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


Get Excited About The Games And Spread The Word!


Oshawa is the Proud Host of Boxing and Weightlifting at the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games coming July 11 to 25.


To help celebrate the event the Chamber has received a limited supply of promotional materials available at no cost to members including 8 x 10 posters; 5 x 7 tent Cards; 4 x 4 window clings; and stickers.


These materials will be great for: Accommodation providers; Transport providers; Attractions; Restaurants and Bars and Travel agents.


If you would like a quantity of the material for your business simply email the Chamber at info@oshawachamber.com, tell us what you would like and the Chamber will have an envelope ready within 24 hours for you to pick up at the office at 44 Richmond St. W., Ste 100 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Show your community spirit and throw out the welcome mat!


What A Day! Fun, Sun And Some Great Golf!


What a picture perfect day for the Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament hosted at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club on June 4th. Good time was had by all! Congrats to the J.J. McGuire General Contractors foursome who won the grand prize with a score of 60 on a 72 par. The winning foursome received a One Year Social Membership to the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club. We had some heart stopping moments when the ball hit the pin on the specialty "hole-in-one" hole, however, the ball bounced and didn't go in. SOOOOO close! Thank you to all of the players, volunteers and sponsors... without your support we would not have had such a successful tournament.


Check out the photo album!





Get Excited About Your Benefits!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015New Member Icon
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Chamber Boardroom,
44 Richmond St., W., Ste 100, Oshawa  
Members, new and seasoned alike, are invited to learn more about what the Chamber does and how you can get the most out of your membership! 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!




Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 16, 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, spouses, employees, guests - all are welcome!


Members: $45.00 (Plus HST) 

Prospective Members: $50.00 (Plus HST)

(Each registration includes 1 complementary drink ticket)




Registration Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2015.




BIZ @ NOON BBQ - Autofest Media Launch

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Party on the Chamber Patio
44 Richmond Street West, Oshawa


The Chamber, in association with the Motor City Car Club, presents the Biz @ Noon BBQ. Join us for some great networking, great food and an up close and personal view of some of the best classic cars in our region.


This is a FREE event for members who register in advance. Nominal charge at the door and for prospective members.




Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 5, 2015.




The Chamber's EnGen Committee Presents...


Thursday, August 27, 2015  | 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  


53 Snow Ridge Court, Oshawa 


Join us for a high-wired, adrenaline filled networking adventure! The Aerial Treetop Adventure course is an elevated obstacle course securely suspended between the trees at 10 to 50 feet off the ground. All ages are invited to participate in the adventure, or stay on solid ground to network!


Treetop Registration: $45.00 plus HST

(Includes Arial Treetop Adventure & Pizza)


Networking ONLY Registration: $25.00 plus HST 
(Includes Networking on solid ground & Pizza)



Registration Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2015.





DISCOVER CHINA! The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Kemp Travel and China Visit Tours, is planning a 12-day trip to China scheduled for October 15 to 26, 2015.The last day to accept bookings for this trip at the advertised price of $2650* is August 7, 2015!

Travel to Beijing, Xi'An, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou! Your trip includes round trip international airfare; 4 & 5 star hotel accommodations; fluent English speaking guides; entrance fees for attractions; deluxe bus tours and most meals. Some conditions apply, visit www.kemptavel.com for details or contact Kemp Travel at 905-433-8611 for all inquiries and bookings.

Don't miss this once in a lifetime adventure!!


BOOKING DEADLINE: AUGUST 7, 2015                          




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Chamber Members and Residents Welcome the Pan Am/Parapan Games Torch


A bit of rain didn't stop Oshawa from celebrating the torch run for the 2015 Pan Am Games as hundreds gathered at City Hall for a Pan Am party.

The crescendo was the arrival of Oshawa resident Norma Douglas, a 1955 Pan Am silver medalist in synchronized swimming, who lit the Pan Am cauldron.

Oshawa will host the weight lifting and boxing competitions during the games which run from July 11 to 25. Have you bought tickets for the Games hosted at the Oshawa Sport Centre (aka General Motors Centre)? Click HERE to purchase your tickets.  

Pan Am/Parapan Am Games - Transit, Traffic and Driving Routes Update
During the Games and especially in rush hour, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will be busier than usual. The Pan Am/Parapan Am Transportation Team (PATT) has developed traffic measures such as temporary HOV lanes and parking restrictions which may affect your regular routine.

Be sure to plan ahead and take steps to avoid delays.
Learn about the temporary changes HERE to the road network from June 29 - August 18 and how to get around during the 2015 Games.

Business Of The Month  
Rocpal Custom Cabinets & Woodworking Ltd.

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Rocpal Custom Cabinets & Woodworking Ltd. on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for June!
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Upcoming Grand Openings

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of Chamber member Their Opportunity's Charity HUB, the first ever HUB space for charities in the Region of Durham, right in the heart of downtown Oshawa! Come see what the Charity HUB has to offer. Open house is on Wednesday, June 24 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at 50 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa. Ribbon Cutting ceremony with the Mayor and dignitaries is at 5:00 p.m. Learn more here.
Join us as we celebrate the official ribbon cutting ceremony and Community Appreciation Day of Chamber member Custom Care Pharmacy and Compounding Centre (formerly Target Pharmacy) on Saturday, June 27 at 501 Coldstream Drive, Unit 6, Oshawa. The Open House is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting taking place at 1:00 p.m.

Rare Peregrine Falcons Hatch on Hospital Roof
Lakeridge Health Hosts Naming and Banding Ceremony for Protected Species

   Lakeridge Health loves babies and is the hospital of choice for expecting parents in Durham Region, including rare Peregrine Falcons who recently gave birth to baby birds on the roof of the hospital's Oshawa site. 

   The Peregrine Falcon is listed as a protected species as their population rebounds. The birds are the fastest in the animal kingdom flying at speeds of over 320km per hour, and known for their high-speed dives to get their prey.

   Join Kevin Empey, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health, and representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and The Canadian Peregrine Foundation on Monday, June 15 at 9:45 a.m. at the Lakeridge Health's Oshawa site, 1 Hospital Court (Main Lobby) for the naming announcement, interview and photo op.

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...   
Join us in welcoming our newest members who joined in the last 45 days.
  • Autobase Group Ltd.
  • Charismatic Cakes By Jenn
  • CIBC - David Cumberbatch
  • Clarington Contracting Services
  • DD Dental
  • Dollen Hair Creation
  • Dunn Denture Clinic
  • Executive Project Services Inc.
  • Franks Future Clean Cleaning Services
  • Harmony Hill Retirement Community
  • Investors Group Financial Services Inc., Sharon Spencer, Consultant
  • Ledgers (Oshawa)
  • Taafe Law Professional Corporation
  • Tetra Kitchen & Vines
  • 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
Matchmaking In The Jobs Market!                                   

Here's how Magnet is helping to connect local businesses with the talent they need in their own communities. View video. 


Magnet's partners include 18 colleges and universities, and dozens of community organizations, with additional partners signing up every day.


To find out more information on how your small-to-medium sized business can get engaged and start attracting qualified candidates from across Ontario, visit durhamprosperity.ca.


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.


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 purolator.com/occ and start saving today! 



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  • Their Opportunity's Charity HUB Open House
    Wed. Jun, 24/15

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  • Community Appreciation Day - Custom Care Pharmacy
    Sat. Jun, 27/15

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





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

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

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  • OSCC 15th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament
    Tue. Jun, 16/15

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

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  • 1st Annual Golf Tournament - MADD Durham
    Thu. Jul, 9/15

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  • 911 Responders Golf cCassic
    Thu. Jul, 16/15
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  • CBRMR 22nd Annual Charity Golf Classic Invitation
    Thu. Jul, 23/15

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  • Their Opportunity's Beach Volleyball Tournament
    Fri. Jul, 24/15
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