Biz X magazine October 2019 Vol 22 Issue 9

Biz X magazine October 2019 Vol 22 Issue 9

ON THE COVER – Biz X magazine October 2019 – “Taking Care Of Small Business!” — 18
Sabrina DeMarco, Executive Director of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Centre, is photographed in the boardroom of their new downtown location at 119 Chatham Street West, Unit #100. The centre offers business planning and financial help for entrepreneurs and business owners. We interview DeMarco about the centre, but also on PAGE 5 she fills our readers in on the first ever “Women Entrepreneurship Strategy” to help more of our women-owned and women-led businesses grow, innovate and export to new markets. But that’s not all! Our cover story also gives you the details on the fifth annual “W.E. (Windsor Essex) Shop Local Show” and we highlight one of the region’s fastest-growing small business sectors — vape shops. With almost a dozen businesses selling e-juices, vaporizers and e-cigarettes across Windsor and Essex County, to vape or not to vape is the question. These local business owners believe they have the healthy answer to quitting smoking! Photo by Rod Denis. (

Biz X magazine October 2019 – Contents

4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: The New “Women Entrepreneurship Strategy”

Biz X magazine September 2019 cover.

6 Editorial Viewpoint: There’s Life In Downtown Windsor After All – As promised, Columnist Alan Halberstadt ferrets out some positives in the second of his two part series entitled the “Trials And Tribulations of Downtown Windsor.” The photo (courtesy of Alexandria MacLellan) appeared on the cover collage of Biz X’s September issue, which drew a lot of attention to the popular bar, Tequila Bob’s and new restaurant (The Chelsea opening this month). Some jumped to the wrong conclusions on the state of the two businesses. As you can see written on the window are the words: “Making Your Downtown Great Again — One Business At A Time.” This phrase, used by the owners of these two businesses, proves, they, and many others, are alive and well.
8 Front Lines
11 Heard On The Street
12 Biz X Was There – The 24th annual “Roth Mosey & Partners LLP Charity Golf Tournament,” benefitting Family Respite Services, took place at Pointe West Golf Club in mid September. As you can see by this shot, the family that putts together stays together as the Fischer clan will attest! From left (in photo by Rod Denis) are: Ian Brown, Joanne Brown, Brenda Fischer, Blake Fischer and Alexandria Fischer (Community Relations Coordinator for Family Respite Services.)
14 Newsflash
16 Dates To Remember
24 Hot Shots: The Summer “Black Tie Tail Gate” Fundraiser
26 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: The Facts And Nothing But The Facts On The Downtown Mission Of Windsor
28 Portfolio Corner: A Piece Of The Pie This Fall
30 Tech Bytes: Five Hot Trends To Build A Better Business
32 Food For Thought: Antonino’s Original Pizza, Windsor – Situated next door to its original location in a new building, as of March 2019, Antonino’s Original Pizza is a  multi-award winning three store local franchise (and growing), with roots going back to 1959. With open arms, General Manager Tony Mannina (shown in photo by David Clark) welcomes hungry guests to the 4350 Howard Avenue restaurant.
35 XX Files: Katie Gajdacs, The Hag Shop And Aussie Graphics Printing Group Inc.
36 Milestones: Get Floored! It’s Colautti Brothers 100th Anniversary
40 Ask The Experts: Better Blinds And Drapery, 2785 Howard Avenue, Windsor
42 The Parenting Biz: Preparing Kids For The World Of Business – As the saying goes, “Your network is your net worth.” Our region has a strong network of support for students interested in entrepreneurship. Across Windsor Essex, there are many businesses and organizations committed to creating an environment that will foster and facilitate young entrepreneurs. A good example is illustrated by the individuals working for Build A Dream who coordinate “Career Discovery Expos” in different locations, throughout the year. On the front cover (inset photo courtesy of Sanja Tabor) a teacher from Conestoga College shows a student how to use a wiring diagram. Special days coming up such as “Manufacturing Day” and “Take Our Kids to Work Day” are also setting children on the right path to becoming the successful CEOs of tomorrow.
50 Health Matters: Be The Parent Your Child Needs You To Be
52 Event Profile: “Ontario Dress Purple Day” October 24, 2019
53 Charity Profile: The Windsor-Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre
54 Halloween Safety: It’s Trick Or Treat Time!
56 Take The Lead: Matthew Nahdee, Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre
58 Making A Sound Living: Marty Bak, SLR Studios (Sound Labs Recording)
60 From The Bookshelf: A Horrendous Crime And Compassionate Caregiving
61 The Way It Was: The Windsor Goodfellows Club
62 Biz Of The Month: EncoreFX Expands Into Windsor

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Deborah Jones
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.