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Nominations for the 21st Annual Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards (BEA) are now open.
 
Do you know of a business or person who should be recognized for their outstanding achievements?
 
The award categories are Business Person, New Enterprise, Civic Pride, Innovation, EnGen and Business Excellence. 

All you need to do is simply email the name of the organization and contact information and tell us why they should be considered, and we will take care of the rest.
It's that easy! Send to  register@oshawachamber.com 
 
Deadline is Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5PM.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL CRITERIA.

Biz After 5
New Member’s Reception 
Monday, May 9, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
44 Richmond St., W., Oshawa

Join us for a meet & greet and connect with our newest members, government officials, Board and Committee members and the Chamber team and learn how to make the most of your GOCC membership. 

This is a free member’s only event!

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 9 at noon
Sponsored by:
Lunch & Learn
Value Investing:
Sharpen Your Stock Picking Skills
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
44 Richmond St., W., Oshawa 

Facilitated by Steven Ko of  Starvine Capital

Learn from the experts about the value of investing, along with the errors that are all too common when it comes to investment, resources for improving your investment game and building a checklist to promote consistency.  

This is a free member’s only benefit! Only one member per member business!

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 9 at noon
Facilitated by:
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

FOUR FOURSOMES SHORT OF A SELL OUT - BOOK TODAY!

Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexander Street, Oshawa

Get ready to officially welcome summer at 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! 
Donate an item for the silent auction or put some swag in the welcome bag!

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. 
 
Put your swag in the Welcome Gift Bag! 
CLICK HERE  for details.

Registration Deadline: Deadline: May 12, 2016
SWING INTO SUMMER SOCIAL
Thursday, June 16, 2016
5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Parkwood Estates
270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa

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

Members: $45.00 (Plus HST)    
Prospective Members: $50.00 (Plus HST)

(Each registration includes 1 complimentary drink ticket)

SAVE THE DATE - MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!

Business 4 Breakfast  
Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Oshawa Clinic
1300 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa

Join us for breakfast!
This networking event includes a continental breakfast as well as a tour of Oshawa Clinic’s Surgical Centre, the Interventional Pain Centre and Physician Offices. 

Free parking will be available at the event.

Members: $15.00 Plus HST
Prospective Members: $20.00 Plus HST

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FEW ADVERTISING SPOTS LEFT! 

The Oshawa Visitor's Guide is used for  trip planning, travel inspiration, and location reference and  is the perfect vehicle to entice travelers to your door. 

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in its tourism capacity, produces the “Discover Oshawa Visitor’s Guide” and there are  just a few advertising spots left.

If you want to promote your business in the Guide, contact
Michelle Lea at 
905-433-7854 or
905-728-1683.

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COUPON OF THE MONTH...

40% off Initial Assessment + 20% Off Orthotics

WHERE:
Northern Chiropractic Centre  
1808 Simcoe St., N.  
Oshawa ON   L1G 4X9
(905) 436-6666
www.northernwellnesscentre.com  

WHAT's THE DEAL:
GOCC members receive 40% off Initial Assessment (Regular price $40 off) plus 20% Off Orthotics with Complimentary Gait Scan ($180 value).



We're Hiring!
The Chamber is looking for outgoing, organized and professional college or university students to fill two summer positions, 1 full-time & 1 part-time, at our Oshawa Visitor Information Centre! The Visitor Centre will be open 7 days a week from Saturday, May 21, 2016 to Monday, Sept. 5, 2016! 

Know anyone who would be interested? Email resume to Michelle at memberservices@oshawachamber.com! Be sure to indicate in the email whether you're interested in the full or part time position! Questions? Contact the Chamber at (905) 728-1683!
B usiness Of The Month    
KELLER WILLIAMS ENERGY REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE
On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for APRIL!
 
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It's All About Networking!
It was all about networking and promoting business at the Chamber's Spring Market Showcase event held at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Oshawa on April 19th! The Chamber's Events Committee brought together the leaders in our business community to showcase and demonstrate their latest products and services. Presentations by Dr. Gian of  Northern Chiropractic and Wellness Centre   and Claudine Pereira, also known as  The Pink Coach  were the highlight of the event.
It Pays To Network!
Congratulations to our BIG winner at the Spring Market Showcase event, Edward Lam of A1 Automotive, who won two round-trip tickets on VIA Rail to his choice of Ottawa or Montreal!  Chamber President Natalie Sims (l) and Chamber CEO Nancy Shaw (r) present the prize.
Canada E-Juice Celebrates Expansion!
A BIG Chamber congratulations goes out to 'Canada E-Juice', celebrating their 4th Anniversary with a BBQ & Customer Appreciation Day. Michelle Lea (l) presented owner Debbie Walker with a congratulatory certificate! Visit Debbie at 871 Wilson Road South, Unit 4 & 5 in Oshawa or online at www.canadaejuice.com for information.
Grand Opening Celebrations!
The Chamber was there to celebrate with 'Diamond in the Scruff' at their Grand Opening. Mayor John Henry, City and Regional Councillor Bob Chapman and Chamber Ambassador Kevin Brady cut the ribbon to officially welcome owners Sasha McCarthy & Justin Brown to the community at 303 Hillside Avenue in Oshawa!
Showcasing Women In Business!
It was all fun and networking at the quarterly Women In Business Networking Social. April's event took place at Fazio's Restaurant & Wine Experience  with some amazing women. Thank you to Karen Martin of KM2 Communications for facilitating and Labelle Salon & Spa for sponsoring the event!

The Chamber Welcomes A New Neighbour! 
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oshawa officially opened its doors to the community at the beginning of April! This 6 storey hotel includes 125 guest rooms & suites, indoor heated pool, 24-hour fitness centre and underground parking! The official Grand Opening ceremony will take place on June 3rd, stay tuned for details to follow.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
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C'MON! WE KNOW YOU'VE GOT IT IN YOU!
Canadian Blood Services has sent out an URGENT call for donors of O- & O+ blood types! Inventory is low for both blood types & appointments are desperately need to be filled to meet the needs of those who need blood! Donate today at their Oshawa Clinic located at 1300 Harmony Road North!  Contact 1-888-2-donate or visit www.blood.ca to book your appointment! 

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CENSUS!

Long-form? Short-form? Mandatory? Voluntary? So much to know, so little time. The census begins on May 2 this year and some Canadians may find the process a bit confusing given recent changes to the national tally. Set yourself up for census success by separating fact from fiction with these myth busters:

  1. The census is mandatory. All Canadians must complete their census questionnaire, either online, through the mail, in person or by phone. The mandatory long-form census replaces the previous voluntary household survey, as of November 2015.
  2. There are two types of census questionnaires. Three out of four Canadians will receive a short-form census with 10 questions, while one out of four will receive a long-form census with 60 questions. The short-form census provides basic household information such as address, marital status and number of children, while the long-form census digs deeper into things like citizenship and immigration status, ethnic background, birthplace of parents, education, income, housing, child care and other support payments, and employment status.
  3. The census measures more than just the number of people in Canada and where they live. Data collected from the census are used to make life easier for people and the communities where they live. For example, things like traffic congestion, overcrowded schools or new or improved hospitals and retirement centres can all be addressed using information from the census. 
  4. Your information is protected. Everything you report is kept confidential and is protected by law. Your identity gets separated from your information and is never attached to it again. Take note of the secure access code on your census letter from Statistics Canada, which you should receive on or around May 2. This code is one of the measures in place to ensure you can securely complete your census questionnaire online.
  5. The results of the census are released in 2017. Data from the 2016 Census will be released in a very timely fashion. The first data release (for population and dwelling counts) is scheduled for February 8, 2017.  

The actual questions, and other information, about the 2016 Census can be found on the Statistics Canada website, www.census.gc.ca.

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 .