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2016 Business Excellence Awards
New Business of the Year Finalists
George Kalivas – Dry Parlour Inc.; Sherri & Johnny Mathias – Canadian Specialty Exotics; Kyle Devine – Devine Personnel Inc.
26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Finalists
Chamber Delivers Landmark Agenda
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
VOLUME 47 I No. 3 - 4 I BUSINESS BRIEFS VISIT THE CHAMBER ONLINE
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Letter from the President & Chair We’re in full swing here at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, the leading voice of business in Windsor-Essex. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has been busy collaborating with our Chamber network and community partners to advocate on local and provincial issues for our members. The fifth and final instalment of Emerging Stronger was released in January and we were successful in putting our concerns about TPP, Auto Strategy, SR&ED and Agri-Food on the Ontario Chamber agenda. Additionally, our concerns about skills mismatch were incorporated into Emerging Stronger and we have challenged this region to close the skills gap. The Chamber had a great meeting with Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to discuss innovation in the Windsor-Essex region.
MATT MARCHAND PRESIDENT & CEO
Also in January, the finalists for the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards were announced at the Windsor Star News Café. Congratulations to all finalists! Award recipients will be announced at the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards, April 20 at Caesars Windsor. Tickets are on sale online. You don’t want to miss one of the biggest events of the year and the chance to celebrate business excellence in Windsor-Essex. We have lots of great events coming up, from networking and luncheons, to our golf tournament and policy forum. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Policy & Solutions Forum, bringing together business, labour and academia, takes place May 11 and features Canada’s Auto Czar Ray Tanguay. We’re celebrating the 80th year of our Golf Tournament on June 20 at Essex Golf & Country Club. Join leading Essex County business professionals for an elite day of golf and networking at one of Canada’s finest private golf clubs. We look forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!
Dr. Janice Forsyth CHAIR
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2015-2016 Board of Directors Dr. Janice Forsyth Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Vice-President Editorial, Southwest Region, Postmedia Editor-in-Chief, The Windsor Star Mr. John T. Clark Treasurer** Partner Clarks LLP Mr. Adam Davis Vice Chair** President Next Dimension Mr. Irfan S. Daya Director Chair - Finance & Taxation Committee Vice President, Commercial Financial Services & Agriculture Royal Bank of Canada Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President - Business Development WFCU Credit Union 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 Professor, Odette School of Business Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning, EPICentre University of Windsor Ms. Andrea Seguin Director District Manager Union Gas Limited Mr. Owen Stibbard Director Chair - Membership Committee Scientific Specialist 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 and Ontario Chamber Deliver Landmark Agenda to Grow Economy and Spur Job Creation The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and other chambers across the province in partnership with the Mowat Centre, released its fifth and final iteration of Emerging Stronger, which identifies the immediate steps that government and the private sector must take to enhance Ontario’s economic competitiveness and spur job creation in the province.
Emerging Stronger points out that the TPP gives a marked advantage to low wage Asian suppliers of auto parts and calls for a targeted investment strategy for the Ontario-based manufacturing sector. “This is part of our comprehensive advocacy on the auto sector,” said Marchand. The WERCC has been raising concerns about the impacts of the TPP on the auto sector for a number of months.
Ontario businesses are increasingly unsure about the direction of the provincial economy, according to a new survey from the OCC and Leger. The annual Ontario Business Confidence Index, featured in Emerging Stronger 2016, shows that business confidence in the Ontario economy is at a five-year low.
Another key parameter of Emerging Stronger is to meet the challenge by Premier Kathleen Wynne to double exports by 2020 in our agriculture sector, one of the key economic drivers in Windsor-Essex.
The Index shows that only 30 percent of businesses are confident in Ontario’s economy, compared to 47 percent in 2012. It also shows that 62 percent of businesses are confident in their own organization’s outlook, down from a high of 74 percent in 2014. “The WERCC and its community partners will continue to work together to boost confidence and drive investment. The 25 detailed recommendations in Emerging Stronger 2016 are focused on these initiatives,” said Matt Marchand, President & CEO, WERCC. The detailed policy recommendations in Emerging Stronger 2016 focus on increasing economic stability, supporting investment and fostering business growth across the province by improving the way government works, taking advantage of new opportunities in the global economy, and strategically investing in our competitive advantages.
Also included in Emerging Stronger are recommendations to address the skills gap, which is a significant issue in the Windsor-Essex region and beyond. “We need to challenge ourselves collectively to get this major economic impediment reduced,” added Marchand. And finally, Emerging Stronger recommends that the main Research and Development vehicle for Canadian firms, called the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (or SR&ED), be restored to 20%. It was reduced to 15% in 2014. “Windsor-Essex has a large usage of SR&ED to position for our future and we need to encourage research and development,” said Marchand. For more information, including the full Emerging Stronger 2016 report, visit www.windsoressexchamber.org.
Showcase your brand message in the official 2016 Business Excellence Awards feature brought to you by Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Star.
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In Our Community To assist in creating an unforgettable, dynamic event, Caesars Windsor is proud to announce the availability of a fully equipped, in-house audio visual service, expertly delivered by Caesars Windsor’s skilled Multimedia team. Detailed custom plans to suit all specific event needs are coordinated through the Hotel Sales team and Multimedia Technicians. Audio Visual Services include state of the art customizable lighting packages, full range of audio/visual equipment, and a variety of presentation packages. For more information call (519) 985-2855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce members and the recipients of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland Vocational Service Awards who exemplify outstanding leadership in their respected vocation. Thanks to Chair Gordon Orr, CEO, TWEPI. Award recipients: Martha Reavley Associate Professor of Management, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor Deborah Jones Publisher, Biz X Magazine Jacqueline Rice recently retired co-owner of Advance Beauty Supply
The Dr. Fouad Tayfour Charitable Foundation will match the funds raised by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB)’s Light the Way campaign. Funds raised support the Bereavement program and the newly established Client Assistance Fund. Annually 600 adults and children use the Bereavement program. This program relies on community support to provide a breadth of services to families. The Client Assistance fund was established to assist some of CMHA’s most vulnerable clients. They can access this fund to alleviate short-term hardships they are experiencing. For further information contact Kim Willis, Senior Manager, Fund Development & Community Relations, Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor-Essex County Branch at email@example.com.
The year 2015 was an extremely successful one for the EPICentre! The EPIC Founders program was launched in March and formally educated students about entrepreneurship. The EPICentre has organized over 70 workshops and events this year attended by over 1,700 students, and now 10 classrooms have entrepreneurship in their curriculum. The EPICentre has created over 30 local jobs and continuously provides entrepreneurial advice/funding for current students and University of Windsor Alumni. We look forward to another amazing year in 2016.
The Essex Region Conservation Authority recognized organizations and individuals that made significant contributions to the region’s sustainability with the 2015 Conservation Awards at its Annual General Meeting on January 21. Congratulations to all award recipients! For more information and a full list of award recipients, contact Danielle Breault Stuebing, Director of Community Outreach Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. on their Windsor-made Lot No. 40 being named the 2015 Canadian Whisky of the Year! It is the only two-time winner of the Canadian Whisky Awards and it beat out about 60 whiskies in a blind taste test at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, B.C.
Oliver Swainson Shop Manager and Bicycle Mechanic, City Cyclery Paul Dunn Multi Media Specialist, Windsor Regional Hospital Karen Niforos Marketing Director, Devonshire Mall Tish Harcus Brand Manager, Canadian Club Brand Centre Cheryl Sokolowski Executive Assistant to the CAO, Town of LaSalle
Thomas Canning Ltd. and AMEX Freight teamed up to deliver 4,379 cases of tomato juice and whole tomatoes to the Unemployed Help Centre (UHC). Their fourth and final delivery was sent to over 15 food banks and 100 agencies. For more information visit www.thomasutopiabrand.com.
What began as a small greenhouse in 1997 has evolved into Zing! Healthy Foods™, offering a range of specialty produce and positioning Orangeline Farms as a cutting-edge operation in the heart of Canada’s premier growing region. The launch of the new site, www.zinghealthyfoods.com, is giving people a better way to find out about the local greenhouse grower and its focus on healthy living.
Congratulations to our New Member Start Up Business Launches: Southwest Investigative Solutions and The Delivery Guys (expanding to Windsor).
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EVENT PHOTOS December After Business @ The Windsor Club
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January Lunch and Learn - Grants 101
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26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Finalists News Conference
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February After Business @ Crown Royal Lounge
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26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Finalists Large Company of the Year Finalists - Marc & Christine Romauldi – M.R. Meat Market Ltd.; Phil Campbell – CentreLine (Windsor) Ltd.; missing – Morrice Transportation
Congratulations to the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Finalists Mid-Size Company of the Year Finalists Jeff Ostrow & John Blanken – Hyatt Lassaline LLP; Ryan & Colleen Jershy – Home Instead Senior Care; John Jenner, Bill Smith, Dave Taylor – Electrozad Supply Company Limited
Pillar of Community Award Finalists - Mike Clark & Bill Bevan – WindsorEssex Children’s Aid Society; Lorraine Goddard & Ilona Schentag – United Way/ Centraide Windsor-Essex County; Cal Little – Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County
Tourism & Hospitality Award Finalists - Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin – The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast; Stefanie Goulding & Breanne McGinty – Rochester Place Golf Club and Resort; Tish Harcus – Canadian Club Brand Centre
Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists Kyle Pinsonneault – Canadian Executive Search Group; Imad Najjar – Mazzar Corp. & Rocky Motors; Nick Ciarlariello – Modern Moulding Ltd.
Young Professional of the Year Finalists - Marla Coffin - Marda Management Inc; Daniel Bosco – Windsor CrossFit; Jennifer Charron – Lucas Professional Search Group
Small Company of the Year Finalists Jennifer Perciballi, Kathy Black, Kevin Black – Lee and Maria’s Delivery; Darcy Haggith& Jenn Robertson – Infinit Nutrition Canada; Alison & Julian Hawkins – Hawkins & Co. Accounting Professional Corp.
International Business Award Finalists Lori Atkinson – Sutherland Global Services; Tim Shaw – Papp Plastics & Distributing Ltd.
ATHENA Award Recipient - Shelley Fellows
Believe Windsor Essex Award Recipient - Cypher Systems Group – Gail Robertson
A Special Thank you to Lisa & Brian Schwab & St. Clair College Alumni for sponsoring the 2nd Annual Twelve Cocktails of Christmas. Along with our Guests, Volunteers, Staff, Vendors and Silent Auction Donors you have provided invaluable support to those battling cancer in our community. Proceeds benefit the Patient Assistance Fund at the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation.
New Business of the Year Finalists George Kalivas – Dry Parlour Inc.; Sherri & Johnny Mathias – Canadian Specialty Exotics; Kyle Devine – Devine Personnel Inc.
Professional of the Year Finalists - Lisa Tayfour for Dr. Fouad Tayfour – Windsor Laser Eye Institute; Greg Monforton – Greg Monforton & Partners; missing Dr. Keven Hockley –Windsor Family Dentistry
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WORKPLACE SAFETY & PREVENTION SERVICES How to Do It
Health & Safety for Your Small Businesses: Let’s Make This Easier What the law says Mandatory training under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) depends on your type of business and includes: •
Ministry of Labour Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors (available at no cost at www.labour.gov.on.ca), which must include instruction on these elements, under the OHSA: •
the duties and rights of workers and supervisors under the OHSA
common workplace hazards and occupational illnesses, and how to identify, assess and manage them
the role of joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) and of health and safety representatives
the roles of the MOL, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and Health and Safety Associations
information and instruction requirements set out in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulation
sources of information on occupational health and safety.
First Aid for a minimum of one worker per shift.
Use of required personal protective equipment.
Never assume: The single most damaging mistake small (and large) business owners and managers make is assuming people already know what to do. “There's a perception that this task is common sense or that they should already know how to do it from previous jobs or training, and therefore I shouldn't need to train on it,” says Paul Mansfield, Account Manager at WSPS. “Never assume your life experience is remotely close to another person's. Instead, assume this person has never done this before. Especially if you're training a young and vulnerable worker.” Close all training gaps: Assess your workers' knowledge and skills within the context of any newly assigned job responsibilities. Make sure they understand the hazards and are trained on every task they are expected to perform (don't neglect to document these activities). Put extra effort into training new and young workers, who are four times more likely to be injured in the first 28 days on the job: they are often eager to prove themselves, oblivious to risks, and convinced they are invincible. They may not know it, but they depend on you to keep them safe. Make your training stick: Help employees remember what they've learned by explaining how the training will affect their well-being and success on the job. Connect the training to the organization's health and safety goals. Be clear about expectations and conditions of employment. Banish distractions like cell phones from training venues. In the days and weeks after the training, ask workers to recall and demonstrate what they learned.
Let's make this easier Check out all six steps to an effective health and safety program in the "Roadmap," "How-To Guide," and other resources offered at www.wsps.ca.
Under the law, organizations with 20 or more employees must have an active JHSC and certify at least two members (one worker and one manager). Workplaces with six to 19 staff must select a health and safety representative: an individual committed to improving prevention in the workplace, and capable of fulfilling the same responsibilities and powers assigned to JHSCs in larger organizations. Certification requires the completion of Part One (basic training) and Part Two (workplace-specific hazard training) of Ontario's certification training standard under the OHSA. You'll find helpful links and downloads in the WSPS Roadmap for Small Business.
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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 Gowman, Director of Sales & Marketing, to consider membership with us and to learn about potential savings in conjunction with our programs. email@example.com or (519) 966.3696 ext. 223. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBER’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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 966.3696 ext. 230. Please note, the members listed are only for the months indicated. For a full Membership Directory please visit www.windsoressexchamber.org or for a personal copy contact Caitlin. 8 I WINDSORESSEXCHAMBER.ORG
MEET YOUR NEW FELLOW MEMBERS Acklands Grainger Inc. Industrial Equipment & Supplies Jamey Barnewall, Branch Manager 3350 North Talbot Road Oldcastle, ON N0R 1L0 Phone: (519) 737-7771 Email:email@example.com www.acklandsgrainger.com
Comfort Suites Downtown Hotels & Motels Justin Barker, General Manager 500 Tuscarora Street Windsor, ON N9A 3M2 Phone: (519) 971-0505 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.choicehotels.ca/cn365
Active Care Management Insurance - Group, Insurance - Travel Gail Robertson P.O. Box 1237 Stn. A Windsor, ON N9A 6P8 Phone: (519) 251-1581 Email: email@example.com www.active-care.ca
Complete Steam Clean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners, Duct Cleaning Jason Guthrie, Owner Phone: (519) 999-5297 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.completesteamclean.ca
Best Western Plus Leamington Hotels & Motels, Accommodations, Conference & Meeting Facilities Carolyn Tann-Jacobs, General Manager 566 Bevel Line Rd. Leamington, ON N8H 3V4 Phone: (519) 326-8646 Email: email@example.com www.bestwestern.com CanAm Insurance Insurance - Travel Gail Robertson P.O. Box 62, Stn. A Windsor, ON N9A 6J5 Phone: (519) 974-5995 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.canamins.com Chartwell Oak Park Terrace Retirement Residence Retirement Homes Brenda Gammon, General Manager 1750 North Service Rd. Windsor, ON N8W 1Y3 Phone: (226) 526-9691 Email: email@example.com www.chartwell.com Chartwell St. Clair Beach Retirement Residence Retirement Homes Andrew Crow, General Manager 13500 Riverside Dr. E. Tecumseh, ON N8N 0C3 Phone: (519) 979-9300 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.chartwell.com Comfort Inn (Dougall Ave.) Hotels & Motels Patrizia La Tona, General Manager 2955 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 1S1 Phone: (519) 966-7800 Email: email@example.com www.choicehotels.ca/cn318
Cypher Systems Group Insurance & Health Care, Technology Services Gail Robertson, Manager, Advertising and Promotion 3600 Rhodes Dr. Windsor, ON N8W 5A4 Phone: (519) 945-4943 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cyphersystemsgroup.com EasyInsure Health Benefit Administrators, Home Based Business Insurance, Insurance - Commercial, Insurance - Home & Auto Leen Meyer, Managing Partner / Principal Broker 3390 Walker Road, Suite 300 Windsor, ON N8W 3S1 Phone: (519) 915-0293 Email: email@example.com www.easyinsure.ca Navis Export Development Export Development Carrie Izsak, Business Development Phone: (519) 259-3854 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.navisgrowglobal.com Pareto Business Group Software Development, Information Technologies Paul Schlosser, Customer Success Manager 3600 Rhodes Dr. Windsor, ON N8W 5A4 Phone: (519) 988-7690 Email: email@example.com www.paretobiz.com SmartCoverage Insurance Insurance - Auto Gail Robertson P.O. Box 489 Stn. A Windsor, ON N9A 6M6 Phone: (888) 881-8045 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.smartcoverage.ca
DECEMBER 2015 /JANUARY 2016 Southwest Investigative Solutions Private Investigations & Consultation Tim Nyhoff, Investigator / Manager Phone: (519) 996-8880 Email: email@example.com www.southwestinvestigativesolutions.ca The Delivery Guys Courier Services Brent Hempey, President #2 - 2580 Jefferson Blvd. Windsor, ON N8T 3A4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thedeliveryguys.ca The Source Electronics Dung Pham, Manager 25 Amy Croft Dr. Unit 15 Windsor, ON N9K 1C7 Phone: (519) 735-6131 Email: email@example.com www.thesource.ca U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Walkerville Moving & Storage April Chappus, Manager 1508 Walker Rd. Windsor, ON N8W 3P4 Phone: (226) 216-0546 www.uhaul.com U-Haul Moving & Storage of Forest Glade Moving & Storage Luc Lausier, Manager 9082 - 9152 Tecumseh Rd. E. Windsor, ON N8R 1A2 Phone: (226) 315-1708 www.uhaul.com Windsor Grove Cemetery Funeral, Burial & Memorial Services Ed Shabsove, General Manager 455 Giles Blvd. East Windsor, ON N9A 4C8 Phone: (519) 969-4146 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.windsormemorial.com Windsor Memorial Gardens Funeral, Burial & Memorial Services Ed Shabsove, General Manager 1100 Division Road Windsor, ON N8W 1Z6 Phone: (519) 969-4146 Email: email@example.com www.windsormemorial.com Zing! Healthy Foods Greenhouses, Agriculture Jordan Kniaziew, VP of Sales & Marketing 627 Road 14, R.R.#5 Leamington, ON N8H 3V8 Phone: (519) 322-0400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.zinghealthyfoods.com
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STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP Active Body Physical Therapy Active Janitorial Albamor Construction and Engineering Ltd. Allegra Marketing - Print - Mail Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County Andrew Tepperman Arrow Mailing Associations of Realtors, Windsor Essex County Bank of Montreal – Howard Ave. Bank of Montreal – Ouellette Ave. Bartlet & Richardes Bergeron Art & Frame Shop BMO Private Banking Brave Control Solutions Inc Canada Salvage Company (Windsor) Limited Canada South Festival Network Canadian Blood Services Canadian Executive Search Group Inc. Canadian Mental Health Association Canadian Resource Distribution - a division of White Hackle Enterprises Inc. Canadian Salt Company Limited, Windsor Facility Cannon Automotive Solutions CareerStreams Centerline (Windsor) Ltd. CF Greenhouses Windsor Essex Children's Aid Society Colonial Tool Group Inc. Coulter's Furniture D J Galvanizing Dan Kane Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Ltd. Deloitte. Devonshire Mall Limited, HOOPP Realty Inc. Dillon Consulting Limited
Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association Dr. Riaz Oozeer Dragun Corporation Electromac Tool Electrozad Supply Company Limited Empire Communications Inc. Farrow FASTSIGNS FCA Canada Inc. Festival Tent & Party Rentals Inc. Freedom 55 Financial Freeds of Windsor Gauthier Roofing and Siding Generator Design Geo. T. White Co. Ltd. Glos Associates Inc. Great Lakes Safety Products Inc. Green Sun Rising HCA Mindbox Marketing Communications Heavenly Rest Family of Catholic Cemeteries Heavy Construction Association of Windsor Herby Curby Hi Neighbor Floor Covering Company Limited Holland Cleaning Solutions Ltd. Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. HSBC Bank Canada Hyatt Lassaline LLP Chartered Professional Accountants I X L Cleaners (1969) Ltd. Impact Staffing Inc. International Entertainment Network Inc. J.L. Whiston Financial Services Limited JEV Marketing & Communications K & S Windsor Salt Ltd. K Scrap Resources Ltd.
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Returning Members December 2015 / January 2016
Kamsel Leasing Inc. KeenTec NA Inc. King Materials Handling Ltd. Knapp Ford Sales & Leasing KPMG LLP Laval Tool & Mould Ltd. Livingston International Inc. Marcel's Collision Inc. Mazaar Restaurant McTague Law Firm LLP Merchants Paper Co. Windsor Ltd. Merwin & Associates Monarch Basics Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP National Bank of Canada National Bank of Canada Commercial Banking Centre National Bank Financial Group Netmon Inc Next Dimension Inc. Ojibway Transportation Inc. Parrline Electrical Wholesale Pathway to Potential PBL Benefits Limited PBL Insurance Limited Post Packaging of Windsor Inc. Progressive Waste Solutions Prominent Plastics Products LTD. R Lucente Engineering Inc Renaud Partners, LLP Riverview Steel Co. Ltd. Rocky Motors Inc. Rosati Group Roth Mosey & Partners LLP The Salvation Army Scotiabank – Ouellette Ave.
Scotiabank – Ottawa St. Sears Home Store Shibley Righton LLP Southern Mechanical Contractors Limited St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology St. Clair College Self Employment Assistance Centre St. Clair Residence & Conference Centre Target Building Materials Ltd. The Shoreview at Riverside Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island The Town of LaSalle Unemployed Help Centre Union Gas Limited Unique Communications Inc. United Truck Rentals United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County Verhaegen Stubberfield Hartley Brewer Bezaire Inc. Victoria Steel Corporation WEtech Alliance Winclare Management Services Inc. Windsor-Essex Active Retirement Community Initiative Windsor Benefit Plans Inc. Windsor Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop Inc. Windsor Essex Brokerage for Personal Supports Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) Windsor Port Authority Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation Wolverine Freight System Wolverine Warehousing & Distribution WPCI – Bell Mobility Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc. Zalev Brothers Co.
Spotlight On Our Members Legacy Member
Chartwell Retirement Residences
Canadian Tire, located at 8505 Tecumseh Rd. E. has been a member of the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce for over 38 years. Last year, the store underwent renovations to better serve customers and now offers a larger selection of products and a much more open concept store with wider aisles. Plus, thanks to new and innovative digital product selectors, items from all departments, from Automotive to Seasonal, are now much easier to find. With a 17 bay service garage with state-of-the-art equipment, Canadian Tire is equipped to tackle almost any repair, for just about any automobile, all year round. Also new for Canadian Tire is their Hunting and Fishing Pro Shop, offering full lines of fire arms, ammunition and live bait as well as Hunting and Fishing Licenses. As a popular pastime in the community, the department is sure to be a welcomed addition for residents. With the weather warming up, it’s a perfect time to visit Canadian Tire’s Garden Centre, opening in April. The task of picking up soils, manures and mulches has been made easier than ever with a convenient drive-thru and helpful staff who are always more than happy to help customers load their cars. Although the store has seen many changes in the last couple years, the backbone of their business in providing services and products for automotive, living, repair, sports and seasonal items remains the same, as does their commitment to customer service. The location at 8505 Tecumseh Rd. E. boasts one of the best and most experienced staff and customer service teams. Canadian Tire supports Jumpstart, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, Sparky’s Toy Drive and also sponsor numerous local baseball and soccer teams. For more information about Canadian Tire, visit www.canadiantire.ca.
Chartwell Retirement Residences is proud to offer seniors in the Windsor-Essex community with choice and flexibility when it comes to choosing the retirement living lifestyle that best suits their individual needs and preferences. Our four local residences—Oak Park Terrace, Oak Park LaSalle, Royal Marquis and St. Clair Beach—are dedicated to making the lives of residents happier, healthier and more meaningful. With a backdrop of spacious suites, welcoming common areas, inviting décor and friendly, warm atmospheres, our retirement communities offer seniors the opportunity to live independently in a secure and relaxing environment, while discreetly receiving the additional care and support they may need. Residents can enjoy a host of engaging activities and programs and a full-service dining experience featuring nutritious and delicious meals. Many other convenient services are also available, including weekly housekeeping, laundry and access to transportation services. Chartwell’s involvement in the Windsor-Essex community is very important, which is why we participate in many local initiatives and events that support those in need, including Save The Children Jumper Day, The Big Cut for the Breast Cancer Society, and residents knit hats for newborns for Windsor Regional Hospital’s Pediatric Department. Through our H.O.P.E. program (Helping Others for Purposeful Engagement) both Chartwell staff and residents regularly participate in charitable giving opportunities, including Alzheimer Society, Cancer Society and Heart & Stroke Society. It is for this reason that we are proud to be members of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, where we can connect with other like-minded businesses and professionals who share in our eagerness to make a difference in our community. For more information visit www.chartwell.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 Wake Up Windsor Essex
Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sears Home Store (3051 Legacy Park Rd.)
9th Annual Warden’s Lunch Featuring Essex County Warden and Lakeshore Mayor, Tom Bain Friday, March 4, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ciociaro Club Sponsored by Libro
Regional After Business Tradeshow 2016 @ Caesars Windsor
Thursday, April 14, 2016 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Caesars Windsor (377 Riverside Dr. E.) Exhibitor Earlybird Price Ends March 18, 2016
26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Wednesday, April 20. 2016 Caesars Windsor (377 Riverside Dr. E.) Earlybird Ticket Deadline March 20, 2016 Presented by Windsor Star
Policy & Solutions Forum Presented by the University of Windsor & St. Clair College
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This half-day Policy Forum will feature four in-depth policy solution sessions with industry leading guest speakers. Mark your calendar. More information coming soon.
June After Business @ Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre Thursday, June 9, 2016 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre (1360 Highway #3, Oldcastle)
80th Annual Golf Tournament @ Essex Golf and Country Club Monday, June 20, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Essex Golf & Country Club (7555 Matchette Rd.)
Chamber Gala 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Save the Date. More details at www.windsoressexchamber.org
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