Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Chamber of Commerce? +
A Chamber of Commerce or Board of Trade is a non-profit action organization designed to meet community or area needs. It is a voluntary organization of progressive individuals and businesses that work together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of a community.
Our Chamber is one of the largest business associations in Durham Region with over 1,100 entrepreneurs, managers and corporate executives as members representing almost 800 businesses. In 2005 our Chamber was recognized as one of the first of twelve Chambers in Canada to earn the national Accreditation With Distinction and we’ve held the honour ever since.
Who runs the Chamber of Commerce? +
A Board of Directors, elected by the Chamber of Commerce’s members, runs the organization. The Board, serving as volunteers, sets the policies and goals of the organization. The Board employs an administrative head (CEO/General Manager) to run the day to day operations of the Chamber.
How can the Chamber of Commerce help my business? +
The Chamber offers a wide variety of benefits to assist local businesses. Browse the website to learn more about the cost saving discounts, networking opportunities, and opportunities for exposure. The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the Greater Oshawa area and is always interested in hearing from its members on issues important to them.
Who funds the Chamber of Commerce? +
The Greater Oshawa Chamber is a member-based association that receives no annual funding from any level of government.
We are funded through revenue generated by membership, events and sponsorship, advertising and other ancillary services to the business community.
What do the Volunteers do? +
Volunteers provide the ideas, the drive, the goals, the funds and the voluntary services to keep the Chamber of Commerce motivated and operating.
How can I volunteer with the Chamber? +
What types of companies join the Chamber of Commerce? +
The Greater Oshawa Chamber’s unmatched strength is based largely on those we represent.
Our membership consists of large and small companies, from manufacturing and real estate to retail and service firms. We represent a very diverse business community which gives the Chamber excellent credibility when advocating at the municipal, regional and provincial level for changes that will improve the business climate in Greater Oshawa. By being so diverse, legislators and regulators understand our positions are responsible, and represent the business community as a whole, and not merely the apparent special interests of one industry.
You can see all our different members in our Business Directory. Click on the icon on the right of this page.
How much does membership cost? +
What is the process to have my membership application approved? +
What is the refund policy for memberships? +
A membership with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is an annual commitment, and regrettably, is non-refundable. Automatic renewal happens annually on the anniversary of your start date and continues until revoked in writing. Two months before a membership is due to be renewed, we will send you an invoice and a renewal letter. If you wish to cancel your membership, we require written notification of your wish to cancel.
Do the Chamber’s Board members have offices at the Chamber? +
No. Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who hold full-time positions at local businesses. Information on our Board of Directors can be found here and their contact information can be found in our online member directory.
Who should I contact to update/add to my membership information? +
Can I send information about my business/event to the Chamber membership? +
Can you send an email about my event to the Chamber membership? +
Yes! As part of its commitment to members, the Chamber sends one regular email per week. Due to the volume of requests we get from members and outside parties to access our membership, we are not able to send individual emails on behalf of third parties however, we will include your information in our regular weekly eNews and post your event online.
Can I have/buy the Chamber's mailing list database to send my own marketing material to the Chamber's membership list? +
Where can I promote my event online for free? +
There are a number of ways to promote your event online for free. Members can leverage their Chamber membership by connecting with us online. Website: Submit your event details online. Click “Events” in the top menu bar, “Submit an Event” to be included on our online Community Event Calendar. eNews: All events that are listed in the online Community Event Calendar are automatically listed in the monthly eNewsletter.Twitter: Are you on twitter? Send a direct message @Oshawachamber and we will RT your tweets about your event! Facebook: Post a message on the Chamber's facebook page. www.facebook.com/oshawachamber
How do I propose a new event idea, learning workshop or partnership to the Chamber? +
We would love to hear your idea about what kind of events we should be putting on for the business community, what type of information or learning you are looking for or how we can work together on something.
Who can attend Chamber events? +
Anyone who is employed by a member company is eligible to attend Chamber events at member discount prices. Our events are also open to the general public for a non-member rate. Select events are designated for members only and will be identified as such on the event online description.
I am attending an event and have a diet restriction, who do I contact? +
What is your event cancellation policy? +
Written notice (by email is preferred) must be received a minimum of one week prior to the event date in order to receive a ticket refund. If an individual/company does not attend an event but a ticket has been purchased and no written cancellation has been received they will still be billed accordingly.
Are event tickets transferable? +
Tickets are transferable. If you cannot use your ticket we encourage you to give it to a client, guest or colleague to attend in your place. Whenever possible, please advise the Chamber so we have the appropriate name tag waiting for your guest. Name tag requests must be submitted by noon the day prior to the event.