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MARCH APRIL 2012

VOLUME 45 | No.3 - 4 | BUSINESS BRIEFS

WAKE UP WINDSOR - ESSEX CHAMBER APPROVES RESOLUTION GREEN SUN RISING WWW.WINDSORCHAMBER.ORG

New Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Matt Marchand with the Chamber’s Interim President Don Marsh. Photo courtesy John Liviero, Sooters Photography.


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CHAMBER APPROVES RESOLUTION ON CITY OF WINDSOR BUDGET POLICIES

MEMBERS/FIRMS IN THE NEWS

NEW MEMBERS

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR MEMBERS

UPCOMING EVENTS

GREEN SUN RISING

IN THE COMMUNITY

STAY CONNECTED

OUR MISSION “Leading the business community for creating regional economic prosperity.” Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2575 Ouellette Place, Windsor, Ontario N8X 1L9 Tel: (519) 966-3696 Fax: (519) 966-0603 Email: info@windsorchamber.org Website: www.windsorchamber.org

STAFF

Matt Marchand, President Lois Booth, Assistant to the President Don Marsh Sales, Retention, and Marketing Igor Siljanoski, Policy Manager Marianne Burke, Event Manager Crystal Van Aspert, Finance & Office Coordinator Lindsey Rivait, Communications Coordinator Kerri Day, Membership Service Coordinator Barbara Malmberg, Event Coordinator Nahidah Malik, Reception

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WELCOME

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR & PRESIDENT

Welcome to spring - a time of rebirth, renewal, and growth. We are celebrating our own “spring” at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and you will notice many exciting opportunities in the coming months. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the Chamber’s new President, Matt Marchand. Matt has been a long time Chamber champion and is now moving into the top seat. He has stepped aside as a board member and is now taking the reins to continue to lead this great Chamber. This was no easy task and we conducted an extensive and exhaustive search to fill this role. Matt is replacing Past President Linda Smith who served as our leader and oversaw many initiatives during her tenure. “I am excited at being able to build upon what has already been created,” said Marchand. “We have such a dynamic and talented staff and I look forward to working with them to create increased member advocacy, enhanced membership benefits, and top level programs and events” added Marchand. “It is such an exciting time in Windsor-Essex and I am very eager to work along with our fellow civic leaders to promote this region and continue to grow our economic base.” I would like to take this opportunity to give very special thanks to Interim President Don Marsh. Don has provided exemplary service to the Chamber and has been an outstanding leader over the past six months. Don served as a Chair of the Chamber in 2004/2005 and has been a part of the movement during his entire professional career. His passion and dedication has been simply unrivalled and we are very grateful for his leadership. Finally, I would like to offer sincere thanks to our Presidential Search committee. Under the leadership of director Janice Forsyth, the committee spent several months on this important task. Joining Janice were fellow directors Carolyn Brown, Dr. Alfie Morgan, and Chair-Elect Ed Miles. We have an exciting few months ahead of us as we continue to celebrate 135 years of serving the business community and providing a voice to our members. Stay tuned! One of our biggest events of the year, the 22nd Annual Business Excellence Awards, is quickly approaching. This year’s theme is Windsor-Essex 2.0 “Re-versioned. Upgraded. Available Now” and will be held at the Ciociaro Club on April 25. This year, the BEA Committee is presenting a few new awards, including Taste of Windsor-Essex, Go Green, and Rising Star. I hope to see you there! On behalf of the board and staff, thank you for being part of our Chamber, the voice of business in Windsor-Essex. Warmest regards, Jennifer Jones

WELCOME NEW PRESIDENt Matt Marchand, a Windsor native, joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors in June 2010. He has served as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee where he spearheaded the Chamber’s election strategy, including the debates, and led the initiative to bring the policy chairs together. Additionally, Marchand oversaw the Chamber’s policy and advocacy programs, developed and communicated Chamber positions, and advocated for business-friendly legislation at the municipal, provincial, and federal government levels. At his most recent position, Marchand was the Director of Government Affairs for a new rail infrastructure project in Windsor-Detroit at Continental Rail Gateway—a partnership between OMERS, The Windsor Port Authority, and Canadian Pacific. A proven business builder, Marchand was instrumental in successfully building broad-based community support for the rail tunnel project. Prior to that, Marchand held the position of Policy Assistant at the Office of the Mayor for the City of Windsor for 12 years. “I’m humbled by the Board’s decision and appreciate the confidence expressed by the Board. I look forward to the challenges ahead of me and feel lucky to be leaving one great team for another great team at the Chamber,” said Marchand. Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011-2012 Board of Directors Ms. Jennifer Jones Chair** President Media Street Productions

Mr. Paolo Collavino Director President PCR Contractors

Mr. Jim Drummond Past Chair** Senior Environmental Specialist Retired Golder Associates Ltd.

Mr. Adam Davis Director President Next Dimensions Inc.

Dr. Bill Anderson Director Chair Transportation Policy Committee Professor, Political Science University of Windsor

Mr. Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel Director Chair Environment & Energy Committee District Manager Windsor/Chatham Union Gas Ltd, Windsor

Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Publisher and Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star

Dr. Janice Forsyth Director** President Foresight Management Consulting

Ms. Pamela Breault Director Chair Membership Services Committee Technical Marketing Manager MTE Controls/Con-Syst-Int Group Ms. Carolyn Brown Director** Vice President, Administration Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC Mr. Dean Clevett Director** Manager - Technical Engineering Services Canada BASF Canada

JENNIFER JONES

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Mr. Jason Ilijanic Director Chair Finance & Taxation Committee Relationship Manager TD Commercial Banking Southwestern Ontario Region Mr. Kevin Laforet Director President and CEO Caesars Windsor Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Director Partner McTague Law Firm LLP

Mr. Stephen Mattis Director Vice President Commercial Banking RBC Business Banking Centre Mr. Ed Miles Chair-Elect** Tax Partner Miles & Co. Chartered Accountants Mr. Gordon Moore Treasurer** President Moore Consulting Corp. Mr. David Musyj Director President and CEO Windsor Regional Hospital Ms. Ann-Marie Athavale Non-Voting Chair ATHENA Committee VP - Sales/Marketing Empire Communications Inc. Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** Denotes member of Executive Committee

DON MARSH

INTERIM PRESIDENT

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BUDGET.GREEN SUN

Chamber approves resolution on city of windsor budget policies The industrial and commercial tax burden for businesses operating in the City of Windsor is far above the average for Ontario. In 2010 the City of Windsor adopted Council Resolution CR170/2010 as part of its tax policy, acknowledging the disparity in residential vs. non-residential tax allocation. The resolution was not fully implemented.

According to the Chamber, the issue of assessment class tax ratios between residential and non-residential tax payers should be incorporated into its annual budget deliberation process before analyzing its annual budget. The Chamber also calls on the City of Windsor to adopt a policy and plan with annual targets for addressing the non-residential tax issues.

These findings are a subject of a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce resolution approved in January 2012. The resolution contains both an action plan for the Chamber and a set of recommendations for the City of Windsor. The goal is to lower the tax burden for business property taxpayers over time.

The resolution opens an opportunity for the Chamber to approach subsequent City of Windsor and other municipal budgets in the region with a better defined set of policies. The policy will be followed by an advocacy effort that will include both administration and City of Windsor Council members. Lower and fairer

business property taxation will improve the business climate in the City of Windsor and the Windsor-Essex region. The finance department of the City of Windsor has indicated its willingness to discuss these issues with the Finance and Taxation Committee that put forward the resolution and its recommendations. The resolution and recommendations can be found at the Chamber website at www.windsorchamber.org/policy.

Green Sun Rising

a partner in renewable energy projects

Green Sun Rising is a green energy company located at 1680 Kildare Rd. in Windsor. The company supplies turnkey solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and solar hot air systems. Established in 2008, Green Sun Rising is the oldest operating solar company in Windsor and installed and commissioned the first solar photovoltaic systems under the Ontario Power Authority’s microFIT program in the city. Green Sun Rising also operates the Renewable Energy Technology Center, a learning institution for the interested public. The Center has an open door policy, and everyone who is interested in renewable energy can come in and learn about the different technologies. The RETCenter also showcases several working solar systems.

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Also on display in the parking lot is the company’s newest product, the solar carport. It protects vehicles from snow, rain, and the sun while producing clean electricity and generating attractive revenue under the OPA microFIT program. For electric vehicle owners the carport solution is also available with an integrated electric charging station.

The company takes pride in the fact that every employee is determined to go the extra mile to ensure that the customer is fully satisfied with their services. That commitment starts with the first customer contact and is stringent throughout the whole project process. From engineering, design, and calculation to installation and commissioning of the renewable energy system Green Sun Rising’s experience ensures their customers’ success and satisfaction and makes the company an excellent choice as your partner for your renewable energy project. For more information visit www.GreenSunRising.com or call (519) 946-0408.


MEMBERS | FIRMS IN THE NEWS The Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has awarded the 2012 Founders’ Award to Mr. Bryon Gero, MSW, the former Board Chair of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County (ASWE) and current Board Chair of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. The Community Philanthropy Award has been awarded to CAW locals 444, 2458, 200, and 1973 for their efforts in raising funds for the Capital Campaign and local programs and services. For more information, contact Maurizio Tiberia, Development Officer, Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County, at (519) 974-2220 ext. 225 or mtiberia@aswecare.com

Business for the Arts announced in February that five Ontario communities will receive matching incentive grants and sponsorship training through its artsVest program. Municipalities in the process of developing or implementing a cultural plan were invited to apply for the program and a chance to bring $25,000 to $100,000 in matching funds to their cultural sector. Cultural organizations in Windsor will receive training on securing private sector support and will be encouraged to apply for a matching incentive grant that will initiate new sponsorships from the local business community. For more information, visit www.businessforthearts.org or contact Lauren Goldman, Program Manager Business for the Arts at (416) 869-3016 ext. 221.

Congratulations to the team at the Windsor FASTSIGNS sign and graphics centre, who were recently recognized with four awards during the 2012 FASTSIGNS Convention, held in Nashville, TN. The Windsor FASTSIGNS received the award for highest overall sales growth for a Canadian centre, the award for highest percentage sales increase for a Canadian centre, the Mentor Recognition Award, and the Local Marketing Excellence Award. FASTSIGNS helps businesses, organizations, and events solve their visual communications and marketing challenges - large and small. For more information, call (519) 948-8181 or visit www.fastsigns.com/658

The Royal Bank of Canada has presented a cheque for $50,000 to the Essex Region

Conservation Authority. This cheque represents a second installment of the RBC Blue Water Project grant, which was announced in 2010. The funds will be used to continue reducing the impact of rural and agricultural land uses in Essex Region watercourses. For more information, contact Danielle Breault Stuebing at (519) 776-5209 ext. 352 or dstuebing@erca.org

On December 1, the Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair honoured Tecumseh physician Dr. Geoff Butler as the 2011 winner of the club’s Humanitarian Award. The honour is bestowed annually on an individual whose career and actions have made significant contributions to the betterment of society. Dr. Butler received the award for his continued volunteer work in Haiti. He first travelled to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and has returned several times to offer medical help and assistance. In addition to receiving a Paul Harris Fellow award in recognition of his work, the club also presented a $500 donation to him to use toward medical supplies when he next visits Haiti. For more information contact Danielle Breault Stuebing at (519) 728-1413 or daniellebreault@cogeco.ca

Randy Motley, President Russell A. Farrow Limited, announced that Laurie Tannous will assume the role of Vice President, Government and Industry Relations effective January 16, 2012. Laurie is an accomplished lawyer, and has been in the international trade industry since 2004, practicing immigration and international business law in Ontario as a barrister and solicitor. For more information, contact Motley at (519) 252-7775 ext 512.

IN THE COMMUNITY

The Rotary Club presents Building a New Workforce, featuring keynote addresses on “An Emerging Market” by The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant governor of Ontario, Mark Wafer, Tim horton’s Franchisee, and Joe Dale, Project Manager - Rotary At Work. The event takes place Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave. Tickets are $22. For more information or to order tickets contact terry@ rotarywork.com

NEWS.COMMUNITY

The Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Centre (Windsor Office) have moved to new offices, located in the state-of-the-art Centre for Engineering Innovation at 700 California Ave., Suite 200. Phone numbers, fax number, and email addresses remain the same. For more information visit www.choosewindsoressex.com and www.windsoressexsmallbusiness.com

Join the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County at their Mardis Gras Party on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Ciociaro Club, 3745 N. Talbot Rd. Cocktails are at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. with a Cajun-inspired menu. Enjoy the jazz band, DJ entertainment, and silent auction. Tickets are $85 per person or $750 for a table of 10 with masks included (orders must be received by March 17). For more information contact (519) 974-2220 ext 221 or mtiberia@aswecare.com. Proceeds go to the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County.

The CME (Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters) in partnership with the Ontario Government will be hosting an Energy Connections workshop at the Caboto Club on April 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to build awareness and linkages for Ontario’s Manufacturers across the energy sector. For further information, please contact Ilka Elisabeth Guttler at ilka.guttler@cme-mec.ca.

On March 31, 2012 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre (121 University Ave.), the New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc. will be hosting, Roots to Roots: an educational performance with Detroit’s award winning Blues Musician and Educator, Reverend Robert Jones. Sponsorship packages are also available. For more information, please contact Melissa Ventura at (519) 258-4076 ext. 1608 or mventura@ncce1.org

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CHAMBER EVENTS

AFTER BUSINESS AT THE CITY GRILL

MINISTER OF HEALTH & LONG TERM CARE LUNCHEON

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WITH deb matthews


WAKE UP WINDSOR

Joshua Konopasky - Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County Elisa Geloso, Account Rep - Allegra Marketing - Print - Mail Patrick O’Halloran, Marketing Specialist - Allegra Marketing - Print - Mail Bill Brough, Account Manager - Applied Computer Solutions Inc. Eric Kukucka, Denturist, Managing Director - Bardgett Denture and Implant Solutions Jonathan Roung, CFP, PFP, RRC - CIBC Christopher Pressey - Christopher Pressey Design Chris Appleton, Owner - Smart Betty Giulio Desando - Connect Canada - Auto021 Raed Kadri - Connect Canada - Auto021 Terry Burton - Dig In Research Nick Rosic, Managing Partner - Digital Business Solutions Don Disher - Don Disher Independent associate with LegalShield/Go Small Biz Helen Stoesz, Partner - Don Disher Independent associate with LegalShield/Go Small Biz Tony Paniccia, Manager - Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator Rick Baxter, Sales - Empire Communications Inc. Dan Hall, Sales - Empire Communications Inc. Lea Ann Suzor, General Manager - Festival Tent & Party Rentals Inc. Michael Crawley, President - Aerus Electrolux Paul Schisler - GENIVAR Inc Klaus Dohring, President - Green Sun Rising Michael Schneider, President - Green Sun Rising

WAKE UP WINDSOR-ESSEX

Frank Mancina, Account Manager - JEV Marketing Gasper Faraci, President - JEV Marketing John Murphy - First Stop Services Bonnie Pacuta, Owner/Care Manager - Live Your Best Solutions Windsor-Essex Maurice Marwood, President & CEO - MMARCO International Services Inc. Darrin Lewis, President - One Stop Sunshine Property Shop Norm St. Onge - PBL Insurance Limited Randy Cyr, President - R. J. Cyr Co. Inc. Mary Hrovat, Sales Representative - ReMax Preferred Realty Mitch St. Louis - Spee-dee Auto Wash Natalie Woods, Corporate Sales Executive - Wireless Express William Sivell, Sales Representative - VR Windsor Inc Michael Clark, Manager of Public Relations & Fund Development - Windsor - Essex Children’s Aid Society Wissam Aoun - Wissam Aoun, Barrister & Solicitor Britney Lucier - Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc (WEST Inc) Lyn Caine - Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc (WEST Inc) Samar Chaker - Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc (WEST Inc) Amy Osman - Your Choice Paralegals LLP Svetlana Sevillano - Your Choice Paralegals LLP Susan Holden - Grill 55, Catering Sales Manager Steve Meehan - Grill 55, Directos of Food and Beverage/Chef

A GREAT SUCCESS

Following a lengthy hiatus, the Membership Services and Development Committee re-introduced an early morning networking session, Wake Up Windsor-Essex. On Tuesday, January 24, 2012—following a delicious breakfast provided by our gracious host (and Chamber Member) Grill 55 - well over 40 attendees had the opportunity to stand in front of a sold-out room to discuss the offerings of their respective business in a brief “infomercial” style format. Time was also allotted both before and after the main program for Open Networking. The Membership Services and Development Committee was overwhelmed by the positive feedback from attending Chamber of Commerce members.

The next Wake Up Windsor-Essex Networking Event will take place Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (venue TBD). Leveraging Social Media to Grow Your Business (Lunch and Learn) will take place Wednesday, May 2, 2012 (venue TBD).

CONGRATULATIONS

To Courtney Sterns for participating in the 2011 Johnson Insurance “Get a Quote” contest and winning the iPad

The Wake Up Windsor-Essex networking event was the first in a full schedule of Member-focused opportunities planned for the coming year. The Membership Services and Development Committee is working hard to offer Chamber Members varied opportunities for networking and education. On behalf of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Membership Services and Development Committee, we would like to thank Grill 55 for being such wonderful hosts, and we would also like to thank all attendees for making it such a successful event, and providing valuable feedback for future events. Save the Date! 7 | WINDSORCHAMBER.ORG


NEW MEMBERS

MEET YOUR NEW MEMBERS DECEMBER - JANUARY 2012 Air-Tite Insulation Services Inc Insulation Contractors (Main) Peter Oomen President 11293 Tecumseh Road East Windsor, ON N8R 1B1 Phone: (519) 735-2470 info@air-tite.ca http://www.air-tite.ca Brave Controls Controls & Automation (Main) Brent McPhail President 6250 Hawthorne Drive Windsor, ON N8T 1J9 Phone: (519) 974-9955 Fax:(519) 974-9954 bmcphail@bravecs.com http://www.bravecs.com Digital Business Solutions Telecommunications (Main) JP Hatnean Director of Charity Programs 916 Victoria Ave Windsor, ON N9A 4N4 Phone: (519) 800-0000 nick@dbstel.com http://www.dbstel.com Fresh Pack Produce CA Ltd Produce Sales (Main) Rick Wilkinson President 2495 Graham Sd Rd Kingsville, ON N9Y 2E5 Phone: (519) 733-6996 Fax:(519) 733-2483 rick@freshpack.ca http://www.freshpack.ca Hurst Generation Painting - Residential/Industrial/ Commercial (Main) Keith Hurst Owner 405 Pelissier Street Unit G Windsor, ON N9A 4L2 Phone: (519) 965-1381 hurstgeneration@hotmail.com Interstate All Battery Centre Battery Suppliers (Main) Isaac Wood Store Manager 4185 Walker Rd Windsor, ON N8W 3T6 Phone: (519) 969-3070 Fax:(519) 969-5679 isaac.wood.ibs@gmail.com http://www.interstatebatteries.com Leboeuf Trucking Trucking & Transportation Services (Main) James Leboeuf Owner 2809 County Rd 42 Box 97 St. Joachim, ON N0R 1S0 Phone: (519) 796-2169 Fax:(519) 728-0715 leboeuftrucking@yahoo.ca

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Nerds On Site Inc. Computer Networking, Servicing, Solutions (Main), Information Technologies, Technology Services Sanjay Mohile 1361 Ouellette Ave Box 114 Windsor, ON N8X 1J6 Phone: (519) 817-7092 Fax:(226) 946-4825 sanjay@nerdsonsite.com http://www.nerdsonsite.com

Solar Power Network Energy - Solar Products (Main) Sondra Hogeveen-Giles Site Development Manager 1895 Blackacre Drive Oldcastle, ON N0R 1L0 Phone: (519) 737-0408 Fax:(855) 328-8261 infor@solarpowernetwork.ca http://www.solarpowernetwork.ca

Your Convenience/Ever Green Laundry Convenience Store (Main) Koarkes Dawood Owner 899 Grand Marais Road East Windsor, ON N8X 3H9 Phone: (519) 972-0045 Fax:(519) 972-4819 tdawood@live.com

Pioneer Market Convenience Store (Main) Al Hayo Owner 4300 Howard Ave. Windsor, ON N9G 1P4 Phone: (519) 250-8344 Fax:(519) 250-8344 al.pioneer1@gmail.com

The Salvation Army Non-Profit (Main) Perron Goodyear Public Relations & Development Representative 355 Church Street Windsor, ON N9A 7G9 Phone: (519) 719-0432 Fax:(519) 253-7478 perron_goodyear@can.salvationarmy.org http://www.salvationarmy.ca/ ontariogreatlakes

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP?

Romcan Express Ltd Logistics (Main), Truck Repairs & Service Julian Aftim VP of Operations 4050 North Service Road East Windsor, ON N8W 5X2 Phone: (519) 252-8713 Fax:(519) 252-5303 dispatch@romcan.com http://www.romcan.com

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Tourist & Convention Information (Main) Gordon Orr Chief Executive Officer 333 Riverside Dr. West, Suite 103 Windsor, ON N9A 7C5 Phone: (519) 255-6530 Fax:(519) 255-6192 info@tourismwindsoressex.com http://www.tourismwindsoressex.com

Siliken Energy - Renewable (Main) Paco Caudet General Manager 3400 St. Etienne Blvd Windsor, ON N8W 5E1 Phone: (416) 214-3655 Fax:(416) 369-0515 siliken.canada@siliken.com http://www.siliken.com Smart Betty Sales & Marketing (Main), Internet Marketing Chris Appleton Owner 49 Adelade Street North Chatham, ON N7M 4K5 Phone: (519) 480-0465 Fax:(519) 480-0466 cappleton@smartbetty.com http://www.smartbetty.com Smoke & Spice Southern Barbeque Restaurants (Main) Tina Odette VP/Treasurer 7470 Tecumseh Road East Windsor, ON N8T 1E9 Phone: (519) 252-4999 Fax:(519) 252-5181 bbq@smokenspice.com http://www.smokenspice.com

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBER’S AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS? KNOW SOMEONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CHAMBER? CONTACT

KERRI DAY

MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR kday@windsorchamber.org or 519.966.3696 Ext. 30


CONNECTED

STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP DECEMBER 2011 - JANUARY 2012 2026317 Ontario Ltd A.P. Plasman Corporation A.R.S. Stereo Ltd. Active Janitorial Albamor Construction and Engineering Ltd. Allegra Marketing - Print - Mail Antonino’s Original Pizza Applied Computer Solutions Inc. Aramark Refreshment Services ATM Instant Cash Surendra K. Bagga Architect Inc. Bank of Montreal Baron Insignias Ltd. Bartlet & Richardes Bell Canada BFI Canada Inc. Biovail Tech Business Development Bank of Canada G. Caboto Club Canada Salvage Company (Windsor) Limited Canadian Broadcasting Corp Media Sales - TV Canadian Joist and Deck Corp Canadian Red Cross Windsor Essex Branch Canadian Resource Distribution a division of White Hackle Enterprises Inc. The Canadian Salt Company Limited, Ojibway Mine Canadian Tire - Peter B. Edmonson Enterprises Centerline (Windsor) Ltd. Central Self Storage Windsor - Essex Children’s Aid Society The Children’s House Montessori The Children’s House Montessori Lakeshore Chrysler Canada Inc. Ciociaro Club & Multiplex Club Alouette Cogeco / Rogers Cable Television Advertising Collection Service of Windsor Ltd. Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Comfort Inn By Choice Hotels Community Living Windsor Coulter’s Furniture Countryside Disposal Service Limited Creative Tile Designs Inc. Crescent Television Service D.W. Chorney Optometry Professional Corporation

Dan Kane Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Ltd. Danny’s Transmission Windsor 2005 Ltd Deloitte. Devonshire Mall Diane Motel Dieffenbacher North America Inc. Dillon Consulting Limited Donato Auto Collision Ltd. Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association Dr Barnard Wellness Centre Dr. Riaz Oozeer Dragun Corporation Ecolad Corporation Electromac Tool Empire Communications Inc. Essex Metals Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre FASTSIGNS Festival Tent & Party Rentals Inc. Financial Fitness Centre For Your Fur Kids Freedom 55 Financial / A Division of London Life Freeds of Windsor Furniture One Ltd Gates Windsor Operations Gauthier Roofing and Siding Generator Design Glos Associates Inc. Goodlife Fitness – Tecumseh Road Goodlife Fitness – Ouellette Avenue The Grandview Green Shield Canada Green Sun Rising Ground Effects Ltd. H & R Block Canada, Inc. HCA Mind Box Creative Communications The Healthy Image Heavenly Rest Family of Catholic Cemeteries Heavy Construction Association of Windsor Herby Curby The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital Foundation HSBC Bank Canada Hurricanes Hyatt Lassaline LLP Hylander Farms Inc I.X.L. Cleaners (1969) Ltd.

In The Dog’s House Inc Inspect X Inc. IntegrityLink Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins JEV Marketing JEV Marketing John McGivney Children’s Centre Kamsel Leasing Inc. KELCOM Ken Knapp Ford Sales & Leasing KPMG LLP Lakeview Montessori School Lambton Accounting Services Lasalle Montessori Inc. Laval Tool & Mould Ltd Lomar Machine Repair Inc. M.W.H. Petroleum Equipment Inc Manor Tool & Die Ltd. Manor Windsor Realty Ltd. McTague Law Firm LLP Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, LLP Moe’s Transport Trucking Monarch Basics Monsada Inc. Motor City Community Credit Union Ltd. Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP Nantais Source for Sports National Bank Financial Group Ned Colovic Insurance & Financial Services Ltd. Netmon Inc Next Dimension Inc. Novelletto Machine Repair & Fab. (1991) Ltd. Ojibway Transportation Inc. Onyx Engineering Ltd. Parrline Electrical Wholesale Pat And Hank’s Fish & Chips PBL Insurance Limited Post Packaging of Windsor Inc. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Prime Lighting Design RBC Royal Bank of Canada Business Banking Centre Windsor Essex County Real Estate Board Reliance Home Comfort Renaud & LaMantia LLP Riverview Steel Co. Ltd. Rocky Motors Inc. Roland’s Neon Signs Rosati Group Roth Mosey & Partners LLP

Russell A. Farrow Limited Scotiabank David Seeley Insurance Services Serbian Centre Seven Lakes Golf Course Ltd. Southern Mechanical Contractors Limited Southland Insurance Brokers Inc Sovran & Greenaway LLP Chartered Accountants St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology Sterling Marking Products Inc. Stipic Arpino Weisman LLP Sutts, Strosberg LLP TD Commercial Banking Tec Lanes Bowling Tecumseh Massage Therapy Clinic Andrew Tepperman Union Gas Limited United Way/Centraide of Windsor-Essex County Valiant Corporation Verhaegen Stubberfield Hartley Brewer Bezaire Inc. Victoria Steel Corporation Video Duct Heating & Cooling Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc (WEST Inc) WEtech Allliance WFCU Centre WFS Ltd Geo. T. White Co. Ltd. Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) Windsor Hyundai Windsor Port Authority Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation Wireless Express Wolverine Freight System Workforce Windsor Essex Zalev Brothers Co.

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR MEMBERS RENEWING MEMBER | WEtech Alliance WEtech Alliance, located at 720 Ouellette Ave., Suite 133, in the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, is an enabling organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs innovate and commercialize emerging and existing technologies. WEtech offers a robust range of business acceleration programs and services for entrepreneurs. Members have access to business accelerations programs (at no cost or low cost), a network of local and regional resources to help entrepreneurial start-ups and existing organizations to launch or grow their businesses, a benefits package for discounts and special rates on events and services, and marketing opportunities to increase awareness of your organizations (featured members, sponsorship opportunities, and speaker opportunities). New for WEtech this year is their Out to Lunch series (quick-to-learn and quick-to-use business basics) and the DeskUp Program (where WEtech mentors recent graduates looking to start a business within the technology or innovation sector). They are also now actively blogging for The Windsor Star as well. Lots of events are on the horizon for WEtech, including their Annual General Meeting on March 28, 2012: “Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions” with Duncan Stewart of Deloitte. Additionally WEtech is part of Startup Canada’s National Tour, taking place in Windsor on May 22-23, 2012. For more information or to join WEtech Alliance, please visit www.wetech-alliance.com

NEW MEMBER Smoke & Spice Southern BBQ Tina Odette – VP/Treasurer

Bringing Windsor delicious and authentic southern barbeque since September 2008, Smoke & Spice serves up slow, wood-smoked ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, deep fried pickles, homemade macaroni and cheese, and much more, all in a comfortable, family atmosphere. Also featured are a good variety of Pop Shoppe sodas and Ontario Craft Brewers’ selections of Lagers and Ales. Smoke & Spice has been enjoying their new location, now open at 7470 Tecumseh Rd. E., offering more seats and space for their customer base. The restaurant’s previous location at 1515 Ottawa St. will be opening soon as something completely different. Smoke & Spice offers a unique culinary treat for Windsorites - authentic southern barbeque right here in the Great White North! While still running their previous restaurant, Mamo Bistro, Ryan Odette decided to open a restaurant that was more accessible to average person, and southern barbeque was the cuisine he ran with. Owners Tina and Ryan Odette travelled to Nolensville, Tennessee to study the cooking stylings of Patrick Martin, owner of Martin’s BBQ Joint, to ensure their new venture would provide Windsor with excellent southern barbeque treats. Smoke & Spice was voted “People’s Choice Best Ribs” in the 2011 Windsor Ribfest and has won the “Best Restaurant in Windsor” title from WindsorEats.com for the past two years. For more information, and for the menu, visit www.smokenspice.com

Business Excellence Awards

Celebrate Excellence!

in The Windsor Star’s special section Support the nominees. Support the winners. Support the contagious spirit of excellence that fills our community.

Publishes: Tuesday, April 24 • Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2012 To advertise, call 519.255.5720 10 | WINDSORCHAMBER.ORG

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UP COMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS 22ND ANNUAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

5TH ANNUAL WARDEN’S LUNCHEON THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012 LOCATION BELLE RIVER KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 1303 COUNTY RD. 22, BELLE RIVER TIME 11:30 AM RECEPTION 12:00 NOON LUNCHEON PROGRAM 1:30 PM CONCLUSSION PRICE MEMBERS $35 each NON-Members $40 each

JOHNSON INSURANCE AFTER BUSINESS REGIONAL TRADESHOW

LOCATION CIoCIARO CLUB, 3745 NORTH TALBOT RD. TIME 5:00 PM RECEPTION 6:15PM DINNER AND AWARDS SHOW

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

PRICE TICKETS $135 each

LOCATION YOUR QUICK GATEWAY WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 3200 COUNTY RD. 42 TIME 5:00PM - 7:00PM

This event, which has become the premier business event of the year, recognizes business individuals and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievement that have contributed to prosperity and business development in Windsor and Essex County. This year’s celebration features a Cocktail Reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by a spectacular gourmet sit down Dinner and Show. Register for all events online at windsorchamber.org/events

PRESENTED BY DEVONSHIRE MALL

SPONSORED BY UNITED COMMUNITIES CREDIT UNION

PRESENTED BY THE WINDSOR STAR

Register for all events online at windsorchamber.org/events

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