Biz X magazine February 2018 Vol 21 Issue 2

Biz X magazine February 2018 Vol 21 Issue 2

ON THE COVER — “Supercharged!”
This year’s “North American International Auto Show” (NAIAS) showcased so many super cars (like the “Black Panther’s” vehicle photographed) and superstars that “Super” seemed to be the only way to describe it! Turn to our cover story pages to see what the Biz X team discovered during our annual press day adventure to Cobo Center.

CAR SHOTS: Photos by Rod L Denis Photography. This ultra cool Lexus LC 500 Concept features a “Black Panther” mask on the hood, giant 10 spoke wheels, claw graphic elements, neon underglow and more! This customized vehicle, inspired by the “Black Panther” movie, could be viewed at the Lexus display during the NAIAS press days. POSTER: “Black Panther”: © Marvel Studios 2018. The “Black Panther” movie features Chadwick Boseman (pictured) as T’Challa (the “Black Panther”) and hits theatres February 16, 2018, which is great timing for the release of this issue!

4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: Awards Fever Hits The Region
6 Editorial Viewpoint: Heavy Political Drama Surrounds Chain-Sawed Woodlot Four years after a faction of Windsor’s Greek Orthodox Church community set off an uproar by clear cutting a 1.5 acre tract of forest at the back of its 12 acre property on Walker Road, just north of E.C. Row Expressway, columnist Alan Halberstadt weaves the tale of intrigue that has resulted in the woodlot land being naturally regenerated and a new church built to supplant the venerable downtown church on Ellis Street (pictured at top). The beloved Greek “Carrousel of the Nations” village will also be moved to Walker Road.
8 Front Lines
11 Heard On The Street
12 Biz Bits: Lessons Learned From The Unsuccessful Amazon Bid
14 Newsflash
16 Dates To Remember
17 Event Profile: “WEST’s “International Women’s Day Gala”
23 Generation YKNOT: Getting From Point A To Point B
24 Ask The Experts: Canadian Auto Stores Ltd., Windsor
26 Take The Lead: Nour Hachem-Fawaz Of The “Build A Dream” Movement
26 Boost Your Biz
27 Corporate Spotlight: Movin’ On Up With The Accelerator
28 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: Exploring Florida’s Space Coast
29 XX Files: Debbie A. Anderson, Vibrational Energy Natural Health & Wellness Directory
30 Portfolio Corner
31 From The Bookshelf
32 Hot Shots: WECAR 2017 “Appreciation Luncheon” – Keeping with its December tradition, the Windsor-Essex County Association Of REALTORS (WECAR) honoured certain members for their years of service and donated funds to various charities to stress their community support. Ashley Weeres (middle photo by Rod Denis), Operations Manager at Windsor-Essex Care For Kids Foundation, accepted a cheque for $2,000 from WECAR. Who else has been a REALTOR for many years and which charities benefited from donations? Check our pics to find out.
35 Special Wedding Section: “Aisle Style 2018” – It’s no secret that weddings in 2018 are going to be filled with creativity and elegance — lots and lots of elegance. From dazzling wedding gowns in various lengths (such as the Sophia Tolli gown pictured at left available at His & Hers Wear And Bridal, Windsor), expect to see bright colours, beautiful settings, bountiful, local food and spirits, and well-planned, heartfelt celebrations. If you’re getting married or on a wedding guest list this year, here’s a little preview of what’s in store.
38 Sidebar: Area Towns Offer Civil Marriage Services
39 Corporate Profile: Ambassador Golf Club
40 Hot Shots: The 4th Annual “Artilicious”
43 Awards Spotlight: The “28th Annual Business Excellence Awards” Finalists
47 MiXer Highlights: “Christmas Biz MiXer” At ARIIUS Nightclub
48 The Way It Is: The London Military Family Resource Centre
49 The Way It Was: St. John’s Anglican Church
50 Biz Of The Month: Gold Star Jewelers, St. Clair Shores Shopping Centre, Lakeshore, ON

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Deborah Jones – Publisher of Biz X Magazine Deborah Jones graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies and was employed at two other local magazines shortly after for a few years learning all she could about writing, advertising, public relations and more. She made the jump in 1998 to go out on her own to publish Biz X magazine and has worked in the publishing industry since 1990. In 2007, she earned the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce. To date, she is the ONLY woman so far to receive this award. In 2013, she received one of the first “Windsor Women of the Year” awards from the Ladies Exclusive Alliance. Her most recent achievement is a “2016 Vocational Service Award” from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland. Deborah is proud to live in Windsor and truly cares about each and every business and strives to make Windsor Essex the best place to live, work and play.