JUNE 2014
Volume 5, Issue 6
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Networking Tip of the Month:


When was the last time you bought anything (of a substantial value) after a 15- to 30-second conversation at a networking event. Is it realistic to expect others to buy/hire/refer us after a conversation in a room full of people? Networking is a process...the key to success is giving someone a reason to meet with you again. Then, the selling can really start!


Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager 


Chamber Group Insurance Plan

Ontario Liberal Party Wins Majority Government - What's their plan for Ontario Business? 

On June 12th it was announced that Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberal Party will form the next government of Ontario.

Recently, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce asked Ms. Wynne's party to respond to the top five Business Priorities for the 2014 election. Here is what the Ontario Liberal Party says it will do to create a business climate that fosters investment and growth...

Building New Business Connections!

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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 wings...it is the ultimate place to get together!


Buffalo Wild Wings
903 Taunton Road East, Oshawa


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Countdown To 2015 Pan Am Games

The countdown is on - one year to the 2015 Pan Am Games! 


The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are quickly approaching! Each of our hosting municipalities are gearing up for one year countdown events. See the event details below.



Come out and join us for some fun with boxing demos, musical entertainment, Aboriginal drumming, face painting, crafts, giveaways, and more!


Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

Time: 5 to 9 p.m.

Location: General Motors Centre 


Click here for more details.

Business Of The Month  
Buffalo Wild Wings!

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Buffalo Wild Wings on being named Business of the Month for June! 
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In Memorium - John A.Walker

It is with heavy hearts the family of Johnny Walker announce his passing on Wednesday June 11th, 2014 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Dear son of Ruth Walker and the late Alex Walker, John was in his 67th year. John was a tremendous community supporter and will be sadly missed by his many friends he made throughout his volunteer time with numerous associations. He treasured his time as Administrator of The Officers' Mess at the Ontario Regiment. John was a member of the Ontario Regiment, the Rotary Club of Oshawa serving as President in 2006, a Paul Harris Fellow and  a long standing member and supporter of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, John served on and chaired several Chamber committees and served as Chamber President in 2010. He was an avid supporter of the cadets, 151 Chadburn Squadron. Memories may be shared at armstrongfuneralhome.net.


In Memorium - Mitri Khalileyh

Owner of MK Tailoring Oshawa for 40 years, Mitri Khalileyh passed away suddenly at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 77 on Thursday, May 29th, 2014.

Beloved husband and best friend of 50 years to Eva Khalileyh (nee Kissieh), Mitri was known for his kindness, compassion, love and devotion. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eva and the family. He will be missed.  Memories may be shared at destefanofuneralhomes.ca.  

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 sites.uoit.ca/innovation.


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 marketing@oshawachamber.com.  


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


  • ALARY Technologies
  • Back2Front - The Web Site People
  • Brenda L. Miller - RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities
  • Devon Jones-Dominion Lending Altra Inc.
  • IM & TS Group
  • Journey Tutors
  • Lee's Autoworks
  • Lice Squad Canada-Durham Region
  • M.A.R.S. Bio-Med Processes Inc.
  • Mr. Sub (Ritson Road South Oshawa)
  • Porter Airlines Inc.
  • Print Three Smart Business Centres
  • Wilson Vukelich LLP

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!   
Reminder: 2014 Business Count Team Collecting Data
Durham Region business owners are reminded that the 2014 Business Count, an annual survey of local businesses that gathers statistics about their operations, is still ongoing.

Members of the Business Count team will be visiting local business establishments until the middle of August, to gather basic information about the nature of the business, the number of employees, plans for growth, floor space and location. 



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In This Issue
Liberal's Plan For Ontario Business
Networking Events
Countdown To 2015 Pan Am Games
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!
Business Count Team Collecting Data



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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!

Now until Mon. Jun, 30/14



Sat. May, 10/14 - Sat. Oct, 11/14



Show and Shine - Every Wednesday - Downtown Oshawa
Wed. May, 21/14 -

Wed. Sep, 3/14



Oshawa Fiesta Week
Sun. Jun, 15/14 -

Sun. Jun, 22/14



Wed. Jun, 18/14 -

Thu. Aug, 28/14



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

Sat. Jun, 21/14



Sat. Jun, 21/14



Durham Community Foundation Walk for Your Charity
Sun. Jun, 22/14



Downtown BIA Sidewalk Sale
Tue. Jun, 24/14 -

Wed. Jun, 25/14



Canada Day Celebration at Lakeview Park
Tue. Jul, 1/14


Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games One-Year Countdown Celebration!
Fri. Jul, 11/14






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