VOLUME 47 I No. 11 - 12 I BUSINESS BRIEFS
2016 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
Janice Kaffer, President & CEO, HÃ´tel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. Featured speaker at the 17th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon on October 28, 2016.
Canadian Chamber AGM
ATHENA Scholarship Fund - Windsor
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Letter from the President & Chair Welcome to another edition of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Briefs! In September, we attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Regina, SK where all three of our policy resolutions received national support: Support the Canadian Steel Industry and its Supply Chain Clusters, Maximize the Economic Benefit of Recreational Marijuana, and Helping Small Business Scale Up. See page four for details. In October, we partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) to release Fertile Ground: Growing the Competitiveness of Ontario’s Agri-food Sector, which presents a series of recommendations designed to address barriers to the competitiveness of the agri-food sector in the province. Agriculture is the number one or number two economic driver in Ontario, depending on how you measure it and we are committed to working with government and agribusinesses to enhance the competitiveness of this sector.
MATT MARCHAND PRESIDENT & CEO
We continued advocating for Small Business with our Small Business Too Big to Ignore campaign. OCC President & CEO Allan O’Dette met again with the WERCC and members in October where we announced our Small Business Too Big to Ignore report. Our After Business Networking evenings, now in their 34th year, returned on September 22 at Fourteen Restaurant & Sky Lounge. Stay tuned for even more networking! We also celebrated academic excellence with the 17th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon featuring Janice Kaffer, President & CEO Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, on October 28. Congratulations to the scholarship recipients! We’ve also hosted some special events for our Gold Circle and Pillar members including a luncheon with David MacNaughton, Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., a Post Election Analysis and Briefing with Rusty Merchant, Partner, McAlvey Merchant and Associates, and a Global Security Briefing for Business Executives from Paul Potter, Partner, MI3.
Coming up for the Chamber is our Policy Series Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, presented by exclusive sponsor Atlas Tube, featuring the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation on November 9. Our Multiple Business Holiday Party takes place December 9 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts—we do all the work, you have all the fun! Be sure to save the date for the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards, presented by Windsor Star, on April 19, 2017 at Caesars Windsor. Visit www.windsoressexchamber.org for all the up-to-date news and events.
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Board of Directors Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Chair** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Ms. Beverly Becker Director Director, Local Marketing & Special Projects Windsor Star Ms. Marie Campagna Director Executive Vice President Operations / CFO Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Mr. John T. Clark Chair Elect** Partner Clarks LLP 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 Dr. Janice Forsyth Past Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President Farrow Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA Director Assurance and Business Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Mr. Benjamin Iannetta Director, Emerging Leaders Representative Business & Technical Services ProSoft XP
Mr. Jason Ilijanic Treasurer** Director, Commercial Services WFCU Credit Union 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 Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Professor, Odette School of Business Executive Director, EPICentre University of Windsor Ms. Andrea Seguin Director Director Regulatory Projects & Lands Union Gas Limited Ms. Lee Anne Doyle Director Non-Voting 1999 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient 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 Secures Support for Key Local Issues at Canadian Chamber AGM The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) secured national support for three key local issues: to focus policy efforts for a Canadian steel industry strategy, to safely regulate and maximize the cannabis industry, and to scale up small business. This took place at the Canadian Chamber’s Annual General Meeting, September 17-19, 2016 in Regina, SK
Helping Small Business Scale Up. Canada’s continued growth and prosperity depends on our capacity to innovate and translate these new ideas into real economic gains. To do so, we need to create an environment that lets our most promising firms thrive. However, key barriers are preventing entrepreneurs from continuing to build their business and achieve highgrowth, or “scale up”, in the country.
Support the Canadian Steel Industry and its Supply Chain Clusters. The Canadian steel industry is a cornerstone of our national economy. The instability of the global market economy and unfair market behavior, in large part by China’s steel dumping, has led to the sharp decline in the ability of our steel industry to compete globally. Steel is an important component of the Ontario and Windsor-Essex economy.
The WERCC and its Chamber partners recommend that the federal government:
“China is not a market economy and it is unfair to expect local Canadian steel producers, entrepreneurs and companies to successfully compete in this environment,” said WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand. The sponsoring Chambers were WERCC, Hamilton, Sault Ste Marie. Maximize the Economic Benefit of Recreational Marijuana. The legalization of recreational marijuana, which has been promised by the current government as part of its 2015 election platform, would create a market worth up to $5 billion.
Create scale up visas/special immigration designations to accelerate the immigration process for international talent recruited by Canadian companies
Work with governments and private sector to identify current gaps in financing
Ensure public programs are aligned to facilitate scaling up
Increase support for businesses seeking to engage in international trade
Designate a percentage of all public procurement budgets to support businesses
Work with provincial/territorial governments, sector associations, and other relevant organizations to collect and publicize data, enabling accurate measurement of the scale up challenge and monitor the success of public policy responses.
In the event that the Government of Canada passes legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use, the WERCC, Abbottsford and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce recommend that the government implement a regulatory framework that will allow competition and consumer choice while also protecting consumers, the public, and youth.
Busting the Myth: Health and Safety doesn't have to be complicated for small businesses “Too complicated” is a common misconception that Harry Stewart, WSPS’ Director, Small Business, hears when discussing health and safety with member firms, especially small businesses. “Costly, intrusive and inefficient” are others. Stewart understands where the misconceptions come from. Small business owners and managers face multiple demands on their time, have fewer internal resources than many larger businesses, and above all can't afford to spend valuable time hunting for information. The reality is that workplace health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple safety solutions exist for businesses of all sizes, often at little or no cost. No matter what industry you’re in, WSPS has tools and templates to help you build your health and safety program and know your legal requirements. Visit www.wsps.ca.
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ATHENA Scholarship Fund - Windsor Each year the ATHENA Scholarship Fund awards three scholarships of $5,000 each to young adults in our community. They must be outstanding scholars who have demonstrated leadership, who are actively involved in our community and who assist women to reach their full potential by role-modeling, mentoring, etc. This year the scholarship recipients were presented to the community at the 17th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon on October 28, 2016 as follows: •
Michelle Krieger – PhD candidate in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Windsor
Janny Lau – BSc in Nursing student at St. Clair College
Myla Picco – Juris Doctor (Law) candidate at the University of Windsor
The guest speaker at the Luncheon was Janice Kaffer, President and CEO of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare who spoke about “The 5 W’s of Career Building”. For more information about the ATHENA Scholarship Program go to www. athenascholarshipwindsor.com.
In Our Community Terry T. Turner Professional Corporation, chartered professional accounts and business advisory, is happy to announce their new location at 4320 Seminole St., Windsor, N8Y 1Z7. For more information, visit www.tttpc.com.
Congratulations to our long-standing and valued volunteer Cara Kennedy on your one year Entrepreneurship Anniversary purchasing and successfully running the landmark Walkerville Tavern in the popular Olde Walkerville district on Wyandotte St. E. To learn more about their delicious menu and local spirits, visit them at www.thewalkervilletavern.com.
Congratulations to Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Members Brave Control Systems, Canadian Executive Search Group Inc., LucasWorks, The Job Shoppe, Suntrition, Radix, Red Sun Farms, and RWDI on being some of Canada’s fastest growing companies according to Canadian Business and PROFIT’s PROFIT 500 2016 report.
Congratulations to our Gold Circle Member: Douglas Marketing Group (DMG). The Summit Creative Awards committed to recognize agency excellence have awarded Douglas Marketing Group (DMG) with three agency awards for its creative work in the food/spirit industry and in agri-marketing. The full-service advertising agency took GOLD top prize for its development of a greenhouse website and Bronze for greenhouse product packaging as well as Silver for Wolfhead Distillery Consumer Image Website www. drinkwolfhead.com. Learn more at www.summitawards.com and www. experiencedmg.com.
Best wishes to long-time WFCU Credit Union Executive Martin J. Komsa, who is retiring from his role as Chief Executive Officer for the credit union effective May 31, 2017. Over the years, Komsa has served on numerous Boards and Committees including as a Past Chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Effective June 1, 2017 current WFCU Credit Union President, Eddie Francis, will assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.
Congratulations to WFCU Credit Union on a successful 32nd AGM on September 13! For more information on WFCU Credit Union visit www.wfcu.ca.
Congratulations to Farrow, who were presented with Toyota’s “Kaizen Excellence” award for providing improved service levels and cost savings to Toyota during their production year. The award was presented during the 2016 Toyota Canada Inc. Vehicle Logistics Partners meetings in Victoria, BC. For further information, please contact Randy Motley, President, Farrow, at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Zing! Healthy Foods™ for capturing top honours with Gold for their website www.ZingHealthyfoods.com and its co-mate Bronze Award for packaging with their exclusive Chef Sampler this year at the Summit Creative Awards.
Libro Credit Union is partnering with WEtech Alliance to establish the Libro StartUP accelerator program that provides financial and mentoring support to startup entrepreneurs of all ages in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. Libro StartUP is made possible through a generous $50,000 grant from the Libro Prosperity Fund. WEtech Alliance and Libro Credit Union are looking to recruit five startup entrepreneurs who will be invited to start the program on January 1, 2017. For more information visit www.wetech-alliance.com.
Congratulations to Scott Dupuis on his appointment as managing partner at Collins Barrow Windsor! Scott has contributed to the unprecedented growth of its tax group and office, both of which have doubled in size since he joined the firm in 2012. Scott provides clients with a full range of tax advisory services and has established a reputation for success at Collins Barrow, where big firm expertise meets personal service. For more information visit www. collinsbarrow.com.
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EVENT PHOTOS After Business @ Fourteen Restaurant and Sky Lounge
Did you know that 73% of respondents in September’s survey hired in the last three months and nearly 60% plan to hire within the next three months?
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Many thanks to our talented team, advisory board, international region, community and the clients we have proudly served over the last 25 years. We are all a part of each other’s success as we continue to create and transform marketing as we know it.
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Liz Farano Vice President
Kay Douglas President
Tech Corner: Social Media for Small Business Opening a small business or launching a campaign? Here are some tips on how you can effectively use social media before the grand reveal to gain and retain followers. 1.
Pick your poison: Social media can be incredibly impactful but you want to make sure you pick the right platforms for your business's target markets. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Tumblr, the list goes on, but you don't need to be connected to all networks. Do some research and pick two or three that you feel are fitting for your specific business.
Once upon a timeâ€Ś: Social media is a fantastic medium to communicate your business's story. When connecting with your followers on social media, be honest about your entrepreneurial journey through photos, videos, and links. People appreciate passion, transparency, and visuals.
3.5. Even the small things matter: When telling your business's story, share your milestones. Even the simplest information like getting your business license or buying an open sign can connect you further to building a relationship with your audience. 4
Consistency is key: If you are going to be on social media, make sure you're committed and consistent. Decide on how often you can realistically post and stick to it. If you feel that you can't keep up, hire a professional or use a program like Buffer or HootSuite to help you manage your accounts. These programs allow you to schedule everything from links, videos, and photos.
Have Fun: Some folks are intimidated by the social media world but I promise it's not scary. Only do what you think is best for your company. Take pictures, make silly videos and most of all have fun. People want to follow you to support you and your business.
Cierra Bray, President and Founder of CGal Media, www.cgalmedia.com.
Check, check, check: Create a brief timeline for your business that shares major events that need to be completed before your grand opening or launch date. Sometimes deadlines get pushed back and things come up. If you have a timeline with no confirmed dates, you are able to get your followers excited, constantly having them checkin on your social media pages. Windsor's Rock Gym recently did a fantastic job at this. They were able to get the community so excited for the launch of their business even though no one knew exactly when they were opening. You have to be creative and remember: transparency is key.
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Good for Business. Good for our Community. In recognition of living wage week, thank you to our Windsor-Essex living wage employers.
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MEET YOUR NEW FELLOW MEMBERS
Active Business Services Energy Assessment, Electricity Products & Services, Natural Gas Products & Services Laurie Veres, Regional Director of Sales 2 - 3391 Walker Rd. Windsor, ON N8W 3R9 Phone: (519) 962-7835 firstname.lastname@example.org www.activebusinessservices.com
Modern Staffing Temporary Staffing and Recruiting – General Labours to Skilled Trades Joanne Santing, Account Manager 1575 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3N4 Phone: (519) 944-3675 Fax:(519) 946-4677 email@example.com www.modernstaffing.ca
WDBA Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Transportation/Infrastructure Michael Cautillo, President & CEO 400 - 100 Ouellette Ave. Windsor, ON N9A 6T3 Phone: (519) 946-3038 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wdbridge.com
MEDA Limited – Consulting & Engineering Services Civil, Mechanical, Industrial, Research Services Civil - Sara Kenno, Ph.D., P.Eng., Engineering Manager Technical – Bob Searles, Technical Services Manager 1575 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3N4 Phone: (519) 944-7221 Fax:(519) 944-6862 email@example.com www.medagroup.com
MEDA Limited – Technical & Professional Staffing Services Engineering, Professional, Managerial, Industrial Jason Zittlau, CMA, Director of Operations 1575 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3N4 Phone: (519) 944-7221 Fax:(519) 944-6862 firstname.lastname@example.org www.medagroup.com
Edible Arrangements Gift Baskets Marisa Bencsik, Owner 3395 Howard Ave., Unit 1A Windsor, ON N9E 3N6 Phone: (519) 966-0300 Fax:(519) 966-0446 email@example.com www.ediblearrangements.ca
AUGUST 2016 / SEPTEMBER 2016 Europa Marble & Granite Inc. Granite & Marble Massimo Coscarella 3280-A Jefferson Blvd. Windsor, ON N8T 2W8 Phone: (519) 967-8579 Fax:(519) 967-8223 firstname.lastname@example.org www.europamarble.com Remo Valente Real Estate (1990) Limited Real Estate Agent/Brokers Ida Sproule, Office Manager 2985 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 1S1 Phone: (519) 966-7777 Fax:(519) 966-6702 email@example.com www.valenterealestate.com Travelodge Hotel Downtown Windsor Hotels & Motels Angela Santin, General Manager 33 Riverside Drive East Windsor, ON N9A 2S4 Phone: (519) 258-7774 Fax:(519) 258-0020 firstname.lastname@example.org www.the.travelodge.com/windsor09681 Windsor International Film Festival Festival Vincent Georgie, Executive Director P.O. Box 591 Station "A" Windsor, ON N9A 6M6 Phone: (519) 563-7444 email@example.com www.windsorfilmfestival.com
MEET OUR NEW PILLAR MEMBERS Active Business Services Energy Assessment, Electricity Products & Services, Natural Gas Products & Services Laurie Veres, Regional Director of Sales 2 - 3391 Walker Rd. Windsor, ON N8W 3R9 Phone: (519) 962-7835 firstname.lastname@example.org www.activebusinessservices.com
Windsor - Essex Children’s Aid Society Associations & Organizations Bill Bevan, Chief Executive Officer 1671 Riverside Drive East Windsor, ON N8Y 5B5 Phone: (519) 252-1171 email@example.com www.wecas.on.ca
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STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Returning Members AUGUST 2016 / SEPTEMBER 2016
A.P. Plasman Inc.
AIDS Committee of Windsor
HWard Communications Inc.
Patty Co. Rentals
Sun Life Financial â€“ Deziel Dr.
AutoMAXX Pre-owned Car Centre
Insight Advantage Inc
Penalty Box Too Inc.
Toldo Corporation Services
BDO Canada Limited
Ion Cernat (Owner/Operator) Trucking
Peter Anthony Design Ltd.
TransForm Shared Service Organizations
Beckar Engineering Ltd.
Job Shoppe Inc.
Phoenix Jewellers Inc.
Tri-Way Manufacturing Technologies, Corp.
Brown & Associates Financial Services
Kent Compressor Inc
Tyler Hard Chrome Inc.
Canadian Auto Stores Ltd.
Koolini Italian Eatery
Popp Russo Leno LLP Chartered Professional Accountants
Centoco Plastic Ltd.
L K Distributing Inc.
Children's Aid Society
Lacasse Printing Company Ltd.
Dale Carnegie Training
LucasWorks (Windsor) Inc.
De Angelis Construction
Marlowe Global Business Solutions
DevMark Consulting Inc.
Metro City Paving Ltd.
Doan Mold Finishing Inc.
Essex County Hydraulics Inc.
Morton Industrial Sales & Service Ltd.
Essex Linen Supply Ltd.
Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County
Fibro Laepple Technology Ltd.
Nantais Chiropractic Inc.
Pupatello & Sons Ltd. General Contractors Riverside Elevators Inc. Rogers Pool & Spa, Billiards & Darts Roma Tile
Walsh Legacy Law Firm WESCO Distribution Canada LP Windsor CARSTAR Collision Windsor Disposal Service Ltd. (WDS)
Royal LePage Binder Real Estate
Windsor Pride Community Education and Resource Centre
Savvy Boutique Inc.
Windsor Regional Hospital
Seguin Financial Group Ltd.
Windsor River Cruises
Sentient Controls and Engineering Inc.
YMCA of Windsor & Essex County
Simpson's Fence Ltd. Spartan Sling Manufacturing, Inc.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 966.3696 ext. 223. We are here to assist you with your membership! Contact Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing, at email@example.com or (519) 966.3696 ext. 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.
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Spotlight On Our Members Pillar Member
ENWIN is the local electricity distribution company and water system operator responsible for the delivery of electricity and water to homes and businesses in our community. We distribute electricity to 83,000 customers in Windsor and operate the Windsor Utilities Commission’s water distribution system, delivering water to 73,000 customers in Windsor, Tecumseh and LaSalle.
Founded in 1970, MEDA Limited is a second generation engineering and professional and technical recruiting firm.
ENWIN employees serve and support the community by ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of these essential services at some of the most competitive rates in Ontario.
Our civil engineers work with municipalities and corporations on wideranging projects while undertaking research work with universities and various entities on the development of innovative construction products and applications.
As the cost of electricity increases across Ontario, ENWIN’s local role takes on even greater significance. We recognize that, while a local distributor cannot control provincial energy costs, we can and must, understand our customers and strive for the best possible level of service within our means. To accomplish this, ENWIN draws on a tradition of technology, innovation and sound management, with a focus on delivering value to all its customers. In 2015, we invested more than $40 million in electricity and water infrastructure and technology, and assisted customers in accessing conservation programs that have injected more than $30 million into Windsor’s economy since 2011. These programs are critical for local businesses, in particular large manufacturers, who must continue to prove to multinational shareholders that they can operate competitively in Ontario, despite rising provincial energy costs.
With over 40 years in the manufacturing and automotive industry, MEDA’s mechanical and industrial engineers will provide turnkey solutions or work as an extension of your team.
MEDA’s professional and technical recruiting team will work closely with your company, taking the time to fully understand your business needs and company culture to ensure the best possible fit. MEDA offers direct placement, contract, and contract to direct solutions. In 2006 MEDA formed Modern Staffing, a stand-alone entity driven to continually raise the level of service for both client and employee within the temporary staffing industry. With offices in Windsor, Mississauga, Michigan, and Texas, MEDA Limited is a local company providing global solutions. Integrity and respect are the foundation of everything we do. For more information visit www.medagroup.com.
It is vital that ENWIN understand the needs of the local business community in all sectors. Our membership in the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce provides one mechanism for connecting with the businesses we serve. For more information visit www.enwin.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 Windsor Essex Tech Show featuring Small Business Solutions Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Caboto Club (2175 Parent Ave.) Policy Series Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Wednesday, November 9, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Caboto Club (2175 Parent Ave.) Featuring the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation 140th Annual General Meeting Featuring Dwight Duncan, Interim Chairperson, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location TBA
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Multiple Business Holiday Party Friday, December 9, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. St. Clair College Centre for the Arts (201 Riverside Dr. W.) Multiple Businesses One Big Party! Let us do all the work and you have all the fun! Save the Date! December After Business Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hiram Walker & Sons Limited (2072 Riverside Dr. E.) 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Caesars Windsor, Augustus Ballrooms (377 Riverside Dr. E.) Save the Date!
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