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MAR APR2015 volume 46 | no. 03 - 04 | Business Briefs

Business excellence Awards small company of the Year Award finalists Jodi mason – urban home, John shiha – Precision Jewellers inc. and david forrest – Physiofit. Photo courtesy: snapd windsor, simon wyn edwards.

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letter from the President & ceo welcome to another edition of the windsor-essex regional chamber of commerce’s Business Briefs! the chamber and our Gold circle members had an exclusive meeting with Justin trudeau in January to discuss the issues facing our business community. A special thank you to mr. trudeau for an excellent roundtable discussion. we recently teamed up with three other chambers: Greater niagara, sarnia lambton and sault ste. marie chambers of commerce to support the frontier duty free Association’s proposal to create a pilot project for a road travel rebate incentive Program (road triP) as part of the 2015 federal budget. collectively, we penned a letter to the hon. Joe oliver, Pc, mP, minister of finance, to show support for the initiative. road triP is a proposed tax rebate that would encourage u.s. tourists to shop in canada. American visitors travelling into and out of canada through a land border crossing would be eligible for a rebate of 5% (equal to the Gst) on purchases made during their trip. Applications for this rebate would be available at participating canadian duty free stores, located at land border crossings across the country.

windsor-essex reGionAl chAmBer of commerce 2014-2015 BoArd of directors ms. carolyn Brown chair** corporate leader of transportation service and chief executive officer Your Quick Gateway and the windsor detroit tunnel corporation dr. Janice forsyth chair-elect** President foresight management consulting mr. marty Beneteau director editor-in-chief the windsor star mr. John t. clark director chair - finance & tax committee Partner clarks Barristers & solicitors mr. david s. h. cree director chair - transportation committee President & ceo windsor Port Authority mr. Adam davis director** President next dimensions inc

mr. steve deneau director vice President Business development windsor family credit union (wfcu) mr. david diemer director chair: environment & energy committee Associate dillon consulting limited mr. romeo Girardi director executive vice President russell A. farrow limited mr. carl hooper, cPA, cA, cfe director Partner collins Barrow windsor llP mr. Jason ilijanic director relationship manager td commercial Banking southwestern ontario region mr. scott Jenkins director director of Advertising caesars windsor

ms. maureen lucas director President lucasworks! (windsor) inc. mr. Jeffrey mackinnon treasurer** Partner mctague law firm llP dr. francine schlosser director Professor, director, research and interdisciplinary learning university of windsor ms. Andrea seguin director district manager union Gas limited mr. william sivell director chair: membership committee owner/Broker of record liberty Business Brokers of ontario dr. Alfie morgan director emeritus non-voting Professor emeritus of Business Administration university of windsor ** denotes member of executive committee

the chamber, along with the new canadians’ centre of excellence inc. (ncce) were pleased that the federal government decided to move forward with the immigrant investor venture capital Pilot Program in January. the chamber and ncce first outlined and proposed a pilot program in 2012 to the federal government under the auspices of windsor essex Global Attraction of investors network (weGAin). since then, weGAin has worked diligently with the local community, as well as with senior levels of government, to offer changes to the immigrant investor Program; one that would benefit small to medium sized regions like windsor-essex. the 25th Anniversary of the Business excellence Awards are fast approaching. finalists were announced at the windsor star news café on January 13, with award recipients to be announced at the gala on wednesday, April 22, 2015. this is sure to be an elegant event you don’t want to miss. Also coming up is our 79th Annual Golf tournament. this extremely popular, high profile and well attended tournament provides an excellent opportunity for community-minded corporations to show their support for windsor and essex county businesses. the vast majority of the participants in this chamber event are the decision makers of companies, and include business owners, top management executives and professionals. we also have numerous breakfasts, luncheons and networking events coming up. see page 12 for more details. we’re looking forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!

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in our communitY

congratulations to our new member start up companies: KeenTec NA Inc.: specializing in manufacturing and robotic automation building machines that increase productivity and improve lives. Precision Placements: craig Andrews, President and owner has opened his new employment agency specializing in long-term professional placements.

canadian executive search Group inc. is proud to announce that due to remarkable growth in the windsor area, they moved to a new location on January 5. they will continue to offer the same friendly service at their new address on 1-5345 outer dr., r.r. #1 windsor. this location allows them to offer even better service by being closer to clients and attracting only the best, top talent around.

After more than 35 years of giving to the community through united way, ford motor company of canada and its employees at voith industrial services, Penske logistics canada, and unifor locals 200 & 240 moved from being everyday heroes to achieving “superhero” status with their annual and lifetime giving achievements to the united way campaign. for more information contact karen Brady manager, marketing & communications, at

the essex region conservation Authority, in partnership with the ontario tobacco research unit and the windsor-essex county health unit, evaluated the first phase of its smoke-free outdoor spaces program. Phase one included the John r. Park homestead, hillman marsh and holiday Beach conservation Areas. ercA installed signage at the impacted areas identifying where smoking was and was not permitted, and a public outreach campaign was implemented. staff were trained in compliance, and a park watch notification system was created. stakeholder groups such as campers and hunters were directly notified of the policy through contracts and agreements. for more information, contact danielle Breault stuebing, director of community outreach services, at (519) 776-5209 ext. 352 or

hotel-dieu Grace hospital supported iclimb for united way! they showed their support for united way by participating in iclimb to raise funds for united way mental health & counselling Programs in february at the wfcu centre.

Dr. Meagan Tsagaris, BHK, DC: chiropractor at her new practice: Good life health centre located at tecumseh mall Goodlife fitness offering Active release techniques and sports massage therapy.

congratulations to Alphakor on their 20th anniversary! Alphakor provides the highest quality systems infrastructure and service, managed services, data security, efficient software solutions, and innovative online marketing tools. for more information, visit them online at

the Alzheimer society windsor-essex county reached their coffee Break goal, with a total of over $30,000, with donations still coming in. chamber member centerline (windsor) ltd. was the top coffee Break fundraiser among chamber members. they raised a total of $5,294 for the Alzheimer society. centerline matches their employees donations during coffee Break. other chamber member donors include Green shield & unifor local 240 ($2,571), rafih Autogroup ($525.41), and trios college ($500).

congratulations to our very own forward-thinking mother-daughter duo behind the award-winning cabinetry design firm, the cabinet studio (canada) inc. tereza and leigh hello are proudly celebrating 20 years of creating beautiful functional kitchen designs in the windsor-detroit area. they offer you a “Peace of mind experience” and are your only choice for non-toxic cabinetry, for the good health of your family, without sacrificing style, functionality or durability. whether you are looking strictly for a well-thought-out design for your kitchen or someone to trust with the entire renovation, call tereza and leigh at (519) 974-4477 or visit

farrow acquired ck logistics, inc., an established customs broker and logistics firm with locations in san Antonio and houston, texas. the acquisition complements the service offering of farrow u.s., and provides the opportunity to leverage other farrow service offerings including cross border, consulting and logistics. this is the 6th acquisition for farrow since 2005, and the 18th overall since 1984. for further information, please contact tom kowalski, President, farrow u.s., at

chrysler canada inc. has changed its name to fcA canada inc. the name change is effective immediately and further aligns the company’s name with that of their global parent company, fiat chrysler Automobiles n.v. (fcA). the name change to fcA canada inc. does not affect the company’s headquarters location in windsor, its holdings, management team, board or brands. fcA canada inc. is pleased to celebrate its new name as they continue to honour both companies’ long histories and look forward to continuing to work together.

re/mAx Preferred realty ltd. and its staff and salespeople donated to the following charities in 2014: transition to Betterness, canadian mental health, windsor Youth, welcome centre shelter for women, street help, and downtown mission. they also sponsored seven local families in windsor/ essex county for $2,000. they look forward to continuing to help others through 2015. for more information contact denny laurin, Broker/manager, re/mAx Preferred realty ltd., Brokerage at (519) 736-1766

enwin utilities ltd. presented valiant machine & tool inc. the GreenstAr Award of excellence as well as an incentive cheque for $270,307.17 for plant lighting, compressed air, and hvAc improvements under the ieso’s electricity retrofit incentive initiative conservation program at their newly renovated facility. the GreenstAr Award of excellence is awarded by enwin to windsor companies that demonstrate a commitment to the environment, achieve significant improvements related to energy and resource conservation efforts and go above and beyond to make conservation a key part of their business plan.

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holidAY PArtY 2014 At cAesArs windsor sponsored by

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decemBer After Business At willisteAd mAnor sponsored by

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feBruArY After Business At windsor riverside keG steAkhouse & BAr sponsored by

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lunch And leArn At wfcu centre sponsored by Photos by snapd windsor

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25th AnnuAl Business excellence AwArds finAlists mediA conference At the windsor stAr news cAfé sponsored by

AthenA loretta stoyka-henderson


Believe Barry and Zekelman


mid-siZe comPAnY

lArGe comPAnY

cristina melnik & franco Gobbato – formula first collision, Amy szewczuk – Amy’s helping hands and leon Janisse & darrin ellis – windsor chapel funeral home.

Paolo Pinnuzio & Joseph oh – cs wind canada, marc levesque – centreline (windsor) limited and Jim stanski & Angelo demarco – hiram walker & sons limited.

John chisholm, Bernard Gorski and imad najjar.

internAtionAl michael helferty – BAsf canada and Bill thomas & Brian Payne – thomas canning ltd. missing Papp Plastics & distributing ltd.

ProfessionAl federica nazzani and dr. dale Ziter. missing lori shalhoub.

tourism And hosPitAlitY tish harcus – canadian club Brand centre, matt komsa – the city Grill / lev3l vodka emporium / Bull & Barrel urban saloon and rino Bortolin – rino’s kitchen & Ale house.

Photos by snapd windsor

YounG ProfessionAl nour hachem and Julia Anne lee. missing dr. ross moncur.

smAll comPAnY Jodi mason – urban home, John shiha – Precision Jewellers inc. and david forrest – Physiofit.

new Buisness Jules & Allison hawkins – hawkins & company chartered Accounting Professional corporation, katelynn Garvin – the school house early learning centre and fadi dandachi – hummazing inc.

innovAtion nick dimitrov & shelley fellows – radix inc., Jason woodrow & Joseph heraldo – springboard management inc. and Patrick strong – strong dental ltd.

25th Business excellence AwArds Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. In 1996, the Chamber introduced the acclaimed ATHENA Award to further honour outstanding business individuals. Award winners in 10 categories will be announced on April 22, 2015 at the Business Excellence Awards. Also included in the awards ceremony are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Awards.

This annual event, the Chamber’s largest, brings together business, government and industry leaders. With extraordinary exposure and prestige, the BEA is an exciting gala night and has become a must-attend event. It is truly a special evening, drawing over 800 Chamber members and guests in past years. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate business excellence in our region. Want to learn more or be part of our Official Program? Visit

Business excellence AwArd reciPient sPotliGht Frank Abbruzzese’s company AlphaKOR Group was the 2014 recipient of the Mid-Size Company of the Year Award. Abbruzzese says that being a finalist and winner of a Business Excellence Award brought value to his business through “Increased brand awareness in the Region as the leading IT company with continued growth.” Winning Mid-Size Company of the Year also impacted AlphaKOR in that it “Created new business opportunities both with current clients and new

clients alike. The AlphaKOR Team has taken great pride in receiving this award,” Abbruzzese explained. As for what is new for AlphaKOR since winning the award, “We have continued to grow both in team size and in sales and moved to a new location,” said Abbruzzese. Abbruzzese is proud to be part of the 25th Anniversary of the Business Excellence Awards. “Sharing positive stories and letting the world know there are a lot of great things happening in Windsor-Essex is important. This is THE place be.”

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meet Your new memBers decemBer 2014 & JAnuArY 2015

Akoustik engineering limited Acoustical engineering colin novak President 10630 tecumseh rd. e., unit 2A windsor, on n8r 1A8 Phone: (519) 979-5050 fax:(800) 241-9149 Blondie cleaners ltd. dry cleaners marc kobrosli President 909 riverside drive east windsor, on n9A 2t5 Phone: (519) 254-4364 fax:(519) 254-4647 Blondie cleaners ltd. - dougall Ave. dry cleaners marc kobrosli President 3063 dougall Ave. windsor, on n9e 1s3 Phone: (519) 969-7755 canadian executive search Group inc. employment Agencies kyle Pinsonneault President unit 1 - 5345 outer drive, r.r. #1 windsor, on n9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 971-7777

keentec nA inc. manufacturing, robotics & Automation Glyn Gilmore Accounting manager 4000 north talbot rd. oldcastle, on n0r 1l0 Phone: (519) 916-5153 fax:(519) 968-3418

cmG Bookkeeping services Bookkeeping services concetta dicesare-cafueri Proprietor Phone: (519) 739-0425 edward Jones investments, John o. Atkinson, cfP investment dealers John Atkinson financial Advisor 208 lauzon rd. windsor, on n8s 3l6 Phone: (519) 944-9080 fax:(877) 314-8454

Welcome back to our past 14 year member

eric J. Buchholzer mortgages, income tax Preparation eric Buchholzer owner Phone: (226) 975-3936 Goodlife health centre chiropractic by dr. meagan tsagaris, Bhk, dc chiropractors meagan tsagaris chiropractor tecumseh mall club 7670 tecumseh rd. e., unit 1 windsor, on n8t 1e9 Phone: (519) 974-6518 fax:(519) 974-2773

loaring Physiotherapy & health centre Physiotherapists, health & wellness, massage therapy charlotte loaring Physiotherapist/owner 13126 tecumseh road east carmen Place tecumseh, on n8n 3t6 Phone: (519) 739-2700 fax:(519) 739-2708 miami web Geeks web design, internet marketing lorne shantz President Phone: (519) 916-5066

members only savings Programs As a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, you have access to numerous resources designed to advance the success of your business. Exclusive benefits and advantages provided to our members include: savings on professional business services, preferred rates on health and life insurance packages, discounts on home and auto insurance, plus special promotions and offers throughout the year. 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 The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer our members access to the Preferred Service Home-Auto Plan (PS Plan) from Johnson Inc. With origins dating back to 1880, Johnson Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected providers of insurance and benefits in Canada. Today, the company is part of the global RSA group, with employees across the country dedicated to serving you better. Members who qualify for the PS Plan get preferred rates, and access to a wide range of products and services. You receive personalized and convenient service. Highlights of the PS Plan include: 24-hour service, online access to your insurance coverage details, and interest-free monthly payments. You may also get extras on home and auto insurance. To receive a free, no-obligation quote, or to find out more about Johnson Inc., please contact them directly at wercc or call toll free 1-800-563-0677. Remember to identify

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yourself as a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce! Home and auto insurance available through Johnson Inc., a licensed intermediary. Policies are primarily underwritten by Unifund Assurance Company (Unifund). Johnson Inc. and Unifund share common ownership. 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 The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and First Data, a leader in the electronic payment processing industry, have partnered to bring you exclusive benefits to help grow your business. Together we are ready to help you with preferred pricing and products tailored to suit your needs. See the savings: Visa 1.55%, MasterCard 1.60% and Debit $0.05/Transaction (standard discount rates - additional processing fees may apply). For more information, contact Sherri Dulcamaro, Director of Sales & Marketing, at sdulcamaro@windsorchamber. org or Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to Director of Sales & Marketing, at See the attached flyer for more information on the UPS Members Benefit Program!

north 42 degrees estate winery wineries martin Gorski owner 130 county road 50 east colchester, on n0r 1G0 Phone: (519) 984-1323 Precision Placements employment Agencies, recruiting craig Andrews President / owner Phone: (519) 792-0379 sears home store furniture & Accessories, Appliances rishi mahajan store manager 3051 legacy Park road windsor, on n8w 5s6 Phone: (519) 967-0121 fax:(519) 250-9787 serenity lavender farm lavender farm, Gift shops suzanne dajczak owner 130 county rd. 50 e. colchester, on n0r 1G0 Phone: (519) 980-4505

wAnt to leArn more ABout how we Assist our memBers in AchievinG their finAnciAl GoAls throuGh our mArketinG initiAtives? know someone interested in JoininG the chAmBer? Contact Sherri Dulcamaro, Director of Sales & Marketing to consider membership with us and to learn about potential savings in conjunction with our programs.

or 519.966.3696 Ext. 23 wAnt to know more ABout the chAmBer’s AffinitY ProGrAms And other memBer Benefits?

visit us at and click on membership then Benefits. we are here to assist you with your membership! contact catie hildenbrand, Assistant to the director of sales & marketing at

or 519.966.3696 ext. 30

PleAse note,the memBers listed Are onlY for the months indicAted. for A full memBershiP directorY, PleAse visit


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decemBer 2015 & JAnuArY 2015 renewinG memBers A.P. Plasman inc. A.r.s. stereo ltd. Active Body Physical therapy Active Janitorial Air-way Aviation ltd. Albamor construction and engineering ltd. Alphakor Group inc. Alzheimer society of windsor and essex county Antonino’s original Pizza Arrow mailing windsor-essex county Association of realtors Atlas tube canada Aurora steam carpet & upholstery cleaning surendra k. Bagga Architect inc. Baron insignias ltd. Bell canada Bergeron Art & frame shop Bfi canada inc. Buckingham realty (windsor) ltd. Brokerage Bull & Gauthier Body & Paint shop ltd. Business development Bank of canada G. caboto club canada salvage company (windsor) limited canadian Joist and deck corp canadian mental health Association canadian resource distribution - a division of white hackle enterprises inc. the canadian salt company ltd. – windsor facility canadian tire - Peter B. edmonson enterprises centerline (windsor) ltd. chrysler canada inc. club Alouette collection service of windsor ltd. community living windsor costco wholesale coulter’s furniture

crescent television service r. J. cyr co. inc. dan kane chevrolet Buick Gmc cadillac ltd. deloitte. devonshire mall limited diligent communications inc dillon consulting limited downtown windsor Business improvement Association dragun corporation ducharme fox llP east windsor cogeneration centre electromac tool empire communications inc. farrow festival tent & Party rentals inc. freeds of windsor Gauthier roofing and siding Generator design Glos Associates inc. Green shield canada Green sun rising hcA mindbox marketing communications heavenly rest family of catholic cemeteries heavy construction Association of windsor herby curby hiram walker & sons, ltd. holland cleaning solutions ltd. honey-Bee ham co the hospice of windsor and essex county inc. hsBc Bank canada hyatt lassaline chartered Accountants llP impact staffing inc. intense media J.l. whiston financial services limited Jev marketing & communications Jmc steel Group k & s windsor salt ltd.

k-scrap resources ltd. kamsel leasing inc. kelcom kinetic konnection king materials handling ltd. km&t lean evolutions ltd. ken knapp ford sales & leasing kPmG llP laval tool & mould ltd. lc Platinum realty inc. Brokerage leadership windsor/essex leboeuf trucking Gordon B. lee, chartered Accountant livingston international inc. manor tool & die ltd. manor windsor realty ltd. mctague law firm llP merchants Paper co. windsor ltd. miller canfield moe mailloux financial services inc. monarch Basics mousseau deluca mcPherson Prince llP ned colovic insurance & financial services ltd. next dimension inc. ojibway transportation inc. onyx engineering ltd. dr. riaz oozeer Parrline electrical wholesale Pathway to Potential PBl insurance limited Post Packaging of windsor inc. Pricewaterhousecoopers llP Prominent Plastics Products ltd. rBc dominion securities inc. rBc royal Bank of canada Business Banking centre reliance home comfort renaud & lamantia llP riverview steel co. ltd. rocky motors inc. rosati Group

rose city Gymnastics roth mosey & Partners llP the salvation Army security one Alarm systems ltd. southland insurance Brokers inc st. clair college of Applied Arts & technology st. clair residence & conference centre sterling marking Products inc. stipic Arpino weisman llP sun life financial target Building materials ltd. tecumseh massage therapy clinic tmc tecumseh manning medical centre the town of lasalle unemployed help centre union Gas limited unique communications inc. united way/centraide windsor-essex county valiant corporation verhaegen stubberfield hartley Brewer Bezaire inc. victoria steel corporation visions of canada wfcu centre wfs ltd. Geo. t. white co. ltd. wholesale service winclare management services inc. windsor detroit tunnel duty free shop inc. windsor essex children’s Aid society windsor family credit union (wfcu) windsor hyundai windsor Port Authority windsor regional hospital foundation windsor symphony orchestra wolverine freight system wPci - Bell mobility Zalev Brothers co. Zehrs food Plus (#0521) Zehrs food Plus (#0573)


sPotliGht on our memBers new memBer

renewinG memBer

dr. meAGAn tsAGAris

festivAl tent & PArtY rentAls inc.

Dr. Meagan Tsagaris is the Chiropractor at Goodlife Health Centres located in the Goodlife Fitness at the Tecumseh Mall. She began practicing there in February 2014. Over the past year she has developed a great relationship with many of the members and fellow associates in the Goodlife fitness community. Dr. Meagan is excited to be a part of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce to become more involved in the Windsor business community.

In business since 1987, Festival Tent & Party Rentals, Inc. is your goto, one stop shop for all of your party rental needs! With the largest inventory in Southwestern Ontario, Festival offers everything from tables, chairs, dishware and linens to popcorn poppers, nacho machines and champagne fountains. With tents ranging in size from 10’x10’ to 60’x320’, there is a size for every event. Festival rents staging, dancefloors, portable washrooms and much more.

In 2010 Dr. Meagan received her Bachelors in Human Kinetics and specialized in Movement Science. Then she went on to receive her Doctorate in Chiropractic (DC) from New York Chiropractic College in 2013. During her education Dr. Meagan was certified in Active Release Technique, Kinesiotaping and received an Advanced Certificate in Sports and Human Performance. Dr. Meagan received her Certificate in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture in 2014 at McMaster University.

Festival Tent is locally owned and has been a very active member in the community for nearly three decades, most recently as a proud sponsor of the 2014 Ontario Summer Games. Over the years Festival has sponsored dozens of sports teams and supported many charitable and non-profit organizations namely the Canadian Cancer Society, MS Society, Rotary, Windsor-Essex Pride Community, Children’s Aid Society, Habitat for Humanity and more.

Some of the services Dr. Meagan provides at her clinic include: spinal adjustments, myofascial release technique, active release technique, contemporary medical acupuncture, custom orthotics, compression stockings, custom bracing, personalized sports rehabilitation, aqua therapy/rehab, and gait and posture analysis.

Members of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years, Festival was honoured with the Company of the Year Award in 2005. Owners Lea Ann and Ken Suzor, Rob Weir and Cindy Kimball work hard to stay on top of what’s new and exciting in the party rental industry. Excited about the ongoing education of the entire Festival Tent, five members will attend the Rental Show in New Orleans this month. With intense focus on safety, Festival works with their clients every step of the way. From ensuring proper locates are obtained, required permits are pulled and emergency preparedness information is provided, customers can rest assured that their event will be completely covered.

Dr. Meagan has a special offer for all Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber members that includes a complimentary initial assessment at her clinic. She is also offering to do a Complimentary office ergonomic assessment/ lunch and learn (topic of their choice) for all the Chamber members’ businesses.

For more information, visit

For more information, visit ontario/windsor/tecumseh-mall/health-centre-specialists/253

four key ontario chambers of commerce Join forces to support travel rebate incentive Program (triP) Four key Ontario chambers of commerce - the Windsor-Essex Regional, the Greater Niagara, the Sarnia Lambton and the Sault Ste. Marie Chambers of Commerce have joined forces in supporting the Frontier Duty Free Association’s proposal to create a pilot project for a Road Travel Rebate Incentive Program (Road TRIP) as part of the 2015 federal budget. Road TRIP is a proposed tax rebate that would encourage U.S. tourists to shop in Canada. American visitors travelling into and out of Canada through a land border crossing would be eligible for a rebate of 5% (equal to the GST) on purchases made during their trip. Applications for this rebate would be available at participating Canadian duty free stores, located at land border crossings across the country. The Chambers have collectively penned a letter to The Hon. Joe Oliver, PC, MP, Minister of Finance, to show support for the initiative. An economic study suggests that even under adverse conditions, the program would be revenue neutral and would likely be revenue positive – up to $40 million.

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In the past decade, the annual number of U.S. travellers to Canada decreased by 23.9%, with a particularly alarming decline of 14% in the number of travellers crossing the border by car between 2008 and 2013. In the same period of time, generally lower U.S. sales taxes and the continuing parity between the U.S. and Canadian dollars have contributed to a reduction of 32.7% in the total amount spent by U.S. visitors to Canada. “TRIP would provide a boost to the Ontario economy and encourage additional spending from U.S. travellers,” said Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Matt Marchand. “This, combined with a falling dollar makes it an opportune time to do a pilot project as it gives our retailers an extra competitive edge – something they haven’t had in a while,” added Marchand. For more information, and to read the letter, visit

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uPcominG events whAt is A livinG wAGe luncheon tuesday, marCh 10, 2015 time 11:30 am – 1:30 pm locAtion CaBoto CluB 2175 parent ave. 8th AnnuAl wArden’s lunch Friday marCh 13, 2015 time 11:30 am – 1:30 pm locAtion CioCiaro CluB 3745 north talBot rd. wellness in the workPlAce BreAkfAst thursday, marCh 26, 2015 time 7:30 am – 9:00 am locAtion CaBoto CluB 2175 parent ave.

APril reGionAl After Business trAdeshow & networkinG event thursday, april 2, 2015 time 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm locAtion Caesars Windsor augustus Ballroom 377 riverside dr. e. Presented by Amherstburg, leamington and windsor-essex regional chambers.

June After Business Wednesday, June 3, 2015 time 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm locAtion Canadian CluB Brand Centre networkinG onlY!

25th AnnuAl Business excellence AwArds Wednesday, april 22, 2015

chAmBer lifetime Achievement AwArd honouring marty komsa, President & ceo at windsor family credit union. Friday, June 19, 2015

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Business Briefs - March/April 2015  

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

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