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30th ANNIVERSARY BEA Recap

WEStaySafe Program

GOLD CIRCLE & PILLAR Spotlights

Q1 & Q2 Chamber Highlights


WINDSOR-ESSEX REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – The recognized champion of a thriving business community built on innova on and partnerships.

CONTENTS July | August 2021 Volume 61 STAFF Rakesh Naidu President & CEO Ext. 222 |rnaidu@windsoressexchamber.org

Keith Chinnery Director of Membership Services Ext. 223 | kchinnery@windsoressexchamber.org

Wendy Fulton

Message From President & Chair..................................... 3 Cover Story: BEA Recap ............................................... 4-5 BEA Sponsors .................................................................. 6 New Board Members ....................................................... 7 Q1 & Q2 Chamber Highlights ........................................... 8 Congratulations - Maureen Lucas .................................... 9 Gold Circle Member Profiles .......................................... 10

Digital Events Platform Developer Ext. 221 | events@windsoressexchamber.org

Pillar Member Profiles ................................................... 11

Caitlin Hildenbrand

New Chamber Members ........................................... 13-15

Membership Coordinator Ext. 230 |childenbrand@windsoressexchamber.org

Advertising ......................................... 12-16-17-18-19-20

Sarah Hurst Creative Content Library Developer Ext. 231 | social@windsoressexchamber.org

John Newland Sales & Projects Manager Ext. 229 | jnewland@windsoressexchamber.org

Clarence Paller Research & Advocacy Administrator Ext. 225 | CEOoffice@windsoressexchamber.org

Ailene Tungcul Membership & Database Administrator Ext. 228 | members@windsoressexchamber.org

Kathleen Westlake

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Accounting, Events & Finance Administrator Ext. 227 | kwestlake@windsoressexchamber.org

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WINDSOR-ESSEX REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2565 Ouellette Ave. Suite 101 Windsor, ON N8X 1L9 519-966-3696

519-966-0603

info@windsoressexchamber.org www.windsoressexchamber.org

“The mission of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is to be the key connector and advocate for the long-term business success of our Members.”


Message from the President & CEO and Chair

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Greetings Chamber Members and Friends, The first half of 2021 has not been without its challenges, but I would like to congratulate all of you on your perseverance and strength during these trying times. Our region has seen COVID-19 case numbers lowered, vaccine rates increase, and overall movement toward a successful reopening of our economy. The Chamber con nues to advocate for the Windsor-Essex business community on issues that affect our region directly. We con nue to urge the Ontario Rakesh Naidu Mila Lucio Government to take safe and rapid steps to expedite its reopening plan as we are President & CEO Chair concerned for many of our local businesses that are s ll unable to open. We are also advoca ng for the federal government to ease current border restric ons and consider fully vaccinated Americans as safe to cross the border. This would provide an increase in business to the local tourism and hospitality industry – many of whom are s ll closed and have taken a huge hit during the pandemic. We would like to extend a warm welcome to the 70+ Members who joined, and the hundreds of Members who renewed their membership with the Chamber so far in 2021. Your ongoing support allows the Chamber to con nue advoca ng for local business and con nue to make unique and significant contribu ons to our region. Please check out the list of new Members later in this magazine and support your fellow Chamber Members whenever possible. One of the exci ng ways we are able to showcase local businesses is with our Business Excellence Awards. This year, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary of the event with a virtual awards show. Congratula ons to all of the winners that were th announced on May 20 and thank you to our commi ee of volunteers who helped to make the event a success! We are looking forward to our upcoming 85th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament this coming September, as we had to postpone our original date due to rain. We are proud to host the region's longest running corporate golf tournament, and we were encouraged by the number of our Members who registered to join the event. We SOLD OUT of our foursomes for this tournament – a good indica on that many of you are ready to return to in-person events in a safe manner. Registra on is already available online for the 86th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament at Essex Golf & Country Club scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2022 . We look forward to re-introducing other in-person events and networking opportuni es when it is safe to do so. In June, our Chamber year came to a close and we said goodbye to three out-going Board Members. We would like to formally recognize the work of Marie Campagna, Maureen Lucas and Sco Jenkins and thank them for their support of the Chamber over the past years. At this me, we also welcome Angelo DeMarco, Steven Jelich, Debra McVeety, Ashok Sood, and Emerging Leaders Rep, Chris Da Silva to our Board. It will be our pleasure to work with you as the Board of Directors con nues to champion for the long-term success of businesses in Windsor and Essex County. We thank each of you for your ongoing support and trust in the Chamber. As our region con nues to recover, the Chamber remains focused on suppor ng local business and being the 'Voice of Business' in Windsor and Essex County. As always, we welcome your feedback and look to you for input to shape our future efforts. Please con nue to reach out to the Chamber Team with ques ons, concerns or insight so we can be er assist our region's economic recovery. Rakesh Naidu & Mila Lucio BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021-2022 Chair Ms. Mila Lucio Green Shield Canada Past Chair Mr. Jason Ilijanic WFCU Credit Union

Vice Chair Ms. Beverly Becker Windsor Star

Directors Angelo DeMarco Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.

Directors Debra McVeety Tecumseh Mall

Treasurer Ms. Heather Pratt University of Windsor

Allison Hawkins Hawkins & Co.

Gordon Orr Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island

Secretary Ms. Nancy Jammu-Taylor McTague Law Firm LLP

Steven Jelich Enbridge

Ashok Sood Champion Products Corp.

ATHENA Committee Lee Anne Doyle Emerging Leaders Christopher Da Silva Director Emeritus Dr. Alfie Morgan

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Yours in Business,

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Cover Story

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TOP 10 Takeaways from the 2020-2021 Business Excellence Awards th

There were many things to like about the 30 anniversary of the Chamber's Business Excellence Awards, presented by Windsor Star: the Stay At Home Ticket Packages, the goodies in the Johnson Insurance gift bags, the accomplishments of all 12 winners, live trophy presentations, and perhaps the most-commented on element, the 'Early Evening Show' theme with Master of Ceremony Gordon Orr. Highlights included Gordon's interaction with AM800's Mike Kakuk, the conversation with Windsor Star's Amanda Reid, enjoying Plant Joy donuts and, of course, his homage to David Letterman's Top 10 List. th

Word is some people are still laughing, and groaning, at Gordon's jokes during the May 20 virtual broadcast. Thank You Gordon! You did a fantastic job hosting the BEAs for the fourth time.

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In keeping with the 'Early Evening Show' theme, here are the Top 10 Takeaways from the 2020-2021 Business Excellence Awards:

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Patience Really Is A Virtue: The Business Excellence Awards finally happened, 364 days later than originally planned, as an in-person event at the Chrysler Theatre and St. Clair College Centre For The Arts (who demonstrated again what great partners they are).

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And Diversity Is Divine: Windsor-Essex will always be The Automotive Capital of Canada (on the way to becoming the Automobility Capital) but the list of BEA Nominees and Finalists exemplifies the diversity of our region. The Winners list included a winery, bake shop, artist, hospital CEO and a logistics company

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Like Mother, Like Son: Dane Fader, owner and co-founder of GreenerFarms, and winner of the inaugural Green Innovation Award, is the first second-generation winner. His Mom, Julie, won the Small Company of the Year Award in 2019 for Head of the Class. Dane graduated from the University of Windsor, who co-sponsored the Green Innovation Award along with the UofW Alumni Association

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Get The Brooms Out: Local manufacturing companies swept the Small Company of the Year, Mid-Size Company and Large Company Award categories, with hardware presented to Colasanti Controls, Brave Control Solutions and Cavalier Tool.

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Casual Is Cool: The virtual format meant a much more relaxed dress code, a good fit for an event on a warm May evening, but did we really need to see emcee Gordon Orr in his pj's?

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Handshakes, Hugs And Air Kisses: Humans are social creatures, we need to interact with others and while the virtual format was a success and the best alternative due to restrictions on gatherings, nothing tops being in the same room together.

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Volunteers Are Vital: Kudos to the members of the BEA Committee and to the Judging panel for their hard work and commitment, at a time when their day-jobs, families and other responsibilities were keeping them on the go. Work started on the event in June 2019.

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Great Grub + Wet Goods: Over $38,000 was spent amongst 19 local restaurants through the purchase of dining cards for the Stay At Home Ticket Packages. Thanks to EPIC Wineries for showcasing their products in the Johnson Insurance gift bags. continued on page 5


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Virtually Endless Possibilities: The virtual format, increase in social content and other changes to this year's BEAs opened the door to more exciting opportunities and uses of technology. Props to Cogeco for the first-ever live airing of the Awards on YourTV and on YouTube, and to Media Street Productions for another amazing job of video story-telling, sponsor recognition and a seamless stage show.

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Thirty Becomes Thirty-One: The BEAs really are the Premier Business Event of the Year, and they'll be celebrated for the 31st time Thursday May 19, 2022 at the Chrysler Theatre and St. Clair College Centre For The Arts. Start thinking of companies, organizations and individuals to nominate in 12 Award categories. Nominations open in September and Finalists will be announced in January. Details at: www.windsoressexchamber.org

Congratulations! 2020-2021 Business Excellence Awards

Dr. Maxwell Abraham, Abraham Orthodontics Young Professional of the Year Award

Marlene Corey ATHENA Leadership Award

Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County Branch Pillars of our Community Award

Farrow Believe Windsor-Essex Award

Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Large Company of the Year Award

Greener Farms Green Innovation Award

North 42 Degrees Estate Winery Tourism /Hospitality Award

Colasanti Controls Small Company of the Year Award

Janice Kaffer, President/CEO Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Professional of the Year Award

PlantJoy New Company of the Year Award

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Brave Control Solutions Mid-Size Company of the Year Award

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BEA Sponsors

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Meet Our New Board Members

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Angelo DeMarco, CHRL, CHRP is an accomplished Human Resources Professional with over 20 years of progressive management experience in the Spirits and Automotive manufacturing sectors. As the Sr Director, Human Resources - North America for Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Angelo is responsible for strategic development, talent development, change management, employee engagement and diversity and inclusion strategies across six North America locations. As a Labour Relations expert, Angelo has successfully negotiated eight Collective Bargaining Contracts and several successful Great Place to Work Awards campaigns. During his career, Angelo has been recognized with numerous awards, most notably the President's Award for Leadership . Angelo holds an Honours Bachelor of Public Administration degree and a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Windsor. He also holds a HR Management Certificate from St. Clair College and has obtained a Certified Human Resource Leadership (CHRL) and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations through his membership with the HR Professional Association.

Steven Jelich is the Director, Southwest Region Operations for Enbridge Gas. In this role, he is responsible for over 200 employees and the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to over 450,000 customers in an area stretching from Windsor to Woodstock and Goderich to Lake Erie. Previously, Steven was District Manager for Northeastern Ontario for Union Gas and held previous roles at Union Gas in the areas of Gas Supply, Supply Chain Management and Customer Care. Steven has an BComm (Hons) from the University of Windsor, an MBA from Wayne State University and has completed the Queen's Executive Program at Queen's University. He resides within Southwestern Ontario with his wife Jelena and daughter Danijela. Steven's passions outside of work include spending time with family along with travelling, biking and gardening. Debra McVeety started her career in the shopping centre industry with Cambridge Shopping Centres Ltd. at Devonshire Mall in 1998. Her passion for new business development and working alongside entrepreneurs lead to a number of rewarding experiences throughout Canada and the US. After a re-positioning project with the Toronto International Design Centre in 2017/18 Debra returned to Windsor as General Manager and Director of Leasing with Europro for Tecumseh Mall and the Windsor Properties. Previously she had been appointed National Director of Specialty Leasing and Partnerships for 20 VIC Management, working with shopping centres across the country. Prior to this, Debra held the position of Regional Director, Specialty Leasing and Partnerships working with local and nationally branded retailers with Ivanhoe Cambridge. She has served on the faculty of The John T. Riordan School of Professional Development with the ICSC for ten years. Most recently Debra has completed the Real Estate program with OREA and will continue to focus on commercial leasing. Having lived in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa she is a born Windsorite and proudly calls Windsor/Essex County home. Along with her crew at Tecumseh Mall, Debra maintains positive community relationships with local business and non-profit organizations.

Ashok Sood has been the President of Champion Products Corp., for the last 30 years. Over the last 3 decades, he has grown the company from 2 employees to over 100 full-time employees and it started here in Windsor. Being a Chamber Member for many years, Ashok understands the importance of the Chamber's vision and to do what it takes to achieve that vision. There is so much community work that needs to be done to support our fellow Windsor-Essex businesses.

Six years ago, Christopher DaSilva moved from Ottawa to Windsor to continue his career in IT as a Business Development Manager for Next Dimension, an IT solutions company located in Windsor-Essex. Throughout his career, he has worked for various regional and multinational technology companies bringing a passion and commitment to building relationships throughout the business community while helping businesses grow by leveraging technology. Chris has held board positions all over Ontario from the Young Professional Network to Rotary and Alumni boards advising and engaging with community and business leaders on new initiatives. This foundation has helped Chris pursue new challenges and roles within the Emerging Leaders and WERCC. Personally, Chris actively trains whether it's biking, running, or swimming and looks forward to the next local race.

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With his industry experience, Ashok hopes to be a strategic contributor to Windsor-Essex businesses longterm growth and sustainability.

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Chamber News

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Maureen Lucas wins OCC's Richard Dolphin Community Service Award Congratulations to past Board Member, Maureen Lucas for receiving the Ontario Chamber of Commerce's Richard Dolphin Community Service Award for her admirable community service work and dedication to the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce. Maureen was a valuable Member of the Windsor-Essex Chamber's Board of Directors from 2013-2021. “Maureen is an exemplary role model, who is always willing to go above and beyond, and give back to our community in a way that makes us stronger and better.” wrote Chair of the Board, Mila Lucio. “Her wealth of knowledge, and her desire to promote our region and support our success makes her a very worthy recipient of this award.” The Chamber was delighted to nominate Maureen for this award with great thanks and appreciation for the leadership she provides and the work she continues to do in the Windsor-Essex community. Maureen is truly a community-minded individual, who leads by example and eagerly offers her knowledge in support of promoting the region and our Chamber.

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“Congratulations on behalf of the Board and Chamber Team!”

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Gold Circle Member Profile

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Miller Canfield LLP Miller Canfield LLP is focused on providing excellent legal services to entrepreneurs, medical experts, and local businesses throughout Windsor Essex County. We know how hard it is to be an employer. Between COVID-19, health and safety issues, human rights, and complying with employment standards, there can be little time left to do anything else. Our firm works closely with its clients on these issues so that they can get back to doing what they do best: running their businesses.

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Jeffrey Patterson serves as Miller Canfield LLP's primary counsel on all Canadian labour and employment law matters. After working at a Bay Street firm in Toronto, Jeffrey returned to his hometown of Windsor to continue the practice of law here. Jeffrey provides timely service to our clients, focuses on solving problems out of court and, if that is not possible, represents clients fiercely in court.

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Pillar Members Profiles

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KPMG KPMG has over 90 years' history in Windsor serving as auditors and business advisors to owner-managed businesses, private companies, public sector and not-for-profit organizations and multi-national companies operating in the Windsor-Essex region. While it is true that KPMG is a global firm, they recognize that their clients' needs are local and require an understanding of local markets. The firm's 60+ professionals work with organizations and businesses in Agribusiness, Industrial Manufacturing, Automotive, Energy, Real Estate, Consumer Goods, Charities, and Public Sector industries, to help leaders make smart business decisions, navigate complex tax matters, improve their financial reporting, manage risk, and transform their business. The KPMG Enterprise practice is dedicated to working with small-medium private company entrepreneurs, family businesses and startup companies. KPMG Enterprise advisers understand what it takes for you to be successful at each stage of your business, whether you are looking to expand internationally, exit or transition your business. KPMG is invested in our community.

Red Sun Farms Red Sun Farms is proud to be one of the largest vertically integrated North American Greenhouse growers, ensuring control over every step of the supply chain. Our 646 acres of high-tech greenhouses are home to peppers, tomatoes, and cucumber across Mexico, the USA, and Canada. Quality is maintained through our Seed to Plate commitment which includes seed selection, propagation, growing, harvesting, packaging, and transportation to our retail partners. When you buy from Red Sun Farms, you are buying directly from the grower. Our team is a group of passionate professionals built on the Red Sun Farms core values of Accountability, Collaboration, Trust & Innovation both at work and in our communities. We are proud to be part of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and to call Windsor Essex our corporate home.

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Created in 2012, and becoming operational in 2014, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation responsible for the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, through a public-private partnership (P3). As such, it is responsible for project oversight of the four components of the project – the Canadian and US Ports of Entry, the Michigan Interchange and the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. It is also responsible for the operation of the new crossing. The project will provide significant economic opportunity for local suppliers and contractors and will boost the local and regional economies by directly and indirectly supporting the creation of jobs over the lifespan of the construction and operation periods.

Windsor Port Authority A new look and new feel… the Windsor Port Authority has plotted a bold new direction! Beginning with the creation of a new Vision and Mission that captures the Port's importance within the Windsor-Essex economy, Port Windsor is determined to be the catalyst that transforms Windsor-Essex into a hub for integrated, international transportation. Today, tomorrow, and in the future, Port Windsor will continue to plot a course that leads to economic, community and environmental prosperity for the Windsor-Essex region. At Port Windsor, we truly believe that “Prosperity Flows.”

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Information on contracting opportunities for the project components as well as WDBA corporate commercial and employment opportunities, are available on the project website at www.GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com.

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ACH Engineering Inc. Engineering Tel: (647) 427-7410 chirags@achengineering.com www.achengineering.com Allure360 Marketing Advertising Agencies & Consultants Tel: (226) 246-2161 info@allure360marketing.com www.allure360marketing.com Artesano Café Restaurants Tel: (226) 506-9343 artesanocafe.ca@gmail.com www.artesanocafe.square.site Banquet Hall Club9 Banquet, Conference & Meeting Facilities Tel: (519) 566-2828 krajina95@hotmail.com hallclub9.com Benzinger Home Improvement Home Improvements Tel: (519) 992-6194 karen@benzingerhomeimprovement.ca www.benzingerhomeimprovement.ca Beach House Grill Restaurants Tel: (519) 712-9335 eat@beachhousegrillkingsville.com www.beachhousegrillkingsville.com Boston Pizza Windsor Restaurants Tel: (519) 250-7670 chhibbau@bostonpizza.com www.bostonpizza.com/en/locations/windsor

Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Windows & Doors Tel: (519) 738-9800 mturnbull@colchesterridge.com www.colchesterridge.com

Diamond Multicultural Economic Cooperative Inc. Non-Profit Tel: (519) 551-5399 info@dmeci.ca www.dmeci.ca DS Electric Electrical Contractors Tel: (519) 999-6453 mike@dselectric.biz www.dselectricwindsor.com Felix Culpa Architecture & Development LTD. Architects Tel: (519) 890-5773 brad@felixculpaarchitecture.com www.felixculpaarchitecture.com First Stop Services Document Destruction & Management Tel: (519) 253-1000 admin@firststopservices.ca www.firststopservices.ca Fulger Transport Inc. Transportation Services Tel: (313) 651-7156 ap@fulgertransport.com www.fulgertransport.com G. Bareich Import-Export Inc. Manufacturing Tel: (519) 736-7344 slip-coat@gbie.com www.gbie.com Gilligan's Restaurants Tel: (519) 971-0204 gilliganswalker@gmail.com www.gilligans.ca GL Heritage Brewing Company Brewers Tel: (519) 736-7361 info@glheritagebrewing.ca glheritagebrewing.ca

July|August 2021 Business Briefs Haggerty Creek Ltd. Agriculture Tel: (519) 695-9999 chuckb@haggertycreek.com www.haggertycreek.com Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. Distillers / Bottlers Tel: (519) 254-5171 angelo.DeMarco@pernod-ricard.com www.hiramwalker.ca India47 Inc. Restaurants Tel: (519) 739-1947 info@india47.com www.India47.ca International Virtual Chaplaincy Incorporated Tel: (226) 347-3849 sonopadre@hotmail.com In the Spirit of Horses Social Service Organizations Tel: (519) 796-3929 mstein@wavedirect.net www.michellestein.ca Ives Insurance Brokers Ltd. Insurance Tel: (519) 776-7371 lisad@ivesinsurance.com www.ivesinsurance.com Kensington Court Retirement Residence Retirement Homes Tel: (519) 966-8558 tina.debakker@siennaliving.ca www.siennaliving.ca Kingsville Brewing Company Inc. Brewers Tel: (519) 712-9404 mark@kingsvillebrewingco.ca www.kingsvillebrewingco.com

Cortina Gourmet Market Food Products - Retail Tel: (519) 791-2069 dino@cortinamarket.ca www.cortinamarket.ca

Gordon Food Service Food Products - Retail Tel: (905) 864-3700 kim.majetic@gfs.com www.gfs.ca

Kurley's A.C. Restaurants Tel: (519) 252-9533 kurleysac@hotmail.com www.kurleys-ac.com

Crave Family Grill and Pub Restaurants Tel: (519) 322-0032 craveleamington@gmail.com www.craveleamington.ca

Green Heart Kitchen Food Products - Retail Tel: (519) 712-9329 hello@greenheartkitchen.ca www.GreenHeartKitchen.ca

La Belle Fromage Grocers - Retail Tel: (519) 250-8978 sales@labellefromage.com www.labellefromage.com

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New Members La Guardia Italian Cuisine Restaurants Tel: (519) 254-2438 mciliberto@mnsi.net www.laguardiacuisine.ca

Penalty Box Windsor Restaurants Tel: (519) 253-3310 info@penaltyboxrestaurant.com www.penaltyboxrestaurant.com

Swaad Ltd Restaurants Tel: (519) 962-6888 swaadca@gmail.com www.swaad.ca

Little Foot Foods Food Products - Retail Tel: (226) 246-2382 littlefootfoods@hotmail.ca www.littlefootfoods.ca

Riverside Rentals Contractors – General Tel: (519) 981-6335 rivrentphil@cogeco.net www.riverside-rentals.ca

Suzie's Grill Cafe Inc. Restaurants Tel: (519) 969-0006 suziesgrillcafe@gmail.com

Lot 10 Brewing Company Brewers Tel: (519) 977-2736 info@lot10brewery.com www.lot10brewery.ca

Sai Prasad Indian Restaurant Restaurants Tel: (226) 344-7099 saiprasadinc@gmail.com www.saiprasadrestaurant.com

Macro Foods Inc. Health Foods Tel: (519) 564-3161 omar@macrofoods.ca www.macrofoods.ca

Saltimbocca Restorante Restaurants Tel: (519) 968-3325 Saltimboccarestaurant@gmail.com www.saltimboccaristorante.com

Matthew House Refugee Centre Non-Profit Tel: (519) 945-7627

Seasons Royal Oak Village Retirement Community Retirement Homes Tel: (519) 966-5475 royaloakvillage@seasonsretirement.com www.seasonsretirement.com

executivedirector@matthewhousewindsor.org

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Syd's Sandwich Co. Restaurants Tel: (519) 258-1696 sydsdeli@gmail.com www.SydsSandwichCo.com T. Pare Enterprises Inc. Engineering & Technical Services Tel: (519) 564-0909 t.pare@teampare.com www.teampare.com Taron Consulting Bookkeeping Services Tel: (519) 977-4459 laura@taronconsulting.com www.taronconsulting.com

Mezzo Restaurant & Lounge Restaurants Tel: (519) 252-4055 info@mezzo.ca www.mezzo.ca

Slinkys Ice Cream Restaurants Tel: (519) 735-1717 Deb@slinkys.ca

MNP LLP Accountants Tel: (519) 967-0388 julie.gibson@mnp.ca www.mnp.ca

SmartCell Communications Telecommunications Tel: (519) 250-5070 windsor-eugenie@smartcell.ca www.smartcell.ca

Naija Food Eats Caterers Tel: (226) 346-1324 Naijaflavour25@gmail.com www.naijafoodeats.ca

Soffi Studio Lighting Fixtures Tel: (519) 258-7620 info@soffistudio.com www.soffistudio.com

OneSource Moving Solutions Moving & Storage Tel: (519) 984-2111 danielle@onesourceforseniors.ca www.onesourceforseniors.ca

Southside Bar and Grill Restaurants Tel: (519) 250-9809 southsidebarandgrill1@gmail.com southsidebarandgrill.ca

The Main Grill & Ale House Restaurants Tel: (519) 733-8600 themain24@outlook.com www.themaingrillandalehouse.com

OTD Bar and Grill Restaurants Tel: (519) 999-0491 Onthedocksharrow@gmail.com www.otdbarandgrill.com

Spencer Butcher Group Logistics Tel: (519) 944-9200 cwilson@spencerbutcher.com www.spencerbutcher.com

Twigg's Bar + Grill Restaurants Tel: (519) 727-8704 twiggsbarandgrill@outlook.com www.twiggsbarandgrill.com

Thai Lanxang Restaurant Restaurants Tel: (519) 966-7711 thailxrest@gmail.com The Dragonfly Sushi Bar Restaurants Tel: (226) 350-8888 shane.cushing@gmail.com www.thedragonflysushibar.com The Grove Brew House Restaurants Tel: (519) 712-8812 shaen@mygrovebrewhouse.com www.mygrovebrewhouse.com


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July|August 2021 Business Briefs Windsor Essex Community Health Centre Associations & Organizations Tel: (519) 253-8481 scolarossi@wechc.org www.wechc.org

What's Poppin Popcorn Factory Food Products - Retail Tel: (226) 674-1415 whatspoppinpopcornfactory@gmail.com www.greatpopcorn.ca

Windsor Jewish Federation & Community Centre Non-Profit Tel: 519) 973-1772 dan@jewishwindsor.org www.jewishwindsor.org

Vito's Pizzeria Restaurants Tel: (519) 915-1066 catering@vitospizzeria.com www.vitospizzeria.net Wolfhead Distillery Distillers/Bottlers Tel: (519) 726-1111 info@drinkwolfhead.com www.drinkwolfhead.com Zuleeats Specialty Foods Tel: (519) 980-6024 zuleeats@gmail.com www.zuleeats.ca

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United Church Downtown Mission Windsor Inc. Associations & Organizations Tel: (519) 973-5573 ron@downtownmission.com www.downtownmission.com

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On May 13, 2021, the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce launched its WEStaySafe Rapid Antigen Testing Program, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, WETech Alliance, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Digital Main Street and both the Amherstburg and Leamington Chambers of Commerce to bring free COVID-19 rapid tests to small and medium-sized businesses in the region. The latest information from Health Canada suggests that up to 1/3 of people carrying the virus are asymptomatic and over 50% of known cases are transmitted by an asymptomatic carrier. This makes it incredibly important to find asymptomatic carriers to combat virus spread and get to a more normalized community life. The rapid tests are just that – they're quick, with results ready in just 15 minutes. Employees self-administer the non-invasive test at their workplace. This program keeps your business open and offers peace-of-mind to your staff and customers. To date, our Regional Chamber Network has given out over 22,000 rapid tests to businesses in Windsor-Essex with 150 employees or less. Businesses can register at: www.WEStaySafe.ca or contact Wendy Fulton at: (519) 966-3696 ext. 221 for more information.

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“I became aware of the WeStaySafe COVID-19 Rapid Test program through one of my regular emails from the WindsorEssex Chamber of Commerce. At that time, I thought it was really great that they were offering this, but did not see a need for it with respect to my business. A few days later, I found out that two of my employees had not been vaccinated and most likely were not going to be. This caused me great concern but I did not let on that it did. Then I remember the email I had received and I approached my one employee about it, the other employee was away, and asked if she would be willing to participate in the program and without hesitation she said yes. She mentioned it to my other employee when she returned and now both of them are testing two times a week and think it is fantastic that it has been made available to them”. It gives all of us great peace of mind knowing that if there should be an issue, we will catch it early enough to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus and care for the health of the employee. Thank you Chamber!” Lois Baker, Sr. Partner AccountAbility Bookkeeping Inc.

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