MAY 2015
Volume 6, Issue 5
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Group Insurance Plan


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce's (OCC) quarterly Regulatory Update summarizes what employers need to know about the latest changes to the regulatory environment for businesses.

This update is exclusive to members of the Chamber Network.  As you know, easing the regulatory burden for Ontario businesses is one of our top priorities. We are committed to continuing to advocate for a business climate that fosters investment and growth.

* Please note that this email includes hyperlinks to third party websites. Although the OCC and GOCC makes reasonable efforts to obtain reliable content from third parties, we do not guarantee the accuracy of any third party content. The OCC and GOCC does not necessarily endorse the legislative or regulatory changes listed in this email. 






Thursday, June 4, 2015  
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexander Street, Oshawa


Get ready to officially welcome the summer with the Annual Golf Tournament!

Your all inclusive day includes 18 holes of premium golf, power cart, door and raffle prizes, contests, BBQ lunch and 3 course plated dinner! Showcase your brand! Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


Golf & Dinner: $225.00 plus HST  

Dinner only: $65.00 plus HST


Purchase tickets today to ensure you receive your special gift bag! Pre-registration is required. 

Sponsorship Opportunities still Available.




Registration Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2015





Exclusive Offer: Save $100 

The Art of Marketing Conference

Monday, May 25, 2015

Toronto, ON


Join 1500 marketing professionals and learn from New York Times Bestselling Authors and the Industry's leading visionaries, including:  

  • Gene Simmons : Member of KISS & Master of Brand Identity
  • Charlene Li : CEO of Altimeter Group
  • Dr. Robert Cialdini : World-Renowned Expert on Influence
  • Nir Eyal : Writer of one of Inc Magazine's " Top 10 Marketing Books of 2014"
  • Brian Wong : CEO of Kiip - Featured as Forbes 30 Under 30

The Chamber has partnered with the The Art of Marketing to bring you a special offer. Members can save up to $100 with promo-code "OSHAWA32".


Learn more here: 







Exclusive Offer: Save $100 

The Art of Leadership for Women Conference
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Toronto, ON


The Art of Leadership for Women is less than one week away and this is your last chance to save $100 on your registration.

This one day conference fuels the passion that drives the most innovative and successful leaders in Canada. The purpose is to provide the inspiration, education and connections that leaders require to transform their organizations. On 
May 26th over 1,500 professionals will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to gain insight and learn cutting edge techniques from 5 New York Times Bestselling authors and world-renowned thought leaders. 

The Chamber has partnered with The Art of Leadership for Women to bring you a special offer. Members can save up to $100 with promo-code "OSHAWA32". Don't miss out and register today! 

Learn more here: 






Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Chamber Boardroom
44 Richmond St. W., Ste. 100, Oshawa


If a visit to China is on your Bucket List then be sure to attend the Discover China Information Night!


The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Kemp Travel and W Holiday is planning a 12-day trip to China scheduled for October 15-26, 2015. This trip is open to the general public and the partners are hosting an information evening to provide an outline about this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip.


This is a FREE information event, everyone is welcome!  


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 27, 2015






The Annual Golf Tournament is only TWO WEEKS away!  


Plan to include an item in the gift bag to be given out to each golfer at the Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 4th.

This is your opportunity to promote your service or product to 144 potential customers for only $25.00!


Space is limited so reserve your place in the swag bag today. This is a member only benefit! 144 items required to insert in each bag. 


Contact Ashley for more information at 905.728.1683.


Registration Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.





Volunteer some time at the annual Chamber golf tournament...we have ordered lots of sunshine and straight drives for the event and we are looking for volunteers to help during the day of the golf event.


No need to commit to the full day - we can use help during set up, over lunch, throughout the day, and at dinner. If you enjoy green grass, sunshine and meeting new people... what better way to spend the day. Contact Ashley for more information at 905.728.1683.




Speaker Series
Breakfast With Minister Brad Duguid

Wednesday, June 10, 2015   |   7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa


Guest Speaker: Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Minister Duguid will provide insight into the economic issues facing Durham Region and Ontario followed by a Q & A session.


Members: $29.00 plus HST   

Prospective Members: $39:00 plus HST




Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 



The EnGen Committee Presents...
Summer Volleyball Tournament

Thursday, June 18, 2015  |  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


1401 Phillip Murray Avenue, Oshawa


Show up and get your game on as this promises to be a fun afternoon of friendly competition at the Chamber's "Summer Volleyball Tournament" brought to you by the Chamber's EnGen Committee.


Register a team of 6 or register solo, we can place you on a team! Price includes volleyball tournament and a team lunch! Everyone is welcome!


Solo Registration: $50.00 Plus HST 

Team Registration (6 teammates): $300.00 Plus HST 


Pre-registration is required.




Registration Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015




The Chamber's Executive Presents...




Tuesday, June 23, 2015  |  5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Parkwood, The R.S. McLaughlin Estate
270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa

Join us in welcoming summer at our inaugural 'Swing Into Summer Social' event at Parkwood. Enjoy a night in the gardens filled with live music, prizes, hors d'oeuves and a cash bar.


Members: $45.00 (Plus HST) 

Prospective Members: $50.00 (Plus HST)

(Each registration includes 1 complementary drink ticket)




Registration Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015.



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Business Of The Month  
The Partsman Inc.

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to The Partsman Inc. on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for May!
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Upcoming Grand Openings

Join us as we celebrate the offical grand opening of Chamber member Lice Squad Canada - Durham Region on Wednesday, June 10th at 308 Dundas St. West, Unit 201, Whitby. Open house is from 1PM to 7PM, ribbon cutting will take place at 3:30 PM.

 Members Celebrating Grand Openings


Join us in congratulating Roughley Insurance Brokers Ltd. as they celebrated their Grand Opening at their new location: 160 Baseline Road East, Suite E3, Bowmanville.



Join us in congratulating Kakar Legal & Immigration Services

as they celebrated their Grand Opening at Lord Simcoe Place, 57 Simcoe Street S., Suite 2-E, Oshawa., (905) 434-2222.


Join us in congratulating Hollywood Cone as they celebrated their Grand Opening in downtown Oshawa at 1A Simcoe Street North.




With a 6-2 win at home in game five, the Oshawa Generals won the J. Ross Robertson Cup for the 13th time in franchise history! As Ontario Hockey League Champions, the Generals will go to the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Quebec City. Congratulations to all the players for an amazing effort this season. We also acknowledge all the other teams in the OHL and the Gens outstanding fans for making this such an amazing run. GO GENS GO! 


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.
  • Charismatic Cakes By Jenn
  • Clarington Contracting Services
  • DD Dental
  • Dollen Hair Creation
  • Executive Project Services Inc.
  • Harmony Hill Retirement Community
  • Investors Group Financial Services Inc., Sharon Spencer, Consultant
  • Kakar Legal
  • Ledgers (Oshawa)
  • Oshawa OutGROW OutPLAY
  • Papa Bear's Real Canadian Bar-B-Qrew
  • Rick Van (A Division of Kitty Hawk Solutions Inc.)
  • Silver Cross Durham
  • Tetra Kitchen & Vines
  • The Taylor Reach Group Inc.
  • Tutto Market Café
  • Virtual Team Builders
  • Whiskey Jack Cranes Inc..

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! 

First Data Merchant Rate Changes - For the Good!

Earlier this year, the federal government negotiated new interchange rates and policies for merchants with Visa and MasterCard.

As a result, First Data Canada in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has adjusted their rates and are offering lower Visa and MasterCard rates, which means even greater savings for members using the Merchant Services Program. 

Those changes mean that, effective April 2015, merchant discount rates are as follows: 

  • The new Visa rate is 1.49% reduced from 1.55%
  • The new MasterCard rate for Everyday Spend is 1.49% reduced from 1.60% 

If wish to take advantage of this Chamber Member benefit or want more information, visit First Data or call 1-888-265-4117.



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OCC Regulatory Update
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Business Of The Month
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  • Fri. May, 22/15
  • Women's Day Retreat
    Sat. May, 30/15

    Grand Opening

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  • Wed. Jun, 10/15


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