JULY 2014
Volume 5, Issue 7
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Chamber Group Insurance Plan
ONLY 4 SEATS AVAILABLE!                                   

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Kemp Travel and China Visit Tours, is planning an 11-day trip to China scheduled for October 15 to 25, 2014.

The last day to accept bookings for this trip at the advertised price of $2399* is August 9, 2014 and only 4 seats are available at this reduced price!

Travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou! Your trip includes round trip international airfare; 4 & 5 star hotel accommodations; fluent English speaking guides;
entrance fees for attractions; deluxe bus tours and 3 meals a day. Some conditions apply, visit www.kemptavel.com for details or contact Kemp Travel at 905-433-8611 for all inquiries and bookings.

Don't miss this once in a lifetime adventure!! 

Building New Business Connections!

Now you can register for all events ONLINE!



BIZ @ NOON BBQ - Autofest Media Launch


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Autofest
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Party on the Chamber Patio
44 Richmond Street West, Oshawa

The Chamber, in association with the Motor City Car Club, presents the
Biz @ Noon BBQ. Join us for some great networking, great food and an up close and personal view of some of the best classic cars in our region.


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.   


BIZ AFTER 5 - New Member Reception    

Wednesday, September 2, 2014      
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Meet our newest members and find out how to maximize your membership, market your business, make new connections and get involved. This event is open to all Chamber members and their employees FREE of charge. Potential members also welcome so invite a business colleague or two!


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Lunch_Learn
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Topic:  Breaking All The Barriers
Facilitator:  Cate Collins, Powerful Journey Consulting


This is a free MEMBERS ONLY benefit!  Only one member per member business! Please remember to bring your own lunch!  


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Regent Theatre UOIT - 50 King Street East, Oshawa
The 2014 Honorees will be recognized at a special Awards presentation. This isn't your average, run-of-the-mill awards show - it's the "red carpet" party of the year!

Pre-Award Cocktail Reception
at Avanti Trattioria at 5:00 p.m.

Red Carpet and Awards presentation
at the Regent Theatre at 6:15 p.m.

Post-Award Dinner at
Fazio's Restaurant at 8:00 p.m.

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fazio's Restaurant
33 Simcoe St,. S., Oshawa
Keynote Speaker: 
Chief Paul Martin, Durham Regional Police Services
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


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

For your JumpStart Checklist, click here .


1-Year Countdown To 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.


In Oshawa...

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


Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

Time: 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: General Motors Centre 


Click here for more details.




If you are interested in volunteering, there are still a few spots the need to fill at the crafts booth, information booth and as greeters. Give Laura a call at 905-436-3311 ext. 2654 for details.

Business Of The Month  
Aquilibrium Salon & Spa!

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Aquilibrium Salon & Spa on being named Business of the Month for July! 
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Culture2, Where The Arts Come Alive In Oshawa

Creativity will be the focus as the City of Oshawa in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites all artists to participate in Culture Squared (Culture2) beginning Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. This weekly family friendly event will provide a casual environment for arts, culture and heritage individuals, groups and organizations to participate in cultural activities. Located in front of Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre Street South, Oshawa) in the Civic Square, the goal is to provide a meeting place for artists, artisans, poets and musicians to gather to share their talents. For more information, call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 or visit www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts.


Summer Blood Drive Challenge!

The City of Oshawa's Recreation & Culture Services staff have launched a summer blood drive challenge in support of Canadian Blood Services. Recreation & Culture Services full-time and part-time staff are competing against each other to determine who can donate the most pints of blood during the months of July, August and September. This week, the Recreation & Culture Services staff kicked-off their challenge and encourages Oshawa business owners, staff and residents to also donate. To book an appointment to donate blood, download the GiveBlood app, visit blood.ca or call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). 


2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck Charity Event 

Global Spectrum Facility Management, operators of the General Motors Centre, is excited to announce the second annual Touch-a-Truck event on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm. This free community event will be hosted outside the General Motors Centre and is a fun, hands on event that allows children of all ages to get up close and personal with vehicles of all shapes and sizes.  Touch-A-Truck is welcoming food trucks to be on site and will be offering everything from wood fired pizzas and sweet treats, to healthy dishes with locally grown ingredients. The Touch-A-Truck event will coincide with the Autofest Kickoff Party also occurring the night of Friday, August 22, 2014 in downtown Oshawa. For updates on participating vehicle partners and other family activities, please visit http://www.generalmotorscentre.com/events/detail/touch-a-truck-1


Paul Harris Fellow Awarded By Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood recently bestowed Rotary's highest award, A Paul Harris Fellow, on retiring Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles and on The Waltzing Weasel Pub for their outstanding community service in Oshawa. Pictured here, left to right: Marsha Doggett and Lori Whyte of The Waltzing Weasel Pub; Wilf Wilkinson Past Rotary International President, District 7070 Governor Valarie Wafer; Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles; and Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood President Allan Finnigan.


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 July2014. 


  • A Comedy Conspiracy
  • Branton Law Professional Corporation
  • Centre Multiculturel Francophone De Durham 
  • Chaos 911
  • Underdog's Brewhouse

Click here for a complete list of members.

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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!   
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
China Trip Deadline Approaching!
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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Grand Opening La Quinta Inns & Suites
Thu. Sep, 18/14



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




Community Events 






Sat. May, 10/14 -

Sat. Oct, 11/14



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

Wed. Sep, 3/14



Wed. Jun, 18/14 -

Thu. Aug, 28/14



Call for Artists
Thu. Jul, 3/14 -

Fri. Aug, 15/14


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


Beach Volleyball Tournament In Support of Their Opportunity Minor Sports
Wed. Jul, 30/14


Bikes On Bond, Downtown Oshawa
Sat. Aug, 16/14


21st Annual Autofest
Fri. Aug, 22/14 -

Sun. Aug, 24/14


Fri. Aug, 22/14


Fri. Sep, 5/14 -

Sun. Sep, 7/14


Sat. Sep, 27/14







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