VOLUME 46 I No. 07 - 08 I BUSINESS BRIEFS
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
79TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
PACA & TRIP PASSED AT ONTARIO CHAMBER AGM
Carolyn Brown (Past Chair, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce), Marty Komsa (President & CEO, Windsor Family Credit Union [WFCU]) and Matt Marchand (President & CEO, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce) at the Chamber of Commerce Gala featuring the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 19, 2015. Photo courtesy John Liviero, Sooters Photography.
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Letter from the President & Chair Welcome to the summer edition of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Briefs! We’ve had a busy few months that brought in a lot of success. In May, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber secured province wide Chamber support for key local agricultural and small business issues (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Travel Rebate Incentive Plan) at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Cornwall, Ontario. This was a very successful AGM for the agriculture sector, small business and Windsor-Essex Region. We have to grow our agri-food business, tourism and our local economy and these steps will help contribute to the success of our business community. We are also continuing to strongly advocate for an Auto Strategy for Ontario and met with Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid on the issue in April.
MATT MARCHAND PRESIDENT & CEO
Also in May, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber held a Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring VIA Rail where guest speaker Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President & CEO, VIA Rail Canada addressed the future of VIA Rail in the region. In June, we held our last After Business networking event until the Fall. This took place at the lovely Canadian Club Brand Centre. It was the 79th year for our Annual Golf Tournament, held this time at Kingsville Golf and Country Club. We had a great day of golf and networking on the greens. Coming up for the Chamber, we have our All Candidates Debates in September for the Federal Election as well as lots of After Business networking events and luncheons on the horizons. Visit www.windsorchamber.org for all the up-to-date news and events. We were delighted to honour Marty Komsa at the Chamber of Commerce Gala featuring Lifetime Achievement Award on June 19 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts. This was a celebration of the work of the Chamber and the excitement generated by our community with business working together to build a strong network.
Dr. Janice Forsyth
We’re looking forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2015-2016 Board of Directors Dr. Janice Forsyth Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star Mr. John T. Clark Treasurer** Chair - Finance & Tax Committee Partner Clarks LLP Mr. Adam Davis Vice Chair** President Next Dimension 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 Farrow Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA Director Assurance and Business Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Mr. Jason Ilijanic Director Manager of Business Development TD Commercial Banking
Mr. Scott Jenkins Director Director of Advertising Caesars Windsor Ms. Maureen Lucas Vice Chair** President Lucas Professional Search Group Mr. Rocco Lucente P Eng Director Chair - Transportation Committee Owner R Lucente Engineering Inc Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Chair Elect** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Associate Professor, Odette School of Business, The Centre for Enterprise and Law University of Windsor Ms. Andrea Seguin Director District Manager Union Gas Limited Mr. Owen Sibbard Director Chair - Membership Committee International Regulatory Affairs Associate Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Non-Voting Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** denotes member of executive committee
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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber News
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Secures Province Wide Chamber Support for Key Local Agricultural and Small Business Issues: PACA and TRIP at the Ontario Chamber AGM
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber and Province Wide Coalition Urge Government to Expand Definition of Ontario Pension Plan Comparability to Protect Jobs
The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce secured province wide support for two key local issues to help create and maintain a competitive business environment for agriculture and small business in the region.
The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), and a coalition of major Ontario employers are calling on the provincial government to broaden its definition of a comparable pension plan under the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), to be implemented in 2017.
1. Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber held an information session in February regarding the U.S. government’s decision in October 2014 to remove a long standing trading privilege in place for 75 years for fruit and vegetable growers under PACA. Effective as of now, Canadian companies will have to pay twice the amount they are owed to get access to unpaid funds. For example, if a local grower was owed $50,000 for tomatoes they would have to post a $100,000 bond in order to make a claim to get their unpaid money. Many small businesses cannot post that kind of money. If they were under PACA they would not have to pay the double bond. Previously, it was only $100 to start the process under PACA. The Ontario chambers agreed with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber that Canada should implement a similar system to the U.S. so that Canadian companies are covered under PACA. Agriculture is the number one or number two industry in Ontario and the number one industry in the County of Essex. 2. Travel Rebate Incentive Plan (TRIP). This is a proposed tax rebate plan that would encourage U.S. residents to visit Canada by offering a 5% rebate (equal to the GST) on purchases made during their trip. It is for travelers passing through land borders. Tourism spending by Americans is down by nearly 33% over the past 10 years or so and this is an opportunity to get that business back. “This was a very successful AGM for the agriculture sector, small business and for the Windsor-Essex Region,” said Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber President and CEO, Matt Marchand. “We have to grow our agri-food business, tourism and our local economy and these steps will help contribute to the success of our business community.” For more information, visit www.windsoressexchamber.org.
In a letter addressed to Premier Kathleen Wynne, a coalition of over 150 businesses, sector associations, chambers of commerce, and boards of trade are today urging the government to expand its definition of pension plan comparability to include capital accumulation plans, including (but not limited to) Defined Contribution plans. This move would ensure that companies in Windsor-Essex that have an existing pension plan for their employees would not be forced to incur this new cost of doing business. “We need to be mindful of the overall cost structure of doing business in Ontario,” said Matt Marchand, President & CEO of the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber Network and major employers in the province have come together to advocate for a solution that will protect vulnerable Ontarians while ensuring that we sustain a business climate that fosters growth and job creation,” Marchand added. With the provincial government set to clarify details of the ORPP in the coming weeks, Ontario’s business community has moved swiftly to provide recommendations that will balance the government’s policy objectives with the concerns of employers. The Ontario employer community supports the government’s policy objective -- to tackle the undersaving challenge and help all Ontario workers save for retirement. “This letter presents an opportunity for government to better understand the concerns of Ontario’s business community,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “It is important to recognize the contributions that many employers have already made, and continue to make, to their employees’ retirement savings.” The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber and its network partners will continue to work with the provincial government in the design of the ORPP and in managing its impact on the economy. For more information, visit www.windsoressexchamber.org.
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In Our Community Congratulations to Advance Business Systems on celebrating 30 years in business! Advance Business Systems is Southwestern Ontario’s largest supplier of document management equipment and supplies. For more information contact Jeffrey Kenney, Marketing Specialist, at email@example.com. Congratulations to Cheung’s Trading Company on their 30th anniversary! Cheung’s Trading has grown into one of the largest traditional Chinese medicine retailers in southern Ontario, stocking more than 2,000 products. Visit them online at www. cheungstrading.com. On April 17, the Carolinian Canada Coalition (CCC) hosted their Annual General Meeting and launched the Go Wild, Grow Wild event. As part of this special evening, they recognized a number of organizations and individuals who had made significant contributions to the protection and restoration of Carolinian habitat. The Essex Region Conservation Authority was proud to be an award recipient. For more information contact Danielle Breault Stuebing, Director of Community Outreach Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The southwestern Ontario chapter of Quilts of Valour – Canada is looking to reach WW II Veterans who served with The Essex Scottish and The Kent Regiment. Veterans (and/or their families) are invited to contact Regimental Major Greg Childs of The Essex and Kent Scottish at (519) 472-1088 or email@example.com to forward contact information. Quilts of Valour – Canada is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteer quilters from cities, towns, farms; groups of quilters (guilds, bees); men and women and young people all taking part in the making of quilts for members of our Canadian Armed Forces and our Veterans. Continued growth and success is enabling Farrow to begin construction of a second office facility in Ayr, Ontario. This new facility will elevate current maximum capacity conditions within the existing facility that was originally constructed in 1992 and provide sufficient growth opportunity for years to come. For further information, please contact Randy Motley, President, Farrow, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to local sign and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS® of Windsor on celebrating its 15th anniversary! Owners Donna Bilodeau and Jackie Raymond purchased the centre in the summer of 2000. To learn more, visit www.fastsigns. com/658 or call (519) 948-8181. Joe DiGiorgio, president of local business Hold Please Communications has been selected as a member of the board of The On-Hold Messaging Association. OHMA is an international organization composed of audio marketing agencies that have joined together for several common purposes. For more information visit www.holdplease.com or www.ohma.org. A woodlot in the Cedar Creek watershed has been named the Jamieson Forest in recognition of the 72,000 trees Jamieson Laboratories donated to reforest 121 acres of agricultural land. In 2010, Jamieson Laboratories made a $350,000, 10-year commitment to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation to have the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) naturalize this historic landscape. For more information contact Susanne Tomkins, Development & Communications Coordinator, at email@example.com. Congratulations to the Town of LaSalle who celebrated the completion of their municipal facilities with an open house at Public Works, LaSalle Fire Service, LaSalle Police Services, LaSalle Civic Centre and the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex. A ribbon cutting was held in Council Chambers on May 31. LaSalle’s Civic Centre is home to the town's administration and Council Chambers, LaSalle Library, LaSalle Seniors Friendship Club, atrium with gathering space, meeting rooms, and outdoors, the Cenotaph Park. For more information, visit www.town.lasalle.on.ca. Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) announced the 2015 recipients of two of their long-standing funds. Through their Community Donations Fund, 20 organizations from across Windsor and Essex County were awarded a total of $25,000. The Community Donations Fund, dedicated to assisting community organizations in delivering programs and projects, has invested over $100,000 back into Windsor and Essex County over the past five years. In May 2015, through WFCU’s Harold Hewitt Scholarship (HHS) program, the credit union presented 16 local youth with a total of $5,000 in post-secondary school scholarships. Recipients were selected from over 330 submissions. Over the past 13 years, WFCU has presented 192 youth in the community with postsecondary school scholarships through the HHS program. For more information on the Community Donations Fund and the Harold Hewitt Scholarship program, contact Lynsey Millman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EVENT PHOTOS Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Featuring VIA Rail Canada President & CEO
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May After Business at Walkerville Brewery
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June After Business at Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre
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EVENT PHOTOS 79th Annual Golf Tournament at Kingsville Golf & Country Club
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Chamber of Commerce Gala featuring The Lifetime Achievement Award LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SPONSORS PRESENTING SPONSOR
Supporting Your Lifetime Achievements – Your Friends K L M N S
Photos by John Liviero, Sooters
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WORKPLACE SAFETY & PREVENTION SERVICES How to implement the changes
New Law Makes Employers Responsible for Temp and Unpaid Worker Safety Ontario’s recently-proclaimed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, expands your health and safety responsibilities. Some are already in effect. Here’s what you need to know. The act provides greater protection for temporary and unpaid workers. For instance: •
Here’s a sample list of ways to protect these workers and implement the changes: 1. Inform yourself about the contents of Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act. 2. Review your health and safety management system for opportunities to improve protection for temporary and unpaid workers. For example:
If you hire unpaid workers, such as interns and co-op students, you are now just as responsible for their health and safety as you are for your paid workers. The Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to include temporary and unpaid workers under its definition of workers.
• If you hire temporary workers, an amendment to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) means you and not the workers’ temp agency could become responsible for any workplace injury costs the workers incur - for the purposes of experience and merit rating programs under section 83 of the WSIA. Implementing this change would involve proclaiming into force related provisions of the act, and establishing a regulation. Some employers may falsely assume unpaid and temporary workers already have all the skills and experience needed to perform the tasks they were hired for. Consequently, these workers may not receive the necessary training and supervision they need to meet the workplace’s health and safety performance standards. For these and other reasons, new workers are three times more likely to be injured on the job during the first month of employment than at any other time. They can also put other workers at risk.
How the OHSA amendment affects employers Essentially, employers are now expected to protect these workers as they would their permanent workers. For workplaces with a comprehensive and fully compliant health and safety system in place, the implications may be minimal. For workplaces still building their health and safety system, the changes present an opportunity to enhance the health and safety of all their workers. The outcome for all workplaces: a safer, more productive organization.
• Know your duties as an employer under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
• Ensure all employees understand their roles and responsibilities under the act.
• Provide the same orientation training to unpaid and temporary workers as you would to any new worker.
• Assess the job and hazard-specific training needs of unpaid and temporary workers, fill any identified training gaps, and integrate these workers into ongoing training and educational activities. • Encourage them to ask questions and express concerns.
• Encourage their supervisors to observe and coach whenever an opportunity arises.
• Create a buddy system that pairs them with seasoned employees.
3. Make your whole organization aware of the changes and their impact.
4. If you have any doubts, ask an expert. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services consultants can help you assess your existing program and identify opportunities to protect your employees and grow the life of your business.
Ensuring all workplace parties fulfill their duties will go a long way toward keeping everyone safe and on the job. For more information, visit www.wsps.ca
Financial Recovery Services: Financial Advisory Practice - Financial & Debt Management – Employee Assistance As a unique service offering to this industry, BDO Canada Limited offers a workplace Financial & Debt Management Program on behalf of Business Owners & Not for Profit Organizations to employees. Employers have the opportunity to play a proactive role by offering our Financial & Debt Management Solutions presentations to employees. BDO provides employees with a thorough education on financial and debt management, from budgeting and self help to a detailed explanation of all debt relief solutions available to them. This onsite program provides employees with workbooks and resources to implement what they learned at home. Expanded services can be tailored to meet company’s needs. This unique financial service offering is beneficial because the financial component of most EAPs typically focuses on retirement, saving and investment advice. With 51%*of Canadian employees, 56% Ontarians living paycheque to paycheque, few can afford saving or investing and are requesting help on managing their debt. Employees carrying financial burdens can lead to illness and absenteeism, costing the employer money. This onsite service addresses a major societal issue that is most likely affecting your productivity, staff engagement and bottom line. Each year BDO Windsor Trustees and team helps Canadians get out of debt and on the road to financial stability. Visit us at www.windsordebthelp.ca, and check us and our blogs on Facebook and Twitter. *Canadian Payroll Association 2014
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MEET YOUR NEW FELLOW MEMBERS Bone Joint Muscle & Spine Walk-In Clinic Health Care John Spirou, Clinical Director 1505 Ouellette Ave. Windsor, ON N8X 1N5 Phone: (519) 254-8188 Fax:(519) 254-8185 email@example.com www.windsorwalkin.ca CE Williams Steel Manufacturing David Driesman, Director, Domestic Sales & Marketing 201 - 503 Beecroft Rd. North York, ON M2N 0A2 Phone: (416) 821-0431 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cewilliam.ca Crystalove Luxury Wedding Designs Events Marketa Bondy, Owner 6515 Concession 11 RR1 Unit 17 Maidstone, ON N0R 1K0 Phone: (519) 890-6222 email@example.com www.crystalove.ca Dr. A.P. Meyer Medicine Professional Corporation Family Medicine Dr. Abraham Meyer, Physician Emergency, Windsor Regional Hospital 1995 Lens Avenue Windsor, ON N8W 1L9 Phone: (519) 979-8789 Fax:(519) 739-1851 firstname.lastname@example.org Elite Construction Roofing Contractors Dan Michos, Owner 2005 Candlewood Dr. Tecumseh, ON N9K 0A3 Phone: (519) 816-2760 Fax:(855) 880-6289 email@example.com www.eliteroofingwindsor.com
Envy Boutique Clothing & Accessories - Women's, Retail Joseph Fratangeli, Owner 1645 Wyandotte St. E. Suite 100 Windsor, ON N8Y 1C8 Phone: (519) 252-2222 Fax:(519) 255-5448 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/boutiqueenvy Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre Funeral Homes Brian Parent, President 3260 Dougall Ave. Windsor, ON N9E 1S6 Phone: (519) 969-5841 Fax:(519) 969-3276 email@example.com www.familiesfirst.ca Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre Funeral Homes Brian Parent 585 Sandwich St. S. Amherstburg, ON N9V 3W3 Phone: (519) 969-5841 (519) 969-3276 firstname.lastname@example.org www.familiesfirst.ca Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre Funeral Homes Brian Parent 2130 Front Rd. Lasalle, ON N9J 2B9 Phone: (519) 969-5841 (519) 969-3276 email@example.com www.familiesfirst.ca Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre Funeral Homes Brian Parent 1065 Lauzon Rd. Windsor, ON N8S 3M8 Phone: (519) 969-5841 (519) 969-3276 firstname.lastname@example.org www.familiesfirst.ca
Forgotten Harvest Canada Non-Profit, Food & Beverage Michelle Legere, Food Rescue & Community Relations Manager 2996 Deziel Dr. Suite D Windsor, ON N8W 5H8 Phone: (226) 280-4144 email@example.com www.forgottenharvest.ca Guberman Garson Segal LLP Corporate Immigration Law Sean Polden, Senior Immigration Analyst 150 Ouellette Pl. Suite 200 Windsor, ON N8Z 1L9 Phone: (519) 967-7766 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ggsilaw.com Just Jeff's Gourmet Express Caterers, Gourmet Take-Out Jeff White, President 9 - 3395 Howard Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 3N6 Phone: (519) 966-0997 Fax:(519) 966-3772 email@example.com www.justjeffs.com Lakeshore Landscaping Landscape Contractors & Designers Matt Pawluk, C.E.O. 3110 Jefferson Blvd Windsor, ON N8T 3E8 Phone: (519) 974-2000 Fax:(519) 790-0063 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lakeshorelandscapingwindsor.com
Lora Crestan Leadership Strategy & Coaching Training - Leadership Lora Crestan, Coach 444 Chambers Drive Lakeshore, ON N8N 4T4 Phone: (519) 551-3800 email@example.com www.loracrestan.com
April 2015 / May 2015
Mister Maid Janitorial Services David Burman, Owner / Operator 4409 Seminole St. Windsor, ON N8Y 1Z8 Phone: (519) 890-0117 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mistermaid.ca Pinnacle Physiotherapy of Lasalle Physiotherapists Mario Ruggirello, Professional Clinical Kinesiologist & Clinic Partner 5881 Malden Road Unit 2D LaSalle, ON N9H 1S5 Phone: (519) 250-1106 Fax:(519) 252-6106 email@example.com www.pinnaclephysiotherapy.com Pinnacle Physiotherapy of Windsor Physiotherapists Mario Ruggirello, Professional Clinical Kinesiologist & Clinic Partner 1270 Walker Rd Windsor, ON N8Y 4T4 Phone: (519) 252-1630 Fax:(519) 252-6106 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pinnaclephysiotherapy.com Silver Stitch Embroidery Embroidery/Screen Printing Karen Cichon,Proprietor 1304 Lauzon Rd Windsor, ON N8S 3N1 Phone: (519) 948-0049 Fax:(519) 948-9784 email@example.com www.silverstitch.ca Solaris Rehabilitation Centre Health Care John Spirou, Clinical Director 1505 Ouellette Ave. Windsor, ON N8X 1N5 Phone: (519) 254-8188 Fax:(519) 254-8185 firstname.lastname@example.org www.solarisrehab.ca
Tecumseh Cardiac Centre Cardiac Care Dr. Mohammad Jaamour, Cardiologist 13278 Tecumseh Rd. E. Suite 207 Tecumseh, ON N9N 3T6 Phone: (519) 735-0077 email@example.com Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Non-Profit David Lenz, President 440 Pelissier St. Windsor, ON N9A 4K9 Phone: (226) 348-3378 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wepridefest.com Windsor Youth Centre Non-Profit, Youth Centre Tamara Kowalska, Executive Director 1321 Wyandotte Street East Windsor, ON N9A 3K8 Phone: (519) 563-9271 email@example.com www.thewindsoryouthcentre.org/
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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 Dulcamaro, Director of Sales & Marketing, to consider membership with us and to learn about potential savings in conjunction with our programs. firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 966.3696 ext. 23. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBERâ€™S AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS? Visit us at www.windsoressexchamber.org and click on Membership then Benefits. We are here to assist you with your membership! Contact Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing, at email@example.com or (519) 966.3696 ext. 30. Please note, the members listed above are only for the months indicated. For a full Membership Directory please visit www.windsoressexchamber.org or for a personal copy contact Caitlin. 9 I WINDSORESSEXCHAMBER.ORG
STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP Returning Members â€“ April & May 2015 Advance Business Systems (Windsor) Inc.
E-Star Windows Select Ltd.
Family Home Improvements
Carico of Canada Credit Inc.
Dr. Marco Carroccia
Flex-N-Gate Canada Co.
Fogolar Furlan Windsor
Amica at Windsor
City Centre Janitorial Services
Fuerland Realty Ltd.
Amy's Helping Hands
Clarke Surveyors Incorporated
Anderdon Machine Tool And Manufacturing Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor
Aerotek Ag-Tronic Control Systems Inc. All-Risks Insurance Brokers Limited
Antoine Greige Salon Inc.
Hawkins & Co. Accounting Healthy Creations Inc.
Applebee's - Huron Church Rd.
Cogeco / Rogers Cable Television Advertising
Applebee's - Division Rd.
Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC
Archon Architects Incorporated
Bio Ped Windsor
David Deluzio Law Firm
IndCom Leasing Inc.
Biz X Magazine
Design Systems Canada Ltd.
Boblo Island Beach House
Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC
Boblo Island Developers
Bogar Truck Parts & Service Inc.
Hold Please Communications
The Lighting Boutique & Appliance Shoppe
Technophar Equipment & Service (2007) Ltd.
The Lumberjack Restaurant
Thanasi's Olympus Greek Restaurant
Munro Strategic Perspective N J Peralta Engineering Ltd. National Car and Truck Rental North American Centre of Advanced Health Care Inc. Nova Tool & Mold Inc. Palazzi Bros. Carpet & Tile Ltd. Plaza Ontario Marble & Tile Pointe West Golf Club
Timberland Homes triOS College Terry T. Turner Professional Corporation Veltri Stamping Corporation Ventra Plastics Windsor Verico Equity Plus Mortgages Inc Vito's Pizzeria
Waterfront Hotel - Downtown Windsor
Roland's Neon Signs
Windsor Cardiac Centre
Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins
Schukra of North America, A Division of Leggett and Platt Canada Co.
Windsor Chapel Funeral Homes Limited
The Job Shoppe Inc.
Dickinson Wright LLC
Jose's Bar and Grill - Howard Ave.
Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre
Bridgewell Associates Inc.
Jerzy S. Dmowski
Jose's Bar and Grill - Leamington
Springboard Management Inc
Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation
The Cabinet Studio (Canada) Inc.
ENWIN Utilities Ltd.
Kent Compressor Inc
Sun Life Financial
Canadian Cancer Society Essex County Unit
Essex Golf & Country Club
Leadwave Technologies Inc.
Synergy Insulation Systems Limited
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
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Windsor Club Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation
Spotlight On Our Members Renewing Member
Just Jeff's Gourmet Express
Healthy Creations Inc., located at 333 Dougall Square (Dougall and Cabana) is a specialty bakery focused on gluten-free and totally delicious baked goods. Healthy Creations also provides their customers with egg free, milk free, soy free and nut free options. Their recipes are the result of over 20 years of experience. Healthy Creations’ products are all hand made from scratch. In addition to all their bread products they also offer special order cakes for any occasion and a variety of cupcakes, too. Healthy Creations began in 1998 as a “made-to-order” business and moved to a commercial building in 2009. They now have two locations. Their second store is in London at 502 Springbank Dr., Unit 2. The company participates in many local functions and donates gift cards and baskets to local charities. Recently, Healthy Creations had a booth set up at The Lung Association’s BikeTrek at the Ciociaro Club. Healthy Creations is excited to announce a new location opening soon in Tecumseh and would like to thank the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce for providing a network of support for their growing business. Wholesale supply is available for restaurants, pizzerias, catering, and health food suppliers. For more information, visit Healthy Creations online at www.healthy-creations.com.
The concept behind Just Jeff’s Gourmet Express was developed by Owner/ Executive Chef Jeff White, when he noticed that his own family was so busy with work, school and extra activities, that it was becoming increasingly difficult to provide his family with healthy, well balanced meals in the small amount of time that was left at the end of a hectic day. Jeff designed a heat and serve meal that offered a fresh alternative to the all too common solution of the typical “fast food” menu. The ideal meal would have no preservatives, be homemade daily, heated in just eight minutes and, most importantly, leave little to no clean up time. Just Jeff’s “Heat & Serve” Meals was created! Not new to the business, but very successful, is Just Jeff’s Catering. Just Jeff’s provides the best quality and uniqueness you can imagine for your special event. Whether a small group of eight or an event of 800, Just Jeff’s ensures your menu experience is one that your guests will be sure to remember. Becoming a Member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce was an easy decision. Jeff is eager to network with other Chamber Members and sees his membership as an opportunity to promote and give back to the community that has so generously supported Just Jeff’s over the past 13 years. For more information, visit Just Jeff’s online at www.justjeffs.com.
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 www.windsoressexchamber.org/membership/membership-benefits/. 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 www.johnson.ca/wercc 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 www.membersbenefitprogram.com/WindsorCC or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377).
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Upcoming Events September Lunch & Learn Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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September After Business at The Bull N Barrel Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Bull N Barrel, 670 Ouellette Ave.
Federal Election Debate Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave.
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October After Business at Glos Associates Inc. Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Glos Associates Inc., 3535 North Service Rd. E.
Holiday Party Friday, December 11, 2015 6:00 p.m. - Midnight Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E.
Members keep abreast of what is going on in the business community with the Business Briefs—a viable business-to-business forum for Chamber...