Biz X magazine February 2021 Vol 24 Issue 2

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Biz X magazine February 2021 Vol 24 Issue 2

Biz X magazine February 2021

ON THE COVER —“Staying Afloat! – Health comes first before all else. The COVID-19 global pandemic made us realize this more than we ever did before. And in order to stop the spread of the virus, businesses and organizations all over the province had to shut down at certain times. While COVID-19 restrictions have proved devastating for many local businesses, they have opened up opportunities for others in the healthcare services and technology sectors. We all know that regular hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing is a must, but there are many companies developing new products and services, such as contact tracing, so we can fight the coronavirus, together. There are also other businesses providing staffing for nursing homes, seniors’ care, water testing kits, mobility products, and services to get you to and from the hospital safely. Photo credit: © Can Stock Photo/alphaspirit

Biz X magazine February 2021  – Contents

4 Funny Stuff

blank 5 From The Publisher: Time To Celebrate! – The WEST “International Women’s Day Virtual Gala” This year, the Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) of Windsor gala takes place virtually on March 8. The inspiring theme for 2021 is “Choose to Challenge” with the keynote speaker a female leader responsible for the success of hundreds of students and staff at St. Clair College — President Patti France (shown in photo courtesy of John Fairley). The gala also features networking, a silent auction, “Journey Towards Success Awards” and entertainment.

6 Rose City Politics: NEW! The Debate Over The City Of Windsor 2021 Budget And COVID-19 Costs
8 Front Lines
11 Heard On The Street
12 From The Bookshelf: Dorothy Graham O’Dell’s “The Overcomer”
13 The Way It Was: Honouring Black Canadians In Sandwich Towne
14 Newsflash
blank 16 Food For Thought: Kabobgy, LaSalle – If you are craving quality Middle Eastern food such  as hummus, Shish Tawook, Beef and Lamb Shish Kafta, Beef Strip Loin Shawarma and more, Kabobgy LaSalle can satisfy your hunger. The location recently underwent major renovations and since many of their menu choices are healthy, they were the perfect choice for our foodie column in this edition! (Photo courtesy of Kabobgy).
24 Tech Bytes: The Importance Of Tracking Your Health
25 Lifestyle Issues: Plant Based Pharmacist Steve Gavrilos Of Eastown –  Pharmacy Offers Nutritional Seminars For Healthy Living 26 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: One Guess Who’s Your “Six Degree Challenger” For The Kidney Foundation Of Canada!!!
27 Portfolio Corner: 2021, A Year Of Experiences
blank 28 Ask The Experts: Felix Culpa Architecture & Development Ltd. –  When “life gives you lemons, make lemonade”! That’s just what Brad Smith, President and Founder of Felix Culpa Architecture and Development Ltd. (FCAD) did after being laid off when the pandemic hit in March 2020. With 15 years of experience in the field he has led projects across all sectors, including civic, institutional, commercial, and residential. It seemed only natural for him to begin his own firm and keep doing what he does best! As a result, FCAD was born last year. The accompanying rendering showcases his work in the countryside of Essex County in this “modern farmhouse”, a design created by the relationship between the present and past.
29 XX Files: Marlene Turcotte, Owner Of Performance Fire Protection And Partner With The Tax Expert, 839 Media, And Silver Crick Farms
blank 30 The Parenting Biz: Area Businesses And Towns Offer Online Activities To Turn Your Home Into A Fun House – In the last year the world has been turned upside down. Life has drastically changed. While it is stressful enough on adults, kids are affected too and we need to ensure they still have as much fun as possible. Even if it means staying indoors at home! We have assembled a list of businesses and organizations offering virtual programming activities for after school and weekends, to keep kids entertained, educated and happy. One such place is Code Ninjas Windsor, which has introduced virtual ways to engage homebound children in a fun and productive manner through programs such as At-Home Coding. Six year old Jackson (left in photo courtesy of Dawn Daignault) and his brother Aidan (8) give the thumbs up as they are excited to begin coding. Find more information on what Code Ninjas has to offer virtually, along with plenty of other cool things to do online, this winter.
36 Health Matters: Talking To Your Kids About Substance Abuse
37 Take One: Windsor Film Released In North America On VOD/DVD
38 Biz Of The Month: Ambassador Building Maintenance

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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.