VOLUME 46 I No. 09 - 10 I BUSINESS BRIEFS
Dr. Janice Forsyth President of Foresight Management Consulting & Chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors for 2015/16 See Page 4 for full story
Photo courtesy of John Liviero, Sooters Photography
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Letter from the President & Chair Welcome to the Fall edition of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Briefs! We’re gearing up for an exciting and eventful season, but have also been busy throughout the summer advocating for business in Windsor-Essex. In July, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Chambers of Commerce across Ontario to advocate solutions to lower energy costs for business. We released a report, in partnership with 40 other local chambers and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, calling on the Government of Ontario to tackle the impact of rising electricity costs on the business community. The report, Empowering Ontario: Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market, is the most widely consulted report in the history of the province-wide network.
MATT MARCHAND PRESIDENT & CEO
This report builds off of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber’s report, Windsor-Essex Regional Energy Paper, released in March 2013. For more on this, please see page eight. Stay tuned for our comments on the sale of Hydro One, which will be available on our website at www.windsoressexchamber.org in the coming days. We held a Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Featuring Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri on June 25 and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders held a successful Lunch & Learn event on July 22. Coming up for the Chamber, our After Business networking events are back with the first Fall one on September 24 at the Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon and another on October 22 at Glos Associates Inc. Also upcoming is our All Candidates Debates on September 30 for the Federal Election as well as lots of other events and luncheons on the horizon. Visit www.windsoressexchamber.org for all the up-to-date news and events.
Dr. Janice Forsyth CHAIR
Don’t forget about our Multiple Business Holiday Party taking place December 11 at Caesars Windsor. The Multiple Business Holiday Party gives small and medium size companies an opportunity to celebrate with their staff and guests in a premier location at a moderate price. Guests will enjoy cocktail hour, delicious served three course dinner, raffle table, photo booth, and entertainment to dance the night away. We do all the work, you have all the fun! We look forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2015-2016 Board of Directors Dr. Janice Forsyth Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star Mr. John T. Clark Treasurer** Chair - Finance & Tax Committee Partner Clarks LLP Mr. Adam Davis Vice Chair** President Next Dimension Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President - Business Development Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) Mr. David Diemer Director Chair - Environment & Energy Committee Associate Dillon Consulting Limited Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President 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 Associate Professor, Odette School of Business, The Centre for Enterprise and Law University of Windsor Ms. Andrea Seguin Director District Manager Union Gas Limited Mr. Owen Sibbard Director Chair - Membership Committee International Regulatory Affairs Associate 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 News
Meet Our New WERCC Chair – Dr. Janice Forsyth Dr. Janice Forsyth is a facilitator, consultant, coach, entrepreneur and founder of Foresight Management Consulting. Janice obtained her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. She earned her PhD in Instructional Technology from the College of Education at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan focusing on the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management and evaluation of processes and resources for learning. Her unique background, which includes instructional design, resource development, evaluation, strategic planning and leadership development, makes her ideally suited to work with leaders and organizations who need to motivate and mobilize their people to succeed in a constantly changing environment.
Comments from the Chair: The Chamber has a unique role in our community. Our Chamber exists to make the community a better place to live and work. The Chamber of Commerce provides an avenue for all members of our community to create a positive business environment. When a business joins the Chamber of Commerce it joins a strong network of community leaders. Members can add their voice to the Chamber's efforts to address issues with government that affect business and the community as a whole. To support our Vision of being “the recognized champion of business in Windsor-Essex”, we will focus on three key areas in the coming year – membership, partnerships and engagement:
Membership: Building on our success with the Gold Circle program, we are converting to a tiered membership structure to create a new foundation for membership sales, service and retention. This new membership structure will provide greater value to members while utilizing existing organizational assets and overhead wherever possible.
Partnerships: Partnerships will continue to play a central role by encouraging organizations to interact, engage and forge alliances with the Chamber of Commerce community, aligning them to our mission to contribute directly to our member’s success and in turn the economic success of the region.
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Engagement: Effective relationships demand conversation, participation and commitment. We will engage new businesses, have conversations with our committees, and continue to seek input from the Board of Directors. Offering opportunities to be involved with the Chamber and requesting feedback regarding relevant issues is necessary as we move forward with a new membership structure and create new partnerships. Together we can leverage the Chamber’s unique role and value. Your Chamber has the independence, perspective and strength to do the right thing. We have a vital role to play at this time of both opportunity and challenge in our community. I look forward to serving as your Chair over the next year.
Janice Forsyth, Ph.D WERCC Chair, Board of Directors
In Our Community Voting has now begun in the 18th annual Biz X Magazine Awards. Nominate your favourite businesses and people in Windsor Essex until September 25. Please make sure your nominee is over 19 and lives in Windsor/Essex. A complete list of all categories, official rules and more information can be found at www. BizXmagazine.com. Winners will be announced in the Nov/Dec 2015 edition of Biz X Magazine and a gala emceed by Arms Bumanlag of AM800/CTV to honour all winners takes place November 20 at St, Clair College Centre for the Arts. In July, a room in the laboratory services area of Windsor Regional Hospital’s Met Campus was dedicated in honour of Caesars Windsor and their significant contributions to the recently completed It’s In Your Jeans campaign. For more information, contact Jhoan Baluyot, Manager of PR & Communications, at email@example.com. The Canadian Cancer Society would like to thank everyone that supported their local Relay for Life event that took place at the beautiful Windsor Riverfront Festival Plaza. Over 500 people came out on June 6 to enjoy a six hour fun-walk and party that raised over $112,000 for cancer research. With the support of this community, every dollar raised at Relay For Life helps the Canadian Cancer Society have more impact against more cancers in more communities than any other cancer charity in Canada. More people are surviving than ever before because of this continued support of people across Canada including Windsor-Essex County. The Canadian Cancer Society invites the entire community to join them next year for the 2016 edition of Relay for Life. For more information visit www.relayforlifeontario.ca. Devonshire Mall, in partnership with the Essex Region Conservation Authority and the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, is furthering their commitment to the environment with the addition of a second native garden. For further information contact Karen Niforos, Marketing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Essex Region Conservation Authority, like all of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities, is pleased to participate in the discussion and review of the Conservation Authorities Act as announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The Minster of Natural Resources and Forestry has posted a discussion paper for a 91 day comment period. The Ministry states that the objective for this review is to ‘improve the legislative, regulatory and policy framework that currently governs the creation, operation and activities of conservation authorities that may be required in the face of a changing environment’. For more information about Conservation Authorities and their programs: www.conservationontario.ca.
Farrow’s international freight forwarding services, previously under the name of Farrow International, is now known as Farrow Global Logistics. This change comes after rigorous research into the international trade industry showed that Farrow needed to accurately portray their services in a method that shows their reach, while putting a focus on a very particular skillset. For further information, please contact Randy Motley, President, at email@example.com. Lazares has gone through a complete rebrand, while still being a leader in outerwear and high fashion luxury. The store has gone through a full renovation to properly display everything they have to offer. You’ll find Italian cloth outerwear, displays of shoes and upscale accessories, a beautiful handbag boutique, UGG Australia footwear line, and fashion and luxury furs, leathers and cloth coats and jackets. Just celebrating the 90th anniversary, you can expect nothing short of the best next time you visit Lazares & CO. In its sixth season, The Rum Runners Tour was recently awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor. The live action bus tour uses costumed performers to tell the story of prohibition and bootlegging in Windsor, during the Roaring 20s. Owner Mark Baker says that interest from the local community continues to grow and tour bus business has expanded as far as the Ottawa region, Pennsylvania and Virginia. For more information visit www.rumrunnerstour.com. Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre opened their facility on December 26, 2014. It is a 7,800 square foot building featuring 12 golf and multi-sport simulators, including two private party rooms and a fully licensed restaurant and bar, Shots & Slices. Take advantage of full-featured golf simulation software and a suite of multi-sports games including hockey, soccer, football, baseball, and Zombie Dodgeball. Opening the new building gives them the ability to stay open year round and provide customers with fun new activities even in the dead of winter. For more information visit www.silverteegolf.com. Every year, Sutherland employees collect toys for Sparky's Toy Drive. They also donate to the Downtown Mission from their jeans days. Sutherland donated $1,191 to Autism Ontario from their jeans days in March, proudly presented a cheque for over $2,800 to Big Brothers Big Sisters from jeans days in April and in June donated $1,280 raised from the profits of one of their barbecues to The United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County.
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EVENT PHOTOS Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Featuring Bank Of Canada Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri
Photos by John Liviero, Sooters Photography
26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Call for Nominations
impacted the community, and demonstrated best business practices. In addition their business mission/objective/goals of the organization reflect a community need which has a clearly defined strategic plan.
Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. This evening will bring together Windsor and area business leaders and media for a celebration of excellence in business. Nominations for the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards are now open until Friday, October 2, 2015.
Other Award Categories include: Small Company of the Year, Mid-Size Company of the Year, Large Company of the Year, International Business Award, New Business of the Year, Innovation Award, Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, and Tourism & Hospitality Award. Also included in the awards ceremony are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Award.
Twelve awards will be presented and award winners will be announced on April 27, 2016 at the Business Excellence Awards. This year a new award category will be presented, Pillars of our Community. This award recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization, philanthropic organization, or person that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Greater Windsor-Essex Area. This nominee positively
An independent judging panel comprised of local businesspersons will complete judging of the finalists in each award category. The BEA Committee is looking for judges and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge or wish to find out more about the event, contact Marianne Burke, Director of Events, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WORKPLACE SAFETY & PREVENTION SERVICES
5 steps to prevent safety-related downtime from eating into your profits Despite best efforts small businesses do see injuries at their workplace. Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to bring you tips on how to protect the value of your business. Industry estimates suggest that 5% of production capacity is lost each year to unplanned downtime. "This figure is conservative," says WSPS consultant Gord Leffley. While safety-related stoppages are just one type of unplanned event, even minor incidents can slow down or halt production. "Take the example of a first aid case, traditionally considered a 'no cost' injury," says Leffley. "When a person sustains an injury, how long does the person spend talking to other workers before seeking first aid treatment? How much time is spent finding the supervisor to report the injury, contacting a first aider, completing first aid and associated administration, cleaning up, and returning the first aider to their duties? How long is the injured person away from work getting, receiving and returning from first aid?" Take all these considerations into account, says Leffley, and the productivity loss related to a single first aid occurrence could quickly amount to a half day. More serious injuries could cause slowdowns or shutdowns lasting days or weeks. Leffley knows this from personal experience. Early in his work life, he was re-assigned to a filling machine that had just amputated a worker's thumb. "I had to clean the blood off before starting the machine up, so my focus was not exactly on productivity and quality." The incident's impact on productivity was immediate. One worker was down, and another had been pulled from his regular assignment to operate the machine. "We also dumped 200 cases of product looking for the thumb."
Health and safety can protect the value of your business WSPS consultant Martin Berthelot recounts two safety-related value scenarios he's encountered. The first involves a business owner he worked with before joining WSPS. The owner was refusing to pay Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) fines or paying the bare minimum. "When he eventually put his business up for sale, the buyer learned of these WSIB obligations. As a result, the seller had to reduce his price by $1 million." Lesson learned: "If you don't do the right thing now, you’ll have to do it later, and often at greater cost." The second scenario: suppliers who miss out on contracts because of poor health and safety performance. "Purchasers are increasingly asking for information on their suppliers' health and safety programs and performance," says Berthelot. "If you don't have an effective program in place, you're at a significant competitive disadvantage. And the smaller your business, the more severe the consequences could be."
5 steps to protect your workers & your business Martin Berthelot and Gord Leffley offer these five suggestions. 1. Know what potential hazards could be present in your workplace. Conduct an assessment and prioritize the results. 2. Formulate a business case. Include
• an action plan based on the hierarchy of hazard control: elimination, substitution, engineering, administration, and personal protective equipment. Involve workers and supervisors.
• the cost of doing nothing. An average lost-time injury claim in 2010 cost over $19,000. Associated costs could total up to 10 times that amount.
• maintenance/repair of damaged equipment or machinery
Apply firm timelines. "I've had conversations with employers who say, 'I'll deal with it when something happens,'" says Berthelot. "But that's already too late, for the affected workers and for the business."
• faster depreciation of the damaged equipment or machinery
4. Inform everyone of specific hazards and precautions to take.
• removal/disposal of the damaged or redundant equipment/machinery
5. Integrate loss management elements, processes, and disciplines throughout your operation via training, coaching, and proven techniques and tools.
Leffley's example involves productivity and product losses. If an incident includes equipment loss, costs could skyrocket. Here's a sampling of related losses:
• equipment/machinery rental • purchase and installation of new equipment or machinery, and other workplace modifications.
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CHAMBER NEWS Windsor-Essex Regional and Ontario Chambers of Commerce Continue to Advocate Solutions to Lower Energy Costs for Business A new report from the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) in partnership with 40 other local chambers and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), calls on the Government of Ontario to tackle the impact of rising electricity costs on the business community. The report, Empowering Ontario: Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market, is the most widely consulted report in the history of the province-wide network. The OCC/WERCC report makes five recommendations that government and energy agencies must take to curb rising costs and keep businesses in the province. These recommendations are the product of a year-long research and consultative process with over 100 businesses, energy experts, and government agencies. The OCC/WERCC report follows the WERCC report, Windsor-Essex Regional Energy Paper, released in March 2013. One of the key recommendations of the WERCC report was more transparency. Rising electricity costs were also addressed at the WERCC’s First-Ever Policy & Solutions Forum, held May 2014, which featured experts from Eastern Canada speaking and providing ideas. The OCC/WERCC report is accompanied by public opinion research from Leger, which cautions that soaring electricity prices have reached a crisis point for Ontario businesses and consumers. The research finds that 81 percent of Ontarians are concerned that rising electricity prices will impact the health of the Ontario economy and the same percentage fear that rising electricity prices will impact their disposable income. Recent WERCC surveys show that this is a number one issue.
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Call for Transparency on Implications of Hydro One Sale The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of 33 Ontario Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, has called on the Government of Ontario to provide transparent evidence and analysis that electricity prices will not increase as a result of the government's decision to sell off 60 percent of Hydro One. “Rising electricity prices is a top concern for not just Windsor-Essex business but business across Ontario. It’s putting us at a competitive disadvantage,” said Matt Marchand, President & CEO of the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It is important to recognize that electricity represents a significant cost to employers and job creators. As the government moves forward with the sale of Hydro One, it is essential that it works to ensure that business operation in Ontario remains affordable by containing electricity costs.” In a recent report by the OCC, Empowering Ontario, Ontario’s chambers of commerce called for increased transparency around electricity and system cost drivers from the provincial government. The partial sale of Hydro One should be subject to a similar level of scrutiny.
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“Not too long ago we were one of the lowest cost jurisdictions for electricity. Now we’re one of the highest with more price hikes on the way. This is the number one priority of our business community,” said Matt Marchand, WERCC President & CEO. “We must act soon to mitigate these increases, as our already strained competitive position will be further disadvantaged,” he continued. “The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the overall rising cost of business across Ontario, including energy and power, ORPP and Cap and Trade,” added Marchand. The OCC/WERCC report also recommends that government improve the transparency of electricity pricing and system cost drivers. By publishing average electricity rates and disclosing the costs of important investments, government will be held accountable for future decisionmaking. The lack of transparency in the system has led to reduced customer engagement and confidence in the electricity market. Currently, less than half of Ontarians understand the drivers that contribute to rising electricity bills. “The Ontario Chamber Network of 60,000 businesses consistently hears that the price of electricity is undermining their members’ capacity to grow, hire new workers, and attract investment,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the OCC. “The Government of Ontario has before them a number of decisions that must be made in order to bend the trajectory of soaring electricity costs. A first step will be to increase the transparency of decision- making in the system so that there is clear accountability and confidence in the electricity market.” For more information visit www.windsoressexchamber.org.
In the short time since the release of the 2013 Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), industrial electricity rates have increased by 16 percent, and will increase a further 13 percent over the next five years. According to a survey conducted by the OCC, one in twenty businesses will either shut their doors or move to another jurisdiction in the coming years due to these rising rates. The Government of Ontario needs to make certain that the cumulative burden on business operation in Ontario does not increase due to the partial sale of Hydro One. “The Ontario Chamber Network is concerned that the sale of Hydro One could adversely affect the cost of doing business in the province by adding to the rising price of electricity,” said Marchand. “As such, we are seeking detailed clarification from the government on how the sale will impact electricity prices.” For more information, visit www.windsoressexchamber.org.
MEET YOUR NEW FELLOW MEMBERS
June 2015 / July 2015
American Express Global Corporate Payments Merchant Services Steve Haggart Manager, Business Development, SWO Phone: (226) 973-7545 email@example.com www.amexcorporatepayments.ca
Dennis DesRosiers Personal Memberships Dennis DesRosiers 14 Stave Cres. Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9K4 Phone: (905) 881-0400 Fax:(905) 770-1367 firstname.lastname@example.org
Network Technical Services Inc. Communication Systems Dave Hyde President 37637 5 Mile Rd., Unit 387 Livonia, MI 48154 email@example.com www.networktsi.com
Sentient Controls and Engineering Inc. Engineering Alex Campagnoni President 1110 Regency Cresent Belle River, ON N0R 1A0 Phone: (519) 300-0936 firstname.lastname@example.org
BDO Canada Limited Financial & Debt Management Solutions, Financial Restructuring Sheila Johnson Marketing Specialist, Consumer Insolvency 3630 Rhodes Dr., Building 200 Windsor, ON N8W 5A4 Phone: (519) 944-6900 Fax:(519) 944-6786 email@example.com www.windsordebthelp.ca
Hub Creative Group Marketing John Lyons Brand Strategist 252 Pelissier St. Windsor, ON N9A 4K2 Phone: (519) 992-1022 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hubcreativegroup.com
One Source Moving Solutions for Seniors Services for the Elderly Danielle Carriere Owner 425 Leffler Dr. Tecumseh, ON N8N 4Y2 Phone: (519) 984-2111 email@example.com www.onesourceforseniors.ca
The Shopping Service Shopping Service Glenda Dell Owner 483 Orchard Park Dr. Tecumseh, ON N8N4Y1 Phone: (519) 903-0315 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theshoppingservice.ca
Blak's Bakery Ltd. Bakeries Anthony Blak Owner 1022 Langlois Ave. Windsor, ON N9A 2H5 Phone: (519) 253-4344 Fax:(519) 254-6346 email@example.com De Angelis Construction Construction Services, Contractors - General David Mady Dir. of Operations & Business Development 5138 County Rd. 46 RR#3 Maidstone, ON N0R 1K0 Phone: (519) 737-1888 Fax:(519) 737-6544 firstname.lastname@example.org www.deangelis.ca
Mori Essex Nurseries Agriculture Robert Haynes General Manager 459 Talbot St. W. Leamington, ON N8H 4H5 Phone: (905) 228-6917 Fax:(905) 562-8346 email@example.com www.moriessex.com
Pro Fitness Studio Fitness Centres & Health Clubs Mark Ridout Owner / Head Trainer 2520 Ouellette Ave. Windsor, ON N8X 1L7 Phone: (519) 258-2822 firstname.lastname@example.org www.profitnesswindsor.com
Network Technical Services Inc. Communication Systems Dave Hyde President 5465 Outer Dr. Tecumseh, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 737-1001 Fax:(519) 737-0990 email@example.com www.networktsi.com
Red Sun Farms Greenhouses Jim DiMenna President & CEO 2400 Graham Side Rd. Kingsville, ON N8Y 2E5 Phone: (519) 733-8663 firstname.lastname@example.org www.redsunfarms.com
Vito Masonry Ltd. Masonry & Bricklaying Contractors Dan Pipitone Manager 501 Estate Park St. Clair Beach, ON N8N 2C1 Phone: (519) 735-2871 Fax:(519) 735-2871 email@example.com Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network (WECAN) Non-Profit Karen Behune Plunkett Marketing / Branding 720 Ouellette Ave. Windsor, ON N9A 1C2 Phone: (519) 567-4117 firstname.lastname@example.org www.weangelnetwork.com
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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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STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP
June 2015 / July 2015
Returning Members â€“ June & July 2015 Advance Business Systems (Windsor) Inc.
E-Star Windows Select Ltd.
Family Home Improvements
Carico of Canada Credit Inc.
Dr. Marco Carroccia
Flex-N-Gate Canada Co.
Fogolar Furlan Windsor
Amica at Windsor
City Centre Janitorial Services
Fuerland Realty Ltd.
Amy's Helping Hands
Clarke Surveyors Incorporated
Anderdon Machine Tool And Manufacturing Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor
Aerotek Ag-Tronic Control Systems Inc. All-Risks Insurance Brokers Limited
Antoine Greige Salon Inc.
Hawkins & Co. Accounting Healthy Creations Inc.
Applebee's - Huron Church Rd.
Cogeco / Rogers Cable Television Advertising
Applebee's - Division Rd.
Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC
Archon Architects Incorporated
Bio Ped Windsor
David Deluzio Law Firm
IndCom Leasing Inc.
Biz X Magazine
Design Systems Canada Ltd.
Boblo Island Beach House
Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC
Boblo Island Developers
Bogar Truck Parts & Service Inc.
Hold Please Communications
The Lighting Boutique & Appliance Shoppe
Technophar Equipment & Service (2007) Ltd.
The Lumberjack Restaurant
Thanasi's Olympus Greek Restaurant
Munro Strategic Perspective N J Peralta Engineering Ltd. National Car and Truck Rental North American Centre of Advanced Health Care Inc. Nova Tool & Mold Inc. Palazzi Bros. Carpet & Tile Ltd. Plaza Ontario Marble & Tile Pointe West Golf Club
Timberland Homes triOS College Terry T. Turner Professional Corporation Veltri Stamping Corporation Ventra Plastics Windsor Verico Equity Plus Mortgages Inc Vito's Pizzeria
Waterfront Hotel - Downtown Windsor
Roland's Neon Signs
Windsor Cardiac Centre
Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins
Schukra of North America, A Division of Leggett and Platt Canada Co.
Windsor Chapel Funeral Homes Limited
The Job Shoppe Inc.
Dickinson Wright LLC
Jose's Bar and Grill - Howard Ave.
Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre
Bridgewell Associates Inc.
Jerzy S. Dmowski
Jose's Bar and Grill - Leamington
Springboard Management Inc
Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation
The Cabinet Studio (Canada) Inc.
ENWIN Utilities Ltd.
Kent Compressor Inc
Sun Life Financial
Canadian Cancer Society Essex County Unit
Essex Golf & Country Club
Leadwave Technologies Inc.
Synergy Insulation Systems Limited
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
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Windsor Club Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation
Spotlight On Our Members Renewing Member
The Prestressed Group
ONESource Moving Solutions for Seniors
The Prestressed Group has facilities in Windsor, Ontario and River Rouge, Michigan. Using the combined capacity of its production facilities, The Prestressed Group can meet all of your precast concrete needs, from hollowcore plank and structural products (voided slabs, box beams, girders, double tees, beams, columns, walls, noise walls, etc.) to high-end architectural products. In 1975, Rigo Collavino co-founded Prestressed Systems Inc. in Windsor, Ontario. The company’s initial focus was on the manufacture and installation of hollowcore floor and roof slabs for the Ontario and Michigan construction markets. In 1984 The Prestressed Group adopted Hollowcore Inc. in Michigan to venture into the American markets. Today his son, Loris serves as the CEO of a strong and dedicated team, which has been instrumental in the growth of the company into a full-service precast manufacturing organization. The Prestressed Group is a proven national leader in the manufacture and installation of prestressed/precast concrete solutions, with a workforce of over two hundred employees and projects ranging from Ontario to Kentucky, and Indiana to New York. Employees of The Prestressed Group donate to various charities throughout the year, including the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Downtown Mission, and others. Along with sponsoring lessfortunate families during the holiday season, The Prestressed Group finds innovative ways to raise funds for different charities adopted monthly. The company also supports breakfast and snack programs for children. For more information, visit www.theprecaster.com.
ONESource Moving Solutions for Seniors are professional move managers who plan, coordinate and organize every detail of the moving process. Seniors who need to leave their homes to move into a retirement residence or smaller space often find the experience stressful and overwhelming to deal with. ONESource takes the stress out of changing your address! They screen and qualify third party resources that may be needed, such as antique dealers, movers, real estate, and waste removal. ONESource has the experience and resources that save you money, time and reduce stress. Danielle Carriere, Senior Move Manager, ONESource Moving Solutions for Seniors, is a Certified Relocation Transition Specialist®, bonded and insured, and has met thorough training, ethics and insurance requirements. She has the skills, connections, energy, time and resourcefulness that seniors and their families may not possess. As a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, Carriere has the connections to relocate anyone in Canada and the U.S. Carriere takes care of everything, liaising between the client and all the other places that they would otherwise have to contact individually to prepare for the move. The focus is on the client, whom Carriere works on behalf of—always putting the client’s needs first. ONESource works with their clients to sort through mementoes; select and package practical items and treasures; and works with the Power of Attorney and Executors to sell, donate or disperse items to loved ones. ONESource offers a free one-hour, no obligation visit. They will come to your home, discuss your needs, answer any questions you may have and provide you with a cost estimate. For more information, visit www.onesourceforseniors.ca
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