NEWSFLASH March 2019, Kingsville Business Recognition Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2019 “Kingsville Business Recognition Awards,” a program created by the Town of Kingsville to recognize the many contributions local businesses have made within the Town, demonstrating their support for the growth of their community. The Committee is asking for nominations for three awards. First, “Business of the Year” recognizes a business operating within the Town of Kingsville that has demonstrated a commitment to the community and its residents, while displaying strong ethics within the business and society. Second, the “Business Innovation” Award acknowledges a business that demonstrated innovation in enhancing its business and services. This may relate to implementing an “outside the box” system, or by rejuvenating its operations through new technologies and facility upgrades. And the third award, “Young Entrepreneur (under 35)” honours the hard work demonstrated by a young entrepreneur (under 35 years old at the time of nomination), who either resides, operates an active business, or grew up primarily in the Town of Kingsville. Nominations are accepted until Sunday, March 31, 2019 online. Winners are announced at the “Business Recognition Awards Ceremony” which takes place on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Pelee Island Winery at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the website listed above and are $70 each or a table of eight for $500.
Connections Early Years Family Centre is the recipient of a $117,000 Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Located at 795 Giles Blvd. East in Windsor, the grant money will be used to renovate their existing 374 square-foot kitchen and turn it into a fully functional, accessible community kitchen. The Centre is a not-for-profit location that offers free services and programs for families with children up to six years old. In addition to modernizing old, unsafe equipment and cabinetry, upgrades will include the installation of an eating area with accessible seating. The Centre expects to hold 11 programs or events offered to approximately 100 families per month. It will also collaborate with other community programs by sharing the space with neighbouring agencies. To learn more about the centre and other fundraising campaigns, visit online.
NEW IN BIZ
In early February EncoreFX, a leading provider of foreign exchange, global payments, and risk management products for corporations, announced it has partnered with Windsor and area’s Motor City Community Credit Union to offer cross border payment solutions and foreign exchange risk management services to Motor City’s business members. The partnership was established to leverage EncoreFX’s industry expertise as global payment and foreign exchange specialists. Motor City’s members benefit by gaining access to EncoreFX’s new Fintech platform, Express, allowing members to make international payments online in over 150 currencies. In addition, members receive access to experts who provide tailored risk management strategies to companies dealing in cross-border transactions. “We’re excited to partner with Motor City and offer its business members a better way to send international payments and manage currency risks,” says Windsor based EncoreFX Business Development Executive, Linda DeLuca. “Members will be able to log-in, add beneficiaries and send payments from their Motor City accounts to countries around the globe.” Steve Schincariol, Motor City Vice President of Commercial Operations adds, “We are pleased to provide our commercial members with leading edge Foreign Exchange through our new partnership with EncoreFX. This solution will assist our members in completing their Foreign Exchange transactions in a more timely and efficient manner than is currently offered.”
Hustle, hustle, hustle! New entrepreneur Brooke Gursoy has been dancing in Windsor and Toronto for 15 years, eventually moving on to teaching her craft as well. The inspiration of big city dancing has fuelled her energy over the years, and the style and vision of hip hop became her passion. This passion became her reality when she saw an opportunity to combine her lifelong love with her future career, leading her to open INDUSTRY Dance Co., 1250 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor, in January 2019. Taking the idea behind drop-in dance classes offered in big cities like New York and L.A., the model behind Gursoy’s company is to create an environment where people of all ages and ability levels have a studio environment where they can come to learn, laugh, grow, and of course . . . get fit and fabulous! Her vision has finally become a reality, creating a place where other young professionals in the area offer their expertise in multiple styles including, but not limited to, heels class, pop and locking, fitness, and traditional beginner and advanced hip hop classes for all ages, from kids to adults.
In early January 2019, three strong local business women combined their passions and skills to open Synergy Day Spa at 7150 Hawthorne Drive, Suite 106 in Windsor. Co-owner Tracey Laforet offers her services ranging from hair styling to braids and extensions, as the “Tray’Elle” hairstylist. Co-owner Nadalina Francic brings facials, hydrafacials, reiki and reiki facial services to the spa. Completing the trio, Co-owner Bienka Jones (also Owner of Uncover U Lasers) provides premium services such as laser hair reduction, skin tightening and skin laser treatments, and fat reduction laser treatments. You can also purchase an array of products inside the spa from a fantastic natural skin care line, Arcona. This new spa offers a unique set up, which allows clients to spend an entire day there and receive all desired services under the same roof.
As of mid-February 2019, there is a new free resource found on the web for family friendly events and information.
Owner (and busy mom) Carrie Docks, has designed the site to make parenting just a little bit easier. “I’ve tried to put all the resources in one place, right at the fingertips of busy parents,” she states. “You can expect to find upcoming events, everyday activities, parenting articles, local restaurants that offer kid specials, and even holiday craft ideas. I’ll be updating it weekly, so the information is available ahead of time to help you plan.” The site was created after Docks herself spent hours of time online, scouring the Internet for family friendly events, discounts, and activities. But what began as a personal project, soon turned into many long discussions with friends, family and online group members, in an effort to help keep them up-to-date on all the information she was uncovering online. “I sort of became the go to for people trying to plan family time, and eventually decided it would be best to put it into a website.” At the end of the day, Docks believes family time is precious. “I hope Kidz Corner can continue to grow into something that allows parents to spend a whole lot less time searching, and a whole lot more time playing.”
ON THE MOVE
The Town of Essex announces the appointment of Chris Nepszy to the position of Chief Administrative Officer as of March 15, 2019. Nepszy has served the Town as the Director, Infrastructure and Development Services since 2008. He was appointed to the Deputy CAO position by Council in 2018. “I’ve worked with Chris for more than four years as Councillor and Mayor, and during that time he demonstrated that he is a dedicated and passionate public servant,” comments Essex Mayor Larry Snively. “He brings a wealth of experience that will contribute to the strength of our organization and help our community grow.” Incoming CAO Nepszy adds, “The relationships I have built with residents, developers, other municipalities and organizations, along with County and Provincial officials, will ensure a seamless transition into the CAO position.” Nepszy is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Ontario and Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Windsor and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business.
HALL OF FAME
The Windsor Essex region picked up two big awards on January 31, 2019 at the “President’s Dinner & Awards Ceremony” at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario’s (EDCO) 62nd annual “Conference and Showcase” in Toronto. Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI), along with the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Growers Association, received the award for “Collaboration and Partnership, 250,000+” in the category, “Local Collaboration and Partnership” for “EPIC 1867 – 150 Years of Winemaking in Windsor Essex, ON.” This collaboration celebrated 150 years of Canadian winemaking, which included a museum exhibit showcasing the evolution of the region’s wine industry, a public lecture, wine tasting, and a limited release wine collection produced by 10 participating EPIC wineries. And Yvonne Pilon, President/CEO of WEtech Alliance was the recipient of “Digital Influencer of the Year.” Pilon was nominated by TWEPI for this award and Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex notes, “From a tourism standpoint, her accomplishments have been essential in fostering a ‘sense of place’ for visitors and residents alike, while assisting in the development of an authentic destination.” Pilon adds “The #YQG hashtag, which Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island has embraced whole-heartedly, is being used in hundreds of social media posts, reaching over half a million unique accounts and nearly 1 million impressions every single day. The posts cover topics from tourism, to businesses development, to family fun and events — a truly regional hashtag!” Find out other provincial award winners here.