MARCH 2015
Volume 6, Issue 3
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Group Insurance Plan

What Does Business Want To See In The 2015 Ontario Budget? 


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)  2015 Pre-Budget Submission outlines seven key recommendations that we believe the Government of Ontario must adopt in its 2015 Budget in order to return to fiscal balance and spur growth in our economy.
The OCC submission outlines the increasing concern with how new provincial programs and policies are impacting Ontario's competitiveness and job creation. Over the past year, the Government of Ontario has implemented or announced several new initiatives that have a direct impact on business, including increases to the minimum wage, a new Waste Diversion Act, a review of the Labour Relations Act, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), and a potential carbon pricing regime. The government needs to seriously consider the cumulative impact of these initiatives on business.


Click here to review the Pre-Budget Submission.




Last Call To Register! 

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 



Early Bird Special Rate! Book Before April 1.
Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 4, 2015   
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexander Street, Oshawa


Thinking of spring? Now that we are seeing a hint of warm weather its time to think of golf! Network with your peers during a fun afternoon on the greens!  


Price includes golf, power cart, door and raffle prizes, contests, lunch and dinner! Showcase your brand! Sponsorship opportunities available. Great Prizes!!!


Pre-registration is required.  Book before April 1, 2015 and save $26.00 per person.


Sponsorship Opportunities Available.




Early Bird Special: Register before April 1 for $199.00 plus HST. 




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



Women In Business - Round Table Discussion
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

Oshawa Golf and Curling Club
160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa


An interactive round table discussion on topics that interest and affect women in the workforce.


Round Table Discussion Topics:
Service Excellence   |   Work/Life Balance

When registering, select which topic interests you the most and you will be seated at that table. The discussion will be facilitated by the Events Committee.

Members: $40.00 Plus HST
Prospective Members: $50.00 Plus HST




Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2015  




Business 4 Breakfast - Simply Networking
Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
200 John Street West, Oshawa


No agenda, no speaker, simply networking! 
Members: $15.00 Plus HST
Prospective Members: $20.00 Plus HST
(Includes a buffet breakfast) 



Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 9, 2015





BIZ AFTER 5 - New Member Reception
Thursday, May 7, 2015   New Member Icon    
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Chamber Boardroom
44 Richmond St., W., Ste. 100, Oshawa


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.  




Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 6, 2015



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Business Of The Month  
Mackie Harley-Davidson

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Mackie Harley-Davidson on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for March!
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Easter Is Coming!

SHOP A MEMBER FIRST!                                    

When looking for a golden egg, a thoughtful gift or spring flower arrangement to make your Easter special, remember to shop a member first.


Visit the online Chamber directory for all your shopping needs!


Looking for a discount or special offer? Check out great deals offered to members by members.


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

The Chamber is finalizing 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. Please make certain you check your listing to ensure we have the correct information!


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. Deadline is tomorrow...March 20th!


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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Challenge Champions...Community Living Oshawa

From the smiles on these faces, you know that The Challenge teams had a fun time at the 7th Annual Chamber Challenge at Neb's Fun World! Congratulations to all who participated and a special congrats to the overall Challenge Champions...Community Living Oshawa who won $700 for their Charity of Choice. Guess which charity they chose?! See more photos in our photo album.

Speedpro Imaging Awarded Franchise Of The Year

Join us in congratulating Speedpro Imaging Durham/Oshawa who earned the company's coveted 2014 Speedpro Imaging Franchise of the Year award. Speedpro Imaging's highest award of achievement requires the franchisee to demonstrate leadership in a number of categories including sales volume & growth, ethics, innovation, employee satisfaction and community involvement.

Congrats to owner Dean Lawrence and his team! 


iApotheca Healthcare Face The Dragons

Congratulations to business partners from iApotheca Healthcare, Spencer Turbitt, CEO and Ahmed Younis, Vice President of Sales who had the unique opportunity to pitch their pharmacy software on CBC's new spinoff NextGenDen. How did they do? Check it out here! 


Taunton Road Animal Hospital Has Moved!

Greater Oshawa Chamber members came out to celebrate and congratulate Taunton Road Animal Hospital at their grand opening event at their new location at 1330 Townline Road North. Check them out here.

Trent University Celebrates 40 Years In Durham Region
Join Trent University on Friday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the exciting milestone of 40 years in Durham Region. Trent University Durham, 55 Thornton Rd, S, Oshawa. Please RSVP at 

Oshawa Community Volunteers Needed For PanAm
The City of Oshawa is currently recruiting for pre-Games event volunteers, as well as ambassadors during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. All positions will take place during June, July and August of 2015. All volunteers will receive Pan Am themed clothing, training for their positions, a volunteer certificate and an invitation to a recognition event. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2015. Visit for more information and the application form. Need more info...join us at one of the following information sessions at the Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Rd. S.): Tuesday, March 31, 4:00 p.m.; or Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. 

Peony Festival Scores A Hat-Trick At FEO

For the third year running, Oshawa's Peony Festival has earned its place in the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario (FEO) for 2015. FEO's annual Top 100 list recognizes festivals and events that excel within the industry.The 11th Annual Peony Festival takes place June 13-14, 2015 in the heart of the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (OVBG) at 155 Arena Street in Oshawa. For more details, visit

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  

Welcome New Members...   
Join us in welcoming our newest members who joined in the last 45 days.


Click here for a complete list of members.


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We encourage you to always . . . . . . .   
Highlighting Chamber Member Benefits...  


   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

Highlighting Chamber Member Benefits...

Delivering savings of 25% or more on shipping!


As a member of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, you are considered a preferred shipping partner of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and as such, can receive volume discounts starting at 25% on Purolator Services. Learn more at and start saving today! 


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!


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.

In This Issue
2015 Ontario Budget
Networking Events
Business Of The Month
2015 Business Directory
Members in the News
New Members
Highlighting Chamber Benefits Programs!


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Now thru Mar. 23/15 




  • 22+ Live Speakers - 2 Day Event - Be Inpired To Lead
    Mon. Mar, 30/15 -
  • Tue. Mar, 31/15

  • Trent University Celebrates 40 Years
    Fri. Apr, 10/15

  • 10th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast
    Tue. Apr, 21/15

  • 2015 Conference - Accessibility The Real Deal
    Thu. Apr, 30/15

  • Join The Chamber On A 12-Day Trip To China
    Thu. Oct, 15/15 - 
  •  Mon. Oct, 26/15



    Community Events 






  • Oshawa Community Volunteers Wanted For PanAm Games
    Wed. Mar, 18/15 -
  • Fri. May, 15/15

  • Durham College Spring Open House
    Sat. Mar, 21/15

  • Panda Express Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
    Sat. Mar, 21/15

  • Pan Am/Parapan Am Games - Volunteer Information Session
    Tue. Mar, 31/15

  • Putting the Right Step Forward In Durham - Information Session
    Wed. Apr, 8/15

  • Hearth Place Aloha Affair Gala
    Sat. Apr, 18/15

  • Bowl For Kids 'Sake - BBBS
    Wed. May, 6/15

  • Volunteer Youth Leaders Symposium
    Thu. May, 14/15

  • Jamie's Dream Gala - Benefit in support of Community Living Durham North
    Thu. May, 21/15

  • Their Opportunity's 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic
    Wed. May, 27/15

  • Push For Your Tush - Annual 1K/5K Walk & 10K Run
    Sat. May, 30/15

  • New Programs Starting at Durham College
    Mon. Jun, 1/15 - T
  • ue. Sep, 1/15

  • 11th Annual Peony Festival
    Sat. Jun, 13/15 -
  • Sun. Jun, 14/15

  • 9th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament FORE THE KIDS benefiting Frontenac Youth Services
    Tue. Jul, 7/15







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