Volume 5, Issue 8
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager 


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Make Your Voice Heard!

With the upcoming Municipal Election taking place on Monday, October 27, 2014, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce has put together a Report Card Survey to help determine how the business community perceives the current Oshawa Municipal Council.

The results of this survey will help the Chamber form questions to determine the top business priorities for the municipal election candidates.


We are asking that all members complete this brief survey (it'll take less than 5 minutes) by 5PM on August 15, 2014.


Take the survey!

You can only take this survey once and your answers will be anonymous (unless you identify yourself in the comment section). Thank you for your input! Your opinion matters!  

Share Your Talents and Reap the Benefits! 

Volunteers Would you or an associate like a unique opportunity to network, promote your business or enhance a new employee's people skills.


Volunteering on a Chamber Committee gives you that opportunity!


Lending a hand for as little as two hours a month is a great way to benefit your business, make lasting contacts or enhance your proficiency as a team player.


The Chamber has just the committee to fit your interests or your area of expertise. You can select from the Ambassador Committee, Events Committee, Federal/Provincial Municipal Affairs Committee,  Golf or Awards Committee or the new EnGen Committee.


Click here for more details on each committee and to complete your volunteer application.

ONLY A FEW 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 8, 2014 and only a few 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 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.


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For your JumpStart Checklist, click here .



Join us as the Honourable Joe Oliver provides insight into Canada's economy as the Minister of Finance prepares to deliver the 2015 budget. This event is proudly co-hosted by Durham Region Economic Development, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Chambers of Commerce and  Boards of Trade throughout Durham Region.

Friday, September 5

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ajax Convention Centre
550 Beck Crescent, Ajax


Click here to register:

$40* Chamber Members   |     $50  Potential Members

*The Whitby Chamber of Commerce is handling the registrations. When registering, select Non-member then select "member of Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce" to receive the $40 discounted rate. 

Business Of The Month  
Aquilibrium Salon & Spa!

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Courtice Flea Market on being named Business of the Month for August! 
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Grand Opening La Quinta Inns & Suitesgrandopening

Join the Mayor of Oshawa and the business community at the Open House of Oshawa's newest boutique hotel, La Quinta Inns & Suites at 63 King Street East in Oshawa on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 2-5pm, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 3pm. For more details visit

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 or call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). 

OC Charity Golf Raises Record Amount For Lakeridge Health Paediatrics!

Amidst a major redevelopment project, Oshawa Centre paused to recognize the importance of health care in its community by hosting its 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of Lakeridge Health, Durham Region's epicentre for health care excellence. Set within the picturesque Deer Creek Golf Course, guests including key Lakeridge Health Foundation staff were surprised and thrilled to learn a record $85,000 was raised in support of high priority paediatric equipment for Lakeridge Health. Thanks to an unexpected and generous donation from Oshawa Centre's building partners, the tournament surpassed its goal by over 50 per cent. Way to go OC! 

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 August 2014. 


  • BMS Sanitation & Safety Inc.
  • Bruton Investment & Wealth Management
  • Coconut Cove Caribbean Cuisine
  • Granted Fitness
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oshawa
  • Hollywood Cone
  • Linda Porritt - Century 21 Infinity Realty Inc.
  • Target Pharmacy


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
SURVEY - Municipal Council Report Card Survey
Volunteers Wanted
China Trip Deadline Approaching!
Networking Events
Business Count Team Collecting Data
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!


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Student Research Showcase 2014
Thu. Aug, 21/14



Grand Opening La Quinta Inns & Suites
Thu. Sep, 18/14



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




Community Events 





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

Wed. Sep, 3/14


Wed. Jun, 18/14 -

Thu. Aug, 28/14


911 Charity Golf Tournament 
Mon. Aug, 11/14


What's Your Blood Type - Learn More Clinic
Tue. Aug, 12/14


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


What's Your Blood Type - Learn More Clinic
Tue. Aug, 19/14


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

Sun. Aug, 24/14


Fri. Aug, 22/14


Fri. Sep, 5/14 -

Sun. Sep, 7/14


Ride For Kids' Sake
Sat. Sep, 6/14


Golf for Kids Sake
Thu. Sep, 18/14


Doors Open Oshawa
Sat. Sep, 27/14


Bruno Pelletier at Oshawa Little Theatre to benefit COFRD
Fri. Oct, 24/14







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