25: Older & Wiser
2022 is a big year for us as we are celebrating our 240th edition! We have officially entered our 25th year of publishing with the release of our January magazine.
Turning 25 in life generally means that even though you are older in years, you are wiser from past experiences, but still always learning.
We have been through many challenges since we started in 1998 . . . 9-11 was especially tough as it hit our region hard with fewer Americans crossing the border to visit. This affected the cash flow of local business and therefore our advertising.
Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic since March 2020 has had even more detrimental consequences on the economy.
Obviously, it has had a huge negative effect on small businesses and the bottom line.
Many have had a hard time paying the bills (and still, sadly, are struggling), so advertising budgets were slashed once again.
Luckily with a lot of work, creative ideas, support from local businesses/organizations and a dedicated team, Biz X has weathered the storm.
Throughout the years, we have had freelancers come and go, but we always survive.
My family — dad, Colin Jones; mum, Kathy Jones; sister, Della Jones-Goulet and my partner, Jack Rosenberg are the main reasons for our success. Why even my 10 year old nephew Dylan and brother-in-law Chad Goulet help out whenever they can! They stand by me through thick and thin and always make sure we get the job done.
As well, photojournalists Dave Hall, Joe McParland, Andrea Grimes, David Clark, Rebecca Wright and Dave Halliday have been on Team Biz X for many years. All loyal and talented people!
Designer Rae Marie will have been with us for 10 years this September 2022. She always makes the pages of every edition look amazing and works well with me on all the off the wall ideas I have.
Of course, I can’t forget those with me since day one — Steve Mayo and Rod Denis. I cannot imagine an edition without their articles or photos!
We also have some new writers on board in the last few years, such as Jim Murphy and Julianna Bonnett. They have already proven themselves to be great team players.
I also want to acknowledge the mail carriers of Canada Post. It is their employees who ensure all the hard work we do for each magazine is delivered to area businesses and organizations.
In closing, I must acknowledge our advertisers, suppliers and readers. Our advertisers believe in our product and trust Biz X to get them the X-posure they need! Our suppliers are the best in the biz and our readers make it all worthwhile.
I thank you all for helping us grow to become a trusted source of news and advertising in our region.
We look forward to what the future holds!