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Biz X Magazine September 2020 Vol 23 Issue 7

Biz X Magazine September 2020 – Vol 23 Issue 7

blankON THE COVER —“80 Incredible Years Of Community Support”—18
The Motor City Community Credit Union celebrates its 80 year anniversary in 2020, an interesting year to say the least. Even though the credit union’s executive group (pictured) may have to physically distance in today’s COVID-19 guidelines, they will always work together with their dedicated team of professionals to give their members (customers) the best financial advice and banking services. Photographed at their 6701 Tecumseh Road East location, from left are: Edward Facca, Vice President, Retail Operations; Danielle Bombardier, Vice President, Human Resources; Sonia Lenhardt, Vice President, Member Experience; Robert Griffith, Chief Executive Officer and Steve Schincariol, Vice President, Commercial Operations. Photo by Rod Denis (

SPOILER ALERT! (top inset photo) — 26 The season six premiere of CBC’s hit comedy “Still Standing” airing in October 2020, features Pelee Island and stars Jonny Harris (pictured with At The Farm Table B&B Owners). Biz X’s Joe McParland investigates who “makes a cameo” in the episode and how those who call the island home are committed to ensuring that their unique jewel is around for generations to come. Photo courtesy of CBC.


4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: Last Call For Nominations And Voting Begins In The 23rd Annual Biz X Awards
blank8 Editorial Viewpoint: Columnist’s FOI Odyssey Concluded After another successful Freedom Of Information appeal, Alan Halberstadt has established that Premier Aviation paid no penalties for failing to meet its job guarantees to the city and in fact received a fourth rent free year on its aircraft repair facility paid for by municipal and federal taxpayers. Premier has since sold the facility to AAR Aircraft Services. Accompanying photo, (by Rod Denis) at the entrance to the facility on Cty Rd 42, shows the AAR sign installed after the acquisition in September 2017.
10 Front Lines
13 Heard On The Street
14 Newsflash – Campaign founder John Fairley, as well as Honorary Co-Chairs Jamie Henderson and Michael G. Solcz, announced the start of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. 18th annual “Face to Face” campaign in mid-August. Find out how to donate and read up on some other interesting tidbits of information in our Newsflash column.
16 Food For Thought: Getting The (Gelato) Cart Rolling With Sottozero Catering
24 Portfolio Corner: The U.S. Election And The Healthcare Sector
25 Accounting Counts: Preparing For The Rebuild Phase
blank30 Feature Story: Fortis Construction Group Inc. Builds The Future By Restoring The Past In 1885 Historic Building When Richard and Colleen Peddie decided to open the River Bookshop in the heart of Amherstburg, they enlisted the talents and skills of a team of creative minds and skilled tradespeople to execute their vision, including Fortis Construction Group Inc. of Windsor as the general contractor. The unique 135 year old building at 67 Richmond Street (photo by Rod Denis), now home to the bookshop, received some much needed TLC to achieve a “Victorian new and now” look. Curious about who was involved in the transformation? We fill you in on the local businesses who made it all possible.
34 Ask The Experts: Firing It Up For Over 30 Years In Essex County
36 Take The Lead: Dr. Martha Reavley, The Odette School Of Business, University Of Windsor
38 The Parenting Biz: “Coronacation” Is Over! – September traditionally means back to school after a two month summer break, but with children at home since mid- March, things are drastically different this year for students, teachers and many anxious parents. As schools reopen and kids learn about how to keep germs from spreading, we start the school year off on the right foot with advice from the local health unit. As well, The Literacy Loft, a local tutoring agency, offers foundational skills for reading that can be reviewed with your child now as they head back to the classroom (whether at home or at school). And we’ll explain all about a new webinar series from Youth Diversion, designed to help parents help their kids get the most from technology while managing risks.
45 XX Files: County Bounty Local Entrepreneur Tracy Klie
46 Biz Of The Month: Craft Supply Canada’s New Storefront Location

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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.