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MAY JUNE2013 VOLUME 44 | No. 5 - 6 | BUSINESS BRIEFS Business Excellence Award Small Company of the Year Award Recipient The Job Shoppe Inc. Carol Normandeau, United Communities Credit Union (Sponsor) with Meighen Nehme




Business Excellence Awards WINNERS

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Letter from the President & CEO Dear Chamber Members, We’ve had a busy few months here at the Chamber, working hard to advocate on behalf of the Windsor-Essex business community. This has involved numerous fruitful meetings with Premier Wynne where we have discussed the future of the province and what that means for our region, as well as addressed many MATT issues relevant to our membership. This MARCHAND included hosting a roundtable with PRESIDENT & CEO Premier Wynne and the Hon. Teresa Piruzza at Centerline (Windsor) Limited to talk about jobs in the region.

of energy at reasonable rates. The paper outlines the challenges of the current system and a number of recommendations that are based on achievable outcomes and is available on our website at As always, we have lots of amazing events coming up including the Chamber Ball at Beach Grove Golf & Country Club on Friday, June 21, where we’ll be celebrating the outgoing Chair of the Board, Ed Miles and honouring Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Bill and Rochelle Tepperman. The Chamber, along with presenting sponsor KPMG, is holding our second annual technology event, Windsor-Essex Techtoberfest, on Tuesday, October 29 at the Caboto Club. Last year’s event saw the premiere of the BlackBerry Z10 and this year’s should prove to be even more exciting!

In March, I represented the Windsor-Essex region at the Ontario Agri-Food Sector Economic Summit in Clinton, ON, hosted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. We were able to connect with other Chambers and hear concerns and solutions regarding the agri-food industry, results of which should be published shortly. The second of our papers, the Regional Energy Paper was released in March. From a business perspective, the energy system is an important component of business competitiveness in a global market. For them to succeed all levels of government must ensure that we have a reliable, modern and efficient supply

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Board of Directors Mr. Ed Miles Chair** Tax Partner Miles & Co. Chartered Accountants

Mr. Dean Clevett Director** Manager - Technical Engineering Services Canada BASF Canada

Ms. Jennifer Jones Past Chair** President Media Street Productions

Mr. Adam Davis Director President Next Dimensions Inc.

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

Mr. David Diemer Director Chair, Environment & Energy Committee Environmental Engineer Dillon Consulting Ltd.

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

Mr. Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel Director District Manager Windsor/Chatham Union Gas Ltd, Windsor

Ms. Pamela Breault Director Chair Membership Services Committee Operations Manager Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex Ms. Carolyn Brown Chair-Elect** Vice President, Administration Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC

Dr. Janice Forsyth Director** President Foresight Management Consulting 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. Gordon Moore Treasurer** President Moore Consulting Corp. 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

Congratulations to Joe Byrne and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation! On behalf of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, I would like to congratulate you on being recognized as one of the American Cities of the Future for the Best FDI Strategy for Small American Cities of the Future in 2013/2014. To be selected as one of 10 communities ranked so highly is indeed an honour. We applaud your efforts in continuing to promote and revitalize our community. The WEEDC team is doing excellent work and should be very proud of this accomplishment. Sincerely, Matt Marchand President & CEO




The partners of Collins Barrow Windsor LLP are pleased to announce that Jennifer Gyorgy, MBA, CMA and Matt St. Pierre, B Comm have joined their firm. Gyorgy is a Tax Manager with 10 years combined work experience in industry and professional services. She has served a client base ranging from large international business clients to small private clients. St. Pierre is a University of Windsor graduate and recently passed the Uniform Final Exam. He is on track to achieve his Chartered Accountant designation by spring 2014. Contact Gyorgy at jgyorgy@ and St. Pierre at mstpierre@

Rotary Windsor St. Clair will present its Community Award for Peace and Understanding during the third week of September, to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. This award will be conferred upon an organization that has made an outstanding contribution in the area of world peace and understanding through local and international efforts and is open to profit and non-profit organizations or groups including but not limited to businesses, churches, universities, colleges and schools, but must be located in the WindsorEssex region. Nominations close June 30, 2013. For more information, contact Anna Jurak, International Service Director at (519) 948-5871 or

The 2013 World Alzheimer Day Run (WADR) is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, in Amherstburg. They are in need of 300+ volunteers in many areas with a focus on road closer/barricades, parking/traffic enforcement and water stations aids. Volunteers are also needed Saturday, September 21 to support the 5k run at Malden Park. Volunteer hours accumulated for this event can be applied to high school community involvement requirements. For more information, contact Peggy Winch, Volunteer Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County at (519) 974-2220 ext. 237 or visit

IN THE COMMUNITY In need of a Dragon Boat? Lakeview Park Marina has one available for rent to practice, learn how to paddle or for team building exercises – with or without a steersperson. For more information, please contact the marina at (519) 948-3383.

Performance Ford, part of the Rafih Automotive Group, is pleased to once again accept Ford Motor Company’s Diamond President’s Award. Ford’s Diamond President’s Award is presented to dealers across the country that achieve a level of customer service and sales that are second to none. This is the second consecutive year that the Diamond President’s Award has been presented to Performance Ford. For more information, contact Scott Ohler, Sales Manager at (519) 972-6500 or

Pointe West Golf Club is pleased to announce the completion of a comprehensive Bunker Renovation Project which addressed each of the Course’s 98 bunkers. Using the industry’s leading Pro Angle Sand, this investment represents Pointe West’s commitment to improving the everyday golfing experience for its members and guests. For more information on Pointe West Membership opportunities, please visit the Club’s website at


The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment Association is seeking new members to support the tradition and well being of The Essex and Kent Scottish. Membership is open to serving and retired members of the Regiment, their family and any person having an interest in or has performed a service for the Regiment. Membership in the Association is $15 per calendar year or a lifetime membership of $300. For further information please visit For membership information, contact Pat Coughlin at (519) 7265268 or

The Renewable Energy Technology Center (RETCenter) in cooperation with the University of Windsor is holding their fourth annual Electric Vehicle Event on Saturday June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the RET-Center, located at 1680 Kildare Rd. This day is dedicated to the future of clean transportation and showcasing the latest in electric vehicle technology. You can bring your own electric vehicle, too! For more information visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex The Windsor-Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation announces the community coming together to advance the Cancer Care in Windsor & Essex County. The $3.2 million announced to date brings the “It’s In Your Jeans” campaign closer to the $4 million necessary to support the Men’s Health Programs at Windsor Regional Hospital, The DaVinci Robot and Cancer Research. Matt Marchand was on site to celebrate with Norma Brockenshire, Foundation President. The campaign was created by Chamber member Douglas Marketing Group and the original art piece barometer was done by Kay Douglas (sponsored by Anne and Clare Winterbottom).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex presents the 2013 Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres on May 23 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts. The pre-event takes place at 6:00 p.m. and the Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres at 7:00 p.m. Schmooze with some of Windsor’s finest food and beverage establishments while enjoying creative cuisine, drinks, and networking in support of youth mentoring programs in Windsor and Essex County. All funds raised will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex and their five mentoring programs. Tickets are $80 each or 10 for $750. Call (519) 945-6232 ext.13 for more information.


Windsor-Essex Chamber Hosts Roundtable with Premier Wynne Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the Fourth Jobs Roundtable with The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, at Centerline (Windsor) Limited, moderated by Matt Marchand, President and CEO of the Windsor- Essex Chamber on March 11.

“This was an outstanding meeting and a great opportunity to share our views as to how best to move the region forward. We were impressed with the engagement of the Premier and Minister Teresa Piruzza,” said Marchand.

Premier Wynne listened and had a very good conversation with all of the meeting participants as they shared their insights and recommendations on what the government and businesses can do together to create jobs. Also present were representatives from the Windsor-Essex business community, including the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Caesars Windsor, Union Gas, DetroitWindsor Tunnel, Media Street, Chrysler, Ford, Investors Group, Valiant, TGI Group, KPMG, and representatives from the solar sector.

“I also want to thank the Premier for the Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund that will help our region. By working together with the Premier and Minister Piruzza, there is no doubt we can achieve even greater things as we move forward,” Marchand continued.

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Essex Development Corp. Attend Ontario’s Agri-Food Sector Economic Summit On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, representatives from the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce and WEEDC attended the Ontario Economic Summit’s Economic Leadership Series on Ontario’s Agri-Food Sector at the Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron (REACH) in Clinton, ON. The summit included multiple panels reviewed the Agri-Food sectors’ value proposition, examined workforce development opportunities, access to capital (seeking non-traditional funding sources), proven management techniques, infrastructure and how to identify what types of activities and innovations are currently happening in the agri-food sector in the region. Brainstorming sessions identified key issues and the next steps will be outlined shortly. The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario was the keynote speaker for the luncheon portion of the summit. Windsor-Essex Chamber President & CEO Matt Marchand represented the agri-food business interests of the Windsor-Essex Region. “Our agrifood sector is an important portion of our local economy. Attending

this summit will ensure that the concerns of our agri-food businesses will be heard,” said Marchand. “We are also looking forward to hearing Premier Wynne’s insights.” Rakesh Naidu, Acting Chief Operating Officer for the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation added, “Agri-Business is important to this region’s economy and is a priority industry that supports our future economic growth. We continue to work with agribusinesses in our region to support and advocate on a number of issues that could impact the success of retention and expansion for this valuable sector.” The event is presented by the Huron and Ontario Chambers of Commerce. This Economic Summit is part of the Ontario Chamber’s Emerging Stronger 2013 plan, which is a transformational agenda aimed at accelerating Ontario’s economic growth. It identifies Ontario’s challenges and advantages, and sets out practical and detailed recommendations for government and business.


congratulates the 2013 Business Excellence Awards Winners.

Meighen Nehme

Small Company of the Year The Job Shoppe Inc.

Fabio Costante

Rising Star of the Year

Dr. Wadea Tarhuni

Innovation Award Windsor Cardiac Centre

Margaret Deneau

Jim Scott

Start Up of the Year Believe Windsor Essex Award Sweetheart Baby Boutique Ground Effects Ltd.

Dr. Michelle Prince ATHENA Award

Jim DiMenna

Mary Brannagan

Professional of the Year

Andrew Tepperman

Doug Quick

Tourism & Hospitality Award Kingsville Golf & Country Club

Kim Lewis

International Business Large Company of the Year Entrepreneur of the Year JemD International Farms Tepperman’s Liquid Force Group of Companies


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The 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards The 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards, our largest event of the year, took place on April 24 and saw the Ciociaro Club once again transformed into a magical venue. This elegant and exciting gala brought together business, government and industry leaders to celebrate business excellence in our region. Emcees Brooke Pashley (Maple LeafsTV) and Karen Hall (The Windsor Star) delighted guests, with wardrobe provided by Willabee’s in Leamington. Musicians Marta Potulska (violist) and Daniel Wnukowski (pianist) entertained the audience with their skilled compositions. Windsor-Essex Inspired was the theme for the 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards. The event allows the entire community to celebrate

the achievements of our distinguished lineup of Windsor-Essex businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs. For 2013, we welcomed back the International Business Award and the Innovation Award. Other categories included Small Company of the Year, Large Company of the Year, Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Start Up of the Year, and Tourism & Hospitality Award (formerly Taste of Windsor Essex). For a full list of winners, including the ATHENA and Believe Windsor Essex Award recipients, please see page seven. To view more event photos and to watch the videos from the 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards, click on the Business Excellence Awards link under Events on


Ground Effects Limited

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS Sarah Ilijanic ● Mr. Kim Lewis ● Vito Maggio


Mary Brannagan ● Dr. Nick Krayacich ● Dr. Wadea Tarhuni

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS John Blanken ● Fabio Costante ● Sarah Davidson


Liqui-Force Services (Ontario) ● Strong Dental ● Windsor Cardiac Centre


Cheung’s Trading Company ● Devonshire Mall ● The Job Shoppe Inc.


Advanced Basement Systems ● Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC ● Tepperman’s


Black Stone Sports Inc. ● JemD International Farms ● Reko International Group


Perfect Shutter ● Spotvin ● Sweetheart Baby Boutique


Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards LP ● Kingsville Golf and Country Club●


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Business Excellence Award RECIPIENTS

Small Company of the Year Award The Job Shoppe Inc. Carol Normandeau, United Communities Credit Union (Sponsor) with Meighen Nehme (right)

Rising Star of the Year Award Fabio Costante Stephen Mattis, RBC Royal Bank (Sponsor)

Start Up of the Year Award - S weetheart Baby Boutique Sabrina DeMarco, Small Business Centre of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp. (Sponsor) with Margaret Deneau (right)

Believe Windsor Essex Award Ground Effects Ltd. Marty Komsa, Windsor Family Credit Union (Sponsor) with Jim Scott (right)

Professional of the Year Award Mary Brannagan Mike Allen, TD Bank Financial Group (Sponsor)

Tourism & Hospitality Award Kingsville Golf & Country Club Wes Ladouceur, Desjardins (Sponsor) with Doug Quick (left)

Innovation Award Windsor Cardiac Centre Mark Emmanuel, Union Gas Limited (Sponsor) with Dr. Wadea Tarhuni (right)

ATHENA Award - Dr. Michelle Prince Cynthia Swift, KPMG (Sponsor)

International Business Award JemD Farms Jerry Goldberg, Miller Canfield (Sponsor) with Jim DiMenna (left)

Large Company of the Year Award Tepperman’s Ray Marchand, BMO Financial Group (Sponsor, left) with Andrew Tepperman and Ken Stewart, The Windsor Star

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Kim Lewis Ryan Michalczuk, CIBC (Sponsor, left)

Photos by John Liviero, Sooters



Business Excellence Award photos

Photos by John Liviero, Sooters



Windsor Essex Chamber releases energy paper The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has released a comprehensive Regional Energy Paper. The paper continues the series of three proactive policy papers focused on Windsor-Essex business priorities. The first paper released was the Chamber’s Regional Transportation Paper. The Regional Energy Paper was developed by the Chamber’s Environment and Energy Committee chaired by David Diemer from Dillon Consulting Limited and vice-chaired by Natalie Byczynski, Chrysler Canada. Initially a vision from a 100 day plan by Matt Marchand, the newly appointed Chamber President and CEO in March 2012, the paper was developed as a result of a Chamber Priorities survey as well as an extensive consultation process. The Environment and Energy Committee is comprised of Chamber members with expertise in the areas of environment or energy. The Chamber’s Energy paper calls for an energy system in Ontario that ensures reliable, modern and efficient supply of energy to its customers at reasonable rates to enable business and industry to be competitive in a global market. The Chamber recommendations also call for:

• More transparency in the actual breakdown of the Global Adjustment fees associated with energy bills in Ontario and reporting out to electricity users on regular basis • More transparency in re-examining the costs, benefits and sustainability of the current energy supply mix, including renewables in the Province of Ontario • Keeping commitments made to participants in the renewable energy sector by making adequate and timely upgrades to accommodate planned power grid connections • Supporting the shift from Coal to Natural Gas in the supply mix for electricity generation “The Chamber looks forward to working with the government to implement these recommendations,” says David Diemer, Chair of the Chamber’s Environment and Energy Committee. “The Environment and Energy Committee has done a tremendous job in creating this paper and we are pleased with the result. The Chamber is continuing to provide leadership on issues that our members face every day,” says Ed Miles, Chair of the Board for the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. To access the Chamber’s Energy Paper you can visit the Chamber’s website at:

Windsor-Essex Chamber Supports Single Sports Betting The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) in supporting single sports betting in Canada. The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is an umbrella organization representing the network of over 100 local chambers in the four Atlantic Provinces. Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec represents 150 Chambers of Commerce in Quebec and 1,200 of the largest Québec corporations. This support letter is in addition to the previous letter on November 21, 2012, signed by the Ontario Chamber, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor-Essex Chamber asking Senators to support Bill C-290. In this joint letter, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and the FCCQ call for the adoption of Bill C-290, which would delete specific provisions of the Criminal Code that make it illegal to bet on “any race or fight, or on a single sports event or athletic contest.” From there, each province would be able to decide whether or not, and under what conditions, wagering on single sporting events will be permitted to occur. Bill C-290 received support from all parties in the House of Commons on March 2, 2012 and has been waiting the approval of the Senate since. The Bill would contribute to the creation of additional jobs at provincially-operated/regulated casinos, attracting U.S. citizens to Canadian casinos, and reducing organized crime associated with single event betting.

“The chamber coalition supporting Bill C-290 continues to grow across the country. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce greatly appreciates the support of Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and the FCCQ,” said Matt Marchand, President and CEO of the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Additionally, two-thirds of Canadian tax payers support legalizing sports betting according to a recent Ipsos Reid poll,” added Marchand. “It is estimated that nothing less than $14 billion dollars of Canadian offshore and illegal betting goes under taxation radar every year. In an era where governments are clamping down on tax evaders and cheats it would seem a no-brainer that to move forward to legalize this type of betting would be a win-win for the Canadian gaming industry as well as for the Canadian tax payer,’’ said Pierre Cadieux, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce. “Allowing a regulated provincial organization to manage sport betting will certainly help to combat organized crime as well,” said Bruno-Serge Boucher, Vice President of the FCCQ. “Loto-Québec is a responsible corporation that contributes part of their profit for social development.” To read the full letter, visit



MEET YOUR NEW MEMBERS FEB - MAR 2013 BlurtMarketing Social Media Services (Main) Larry Lehoux 3215 Jefferson Ave Bldg 300 Unit 309 Windsor, ON N8T 2W7 Phone: (855) 692-5878 Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants (Main) Chris Wooden General Manager 3100 Howard Ave #D10 Windsor, ON N8X 3Y8 Phone: (519) 966-4646 Central Metals Corp. Specialty Metals Distributors (Main) Bosko Kacarevic President 2679 Howard Ave Windsor, ON N8X 3X2 Phone: (519) 915-7542 Fax:(519) 971-0567 dressed by an Olive Gourmet Retail (Main) Daniel S. Avena President 13566 Tecumseh Road East Tecumseh, ON N8N 3N7 Phone: (519) 735-1772 Fernandes P.C. Lawyers (Main) Americo Fernandes Lawyer 112-111 Riverside Drive East Windsor, ON N9A 2S6 Phone: (226) 782-2302 Fax:(866) 269-9260 Fleming Consulting & Co. Management Consultants (Main) Noah Fleming President 171 Woodycrest Ave Kingsville, ON N9Y 0A4 Phone: (519) 259-8037 iDream Interactive Gaming & Entertainment (Main) Jacob Duhaime CEO 267 Pelissier Suite 304 Windsor, ON N9A 4K4 Phone: (519) 990-7975


The Mobile HR Professional Human Resource Consultants (Main) Cameila Anderson Owner 810 Ouellette Ave Suite 605 Windsor, ON N9A 6Z1 Phone: (519) 996-0808 Fax:(519) 258-8391 Nova Tool & Mold Inc. Plastic Injection Moulds (Main) John Novosel Jr. General Manager 5100 Halford Dr. R.R. #1 Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 737-7137 Fax:(519) 737-7111 Peak Consulting Consultants (Main) Vancho Cirovski President 13247 Meadowland Tecumseh, ON N8N 4N5 Phone: (519) 890-1688 Pursuit Massage Therapy & Recovery Centre Massage Therapy (Main) Laura Ryan Owner 1695 Manning Road Unit 110 Tecumseh, ON N8N 2L9 Phone: (519) 979-6422

Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation Associations & Organizations (Main) Robert Copland Secretary 2220 Kildare Road Windsor, ON N8W 2X3 Phone: (519) 253-3191 Fax:(519) 255-8676 Windsor Yacht Club Yacht Club (Main) Trevor Sharpe General Manager 9000 Riverside Drive East Windsor, ON N8S 1H1 Phone: (519) 945-1748 Fax:(519) 945-1221 WindsoriteDOTca Newspaper Distributors (Main) Owen Wolter Owner 624 Chilver Road Suite 201 Windsor, ON N8Y 2K2 Phone: (519) 566-6327




Rickwood Financial Group/Manulife Securities Inc. or 519.966.3696 Ext. 23 Investment Dealers (Main) WANT TO KNOW MORE Shannon Rickwood Financial Advisor ABOUT THE CHAMBER’S 1500 Ouellette Ave AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND Suite 102 Windsor, ON N8X 1K7 OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS Phone: (519) 946-1016 CONTACT Fax:(519) 946-1017 KERRI DAY MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR


Windsor Chapel Funeral Homes Limited Funeral Homes (Main) Jules Janisse President 1700 Tecumseh Road East Windsor, ON N8W 1C7 Phone: (519) 253-7234 Fax:(519) 253-5654 or 519.966.3696 Ext. 30

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STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEB - MAR 2013 RENEWING MEMBERS 433694 Ontario Ltd. Academie Ste Cecile International School Accurate Plumbing Air-Way Aviation Ltd. Al’s Bin Rentals Ltd. Amica at Windsor Atlas Tube B & B Tool & Mould Ltd. Bell Canada Bergeron Art & Frame Shop Bio Ped Windsor Bonduelle - Tecumseh Buckingham Realty (Windsor) Ltd. Brokerage The Canadian Salt Company Limited, Ojibway Mine Canadian Tire - Peter B. Edmonson Enterprises CareerStreams Central Self Storage CGS North America Inc. Cheung’s Trading Company Limited Chevalier Counseling & Consulting Windsor - Essex Children’s Aid Society Ciociaro Club & Multiplex CKLW/89X/93.9FM/CKWW Clarke Surveyors Incorporated Clarks Barristers & Solicitors Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Creative Tile Designs Inc. Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC

Desjardins Business Centre Devonshire Mall Ltd. Dillon Consulting Limited Dr Barnard Wellness Centre Dr Barnard Wellness Centre Dr M Moussa Optometry Professional Corp. Dundee Private Investors Inc. East Windsor Cogeneration Center Edcom Multimedia Products Erie St Clair Clinic Essex Golf & Country Club FASTSIGNS Federal-Mogul Windsor Forest Glade Fireplaces Formula One Collision Furniture One Ltd Global Industrial Services Grachanica Non-Profit Housing Corporation Grand & Toy Grill 55 Guardian Storage and Mailboxes Haller Mechanical Contractors Inc. Windsor Essex County Health Unit Hengl, Scott Financial Partners INC. Herald Press Limited Hilton Windsor Honey-Bee Ham Co

Howard Avenue Walk-In Clinic Inc. Human Kinetics Publishers Industrial Tools & Supplies J.L. Whiston Financial Services Limited Loaring Physiotherapy & Health Centre The Lumberjack Restaurant Manor Windsor Realty Ltd. Media Street Productions Inc. Moe’s Transport Trucking Morrell Controls Canada Morton Wholesale Ltd. Nancy Johns Gallery & Framing New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc. On Site Services On The Green Indoor Golf Ottawa Street Business Association Passa Associates Architects Patio Palace Payworks Payroll Services Personnel By Pro-Staff Rexall Drugstore 8123 The Salvation Army Scotia Mcleod Inc. Investment Dealers Scotiabank Serbian Centre Shur Lok Products Smith Physiotherapy Clinic Spada Sheet Metal Inc.

Spirol Industries Ltd. Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Sterling Marking Products Inc. Sterling Motor Technology Inc. Stipic Arpino Weisman LLP Sun Life Financial Target Building Materials Ltd. TD Commercial Banking Technophar Equipment & Service (2007) Ltd. Thai Palace Restaurant Timberland Homes Torbram Electric Supply United Way/Centraide of Windsor-Essex County University of Windsor Valiant Corporation Vantage Enterprises Inc. Verico Equity Plus Mortgages Inc VIA Rail Canada Inc. West Windsor Power WFT Investments Ltd. Windsor C lub Windsor Essex Community Health Centre Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) Windsor Hyundai WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc




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Dressed by an Olive Inc., located at 13566 Tecumseh Rd. E., along with their exclusive supplier Veronica Foods, aims to change the way people understand and consume extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegars. Daniel and Merja Avena opened dressed by an Olive after learning more about olive oil in a tasting room in Palm Springs. There, they tasted the differences between the oils they had been buying and premium extra virgin olive oils. “We wanted to bring this concept to Windsor-Essex for other people to taste and to become educated and aware,” explained Merja Offering the best oils to their customers is important to dressed by an Olive—their supplier offers two growing seasons, the southern and northern, to supply the freshest olive oils to its retail stores. There are many health benefits to the consumption of olive oil, but Merja cautions that consumers should stay informed. “You need to know more about the olive oil you’re buying in the supermarket to make an informed choice, and that choice should not be influenced by the price. You may be paying less now but in the long run it could cost you your health. Know your olive oil—you will learn more at dressed by an Olive,” said Merja, emphasizing that, “an olive oil with a high price tag does not mean you are getting high quality. You need to know the chemistry.” The Avenas decided to join the Chamber for networking. “We are new business owners and we have a lot to learn. We hope that by being part of the Chamber of Commerce we will be challenged to learn and grow.” For more information, visit dressed by an Olive online at

FASTSIGNS, located at 2591 Howard Ave., provides visual communications solutions including sign and graphic consultation and design, production, delivery and installation services. Whether you need architectural signs, vehicle graphics, point-of-purchase posters or a building identification sign, they’re more than ready to help you meet your visual communications goals. They work with their clients to provide the right communications solutions to meet business challenges and help companies realize their full potential. As the sign industry’s leading franchise, FASTSIGNS has been using innovation and technology to make sign and graphic solutions fast and simple for businesses since 1985 and the Windsor location has been a Chamber member since 2000. Their integrated network of sign centers includes more than 475 locations in the U.S. and Canada, plus locations in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and Australia (under the SIGNWAVE name). FASTSIGNS offers a variety of custom products and services, including custom indoor and outdoor full color banners, vehicle graphics such as car decals and wraps, traffic signs, yard signs, wall and window decals, digital printing, all types of business signs, such as directories, and way-finding signs, trade show displays including custom booth design, magnetic signs and much more. FASTSIGNS is committed to innovation, utilizing state-of-the-art design, communication and production technologies to make sign buying fast and simple—from concept to completion. The company prides themselves on excellent customer service and consistently delivers a high-quality product, on time, and at a competitive price. One of the many passions FASTSIGNS has is giving back to the community. They have been supporters of local charitable organizations such as W.E. Care For Kids, CIBC Run For The Cure, Postmedia Raise-a-Reader, and Sparky’s Toy Drive. For more information about FASTSIGNS, visit them online at

Tech Corner: The ROI of SIP Trunking, What the heck are SIP Trunks? SIP trunking (VoIP phone lines) offers immediate cost savings with payback periods as short as six months making it a great investment.

• Most enterprises have more bandwidth capacity than they utilize for web traffic. This excess can be used to support voice traffic in many cases, allowing the enterprise to adopt SIP trunking without adding Internet bandwidth.

In our experiences with customers, we see SIP trunk installations paying for themselves – meaning, the entire installation of a new IP phone system and telephones paid for in less than a year. One recent installation, which transitioned a provincial retail organization to SIP trunks, resulted in a 40 percent reduction in telephony costs and a very rapid payback.

The productivity benefits with SIP trunking are also significant though less measurable. Once SIP trunking is deployed and the network upgraded to support it, a business has everything it needs in place to start using other SIP applications. These SIP capabilities can be used within the corporate network; they can also be extended outside the LAN, allowing satellite offices, remote workers and even customers to use VoIP and other forms of real-time communications applications to break down barriers of geography to share ideas and increase productivity.

SIP trunks reduce costs in several ways: • With SIP trunking it is no longer necessary to purchase expensive PRIs (Primary Rate Interfaces) allowing the user to buy just the capacity they need. This is a major cost savings since the enterprise no longer pays for unutilized capacity, and can ramp up capacity for seasonal business peaks or staffing increases as necessary.

In short, SIP trunking is one investment that is sure to be in demand in the leanest of economic times.

Ann-Marie Athavale, Vice President of Empire Communications – Windsor & Toronto. Specializing in Voice Technology and bringing creative solutions to the marketplace.

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After Business Go For Health Expo

Distinguished Speaker Luncheon

Thursday, June 13, 2013 LOCATION Pointe West Golf Club 200 Golfwood Dr., Amherstburg TIME 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. TICKETS Individual - $200 +HST until May 13, 2013 Corporate Foursome with Hole - $1000 +HST until May 13, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

featuring the Hon. Teresa Piruzza Friday, May 10, 2013 LOCATION Caboto Club — 2175 Parent Ave. TIME 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Union Gas, Grown Right Here,

LOCATION Revs Rose Bowl 2482 Dougall Ave. TIME 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. TICKETS $10 Members, $20 General Admission

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12th Annual Chamber Ball Friday, June 21, 2013 LOCATION Beach Grove GolF and Country Club 14134 Riverside Dr. E.

77th Annual Golf Tournament

Windsor-Essex Techtoberfest Celebrating the Chair of the Board Ed Miles and honouring Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Bill & Rochelle Tepperman

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 LOCATION Caboto Club 2175 Parent Ave.

TIME 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

TIME 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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