Biz X Magazine July August 2018 Vol 21 Issue 7

Biz X Magazine July August 2018 Vol 21 Issue 7

Biz X Magazine July August 2018 • Volume 21 • Issue 7

ON THE COVER — “Calling All Animal Lovers!” — 18
As the saying goes “every dog has his day” or festival in this case. At Amherstburg’s Woofa Roo Pet Fest (July 21 & 22) you are introduced to the best local businesses and organizations dedicated to providing support, services and products for their furry family members. From exciting action packed events showcasing the athletic abilities and skills of participating dogs, demonstrations, vendors, activities and entertainment, you and your pet — if you choose to bring them with you — are sure to have a blast!

MODELS: John and Lori Hickey along with their daughter Aisling are big supporters of Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) of Windsor-Essex County. Not only did they adopt from SCAR, their pets, Maggie (Rottweiler-Lab puppy) and Lincoln (short haired domestic tabby), but they also participate in SCAR events. Visit the SCAR booth at Woofa Roo Pet Fest in mid-July or see information about their adoption process at: PHOTOGRAPHER: Rod Denis. (


4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: It’s Biz X Awards Nomination Time!
7 Editorial Viewpoint: The Mayor’s Race In Windsor Matt Marchand, a graduate of the London School of Economics and past President and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce for six years, is running for Mayor of Windsor. The candidacy of Marchand (in top photo courtesy of Douglas Marketing Group) is welcome for people who don’t like the “authoritarian” style of current Mayor Drew Dilkens, but the odds are stacked heavily against the challenger in the run-up to the October 22 municipal election, says opinion columnist Alan Halberstadt.
8 Front Lines
11 Heard On The Street
12 Newsflash
15 Dates To Remember
24 XX Files: Joline Gadal-Ferri, Jo’s Arty Party
26 Food For Thought: The Barracks Restaurant & Pizzeria
27 Generation YKNOT: Zing! Healthy Foods
28 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: The Latest On The Gordie Howe International Bridge
29 Portfolio Corner
30 Biz X Was There. The “Poor Boy Luncheon” recently took place in Windsor to support the local Cystic Fibrosis Canada chapter. Jessica Fazio, Chapter Coordinator, Southwestern Ontario and Victoria Hopper, Coordinator, Fund Development of Southwestern Ontario (both pictured in middle photo by Rod Denis with Fazio on left) spoke on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada Essex-Kent Chapter urging people to sign their donor cards found on their driver’s licence as lungs and other precious organs can be used to save lives. See if you recognize anyone you know who attended this luncheon along with a few other events in the past two months.
32 THE PARENTING BIZ Feature Story: Day Camp Directory Part Two. This August get your kids involved in one of the many fun-filled day camps offered in the area. From being physically active to activating your brain, from exploring nature outdoors to exciting indoor activities — like making sweet treats at the Town of Tecumseh’s “Master Chef” camp (shown in photo courtesy of Brett Palmer) — these camps are sure to stimulate your child’s mind and you will never have to hear again “I’m bored!” In part two of our summer camp guide we selected some of the best day camps around for your kids to grow and thrive at, all while making new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
40 In The Community: The Windsor Essex Football League
41 Event Profile: The 24th Annual “Children’s Fest”
42 Hot Shots: The Third Annual “Windsor Essex County Accessibility Awards”
44 Ask The Experts: Diving Into Perciballi Pools & Spas
46 Making A Sound Living: Photographer Marta Giannotti
48 On The Entertainment Scene: Who’s Playing The “Kingsville Folk Music Festival?”
50 Hot Shots: “We Will Rock Blue” With Desire — International U2 Tribute
52 Good News: Reko International Group Inc.’s New Automation And Innovation Facility
53 Take The Lead: Melissa Schenk, Media Marketing Celebrity
54 Event Profile: “Tecumseh Corn Festival” Returns For Year 43
55 New In Biz: Windsor’s New Virtual Reality Escape Room & Arcade
56 Awards Spotlight: “WEA Awards And Grants Ceremony” & The “Mayor’s Arts Awards”
57 The Way It Was: The 65th Anniversary Of The Korean Armistice Agreement
58 Biz Of The Month: A21 Academy

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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.