JULY 2015
Volume 6, Issue 7
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Group Insurance Plan
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EnGen Achievement Award - Call For Nominations 

We're looking for individuals with amazing accomplishments so we can celebrate their success with all of the business community.


The EnGen Business Achievement Award, presented by the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is the opportunity to share and celebrate these inspirational individuals. The Award is designed to recognize individuals in our community who are under the age of 40 and who are making their mark in the Greater Oshawa area and beyond. Their individual achievements may be through career and business accomplishments, personal & professional development and/or contributions to the community.


To be eligible, they must be between the ages of 18 and 40, a full-time resident and/or business owner in the Greater Oshawa area for at least two years; or employed at a business of any kind; or active as a volunteer for a non-profit organization; or a student at post-secondary institution in the Greater Oshawa area.


If you know of an individual who has made outstanding achievements, we encourage you to nominate them by August 4, 2015. The finalist will be celebrated at the Business Excellence Award Gala dinner September 24, 2015 when the winner will be announced

Visit bit.ly/EnGenAward for the full criteria and nomination form. 



SAVE $100: Early Bird Rate - Power of Success


Join Tony Robbins Best-Selling Author of Unlimited Power and Money: Master the Game along with 6 exceptional guest speakers at the Power of Success event in Toronto on Wednesday September 16th, 2015 at the International Centre (6900 Airport Road, Toronto, ON).


Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members (and guests), will receive an "Early Bird" general registration rate of only $97.00 plus HST (a savings of $100.00 off the regular Early Bird rate of $197).


For more information, and to purchase tickets, please click HERE!





Congratulations once again to the

2015 Business Excellence Award Recipients

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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.

Non-registered Members will be charged $5.00 at the door

Non-members will be charged $10.00


Generously sponsored by:








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: Thursday, August 20, 2015.






Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Lunch_Learn

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Chamber Boardroom

44 Richmond St., W., Oshawa


Topic: Purchasing Travel Insurance

Speaker: Katherine McKenzie, W.B. White Insurance Ltd.


Learn about the 'Do's & Don'ts' of purchasing travel insurance as well as helpful tips and tricks from an expert that could help you save money and potential vacation disasters.


This is a FREE members only event! Please remember to bring your own lunch!  





Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 8, 2015.






Tuesday, September 15, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Chamber Boardroom

44 Richmond Street West, Ste. 100 Oshawa


This is your opportunity to network and welcome new members to the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the business community and to learn about the benefits of your membership.

This is a FREE event open to members only.

Light refreshments will be provided. 


Sponsored by:









Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2015. 





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Business Of The Month  
BMS Sanitation & Safety Inc.

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to BMS Sanitation & Safety Inc. on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for July!
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 Grand Opening Celebrations

Join us in welcoming DD Dental to the community! Chamber Ambassadors Kevin Brady of The Digital Marketing People Inc. and Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance Brokers were on hand along with Mayor Henry and Regional and Oshawa City Councillor Bob Chapman to officially welcome Dr. Diana Dehghani and her team to Oshawa. DD Dental, located at 467 Bond Street East, offers a full range of dental care for all ages, with a special focus on dental implants, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. You can reach Dr. Dehghani at 905-240-7002.

Chamber Ambassador Scott Sonley of Collins Barrow Durham LLP (right) was on hand to welcome the owner Tameem Salem (left) and the team at Custom Care Pharmacy and Compounding Centre (formerly Target Pharmacy), as they celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Community Appreciation Day including BBQ, children's entertainment, in-store demo's and draws. Located at 501 Coldstream Drive, Oshawa, they opened their doors and look forward to serving their community.  


The Chamber joined the team at Their Opportunity as they celebrated the official launch of their Charity HUB, the first ever HUB space for charities in the Region of Durham, right in the heart of downtown Oshawa! Located at 50 Simcoe Street North the Charity Hub is designed to give small charities and not for profit organizations a secure environment where they can collaborate and share services with everything a small charity needs! For more information, visit www.theiropportunity.com.

It may be a squeamish subject for some, but not for Chamber Ambassador Kevin Brady of The Digital Marketing People Inc. and other Chamber members who showed up to celebrate the official grand opening of Lice Squad Canada - Durham Region, free head lice checks included! Located in the Sutton Group Building at 308 Dundas Street West, Unit 201 in Whitby, Lisa Mills and her team have innovated the way head lice are being treated. For more information, visit www.licesquad.com.


Durham Realtors Celebrate 10 Years Of Riding And Raising Money For Charity 

A group of motorcycle-riding Realtors en route to Ottawa dropped in to Durham to help raise funds for shelter-related causes and charities across Ontario. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Motorcycle Ride for Charity, an annual event organized by the Ontario REALTORS CareŽ Foundation. Over $620,000 has been raised for the Foundation so far this year. For a full list of riders and for more information about the Ontario REALTORS CareŽ Foundation and Motorcycle Ride for Charity, visit www.realtorscareontario.ca

Turn The Tables On Hunger 

Northern Lights Canada (NLC) is celebrating 30 years in business with a renewed commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. They are proud of the contributions made in the communities they work in and are grateful for the support they have received from the public, businesses and community partners. NLC believe that the best way to celebrate their success, and express their gratitude to those that have made it possible, is to find ways to give back. All staff at NLC decided that the cause they would like to support is eradicating hunger. On June 4th, over 180 NLC employees fanned out in communities across Ontario and partnered with organizations, individuals and businesses to contribute to this cause and collected and donated over 500 pounds of food!

Feed The Need In Durham Initiates A Crisis-Driven
"Call To Action" 

Feed the Need in Durham initiates a Durham-wide "call to action" to address the crisis in their warehouse. Shelves are running bare as they struggle to meet the needs of food banks, shelters and other social services agencies across the Region. Join their fight to alleviate hunger in our communities. Run a food drive. Hold a fundraiser. Donate online. Every dollar donated can purchase three meals for someone in need. Most needed items include canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits, beans and peanut butter. Durham Region, your community needs your help this summer. For more information on how you can help, please contact 905-571-3863, or online at www.ftnd.ca.



Canadian Blood Services logo Canadian Blood Services needs the Oshawa community to visit the blood donor clinic at 1300 Harmony Road North in order to keep up with hospital demand. The clinic is open 6 days a week: Mon 3-7pm, Tues and Thurs 3-8pm, Wed 10am -2pm,  Fri 9am - 1 pm and Sat 8am -1pm. Specifically they really need donors to make appointments on the August holiday weekend Friday (9am to 1pm) Saturday (8am to 1pm) and Monday (10am to 2pm), they have several appointments available. Due to unforeseen circumstances the group they had secured to support the weekend are unable to attend, leaving the them short in appointments. One person will make the difference in the lives of many! Please call Melissa Smith-McGuire @ 416-550-0934 or email melissa.smith-mcguire@blood.ca to book an appointment call 1-888-2-DONATE or visit www.blood.ca.

UOIT Receives $26.9 Million In Federal Support For Major New Research Centre

The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Durham was joined by Tim McTiernan, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to announce funding of up to $26.9 million for the new Centre of Advanced Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) building under the New Building Canada Plan, in Ontario. This project will provide much needed academic, entrepreneurial and research spaces on the UOIT campus. The new CARIE building will include the construction of new teaching labs, collaborative space for ventures focusing on applied research and development, as well as conference and seminar rooms. The facility will bring together services and resources to support entrepreneurial talent and facilitate collaborative research with industry, academic and community partners. Visit www.UOIT.ca for more information. 


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.
  • Arby's Oshawa
  • Autobase Group Ltd.
  • Charismatic Cakes By Jenn
  • Clarington Contracting Services
  • David Cumberbatch - Dominion Lending Centres
  • DD Dental
  • Dollen Hair Creation
  • Dunn Denture Clinic
  • Executive Project Services Inc.
  • Harmony Hill Retirement Community
  • Investors Group Financial Services Inc., Conor Amyot, Consultant
  • Investors Group Financial Services Inc., Sharon Spencer, Consultant
  • JT's Home Handyman Services
  • 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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Chamber Benefit - Switch To First Data and SAVE!  


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Visit chambermerchantservices.ca to find out more about the program.


From now until September 30, 2015, First Data is offering a promotion to members wanting to switch their merchant services to First Data. The offer includes a free terminal for six months and a statement analysis. Find out more by clicking HERE or call 1-888-265-4117.

Highlighting NEW Chamber Member Benefits...

Specialized program extends more choices and deeper savings. Qualified members receive up to 85% off over 7,500 quality office products. Shop an extensive selection of products including; office supplies, technology, furniture, cleaning & breakroom, print and promotional products. Contact Cameron Ackerblade, Business Development Manager - Toronto East,  (905) 409-2175, CameronAckerblade@grandandtoy.com



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! 



Chamber members receive discounted rates on Audio Conferencing, Web Collaboration and Webinar Services. For
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Chamber members, take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You'll receive 30% off small package shipments, 25% off imports, at least 75% off freight shipments over 150 lb. and more. To get started today, visit membersbenefitprogram.com/gocc or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST. 



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