Business Briefs - January/February 2015

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JAN FEB2015 Volume 46 | no. 01 - 02 | BuSineSS BriefS Small BuSineSS taSk force Workplace Safety tech corner

federica nazzani, president of capital assist (Valuation) inc. and chair of the Windsor-essex regional chamber of commerce’s newlyestablished Small and medium enterprise task force. See page 4 for the full story.




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letter from the preSident & ceo Welcome to the winter edition of the Windsor-essex regional chamber of commerce’s Business Briefs! at our 138th annual General meeting and luncheon on november 4, we heard from our featured guest speaker flavio Volpe, president, automotive parts manufacturers canada’s association (apma), national association representing oem producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services for the worldwide automotive industry. Volpe spoke on “the time is now for an auto Strategy”. the Windsor-essex regional chamber of commerce is leading the national campaign to get government to provide more incentives to lure business to this country, which includes creating an auto strategy. the issue of an auto strategy was one that was brought up at the first-ever Windsor-essex policy & Solutions forum in may. the need for an auto strategy was a resolution put forward by the Windsor-essex regional chamber of commerce and was adopted by the ontario chambers of commerce as its “signature resolution” for canadian chamber aGm and adopted by the entire chamber membership across canada at the canadian chamber aGm in September.

WindSor-eSSex reGional chamBer of commerce 2014-2015 Board of directorS ms. carolyn Brown chair** Vice president, administration detroit-Windsor tunnel llc dr. Janice forsyth chair-elect** president foresight management consulting mr. marty Beneteau director editor-in-chief the Windsor Star mr. John t. clark director chair - finance & tax committee partner clarks Barristers & Solicitors mr. david S. h. cree director chair - transportation committee president & ceo Windsor port authority mr. adam davis director president next dimensions inc

mr. Steve deneau director Vice president Business development Windsor family credit union (Wfcu) mr. david diemer director chair: environment & energy committee associate dillon consulting limited mr. romeo Girardi director executive Vice president russell a. farrow limited mr. carl hooper, cpa, ca, cfe director partner collins Barrow Windsor llp mr. Jason ilijanic director relationship manager td commercial Banking Southwestern ontario region mr. Scott Jenkins director director of advertising caesars Windsor

ms. maureen lucas director president lucasWorks! (Windsor) inc. mr. Jeffrey mackinnon treasurer** partner mctague law firm llp dr. francine Schlosser director professor, director, research and interdisciplinary learning university of Windsor ms. andrea Seguin director district manager union Gas limited mr. William Sivell director chair: membership committee owner/Broker of record liberty Business Brokers of ontario dr. alfie morgan director emeritus non-voting professor emeritus of Business administration university of Windsor ** denotes member of executive committee

the chamber once again highlighted the Windsor-essex region’s emerging technology sector at our third annual Windsor essex tech Show. We also held our 15th annual athena Scholarship luncheon, with guest speaker Sandra pupatello, and celebrated the hard work of scholarship recipients Jennifer kysilka (Wang), Susie redekop, and katherine Vrantsidis. in december, we celebrated the holidays in style at our multiple Business holiday party at caesars Windsor. this annual event gives small and medium sized companies an opportunity to celebrate with their staff, while at the same time mingling with other businesses. We do all the work— you have all the fun! We closed out the year with our december after Business at Willistead manor. this cultural gem in the city of Windsor was a perfect location for an evening of networking, visiting exhibitors, and sampling delicious appetizers compliments of koolini’s. many other great events are on the horizon, including the 25th annual Business excellence awards on Wednesday, april 22, 2015, which is sure to be an elegant event you won’t want to miss. We’re looking forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!

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Windsor-essex regional chamber’s Small Business task force The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Federica Nazzani, President of Capital Assist (Valuation) Inc., as the Chair of the newly-established Small and Medium Entreprise (“SME”) Task Force. In response to the growing need to promote, attract and grow SMEs, the Chamber has launched its first-ever SME Task Force, comprised of local business owners, professionals and community stakeholders. Its mandate is to identify key business issues, advocate and raise awareness, as well as execute initiatives to help businesses succeed. The Task Force will also leverage the networking and outreach efforts of the Chamber to facilitate new business opportunities for its membership. As a business owner, we want to hear from you. In the New Year, the Chamber will participate in a community-wide survey and will seek your continued input on the issues facing your business. Over the next few months, watch for the SME Task Force to release its new online information portal, webinars and advocacy positions for SMEs. As Chair of the Task Force, Ms. Nazzani is no stranger to fostering business growth and overcoming challenges in Windsor-Essex. She served as the President & CEO of the Windsor International Airport

where she was responsible for having more than doubled its passenger traffic and diversified its operations. She was also instrumental in turning-around the Airport operations to achieve financial profitability and stability. Her background in both the private and the public sectors as a senior executive and leader has allowed her to gain valuable experience in strategic and business development, government relations, operational performance, finance and corporate governance. As President of Capital Assist (Valuation) Inc., her independent business advisory practice focuses on business valuation services, litigation support, forecasting and complex financial analysis, debt, equity or government financing in growth, merger, acquisition and sale transactions, strategic planning and business development consulting. She also provides interim executive services to companies and institutions requiring finance executive-level consultation, expertise and knowledge on project-based initiatives or to fill a short-term vacancy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Windsor Club and the Art Gallery of Windsor and has been very active in her community through her volunteer work and mentorships. Nazzani is a Fellow Chartered Public Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). She received the highly-esteemed and coveted Fellowship designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in recognition of her outstanding career achievements and leadership contributions to the community and the profession.

members only Savings programs As a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, you have access to numerous resources designed to advance the success of your business. Exclusive benefits and advantages provided to our members include: savings on professional business services, preferred rates on health and life insurance packages, discounts on home and auto insurance, plus special promotions and offers throughout the year.

To receive a free, no-obligation quote, or to find out more about Johnson Inc., please contact them directly at or call toll free 1-800-563-0677. Remember to identify yourself as a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce!

Employee and business owner HEALTH CARE BENEFITS with our:

Home and auto insurance available through Johnson Inc., a licensed intermediary. Policies are primarily underwritten by Unifund Assurance Company (Unifund). Johnson Inc. and Unifund share common ownership.



The Chamber offers access to Canada’s #1 group insurance plan – the Chambers Plan. The Plan operates as a non-profit and it is known for stable, pooled, competitive rates for firms from 1 to 100 employees. As well as health and dental coverage, you can customize your plan by selecting from a list of available benefits. Some of the Chambers Plan benefits, like Best Doctors and Business Assistance Services, are even included at no cost.

With our Office Max/Grand & Toy Office Supply Program, members save significantly on over 7,000 in-stock office supplies for next day delivery. Get the products you need, and the choices you want – for the best value. Your representative will review your preferred products to maximize your savings and develop an exclusive savings program based on your needs.

HOME & AUTO INSURANCE The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer our members access to the Preferred Service Home-Auto Plan (PS Plan) from Johnson Inc. With origins dating back to 1880, Johnson Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected providers of insurance and benefits in Canada. Today, the company is part of the global RSA group, with employees across the country dedicated to serving you better. Members who qualify for the PS Plan get preferred rates, and access to a wide range of products and services. You receive personalized and convenient service. Highlights of the PS Plan include: 24-hour service, online access to your insurance coverage details, and interest-free monthly payments. You may also get extras on home and auto insurance.

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PAYMENT PROCESSING SAVINGS WITH FIRST DATA MERCHANT SERVICES The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and First Data, a leader in the electronic payment processing industry, have partnered to bring you exclusive benefits to help grow your business. Together we are ready to help you with preferred pricing and products tailored to suit your needs. See the savings: Visa 1.55%, MasterCard 1.60% and Debit $0.05/ Transaction (standard discount rates - additional processing fees may apply). For more information, contact Sherri Dulcamaro, Director of Sales & Marketing, at or Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to Director of Sales & Marketing, at


in our community

Congratulations to our New Members! • N ew Start Up Companies: Media Safe and Paul Peterson Architectural Designer (Peterson-Davidson Inc.). • N ew Ownership and Renovation: Congratulations to Shoreview at Riverside on their renovation and new ownership!

collège Boréal will be offering its Business program in Windsor as of September 2015. the program, which leads to an ontario college diploma, introduces students to the fundamental principles of marketing, management, accounting, finances, and human resources. it provides excellent training for individuals seeking a career in the industrial sector, financial institutions, service companies, school boards, and educational institutions. for more information, visit

congratulations to nova tool & mold inc. on celebrating their 25th anniversary! let nova tool innovate for your next tooling program. Visit them online at

• C ongratulations and welcome to John Atkinson who is taking over for Paul McNamara at Edward Jones.

alphakor Group has completed the acquisition of canadian computer distributors (ccd). operated by Scott merryfield, ccd has been selling, servicing and supporting it infrastructure solutions in the Windsoressex region for over 27 years. With the completion of the transaction, ccd employees join the alphakor Group making the team over 40 strong and solidifying their position as the leading full technology partner in the region. alphakor also recently announced their move to their new headquarters located at 7800 twin oaks in a 12 000 square foot campus on 2 acres of property slated for early 2015. for more information, visit

congratulations to our chair of the Board, carolyn Brown, on her appointment as the new corporate leader of transportation Service and chief executive officer of your Quick Gateway and the Windsor detroit tunnel corporation. carolyn is well versed with both transportation and the corporation, having worked in the 1990s as Special projects officer in the cao’s office. following her time with the city of Windsor carolyn worked for american roads, detroit michigan which is the privately held uS company that operates the detroit Windsor tunnel and four toll bridges in alabama. positions with american roads included director of administration (responsible for commercial operations, risk management, marketing and human resources), Vp of operations and most recently executive Vice president. the appointment takes effect January 5, 2015.

the essex region conservation authority, together with the detroit river cleanup committee, senior levels of government and other partners have worked together to create a detroit river canadian Shore restoration alternatives Selection manual. this will guide design practitioners, contractors and the public when designing shoreline protection along the detroit river. for more information, contact danielle Breault Stuebing, director of community outreach Services at (519) 776-5209 ext. 352 or

farrow continues a remarkable run of contributing to local food banks with donations totalling $65,000. rick farrow, chairman and c.e.o., along with his brother John farrow, Vice-chairman, announced the donations to food banks across north america where farrow has offices. donations of various amounts were made to various organizations totalling $65,000. for more information, and a list of the organizations, contact: romeo Girardi, executive Vice-president, farrow, at (519) 2527775 ext. 590 or

congratulations to thomas’ utopia Brand for their feature in the Globe and mail report on Business! the nationally distributed Globe and mail report on Business features the domestic food-manufacturing sector, which is worth upwards of $92-billion each year. Small and mid-sized companies such as the featured thomas’ utopia Brand tomatoes largely populate this sector and are the backbone of canada’s food industry. Be sure to pick up your printed copy or visit

congratulations to Walkerville Brewery for receiving an international marketing award for the branding of its ale and lager, which douglas marketing Group designed. creative international awards, an independent international advertising and graphic design competition that showcases leading-edge design, picked Walkerville Brewery for the Silver creativity international award. for more information visit

habitat for humanity Windsor-essex (hfhWe) held its dedication ceremony for its autumn Build project on november 29 at the build project site, located at 1233 armanda rd. for the macinnis family. the family’s new home is the 57th habitat home built in Windsor-essex county since the organization affiliated in Windsor 20 years ago. for more information contact pamela Breault, operations manager, hfhWe at (519) 969-3762 ext. 229 or

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WindSor eSSex tech ShoW

15th annual athena ScholarShip luncheon

138th annual General meetinG & luncheon

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tech corner

Is the Cloud right for your Business? As a regional IT Service Provider, I’m often asked if the “cloud” makes sense for my clients’ businesses. The answer can be a complicated discussion. There are many factors that need to be considered before moving any application or service to the cloud, let alone moving everything to the cloud. The most popular trend in our client base has been the movement of email to the cloud, Microsoft’s Office 365 trending as the leader in the space, at least in my client base. The reasons for this vary from organization to organization, but the trend tends to be focused around Business Continuity. In the event that they have any issues with their traditional onsite infrastructure, the way they communicate with most of their customers is still accessible. There are more and more businesses that are evaluating moving everything to the cloud, but they are typically not doing this to save costs, but are looking for the increased redundancy and resiliency that is often not cost effective to do when spreading the costs over a small user community. Disaster Recovery is often one of the benefits of the cloud, most cloud providers provide their customers with the ability to failover their environment from one data centre to another.

The cloud changes the way you need to look at security. If half of your environment is in house, and the other half in the cloud, having the right systems in place to protect your digital assets becomes more important than ever. The cloud also often changes the way your people tend to interact with their line of business applications, especially when these applications are not web based, introducing new training requirements for your staff. For more information on if the Cloud makes sense for your business, please contact Adam Davis, President & CEO of Next Dimension. Adam currently sits on the board of directors for the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Next Dimension is a regional IT Service Provider with offices in Windsor, London, Waterloo and Detroit.

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meet your neW memBerS octoBer & noVemBer 2014 a plus ink & toner office Supplies (main) Victor Vaseleniuck owner #3 - 1340 matthew Brady Blvd. Windsor, on n8S 4r6 phone: (519) 945-6064 fax:(519) 945-0696 Bell - ferrari plaza telephone companies (main), telecommunications teresa kolic Store manager 4096 Walker road Windsor, on n8W 3t5 phone: (519) 971-3914 fax:(519) 972-1740 Better Blinds and drapery Window coverings (main) mark dudfield V.p. 2785 howard ave. Windsor, on n8x 3x8 phone: (519) 972-8388 canada South festival network events (main) rita ossington executive director 440 pelissier Street Windsor, on n9a 4k9 phone: (519) 971-0950 ccd computer Sales, Service & networks (main), computer training frank abbruzzese president 1737 Walker rd. Windsor, on n8W 3p2 phone: (519) 252-1008 fax:(519) 252-3164 commissionaires Security Services (main), police clearances Jason olson Business operations manager 3379 Walker road Windsor, on n8W 3r9 phone: (519) 966-9651 fax:(519) 966-8311 core team Staffing & training inc. recruiting (main), human resource consultants nancy rochon director 1214 ottawa Street Windsor, on n8x 2e6 phone: (519) 253-0002 fax:(519) 253-8980

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danny’s transmission Windsor 2005 ltd automotive transmissions (main) daniel docherty president 2910 tecumseh road east Windsor, on n8W 1G5 phone: (519) 945-1126 fax:(519) 944-2204 windsor dream office management property management (main) todd Brophy property manager one riverside dr. W. Suite 640 Windsor, on n9a 5k3 phone: (519) 258-8111 fax:(519) 258-8882 edward Jones investments, John o. atkinson, cfp investment dealers (main) John atkinson financial advisor 208 lauzon rd. Windsor, on n8S 3l6 phone: (519) 944-9080 fax:(877) 314-8454 em3 inc. electronic music (main) Brenda hawtin Vice president 731 Walker rd. Windsor, on n8y 2n2 phone: (519) 258-1331 fax:(519) 258-6248 enterprise canada public affairs (main), Strategic communications consultants Barbara fox ceo 595 Bay Street, Ste. 1202 p.o. Box 63 toronto, on m5G 2c2 phone: (416) 586-1474 koolnections rfQ online Services (main) mike Bacarro ceo phone: (519) 562-8190 media Safe Workshops coaching - internet Safety & protocol (main) ryan richardson ceo phone: (519) 259-8061

merwin & associates insurance - Group (main), insurance - life & financial planning John merwin owner 4520 rhodes drive, unit 200 Windsor, on n8W 5c2 phone: (519) 730-1400 fax:(519) 736-1815 paul peterson architectural designer architectural design Services (main), renovations - residential paul peterson owner / operator phone: (226) 344-5772 Scotiabank – ouellette ave. Banks (main) terry roman director & market lead, commercial Banking 388 ouellette ave., 2nd floor p. o. Box 760 Windsor, on n9a 6p1 phone: (519) 973-5300 fax:(519) 973-5332 Scotiabank – ottawa St. Banks (main) terry roman director & market lead, commercial Banking 1357 ottawa St. Windsor, on n8x 2e9 phone: (519) 973-5854 comedy Quarry at rockhead comedy club (main) Joshua haddon owner 1444 ottawa St. Windsor, on n8x 2G1 phone: (226) 346-0646 the Shoreview at riverside retirement homes (main) margaret Bolton director, community relations 245 drouillard rd. Windsor, on n8y 4y1 phone: (519) 253-7415 tru pest control pest control Services (main), animal control rob trudell owner phone: (519) 948-3795 united express transportation carrier (main) Wycliffe abuya president 2180 44th St. Se, Suite 107

kentwood, mi 49508 phone: (269) 932-4163 Via rail canada inc. rail (main) lisa poulin Senior Specialist corporate travel 298 Walker road Windsor, on n8y 2m9 phone: (519) 254-6625 fax:(519) 254-8571 Windsor Beauty Supply inc. Beauty Supplies (main) andy Zeboony president 6640 tecumseh road east Windsor, on n8t 1e6 phone: (519) 944-2300 fax:(519) 944-3948 Windsor Beauty Supply inc. - leamington Store Beauty Supplies (main) andy Zeboony president 95 erie St. n. leamington, on n8h 2Z7 phone: (519) 324-0404 fax:(519) 324-9559

Want to learn more aBout hoW We aSSiSt our memBerS in achieVinG their financialGoalS throuGh our marketinG initiatiVeS? knoW Someone intereSted in JoininG the chamBer? Contact Sherri Dulcamaro, Director of Sales & Marketing to consider membership with us and to learn about potential savings in conjunction with our programs. or 519.966.3696 Ext. 23 Want to knoW more aBout the chamBer’S affinity proGramS and other memBer BenefitS? Visit us at and click on membership then Benefits. We are here to assist you with your membership! contact catie hildenbrand, assistant to the director of Sales & marketing at or 519.966.3696 ext. 30 pleaSe note,the memBerS liSted are only for the monthS indicated. for a full memBerShip directory, pleaSe ViSit WWW.WindSorchamBer.orG


Stay connected With your memBerShip octoBer & noVemBer 2014 reneWinG memBerS 2026317 ontario ltd.

dale carnegie training

meloche Windows ltd.

Spartan Sling manufacturing, inc.

azad-malik drug Store

drive logistics

mmarco international Services inc.

Stantec consulting ltd.

absolute tool technologies inc.

export development canada

morton industrial Sales & Service ltd.

Store-n-Save lp

accu-Staff resource Systems

floor coverings international

nedco, a rexel division

StreetSeen media

advanced Basement Systems

foresight management consulting

office of the employer adviser


advanced commercial dishmachine Service inc.

freedom 55 financial / a division of london life

onfreight logistics


aidS committee of Windsor

Great lakes Safety products

onsort material management inc.

tessonics inc.

amec enviroment and infastructure

Ground effects ltd.

ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

torino’s restaurant

aon risk Solutions

the healthy image

paroian Skipper lawyers

applied computer Solutions inc.

hi neighbor floor covering company limited

r lucente engineering inc

architecttura inc. architects at ease men’s apparel Better Business Bureau of Western ontario

hinton the mover / united Van lines hotham Building materials inc. hurricanes

re/max capital inc, Brokerage re/max preferred realty ltd. Brokerage

tourism Windsor essex pelee island town and country animal clinic town of tecumseh Varco industrial Sales ltd. Vollmer inc. Walk in law firm


J k management Group, inc.

remo Valente real estate (1990) limited

Brentwood recovery home

John mcGivney children’s centre

rGr pharma ltd

canadian tire - david morrison enterprises ltd.

Jp thomson architects ltd

roman tool & fabricating inc.

Windsor essex Brokerage for personal Supports

kingsville Golf & country club

Sandbar Waterfront Grill, the

Windsor essex mobility Group

lakeview montessori School

Shibley righton llp

Windsor express

liberty Business Brokers

Shreekarma inc.

Windsor homes coalition inc.

lindham industries limited

Silver tee Golf & Virtual Gaming centre

Windsor laser eye institute

cleardeck Systems ltd. colonial tool Group inc. coral medical health Spa coxon’s Service limited cS logistics d J Galvanizing

mc Business Solutions m.t.e. controls corporation main flame industrial Services

Southern mechanical contractors limited

Women’s enterprise Skills training of Windsor inc (WeSt inc)

Windsor yacht club Workforce Windsoressex WorkSmart Safety and hr Solutions


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Since 1987, Windsor Beauty Supply has supplied salon professionals and retail customers with quality beauty products, salon equipment and furniture, cutting edge education and an exceptional service experience. With five locations giving a boutique-like feel in Windsor, London, Chatham, Dougall and Leamington, we are the exclusive distributor for Schwarzkopf, Aloxxi, OPI, Macadamia and Saryna Key.

The Sandbar Waterfront Grill, located at 930 Old Tecumseh Rd. in Lakeshore, has been enjoyed by boaters and guests for more than 30 years.

In December, Windsor Beauty Supply hosted their “Beauty of Giving Can Drive” where all proceeds went to The Downtown Mission in Windsor, Outreach for Hunger in Chatham, The Salvation Army in Leamington and The London Food Bank in London. With every five can donations, customers received a 15% discount on their purchase. Windsor Beauty Supply can’t wait to show you what they have in store for 2015. With their London location in full force and brand new products arriving from some of their favourite beauty brands, 2015 is going to remarkable! In addition, Windsor Beauty Supply is thrilled to offer the opportunity for the public to take advantage of the many courses that they provide such as makeup, eyelash extension and a complete esthetics program Windsor Beauty Supply is excited to partner with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and become more involved with the small business community in Windsor. They will be in direct contact with industry professionals and take advantage of the many resources designed to advance the success of Windsor Beauty Supply through this new partnership. Windsor Beauty Supply wants nothing more than to keep supplying their retail and salon customers 100% quality products and service. For more information, visit

This hidden waterfront gem on Lake St. Clair is attached to Puce River Harbour marina and both are owned by two local businessmen, Robert and Ken Troup. Accessible by land or lake, and open year-round, the Sandbar is a great spot for a special evening out with loved ones, a great meal to go, or to just sit back and relax and enjoy the view. Local live bands perform every Saturday night and when the weather warms up, bands perform outside on the patio. Customer satisfaction is important to the Sandbar, who offers a free rewards card program for guests. With every $500 reward points accumulated, a $25 reward voucher is earned. Additionally, members eat free on their birthday and enjoy enrollment for weekly and monthly draws for great prizes. The Sandbar has partnered with Costco, where you can now purchase $100 Sandbar giftcards for $79.99, a perfect gift! Book your special events, weddings, engagement parties, showers, office gatherings, etc. with the Sandbar! Catering is also available, featuring their famous perch, steaks, and wood burning pizzas. Make your reservations for Valentine’s Day with The Sandbar Waterfront Grill! Please note the Sandbar’s winters hours: closed Mondays, open TuesdaySunday. For more information and to view menu options and specials, visit and check them out on Facebook at

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