Biz X Magazine May/June 2020 Volume 23 Issue 5
ON THE COVER — “Welcome Back!“ — 18. While thousands of employees and business owners were forced to stay home when the COVID-19 crisis affected businesses across the region, many are now being called back to work. Reid Williams, Co-owner (third generation) of Williams Food Equipment celebrates the fact that his showroom is open for business again. It may be months before society returns to a new normal, but we found plenty of bright spots, like Williams Food Equipment, on the horizon.
COVER CREDITS: LOCATION: Inside the showroom of Williams Food Equipment, 2150 Ambassador Drive in Windsor. This 100% Canadian owned family-run business has been supplying high quality cookware and kitchenware since 1968. PRODUCTS: (Left) a WOLF Gourmet Stand Mixer with a Le Creuset Provence French Oven and Staub Tomato Cocotte in front.
In back is a Garland Range with Winco Commercial Pots on the burners, Rational Combi Oven with a Le Creuset Sage French Oven inside. (Tabletop on right) Wusthof Classic Ikon Knife Set with a Le Creuset Blueberry French Oven and Staub Tomato Cocotte in front. On the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Cutting Board is a Mercer Meat Cleaver and two Wusthof Classic Chef Knives.
SIGN: Created by FASTSIGNS of Windsor, celebrating its 20th anniversary and now operating from a new location, 5165 Halford Drive.
and services so you can get back to business . . . fast! Photo by Rod Denis. (RodneyLDenisPhotographer.com)
4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: In Honour Of Our Seniors
6 Editorial Viewpoint: Migrant Workers To The Rescue. For decades now, people in Windsor and Essex County have wondered why, during tough economic times, Canadians on social assistance can apparently refuse to work in our greenhouses and vegetable and fruit fields without losing their benefits. Joseph Sbrocchi (pictured), General Manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, explores the reasons why thousands of migrant workers flock to our region every spring, with Columnist Alan Halberstadt.
8 Front Lines
13 Heard On The Street
14 Newsflash – Libro Credit Union (photo courtesy of Libro) announced in late May that it is the first Canadian financial institution to offer a new digital payments service. Libro customers now have the opportunity to schedule an Interac e-Transfer, the electronic money transfers sent through Interac. Our good news column fills you in on all the details and also mentions new appointments, anniversaries and more.
16 Food For Thought: DeMarco’s Fine Foods, Yorktown Plaza
24 Portfolio Corner: Economies Bouncing Back From A Crisis
25 Accounting Counts: Facing The Post COVID-19 World
26 Ask The Experts: Made To Shade Window Coverings Ltd.
29 XX Files: Jenny White, Swinging Soaps – Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into this cake? But wait . . . it’s not what you think . . . pictured is a cake made of SOAP! Making all the items she sells in-house, Jenny White operates under the motto: “We make gentle bath and body products fun.” She does this with slices of soap cakes and donut bath bombs (in every colour under the rainbow!) to bubble bath luxury soaks, artisan soap bars, body sugar scrubs and more. After reading this article you will quickly understand why White’s whimsical shop on Provincial Road is her dream come true.
30 The Parenting Biz: The School Of Life – Since schools are closed due to the pandemic, children are receiving an informal education (unless enrolled in private school) and learning from their
experiences, both good and bad. Does this mean your child is always on their phone or tablet? Wearable technology, virtual reality, and smartphones, are just some of the devices that have helped to “digitize” our lives more than ever before. And with no real daily routine, more and more kids are becoming digitally dependent or addicted to these devices. We have advice from a counsellor with The Centre for Problem Gambling and Digital Dependency in Windsor. In addition our parenting feature also explores health matters and offers a few suggestions of ways to keep your child active (and off the phone!).
34 Let’s Talk About: The Advantages Of A Digital Local Currency
36 Take The Lead: Irek Kusmierczyk, M.P., Windsor-Tecumseh
37 The Way It Was: Giving Back To Veterans, One Stitch At A Time
38 Biz Of The Month: The Bloomin’ Gardener, Oldcastle