering them to Chamber members at no cost. For those interested, please contact Mr. Fava by email.   


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 new members who joined in May 2014. 


  • 3S International Inc.
  • GDF Leisure Sports
  • Rocpal Custom Cabinets & Woodworking Ltd.
  • Stuttering John's Smokehouse
  • Their Opportunity Minor Sport Corporation

Click here for a complete list of members.

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Have you received great service or a one of a kind experience with us?


We would love to know!


Tell us your story of how the Chamber provided support either through programs, networking or advocacy and/or tell us why you would recommend the Greater Oshawa Chamber to other businesses!

Please take the time to send us your feedback.

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
Provincial Election Debate
Networking Events
Ontario Election 2014: Business Priorities
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!



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Information Session: $600 Million Retrofitting Ontario Community Responsibility Challenge
Mon. May, 26/14



Women in the Know - Financial Education Workshop
Thu. May, 29/14


Culture Days Information Session
Mon. Jun, 2/14


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


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




Community Events 






TORONTO 2015 Games Volunteer Application Portal Now LIVE!
Wed. Apr, 30/14 -

Mon. Jun, 30/14


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


100th Anniversary of VON Durham - Open House
Wed. Jun, 11/14


Habitat for Humanity Durham's Inaugural Women in Power Build!
Thu. Jun, 19/14 -

Sat. Jun, 21/14





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