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DREN To Remain Open With Help From The Community
The Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) for a one year project. With the addition of regional funding DREN will be able to keep its doors open.

"This would not have happened without the overwhelming support of the community. If anyone has ever felt their voice does not matter this is a perfect example of the impact your voice has," stated Donna McAllister, Executive Director of DREN. "With this funding DREN will lead and facilitate a community roadmap to employment for youth with multiple barriers to employment in Durham Region. More importantly it will be community led and community driven. We will be sharing more during October which just happens to be National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

DREN was preparing top close its doors in October after serving the community for 23 years. DREN works in collaboration with employment service and community supports to increase economic participation of those furthest from the labour market.  

Instructors: Marcia O'Connor, Sarah White & Valerie Johnston
The WELL building standard encompasses all aspects of health and wellness in order to bring about the most productive, positive and inviting workplace possible. Echoing the standards and successes of LEED building standards, WELL building focus on the human aspect of buildings, and how best to create an environment which will be superlative not only for the planet, but also for the people who work there. Space planning and interior design for a healthy workplace are to ensure that every facet of the surroundings promotes productivity, efficiency, safety and ease of operation. Function drives form and all successful business interiors must start with the basics; adjacencies, space allocation and flow, these are the framework of efficiency. Tailoring the physical environment to support the needs of the enterprise and those working within, by providing a structure and amenities that stimulate activity.  

Oshawa Rotary Club Announces Oshawa Walk of Fame Inductees
The Rotary Club of Oshawa is honoured to announce the 2016 inductees to the Oshawa Walk of Fame. They are Shirley Harmer (singer/actor), Stanley E. Lovell (business/philanthropist), and Stephen S. Poloz (Governor, Bank of Canada).  
The Oshawa Walk of Fame, established in 2006, honours citizens of Oshawa, past and present, who have made significant contributions to our community and beyond.
Ms. Harmer is an internationally known entertainer and actor. She began her career at the Jubilee Pavilion in Oshawa, and went on to host her own CBC show, performing with Robert Goulet and many others. She has appeared in films and television, in Canada, Italy, Switzerland and the US, including five appearances on the Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson, and a role in the film The Hangman. Shirley Harmer lives in Port Perry and is surrounded by an extended family that is delighted to have her back after a storied international career.  Ms. Harmer said, “she is thrilled to be honoured by her hometown”.  

Mr. Lovell was a noted business leader, community builder and philanthropist. 
As second-generation owner of Lovell Drugs, the oldest independent drug chain in Ontario, he contributed immeasurably to the community through his involvement with Durham College, Lakeridge Oshawa Hospital Foundation, and Scouts Canada. Mr. Lovell was also Chair of the Ontario County Board of Education.  Mr. Lovell’s induction is posthumous.  His daughter Diana Lovell Kirk representing the Lovell family said “my family is very pleased and proud that Dad is being honoured with an induction into Oshawa’s Walk of Fame.”   Mr. Poloz is one of Canada’s pre-eminent economists and was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada in 2013. In this role, he leads the nation’s central bank as it fulfills its mandate to promote the economic and financial welfare of Canada. Born and raised in Oshawa, he studied economics at Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario before devoting his career to both public and private sector service. “I am deeply honoured to be inducted into the Oshawa Walk of Fame. My family has very deep roots in this city. Growing up in a community that values hard work and service has been key to my success. I feel both privileged and humbled to be recognized by my hometown for my contributions to Canada and to the field of economics."

The mission of the Oshawa Walk of Fame is:
  • To preserve, and showcase the history and heritage of excellence, and achievement in Oshawa;
  • To acknowledge the achievements and successes of individuals who have made a significant contribution to life in Oshawa, and beyond;
  • To honour the past and, inspire the future.
These distinguished Walk of Fame Inductees will be formally honoured & inducted at the 10th Anniversary Walk of Fame Gala Dinner and Ceremony, presented by the Rotary Club of Oshawa, on Thursday November 3rd at the Jubilee Pavilion. Dinner tickets are $80 each or tables of 8 for $600. 
For tickets and more information, call Rotarian Louise Parkes at 905 404-2081, Ext. 202.  
How To Grow Your Small Business On A Shoestring Budget

Every small business owner shares a common goal – to have a successful, profitable business. However, the biggest hurdle to meeting that goal is getting more customers through the door. You can have the greatest product or service in the world, however if word doesn't spread, the doors won't stay open for long.

Transition Squad, a Canadian leader in online estate auctions for seniors and a new member of the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, has figured out an inexpensive, creative way for small and mid-size local retail businesses to attract new customers while supporting local causes at the same time.

"Advertising today costs at least 10 to 40 times as much as it did ten years ago to get the same ROI" claims Viraf Baliwalla, President of Transition Squad. "We are all bombarded by advertising at every turn so society has tuned out to advertising, making it that much harder to be noticed and find engaged buyers."

However, Transition Squad doesn't have that problem. A year ago, Transition Squad studied their analytics which demonstrated that their online auction buyers had tremendous engagement. Their members followed them from auction to auction, and in each auction they tended to go through every listing. Baliwalla believed that if Transition Squad promoted products and services of local merchants as the listings, these merchants would also get similar engagement which would lead to new customers.

As a result, they created Vote, Bid & Win, a solution to drive new customers to participating merchant locations while also supporting multiple charities in the community.

How It Works

  • Transition Squad pre-selects five charities in a community
  • Transition Squad solicits one prize worth at least $150 from several merchants and auctions them off using their online auction platform
  • Users vote for their favourite charity from the list, bid on prizes and download additional coupons from the merchant
  • The charity with the most votes wins 50% of the proceeds raised, 2nd place gets 20% and the rest get 10% each
  • Since the charities are competing, they encourage all their stakeholders to visit the auction page, vote for them and bid on great prizes
  • Merchants can also leverage the goodwill from their participation and encourage their patrons to participate through posters and leaflets at point of sale
  • The highest bidder wins and picks up their prize at the merchant's location, thus providing opportunities of additional purchases, and repeat and referral business
  • Those who downloaded coupons redeem them directly with the merchant.

The first auction for Durham is planned for November and will be free for merchants (except for the prize) with 100% of the proceeds being shared by Humane Society of Durham Region, Durham Region United Way, Girls Inc. of Durham, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South-West Durham and Durham Children's Aid Foundation. Merchants interested in acquiring new customers, growing their business through Vote, Bid & Win and supporting these local charities can contact Viraf Baliwalla at (416) 401-5474 x303.

Lunch & Learn Speakers Wanted!
Do you have a presentation or topic you think would interest Chamber members?
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is looking for speakers to present at our upcoming 2017 Lunch & Learn Series!
If interested in becoming a speaker, please contact Ashley Bain, Events Coordinator, at 905.728.1683 for more information!
Venues For Chamber Events Wanted
Are you a venue owner wanting to expose your space to the local business community?
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is looking for venues to host a variety of our upcoming 2017 Business 4 Breakfasts and Biz After 5!  
If interested in becoming a host venue, please contact Ashley Bain, Event Coordinator, at 905.728.1683 for more information!  
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce hosted its 21st Annual Business Excellence Awards celebrating the best in local business at Tosca Banquet Hall & Conference!

Congratulations to all the recipients of the evening;
Business Person of the Year, Cris Douglas, CRCS DKI
Business Excellence, Re/Max Jazz - Noel & Dave Coppins
ENGEN, Dan Miguel, National ProStaff
Innovation, Covanta Durham York Renewable Energy
Civic Pride, Oshawa Clinic
New Enterprise, Hollywood Cone

Thank you to all our sponsors of this event! Without your incredible support; this event would not be possible!
Look for our full story on this event in our Business Matters Newsletter!


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Taunton Chiropratic and Health Centre
On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee; Congratulations to Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre for being named Business of The Month for October 2016!

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