Over 30 million mercury-containing lamps go to Ontario landfills every year. Now there’s a solution for business and institutions to keep these lamps out of our landfills. “Take Back The Light” campaign will be run in recognition of Waste Reduction Week in Ontario, held the third week of October every year. The idea of the “Do it Right, Recycle your Light” campaign is to educate the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sector during Waste Reduction Week, October 21 to 27, about the importance of recycling mercury-containing fluorescent lights and provide guidance on how to get the lights properly recycled. Leading up to and during this week, employers will be invited to register their lamp recycling activities, or to get more information about lamp recycling. They will also have the opportunity to download a ‘Recycle your Light’ Presentation and be encouraged to host a “lunch and learn” session for their employers to commemorate Waste Reduction Week. Waste Reduction Week is a program of the Recycling Council of Ontario dedicated to educating residents and businesses about reducing waste and overconsumption. Visit www.takebackthelight.ca for more information.

The Lion Dance Troupe will join the “Business of the Year Party” on September 26th in downtown Oshawa. The Lion Dance Troupe will escort the VIP Pre-Award attendees from Fazio’s Restaurant to the Regent Theatre for the 2013 Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards presentation bringing luck and happiness to all who join in! Known as the king of animals, the lion is a traditional symbol of good luck in China. In the Lion Dance, two people act as a lion; one moving the head and the other moving the body and tail. All of the Award attendees will have a chance to win at trip to China! Reserve your ticket to attend at web.oshawachamber.com/events!

Director nominations may be filed at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, 44 Richmond Street West, Oshawa, commencing from July 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Directors will be elected for a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2014 ending December 31, 2016.  All active members or a registered Chamber representative of a Chamber member in good standing are eligible to hold elected office. 

Nomination papers and a Candidate’s Guide are available from the C.E.O. & General Manager of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. A signed consent to the nomination and a declaration of qualification by the candidate are required.

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The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Kemp Travel and China Visit Tours is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime to experience real Chinese culture, to touch upon the authentic Chinese folk customs and taste the distinctive and flavourful local Chinese cuisine.

Come join the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce on its trip to China from October 15 to 25, 2014. One lucky individual attending the 2013 Business Excellence Awards on September 26th will WIN a trip to China.

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As promised and keeping the high quality and caliber of the event in mind, the Business Excellence Awards is shaping up to be the “party of the year to Celebrate Business.”

The event, with a revamped program and a change of venue is being held on Thursday, September 26th, kicking-off with a Pre-Award VIP Cocktail Reception at Fazio’s Restaurant beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by a Red Carpet greeting and Awards Presentation at the Regent Theatre beginning at 6:15 p.m.

The biggest changes to the Awards event are: there is no formal dinner at the awards, there are multiple venues, and the cost to attend has been cut in half.

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