Volume 5, Issue 9
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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Chamber is seeking 5 new Directors!


Director nominations are now open. Director nominations may be filed at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, 44 Richmond Street West, Oshawa, commencing from July 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Directors will be elected for a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2015 ending December 31, 2017.  All active members or member representatives in good standing are eligible to hold elected office.


Nomination papers and a Candidate's Guide are available from the C.E.O. & General Manager of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. A signed consent to the nomination and a declaration of qualification by the candidate are required. Click here for more information.



Bob Malcolmson,
CEO & General Manager 

Chamber Group Insurance Plan


Chamber Celebrated Business Excellence

In Style At The Regent Theatre!

Congratulations once again to the Chamber's Business Excellence Award recipients. We had an amazing night of celebrations on September 18th. Thank you to our hosts for the Pre-Awards party at Avanti's, Award Ceremony at the Regent Theatre and dinner at Fazios! Pictured above are the well deserving recipients: New Enterprise Award - Dean Lawrence of Speedpro Imaging Durham; Civic Pride Award - Nina Romano of Nina Romano Insurance Agency Inc.; Business Person of the Year Award, Charles Morrison of Creighton Law LLP; Business Excellence Award - Jeff Robinson of J.J. McGuire General Contractors and Innovation Award - Deborah Jollymore of triOS College Business Technology Healthcare. 

Building New Business Connections!

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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.


'A Business to Business Trade Show'
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa

Mingle with 150 + other business owners
Hors d'ouevres & Cash Bar; VIA Rail Draw; Door prizes and more!
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.




Friday, October 17, 2014BIZ BREAKFAST ICON
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa

Keynote Speakers: 
Mayoral Candidates: Adrian Foster, John Gray, John Henry and John O'Toole
Discussing their plans and vision to make Oshawa and Clarington more livable, affordable and functional.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

11:30 a.m.- LUNCH; 12:30 p.m. - 1st Draw
Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa

Great Networking Event. Don't know how to curl, no problem! Come out and learn or cheer a team on! Price includes two (2) four end games of curling, light lunch and one (1) complimentary drink ticket.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Chamber Boardroom,
44 Richmond St., W., Ste 100, Oshawa 
Find out how to maximize your membership, market your business, make new connections and get involved. This FREE event is open to all Chamber members and their employees. Bring your marketing materials to contribute to the shared networking table. Potential members also welcome, SO INVITE A GUEST!
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
STAV's Dining Emporium

557 King Street East, Oshawa

Keynote speaker:  Joanne Nichols, Mushroom Media Group Inc.

Great opportunity to network. This is a woman's only event!
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Business Of The Month  
Team Canada Black Belt Institute!

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Team Canada Black Belt Institute on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for September!
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Team Canada Black Belt Institute Is Moving!grandopening
On Saturday, October 4th, Team Canada Black Belt Institute (TCBBI) hosts an open house and grand re-opening at their new location, formerly Knights of Columbus Park, at 2795 Ritson Road North in Oshawa (NE corner of Ritson and Winchester) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join in the festivities for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit


Acklands-Grainger Inc. Celebrates 125th Anniversary

As Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, Acklands-Grainger keeps Canadian business and government running and their people safe. Founded in 1889 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2014 marks Acklands-Grainger's 125 year anniversary supporting Canadian businesses! Not many Canadian companies can claim they have been in business for 125 years! In order to celebrate this anniversary, they declared Friday, September 19th "Acklands-Grainger Day" across their 172 locations in Canada and hosted an open house with a barbecue, cake, prizes and festivities. On behalf of the Chamber Board and all members, congratulations to Acklands-Grainger on celebrating this major milestone anniversary!

BMO Is Moving!
On Friday, September 19th, BMO closed the Oshawa Main branch, located at 38 Simcoe Street South and consolidating with the East Mall Shopping Centre branch, in one new state-of-the-art BMO Bank of Montreal branch located at 306 Ritson Road North, (south-west corner of Ritson and Adelaide). They will open the new Oshawa Gateway Centre branch on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. If you have questions about this move, please call Janet Thursby, Branch Manager, at 905-432-6683. The official ribbon cutting will be at a later for details.


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 September 2014. 


  • All The Right Tools Inc.
  • Berry Hill Food Company
  • North Oshawa Lions Club
  • RBC Wealth Management - Dominion Securities - Christopher Simpson
  • Spartan Protective Group Inc.
  • Wilkins IT Solutions Inc.


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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
Celebrating Business Excellence
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!


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GOCC Board Elections - 2015
Tue. Jul, 1/14 -

Fri. Oct, 31/14


Durham College Workshops
Tue. Sep, 23/14 -

Thu. Dec, 18/14



Seminar - Tax & Estate Planning for Small Business Owners
Tue. Sep, 23/14


Grand RE-Opening For Team Canada Black Belt Institute
Sat. Oct, 4/14


Women's Day Retreat with Cate Collins
Sat. Oct, 4/14


Green Energy Expo and Marketplace -

Looking for Exhibitors
Sat. Oct, 4/14


L2: Learn - Lead Durham and East Toronto
Fri. Oct, 10/14


The Breakfast Table: For Small Business Owners
Wed. Oct, 15/14


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

Sat. Oct, 25/14


Community Events 




Sat. May, 10/14 -

Sat. Oct, 11/14


Pan Am Games Tickets - Early Bird Pricing
Mon. Sep, 15/14 -

Mon. Oct, 6/14


Art Battle
Thu. Sep, 25/14


Culture Days
Fri. Sep, 26/14 -

Sun. Sep, 28/14


Sat. Sep, 27/14


Oshawa Little Theatre/Ontario Festival - Seeking Sponsors
Wed. Oct, 22/14


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














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