Volume 5, Issue 10
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
Place your banner ad here and reach over 1400+ key business people
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

Help Ontario Emerge Stronger:
Take the OCC's New Survey



In January 2015, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will release the fourth edition of its Emerging Stronger economic agenda for Ontario. Take the OCC's latest survey to add your voice to Canada's most credible survey of business opinion.


The results of this survey will inform the agenda and are critical to understanding how the business climate in Ontario can be improved.




By taking a moment to complete this short survey, you will be entered into a draw to win two roundtrip tickets to anywhere Porter Airlines flies.


Please note that only the prize winner will be contacted. Promotional consideration for this survey has been provided by Porter Airlines. 


2014 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference


DEPC circle logo Friday, November 14, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
550 Beck Crescent, Ajax, Ontario L1Z 1C9


Durham Region has not only experienced unparalleled economic growth, but is also facing many business challenges going forward. In an effort to maximize the region's economic opportunities community leaders from business, academia, labour and government are being invited to attend the 5th Economic Conference on the future of Durham Region this fall.


The one half day "think tank" Conference will feature keynote speakers, forums and interactive panel discussions. The attendees are a gathering of influential and diverse business and community leaders, and they will work together to develop solutions and uncover new opportunities for growth focusing on "Building Durham's Competitive Edge". We hope to see you there!
If you wish to be on the invitation list, send us an email for details. For more information, visit www.durhamprosperity.org.
DEPC is hosted in partnership with:


Building New Business Connections!

Now you can register for all events ONLINE!




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.

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.




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.

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.



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!
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.

CHRISTMAS WINE AND CHEESE Christmas Wine and Cheese

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Wine and Cheese Visit the exhibitors and come prepared to network! This is a great way to make new business connections for the busy Holiday Season! Bring an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food or toiletry item to help Simcoe Hall Settlement House.

Officers' Mess - Ontario Regiment
53 Simcoe  Street North, Oshawa
Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


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

For your JumpStart Checklist, click here .



Business Of The Month  
Wally's World!

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Wally's World on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for October!
READ MORE > > >  
Members in the News Banner


It Pays To Network At The Fall Business Showcase
Congratulations to the winners at last night's Fall Business Showcase event held at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre in Oshawa. All participants were entered into a draw to win a door prize from one of over 30 exhibitors displaying at the show. The grand prize was two round trip first class tickets from VIA Rail Canada to travel anywhere on the Windsor to Montreal or Oshawa to Ottawa corridors. Way to make networking count!

Congratulations To Team Canada Black Belt Institute
After 15 years creating and building what has often been looked upon as "The Premiere Karate School" throughout Oshawa and within Durham Region, TCBBI has begun it's exciting new chapter offering more to their students and local community. Celebrating their 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) were teachers, students, family, friends, government officials and members of the Greater Oshawa Chamber. Congratulations on your new dojo. OSU!! For more information, visit www.tcbbi.com.
Residents Invited To Be Torchbearers At
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice, is coming to Oshawa next spring. Three-thousand torchbearers will proudly carry the flame and share its welcoming Pan Am spirit on the 41-day journey towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015 to officially open the Games. Residents of Oshawa are invited to enter to be one of three-thousand torchbearers today at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay, and to enter with the City of Oshawa to be selected as the Community Torchbearer at http://www.oshawa.ca/panam/join.asp. 
Read more >>>

Oshawa's GM Centre Ranked First In Canada

The General Motors Centre has been recognized by Venues Today Magazine as first in its size category (5,001-10,000 capacity) with 107,348 patrons, attending 36 events, grossing $5,888,645. The exciting news comes as the General Motors Centre wraps up an event-filled 2014. The General Motors Centre has experienced an exciting 2014 leading up to this acknowledgement as they were the co-recipient of the Major Facility of the Year Award (under 8,000 capacity) at Canadian Music Week and ranked 85th in the world by Pollstar Magazine for their 2014 Mid-Year Worldwide Ticket Sales Report. The General Motors Centre also ranked among the top 100 venues for Venues Today Magazine's Social Media Power 100 list when they placed 8th for venues 5,001 to 10,000 capacity. Congratulations!


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 the last 45 days. 


  • All The Right Tools Inc. 
  • Berry Hill Food Company
  • M & R Catering and Cooking School

  • North Oshawa Lions Club
  • RBC Wealth Management - Dominion Securities - Christopher Simpson
  • Spartan Protective Group Inc.
  • Wilkins IT Solutions Inc.


Click here for a complete list of members.

Shop Members First logo

We encourage you to always . . . . . . .  



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!   

Send us your news! Put an event on the calendar!

Announce something to everyone!


This is a FREE service for members! Promote your business in the next edition of Business Matters, Business Matters eNews or on the Chamber's website, please send the details by email. Copy deadline for eNews is the first of each month, for Business Matters it is the 15th of each month, and for the website, there is no deadline, send it anytime!
In This Issue
Celebrating Business Excellence
2014 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!


 Follow Us On Facebook    twitter  follow us on YouTube 


  Business Directory Link   

Chamber Events
Chamber Events





Click here to view all events,
scroll down right
side of home page





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

Fri. Oct, 31/14


Durham College Workshops
Tue. Sep, 23/14 -

Thu. Dec, 18/14



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


TCS Open House
Sat. Oct, 18/14


Achieving Sustainable Growth - Workshop
Wed. Oct, 22/14


Economic Forum - Business Symposium

Thu. Oct, 30/14



TCS Open House
Sat. Nov, 15/14



Community Events 






North Oshawa Farmers' Market - Saturdays
Sat. May, 3/14 -
Sat. Oct, 25/14

Firehouse Fright Night
Fri. Oct, 17/14 -
Sat. Oct, 18/14


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


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


Fundraiser - Wine & Scotch Tasting Evening at Parkwood
Mon. Oct, 27/14


Empty Bowls Fundraising Event - Feed the Need in Durham
Fri. Nov, 7/14






















Join our mailing list

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
44 Richmond St. W., Suite 100, Oshawa, ON  L1G 1C7
T. 905-728-1683   |   F. 905-432-1259   |   E. marketing@oshawachamber.com