Biz X magazine Newsflash January 2017
Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House, 131 Elliott Street West, Windsor has released a mobile app on both Apple and android devices. Doug Sartori, Chair of Windsor Hackforge states, “This is good news. Windsor needs more businesses to embrace the opportunities that technology can bring.” The need for mobile apps has become a hospitality trend sure to be implemented by many restaurants in the future. Joshua Fraser, Owner/Chef says the app will allow them to engage with their customers in new and exciting ways. “Through this app we will be able to have extensive rewards and loyalty programs, app-exclusive offers and coupons as well as GPS related push notifications.” For more information visit: RinosKitchen.com.
MNSi Telecom, a local Windsor company, announced in December 2016 the expansion of its current Internet service to include cutting edge fibre optic connections, with speeds of up to 1 Gbps – effective immediately in some areas. The gradual roll-out of upgrades throughout Windsor, with an expected investment of $35 million, will result in the fastest Internet service offered in the city. MNSi’s fibre service is the latest addition to its already strong suite of Internet packages, which includes affordable DSL and phone packages currently available to most households and businesses in Windsor, LaSalle, Tecumseh, Chatham, Sarnia and London. “We are very excited to announce the introduction of fibre service to Windsor, which maintains and extends our lead in Internet access in the city,” says Clayton Zekelman, President and Owner of MNSi. “We were industry pioneers more than 20 years ago, and now we can offer high-speed fibre service comparable to much larger cities. We have been able to differentiate ourselves by upgrading our services to meet customers’ present and future needs. The addition of fibre solidifies our commitment to providing state-of-the-art products at affordable and fair prices.” Starting with approximately 20,000 homes, the gradual roll-out of fibre services began in Walkerville, Oldcastle and East Windsor, where many of the fibre lines are now available for service. Work will continue across MNSi’s service area in the coming months, with a commitment to cover as much of the city as possible by 2020. While fibre services begin as low as $59.95 per month for homes, power users can now experience the 1 Gbps package at only $150 per month. The extreme connection will give subscribers unlimited data, allowing them to take full advantage of the speed of fibre optics without worrying about data caps. Fibre service will support download speeds of up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The new service delivers on MNSi’s promise to offer residential and business customers affordable services that are complementary to the explosive growth of streamed movie and gaming content, as well as the spread of cloud-based applications, home automation and the emergence of whatever else may come. At full 1 Gbps speeds, the entire family will be able to use the Internet at the same time, taking complete advantage of the best in entertainment, playing online games and accessing all manner of Ultra-HD content.The fibre roll-out is the company’s single largest infrastructure buildout since it began in 1995 and provides customers with a direct link to the fibre source. Unlike a cable company’s “hybrid fibre,” which still uses copper coaxial cable technology, or a phone company’s “fibre to the node” service, which still uses old and limited copper phone lines, MNSi’s advanced network brings fibre optic technology with direct fibre lines right to the home and business. Technical support and customer service teams are based in Windsor, with no offshore or outsourced call centres. Check: MNSI.net for more details.
The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS , representing over 860 active Members, has announced Kim Gazo as 2017 Association President. “I’m looking forward to my term as WECAR’s President and enriching and cultivating my skills, as well as working closely with those in the industry,” she states. “I would also like to help improve the organization for all of us!” Gazo has been a licensed REALTOR for over 13 years and a Member of the Directorate for at least half of her real estate career, serving in the capacity of President for the second time. She also donates countless hours to humanitarian work throughout the community, and has assisted in raising thousands of dollars for local charities, outside of her contributions to WECAR-hosted charitable events. Her drive and passion do not stop there as she has represented large builders for the past 12 years selling townhomes to active retirees and others in the Riverside area, and has been involved with the 100 Mile Peninsula Initiative, which promotes the area as an ideal active retirement community destination.