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Matt Marchand (President & CEO, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce), Jim DiMenna (CEO, Red Sun Farms), Gerry Mastronardi (Owner Operator, T. G. & G.), Guido van het Hof, B.Sc. (President, Soave Agricultural Group), John Barnett (representing the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce) at the Cap & Trade news conference. Photo courtesy John Liviero, Sooters Photography.

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Happy New Year and welcome to the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber’s Business Briefs! We have been hard at work advocating for business in the Windsor-Essex region. This includes calling for a deferral of the Provincial Government’s Cap and Trade program scheduled to be implemented January 1, 2017. The average Ontario greenhouse vegetable farmer with 13 acres is bracing for an $80,000 hit starting January 1, 2017. This cost is estimated to rise to $220,000 by 2022. Since 2004, electricity prices have increased dramatically by 383%. We partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) to release a new report: Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage for Ontario. The report contains new data that reveals a significant tourism gap when compared to international growth rates. Ontario has foregone nearly $16 billion in visitor spending between 2006 and 2012 by not keeping up with global growth trends. Chambers are calling for a province-wide strategic plan to close the gap. In other news, WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand and Tracey Ramsey MP Essex were the keynote speakers at the Labour Appreciation Night, featuring the presentation of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, on November 18. This was the first time a WERCC President & CEO was a keynote for the event. We celebrated our landmark 140th Annual General Meeting in November with special guest speaker Dwight Duncan, Interim Chairperson of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority. Duncan gave our Members an update on the Gordie Howe Bridge. The WERCC put on our Tech Show in November, focusing on giving small businesses ideas to implement immediately as part of our Small Business Too Big to Ignore campaign. We also hosted a special Breakfast with the Board for our Gold Circle, Pillar, and Community Builder members. These members were able to sit and talk directly with the WERCC’s Board of Directors. If you are interested in these membership levels, please contact Sherri Gowman at The 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards, presented by Windsor Star, will be here before you know it! Taking place on April 19 at Caesars Windsor, Augustus Ballroom, the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards is the premier business event of year, recognizing professional individuals and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievements that have contributed to the prosperity and business development in Windsor and Essex County. Visit for all the up-to-date news and events.


Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Board of Directors Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Chair** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Ms. Beverly Becker Director Director, Local Marketing & Special Projects Windsor Star Ms. Marie Campagna Director Executive Vice President Operations / CFO Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Mr. John T. Clark Chair Elect** Partner Clarks LLP

Mr. Irfan S. Daya Director Chair - Finance & Taxation Committee Vice President, Commercial Financial Services & Agriculture Royal Bank of Canada Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President - Business Development WFCU Credit Union Dr. Janice Forsyth Past Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting

Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President Farrow

Mr. Scott Jenkins Director Director of Advertising Caesars Windsor

Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA Director Assurance and Advisory Partner Collins Barrow Windsor LLP

Ms. Maureen Lucas Vice Chair** President Lucas Professional Search Group

Mr. Benjamin Iannetta Director, Emerging Leaders Representative Business & Technical Services ProSoft XP

Mr. Rocco Lucente P Eng Director Chair - Transportation Committee Owner R Lucente Engineering Inc

Mr. Jason Ilijanic Treasurer** Director, Commercial Services WFCU Credit Union

Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Professor, Odette School of Business Executive Director, EPICentre University of Windsor

Ms. Andrea Seguin Director Director Regulatory Projects & Lands Union Gas Limited Ms. Lee Anne Doyle Director Non-Voting 1999 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Non-Voting Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** denotes member of executive committee


Chamber News

The Success of Small Business Will Determine the Success of Ontario’s Economy The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in partnership with the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) released the report Obstacles and Opportunities for Small Business in Ontario. The report highlights the contributions of small businesses to the provincial economy, while also identifying, and offering solutions to, the most pressing challenges that small business owners face. The report’s recommendations are the result of detailed consultations over the course of six months held by 25 chambers of commerce and boards of trade with hundreds of small business owners throughout the province as part of the OCC’s Small Business Too Big To Ignore campaign. The consultation with Windsor-Essex small business occurred August 9 at the WERCC.

1. Ensure affordable energy use for small business

“In Windsor-Essex, certainly the key issue for small business is the rising cost of doing business in Ontario,” said WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand. “This report speaks directly to that key concern and offers recommendations,” added Marchand.

3. Develop a single access point for all government-funded workforce, training, and employment services

The report also highlights that businesses with fewer than 100 employees make up 98 percent of total Ontario businesses and two-thirds of private sector employment in Ontario. They contribute approximately 28 percent to the provincial GDP and created 87.7 percent of the new jobs nationally from 2005 to 2012. Given the significance of small businesses, the OCC and the WERCC urges the government to take immediate action to implement the following recommendations in the near term:

2. Work with all levels of government to establish a regulatory concierge service to assist small businesses in understanding, navigating, and achieving compliance with relevant regulatory requirements

4. Conduct a publicly available cost of doing business analysis in Ontario These recommendations will feature prominently in the WERCC’s and OCC’s work leading up to the 2018 provincial election.

What is the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman and what can it do for you The world of federal procurement can be filled with unexpected twists and turns, and we understand that. The Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) is a neutral and independent office committed to helping suppliers experiencing issues in federal contracting. In other words… The Procurement Ombudsman bridges the gap between suppliers and federal organizations by working collaboratively with federal organizations and Canadian businesses. Okay, so how can OPO help you? If you encounter an issue with the federal procurement process, you can file a complaint with OPO. If the complaint falls within the Ombudsman’s mandate, a review is launched. If the complaint is outside the Ombudsman’s mandate, we will do our best to direct you to the appropriate contact. In addition, OPO’s trained mediators can facilitate a dispute resolution session to help resolve contract disputes between suppliers and federal organizations. Our dispute resolution service has been proven to be highly successful, and is offered on a no-fee basis. Our goal is to get everyone talking in the same room. If we can talk it out, we can arrive at solutions, restore business relationships, and avoid costly litigation.

How you can help us help you We rely on feedback from suppliers like you to determine if there are recurring or systemic issues in federal procurement processes. The Procurement Ombudsman uses this information to undertake procurement practice reviews. These reviews provide the Office with an opportunity to look for best practices, identify areas for improvement, and make recommendations to help promote fairness, openness, and transparency in federal procurement. Should I call OPO? OPO wants to hear from you! It’s the best way we can help make federal contracting more fair, open, and transparent for small and medium-sized businesses. If you have a procurement-related question or concern contact 1-866-7345169 or


In Our Community

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Congratulations to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2016 National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients at Central Park Athletics: • Crystal Lifetime Achievement Award – Amanda Gellman presented by Winclare Management Inc. • Caesars Windsor Award for Spirit of Philanthropy: Rick & Kathy Durocher Cypher Systems Group Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Kaidyn Blair United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex Award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer: Larry Bannon WindsorEssex Community Foundation Award for Outstanding Philanthropist: Rocco & Danielle Tullio University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Business: Families First

The anticipated awards issue of Biz X magazine, honouring 24 Windsor/Essex County based businesses and a grand total of 222 nominees, has been released! A black tie gala event took place at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on November 18 for the winning companies and VIP guests. Congratulations to all award recipients and nominees! For details and a complete list of award recipients, visit Congratulations to Caesars Windsor on your awards from Casino Player Magazine’s annual readers poll Best of Gaming Awards 2016. Caesars Windsor earned nine first-place awards out of 25 categories for this region. For the 16th straight year, Caesars Windsor earned the Readers’ Choice for Best Hotel. The casino was also voted as the top spot for Players Club – Total Rewards, and Best Promotions, best live poker, best video slots, best roulette, best poker tournaments and best slot tournaments. Congratulations to Caesars Windsor on the opening of their new venue, Augustus 27, the region’s premier destination for weddings, social and corporate events. Located on the top floor of Caesars Windsor Resort, Augustus 27 creates an atmosphere that will ignite your senses with breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the Detroit skyline and waterfront. Congratulations to Cogeco Connexion on receiving the prestigious Community Builder Award from the Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) in Toronto. The OBAA Community Builder Award celebrates large businesses whose community investments have yielded the greatest social return on investment. For more information contact Gabriel Beauséjour, Senior Consultant, External Communications, Cogeco Connexion, (514) 764-4618 or Landowners wishing to undertake tree planting and other habitat creation programs on their properties will have it a little easier, thanks to an enhanced program offered by the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA). Administration is proposing a new “full service” option for landowners interested in restoration, but not wanting to deal with site preparation and long term maintenance. This will be available for the 2017 planting season, and based on cost recovery. For more information contact Kevin Money, Director, Conservation Services, (519) 776-5209 ext.351 or

On October 23, with funding for the plant materials provided by the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant’s Joint Workplace Environment Committee teamed up with ERCA to create meadow habitat in Windsor. Over the past 9 years, Unifor Local 444 and FCA employees from the Windsor Assembly Plant have planted over 150 trees along Grand Marais Rd. For more information contact Lou Ann Gosselin, Head of Communications, FCA Canada at (519) 973-2253. The Heart and Stroke Foundation along with Caesars Windsor Cares joined staff at the Capitol Theatre to celebrate the installation of their new AED. This is the final step of a project that started in May with the announcement that Caesars Windsor Cares would provide the funding for the AED unit to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Congratulations to the Rotary Club of WindsorSt. Clair for raising $56,294 on your 30th Annual Rotary TV Auction on Cogeco TV! Proceeds from the Rotary TV Auction assist the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair in numerous charitable initiatives in the local area and a few projects internationally where the club is “hands-on.” This includes support for basic needs in safe water, the eradication of polio and education in impoverished third world countries. For more information contact John Weese, Past President, at The WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF) held its 145th Meeting of the Board of Directors and 31st Annual General Meeting and Grant Awards Ceremony on November 28. At this event the WECF announced $100,000 in funding from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to support local initiatives celebrating and commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation next year. To view a list of the grantees or to learn more about this grant program visit WFCU Credit Union announced the recipients of the 2016 Harold Hewitt Scholarship (HHS). Thirty-three recipients were chosen, from over 360 submissions, to receive the special scholarship inspired by the late Harold Hewitt, WFCU’s long term Director on its Board whose dedication to the community was an integral part of the credit union. WFCU Credit Union has partnered with Collabria to offer a US Dollar Visa® card to their 37,000 members across Ontario. This new product from Collabria will provide WFCU Credit Union’s members the ability to make purchases in U.S. dollars while travelling in the United States or shopping online. For more information contact Susan Stockwell Andrews, Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Secretary, WFCU Credit Union at (519) 974-3100 or


EVENT PHOTOS October After Business @ ARIIUS Nightclub - Caesars Windsor

Photos by Snapd Windsor

Windsor Essex Tech Show

Photos by Snapd Windsor

Minister of Transportation Luncheon

Photos by Snapd Windsor


17th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon - October 28, 2016

Photos by John Liviero, Sooters Photography

EVENT PHOTOS Wake Up Windsor Essex - November 2016

Photos by Snapd Windsor

140th Annual General Meeting & Luncheon Featuring Dwight Duncan

Photos by John Liviero, Sooters Photography

December After Business @ Hiram Walker & Sons

Photos by Snapd Windsor


ERGONOMICS SOLUTIONS Insurance provides the best protection for those bitten by the travel bug

6 low-tech, low-cost ergo solutions for small business When it comes to addressing ergonomic issues, small business employers face three big challenges: cost, time, and resources. WSPS ergonomist Mike Lanigan shares six tactics that can help people work more comfortably and efficiently, and require little "talk, time and resources" to implement. 1. Observe and communicate. Visually observe job tasks and identify potential musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) hazards. Are people hunched over their work? Lifting awkwardly? Reaching above their shoulders? If so, adjust the work surface, racking and working heights, positioning to help workers maintain a neutral posture and reduce reach. 2. Provide a lifting or carrying device. If the work involves a lot of manual material handling (lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying), use a dolly, cart or lift table to move boxes. Implement a two-person lift for slightly heavy or awkward loads.

Each year, thousands of Canadians make a run across the border in search of U.S. bargains on everything from clothes and shoes to electronics and appliances. To prepare, they ready their passports and other identification, pack snacks, portable DVD players for the kids, and a roadside emergency kit. Yet travel insurance — one of the most crucial components of any visit across the border — is often forgotten, which can result in thousands of dollars in medical fees for a traveller should a medical emergency arise. Without proper protection, a quick out-of-province trip to visit the in-laws at their cottage, or a weekend excursion to Buffalo for some cross-border shopping could turn into a financial disaster. Travel insurance can be a complex purchase to consider. To ensure proper, comprehensive coverage, it is important to consider your personal situation before buying a policy that might not meet your requirements.

3. Add ergonomics to decision-making. When modifying or purchasing tools and equipment, for example, take into account the weight, amount of vibration, and grip required, so that people can avoid straining their arm or wrist. Involve management and/or workers who use the equipment.

For example, travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are often surprised to discover medical emergencies for that condition are exempt from their insurance policy. In addition, travel insurance can often come with age limitations, particularly for those over the age of 65 or, in some cases, 76.

4. Train supervisors and the health and safety representative. Recognize, assess and control MSD hazards, and if resources allow train all workers. With a small business you have a smaller workforce, so it wouldn’t take long to train one or two people or even all employees. Have the training focus on the workplace’s primary MSD hazards and common tasks.

MEDOC® travel insurance, offered through Johnson Inc., allows consumers to cover all their bases. Eligible expenses for medical emergencies are covered up to $5 million and the policy allows expenses to be paid directly to medical providers where possible.

5. Provide everyone with basic awareness training on ergonomics. Establish a baseline understanding of the hazards, so that people will feel comfortable identifying MSD hazards and be able to watch out for themselves and each other. 6. Check out products at trade shows. Trade shows are a great hands-on opportunity for testing products and asking questions. Often the shows have low or no entrance fees. Send workers as well as supervisors, who will have a broader sense of how well products or solutions would fit their workplace.

To learn more about the great features and benefits of the MEDOC® Travel Insurance Plan, please contact Johnson Inc. at 1-866-60-MEDOC (1-866606-3362) or visit MEDOC® is a registered trademark of Johnson Inc. MEDOC® is underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada and is administered by Johnson Inc. Johnson Inc. and Royal & SunAlliance share common ownership.

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Registered Dietician Andrea Docherty 568 Chatham St. East, Unit 5 Windsor, ON N9A 1J2 Tel: (519) 532-5481 Email:

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BASF Canada Inc. Windsor Coatings

Automotive Coatings Darryl Ferguson 845 Wyandotte Street West Windsor, ON N9A 5Y1 Tel: (226) 826-2100 Email:

COMMUNITY BUILDER EPG Electrical Contractors

Electrical Contractors - Commercial, Electrical Contractors - Industrial, Electrical Contractors - Residential Luke Bogdanovic 3380 Baseline Road Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Tel: (519) 250-6179 Email:


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Printing Amin Suleman 4 - 2740 Matheson Blvd. E. Mississauga, ON L4W 4X3 Tel: (226) 344-5100 Email:


Vince Ferro Construction Ltd. Contractors - General Rose Ferro 3244 Walker Rd. Windsor, ON N8W 3R8 Tel: (519) 969-4020 Email:


Next Dimension Inc.

Computer Networking, Servicing Solutions Adam Davis 3020 Devon Drive Windsor, ON N8X 4L2 Tel: (519) 945-2032 Email:

Andrea Docherty Nutrition

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Night Clubs Patrick Kim 377 Riverside Drive Windsor, ON N9A 7H7 Tel: (519) 800-8866 Email:


Heart & Stroke Foundation

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Associations & Organizations, Non-Profit Holly Kirk McLean 350 - 4570 Rhodes Dr. Windsor, ON N8W 5C2 Tel: (519) 254-4345 Email:

Business Consultants Maurice Marwood Tel: (519) 992-4896 Email:

Pro Guide Media

Virtual Imaging & Media Integration Shah Batroukh Tel: (519) 992-3310 Email:

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Consulting / Managed Security Robert Chaykoski Tel: (519) 792-9783 CAW Local 200 Computers for Kids Email: Non-Profit Seamus Callaghan Rickwood Financial Group/ 4150 Sandwich Street Manulife Securities Inc. Windsor, ON N9C 2C5 Insurance - Life & Financial Planning Tel: (519) 253-5437 Shannon Rickwood Email: 1500 Ouellette Ave, Suite 102 Windsor, ON N8X 1K7 Tel: (519) 946-1016 Dattilo Realty Inc. Brokerage Email: shannon.rickwood@ Real Estate Agent/Brokers Frank Dattilo 1045 Dandurand Court Windsor, ON N9E 4K5 SES Windsor Tel: (519) 250-3864 Manufacturing Email: Matthew Legare 1735 Sylvester Drive Family Matters by Lisa Raffoul Tecumseh, ON N8N 2L9 Family Coaching, Training and Tel: (866) 805-4256 Strategic Planning Email: Professional Services Lisa Raffoul Tel: (519) 551-0780 Email:


Banks Irfan Daya 245 Ouellette Ave., 2nd Floor Windsor, ON N9A 7J2 Tel: (519) 255-1855 Email:

RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities

Investment Dealers Jonathan Allison 1922 Wyandotte St. East Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4 Tel: (519) 252-3663 Email:

Web & Mobile App Development Brian Hendel 2090 Wyandotte St. E. Windsor, ON N8Y 5B2 Tel: (866) 636-3011 Email: Export - Import Mathew Thanickal 225 - 60 Bristol Road East Mississauga, ON L4Z 3K8 Tel: (866) 337-2055 Email:


Technology Services Chris Schafer 312 Adelaide St. W., Suite 200 Toronto, ON M5V 1R2 Email:

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Laser Treatments Bienka Jones-DiGiovanni 2097 Shawnee Rd Tecumseh, ON N8N 4P6 Tel: (519) 990-8896 Email: Windsor Express Basketball Club Professional Basketball Teams Dartis Willis 720 Ouellette Ave Windsor, ON N9A 1C2 Tel: (519) 800-3665 Email:


Cable Television Companies Robert Scussolin 2525 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N8X 5A7 Tel: (519) 972-6677

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STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP A Plus Ink & Toner Absolute Tool Technologies Inc. Accu-Staff Resource Systems Advance Business Systems (Windsor) Inc. Advanced Commercial Dishmachine Service Inc. AG Event Graphics Inc AIM Professional Services Ltd. Amec Foster Wheeler, Environment & Infrastructure Angileri Kitchen & Bath Centre Applied Nano Surfaces Architecttura Inc. Architects The Auto Shop Bell & Brace - Brass and Woodwind Repairs Better Blinds and Drapery Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario Boblo Island Beach House Boblo Island Developers Bonduelle - Tecumseh The Bull & Barrell Canadian Tire - David Morrison Enterprises Ltd. Chorney Vision Centre CIBC The City Grill Cleardeck Systems Ltd.

Colonial Tool Group Inc. Cooper's Hawk Vineyards Estate Winery Coral Medical Health Spa Coxon's Towing Service (2000) Ltd. CS Logistics CUPE 543 D J Galvanizing Danny's Transmission Windsor 2005 Ltd EM3 Inc. Fahrhall Mechanical Contractors Ltd. Foresight Management Consulting Freedom 55 Financial G S Engineering Consultants Inc. Great Lakes Safety Products Inc. Heavenly Rest Family of Catholic Cemeteries Hi! Neighbor Floor Covering Company Holland Cleaning Solutions Ltd. Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. Hotham Building Materials Inc. Ikon E.D.M. Services Inc. John McGivney Children's Centre Kinetic Konnection Lakeview Montessori School LBM Consulting Ltd. Liberty Business Brokers of Ontario M.T.E. Controls Corporation

Returning Members OCTOBER 2016 / NOVEMBER 2016

Main Flame Industrial Services Minuteman Press Moe Mailloux Financial Services Inc. Nedco, A Rexel Division Onfreight Logistics Onsort Material Management Inc. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Paul Davis Systems of Windsor Peterson-Davidson Inc. Private Financial Group RBC Royal Bank RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities Re/Max Capital Inc, Brokerage Re/Max Preferred Realty Ltd. Brokerage RGR Pharma Ltd Rose City Gymnastics Sandbar Waterfront Grill, The Security One Alarm Systems Ltd. Shibley Righton LLP ShopEco Southland Insurance Brokers Inc StreetSeen Media Sutherland Global Services Ltd. TAB Windsor-Essex The Alternative Board TD Canada Trust - 156 Ouellette Ave.

TD Canada Trust - 7404 Tecumseh Rd. E. Thanasi's Olympus Greek Restaurant Thrive Benefits Group Torino's Restaurant Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Town and Country Animal Clinic Town of Tecumseh, The Corporation of the Vito Masonry Ltd. Vollmer Inc. Western Equipment Limited Windsor Beauty Supply Inc. Windsor Beauty Supply Inc. - Leamington Store Windsor Chapel Funeral Homes Limited Windsor Essex Brokerage for Personal Supports Windsor Jewish Community Centre and Federation Windsor Laser Eye Institute Windsor Yacht Club Windsor Youth Centre Workforce WindsorEssex WPCI

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW WE ASSIST OUR MEMBERS IN ACHIEVING THEIR FINANCIAL GOALS THROUGH MARKETING INITIATIVES? KNOW SOMEONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CHAMBER? Contact Sherri Gowman, 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. 223. We are here to assist you with your membership! Contact Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing, at or (519) 966.3696 ext. 230. Please note, the members listed are only for the months indicated. For a full Membership Directory please visit or for a personal copy contact Caitlin.


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PwC Canada helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. Serving clients in all major industry groups, our more than 6,500 partners and staff in 26 offices across the country are committed to providing practical advice to private businesses.

For almost 30 years, EPG Electrical Contractors—a full service electrical company based in Windsor—has served customers throughout the region. In 2008, EPG branched out across Ontario, building and maintaining renewable energy projects for developers while maintaining its Windsor customer base. Currently EPG provides products and technology focusing on customer service and delivering projects on time and on budget to the region.

Entrepreneurs, business owners and executives of private companies face a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Our Private Company Services group understands this. We’re part of a global network of advisors who are committed to helping you succeed. We make a difference by connecting you to affordable solutions that help you navigate the road ahead, build value in your business and turn your vision into reality. For more information, please visit

EPG’s electricians provide full electrical contractor installation and maintenance service from simple installation of an outlet, to wiring new construction and renovation for commercial, residential and industrial. Luke Bogdanovic, EPG’s General Manager of Operations, believes in investing in youth. Luke works with a local school aiding students’ transition into the skilled trades market, offering part time work experience for business, marketing and trade students. He also holds positions on various industry committees and boards across Ontario and is the local Chapter President of the Ontario Electrical League. Luke looks forward working with the Chamber and members in the years to come. Visit

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 and provide you with exclusive benefits. For complete information visit us at Employee and business owner HEALTH CARE BENEFITS with our: CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE GROUP INSURANCE 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. HOME & AUTO INSURANCE 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. Contact or call toll free 1-800-5630677. Remember to identify yourself as a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce! OFFICE SUPPLY PROGRAM With our Office Max/Grand & Toy Office Supply Program, members save significantly on over 7,000 instock 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.

PAYMENT PROCESSING SAVINGS WITH FIRST DATA MERCHANT SERVICES First Data, a leader in the electronic payment processing industry, brings 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 1.49%, MasterCard 1.49% and Debit $0.05/Transaction (standard discount rates – additional processing fees may apply). UPS SERVICES! Chamber members, take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You’ll receive 30% off small package shipments within Canada, to the U.S. and to worldwide destinations, 25% off imports into Canada, discounts starting at 75% off freight shipments, and more. To get started today, visit or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377).




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UPCOMING EVENTS Communicating Effectively with the News Media – Lunch & Learn Wednesday, February 1, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. February After Business Thursday, February 16, 2017 Save the date and for details go to Luncheon Featuring Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ciociaro Club of Windsor (3745 N. Talbot Rd.) Save the Date!


Warden Tom Bain Friday, March 31, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ciociaro Club of Windsor (3745 N. Talbot Rd.) Save the Date! Regional After Business for details go to 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Caesars Windsor, Augustus Ballrooms (377 Riverside Dr. E.) Save the Date!

Business Briefs - January/February 2017  

Members keep abreast of what is going on in the business community with the Business Briefs—a viable business-to-business forum for Chamber...

Business Briefs - January/February 2017  

Members keep abreast of what is going on in the business community with the Business Briefs—a viable business-to-business forum for Chamber...