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Biz X magazine January 2023, Volume 26 Issue 1

ON THE COVER — A Magazine Supporting Local Always!

CELEBRATING ISSUE #250! THANK YOU WINDSOR ESSEX FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

From business news, advice and events to small business promotions, new biz coverage and parenting tips, we have it all each and every issue. Our cover collage of photos showcases the range of topics we write about in issue 250, which is consistent with our past track record since volume 1, issue 1 was published back in February 1998.

THE PARENTING BIZ 18 – Cutting costs in the family budget is the focus this issue and what could be more cost effective than FREE!

Craig Capacchione, Museum Coordinator, Exhibitions at Museum Windsor, hosts a free Dino Day on January 14 for the travelling display — Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas —on loan from the American Museum of Natural History. Taking place at the Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Drive West in Windsor, the exhibition explores the evolution of current theories about dinosaurs using fossil finds, computer simulations and provocative models. The computer image in the background illustrates the complex and dynamic structure of an Apatosaurus Dinosaur neck. To the left of Craig is a metal, man-made model that shows the size of this young herbivorous sauropod of the late Jurassic period. Photo by Rod Denis.

AWARDS SPOTLIGHT 36 – November 19, 2022 was a big day, for not only Biz X magazine, but also for 2020 and 2021 past award winners and 2022 recipients, as the 25th annual awards gala took place at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts. Among the 24 current winners was Funky Chow Kitchen (F&B Hospitality Group), which earned the Restaurant That’s Hot, Hot, Hot For 2022 Award. Pictured is Co-Owner Rosemary Woods (left) receiving her award from Biz X Publisher Deborah Jones. Photo by Julianna Bonnett.

EVENTS 42 – Celebrations, galas, fundraisers, and all kinds of corporate functions are back in full swing after a two year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions. The 2022 installment of the Advance Business Systems 30th Annual American Thanksgiving Football Classic saw over 500 guests in attendance raising over $22,500 for charity. Enjoying the networking opportunity at the event from left were: Len Meloche, Cintas; Sonja Popovski, St. Clair College; Catherine Murphy, Hold Please Communications and Mar Chapman, who recently retired as a real estate agent with Deerbrook Realty Inc. Photo by Rod Denis.

BUSINESS NEWS 44 – City of Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens (left) and Eddie Francis, President & CEO of WFCU, congratulate Shmuel Farhi (centre) on the $25 million investment of his newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Windsor Hotel & Suites, on Riverside Drive. Who else attended the grand opening reception? Check our photo page to see! Photo by Rod Denis.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

JANUARY 2023 – Volume 26 Issue 1

4 Funny Stuff

5 From The Publisher: 250 Covers & Counting

6 Rose City Politics: Looking Back Before Looking Forward

8 Small Biz eXcellence: The Power Of Three! Libro, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre And Biz X Announce Next Prize Winner

10 Front Lines

13 Just Sayin’: The Ontario Conservative Government Bill 124

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14 Newsflash – The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS (WECAR) has a new President, Mark Lalovich, (pictured) a dedicated Broker with RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. Life After Fifty also has a new Executive Director, Children First is looking for a Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors, Serratore Bistro-Café opened in downtown Windsor, and Welcome Home Kitchen & Bath and Property Hunters Inc. moved to new locations. And oh yeah, Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation Inc. received a donation from Thai Palace! Get the full details on all these tidbits in this column! (Photo courtesy of WECAR)

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16 Food For Thought: Harbour House Waterfront Eatery – Always save room for dessert is a motto many live by. When you dine at the Harbour House Waterfront Eatery on Riverside Drive in Windsor, even though you may be full from your choice of soups, hand-helds, pasta, land and sea choices on the menu, we’re sure you will manage to enjoy a sweet treat afterwards, like the carrot cheesecake shown. (Photo courtesy of the Harbour House Waterfront Eatery)

24 Fun & Games: Get-Together Ideas With Family And Friends

25 New In Biz: Bloom Child And Youth Counselling

26 Health Matters: Brrr, It’s Freezing Out So Bundle Up The Kids

27 From The Bookshelf: Michael Drakich & Stephen Gaspar

28 XX Files: Courtney Woodward, Polish Me Pretty

30 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: Local “Stars” Put On Their Dancing Shoes For February Easter Seals Fundraiser

31 Motivational Quotes With Danny

33 Accounting Counts: Key Strategies To Utilize When Accessing Funding Programs

34 Ask The Experts: Beddazzle Bedroom & Bathroom Studio

45 The Way It Was: Fair Winds And Following Seas . . . The 100th Anniversary Of The Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve

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46 Biz Of The Month: Minuteman Press – MP Windsor West Brian Masse recently presented Lakshmi Bhamidipati, the local franchise owner of the Windsor Minuteman Press, with a Certificate of Appreciation for providing printing services to the community since 1979 and the opening of their new location. Bhamidipati has owned the business since 2017 and in late 2022 moved it to 1276 Ottawa Street. Read all about how she came to live in Canada and run this successful Windsor business. (Photo by Rod Denis)

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