Volume 6, Issue 2
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
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GM Announces a New $560 Million Investment for Ingersoll, Ontario Plant 


Yesterday, General Motors of Canada President, Steve Carlisle, announced that GM will invest an additional C$560 million to prepare GM's CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario to be a manufacturing location of the next generation Chevrolet Equinox.


Of the total investment, GM will invest $190 million directly at CAMI Assembly in manufacturing equipment and tools and $370 million in vendor tooling with suppliers in Canada.





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Last Call To Register! 

Mayor's Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Mayor Henry

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

City of Oshawa Mayor John Henry addresses the business community. Join us to find out what and how the City of Oshawa is doing.

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa 




7th Annual Challenge!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Come have some FUN!! 'The Challenge" includes: Scavenger Hunt & Food Drive, Best Costume Award, Bowling, Go-Karting, and Karaoke OR Trivia. Great networking opportunity and awesome team building event with all around good hearted fun. Enter as a team, or solo and we will put a team together for you.

Challenge Champion Receives $1000 for their Charity of Choice!


NEB's Fun World
1300 Wilson Road North, Oshawa 



Registration Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015  




Jumpstart Your Membership  |  Member Orientation

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
44 Richmond St. W., Ste. 100, Oshawa

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Learn how to leverage your membership to your advantage! Bring business cards and promotional materials to display on the shared networking table. This is a FREE event, open
to all Chamber members and their employees. Prospective members welcome...so invite a colleague to join you.


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 



Entrepreneurial Speaker Series:
After Hours With Ryan Smolkin of Smoke's Poutinerie

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Regent Theatre, 50 King Street East, Oshawa


There is absolutely no slowing down this exceptionally devoted Entrepreneur!


Ryan Smolkin, founder and CEO of the Smoke's Poutinerie Franchise, passionately brings to life the story behind his rising Poutine Empire, with over 80 locations Coast to Coast in Canada in just 5 short years.


What's up next for Ryan Smolkin?!
Get Your Ticket Today...POUTiNE Included!


Presented by the Chamber's EnGen Committee  

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2015




Annual General Meeting & Speaker Series:
With Keynote Speaker: Bruce McCuaig of Metrolinx
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa


The Annual General Meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. and is open to all members, (only designated voting reps may vote). The AGM will be followed by lunch with guest speaker, Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx who will give us an update on Metrolinx's progress.



Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 



Spring Business Marketplace
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Durham Banquet Hall and Conference Centre
559 Bloor Street West, Oshawa Trade Show


Mix a Biz After 5 with a mini trade show and you have a tremendous opportunity to make some new business connections!  Hors d'ouevres & Cash Bar; VIA Rail Draw; Lots and lots of Door Prizes.


This event sells out quickly...register today.

Open to everyone so invite a colleague!


Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 2, 2015




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

For your JumpStart Checklist, click here.


Business Of The Month  
Roughley Insurance Brokers Ltd.

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Roughley Insurance Brokers Ltd. on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for February!
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SHOP A MEMBER FIRST!                                    

When looking for a LAST MINUTE gift for that special person this Valentine's Day, remember to shop a member first.


Visit the online Chamber directory for all your shopping needs! web.oshawachamber.com/search


Looking for a discount or special offer? Check out great deals offered to members by members. web.oshawachamber.com/coupons


If you would like to participate in the M2M program, please contact the Chamber office for details at 905.728.1683.  

The Chamber is currently preparing the 2015 Business Directory & Buyer's Guide. Don't miss your opportunity to showcase your business to over 5600 key business decision makers.


All members receive a FREE listing in the printed Business Directory and Buyer's Guide.  


BONUS FEATURE: Clickable ads send shoppers directly to your website. Book your advertisement today to enhance your complimentary listing and take advantage of this feature. Your advertisement will be directly linked to your website.


Advertising space is almost full! For more information and advertising rates, contact Michelle Lea at 905-433-7854.


We encourage you to always . . .   Shop Members First logo
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General Motors Centre Ranks First In Canada!

Join us in congratulating the General Motors Centre, ranked FIRST in all of Canada for its size! According to concert industry publications Venues Today Magazine, the venue hosted 104,218 patrons over 35 events, grossing $5,852,533 in ticket sales for 2014. Vince Vella of Global Spectrum, General Manager at the General Motors Centre said: "This recognition is a testament to the individuality and strength of our market. This wouldn't be possible without the amazing support of our community, our friends at Live Nation Canada, and all of the various promoters and shows that we have had the pleasure of working with throughout the year. I'm also extremely proud of all of the members of our GM Centre Global Spectrum team who work so very hard to make the magic happen." We concur! Want to attend an event, visit www.generalmotorscentre.com to review the schedule.


Do You Have News To Share?

If you are celebrating a major milestone such as receiving a professional award, celebrating a grand opening, new location, major expansion or special anniversary, or have news you want to share with fellow Chamber members, 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.
  • Acede Consulting Group Inc. 
  • Antech Wire EDM Inc.
  • Broz Excavating Inc.
  • Herzing College
  • Nano Group Inc.
  • National Transportation Placement Inc.
  • Matrix Mortgage Global - Gabriella Bartha-Burke
  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • Starvine Capital

Click here for a complete list of members.


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We encourage you to always . . . . . . .   
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!  


   Whether you have a small sales force or a large fleet of
   service vehicles, the Esso Business Card Program gives
   you exceptional fuel savings, powerful and easy-to-use
   fuel management tools
and broad acceptance at
   nearly 1,800 Esso stations in Canada.
   Keep your business on the move!

   For more information or to enroll, please contact:

   Mario Ojeda Iniguez, Regional Sales Manager
   C.(819) 962 4465
   O.(819) 684 7233


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.


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In This Issue
GM Announces $560 Million Investment
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!


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Sat. Feb, 28/15


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