Photo: Two University of Windsor graduates, Paul Brereton (left) and Jeremy Miller started up The Data Company with help from RBC and the EPICentre. Photo courtesy of TDC.

NEWSFLASH July August 2019 – New in Biz – The Data Company Inc

One of Windsor’s top recruitment firms ushers in a new era and redefines the industry with a fresh new look and suite of services for their clients across the region. E3WORKS is the new face of work solutions and is the next phase in the recruitment/consulting industry’s evolution. Formerly known as Devine Personnel, the company has re-branded under the corporate banner of E3WORKS to better align with the changing market, increased customer demand, and to show the public they have evolved into something entirely new and game changing. Grant Molyneux, President and Kyle Devine, Business Development Partner want to offer something different to their customers and in an already saturated market, it can be difficult to be unique. In the last five years they have provided exceptional services to their customers, established long-lasting community connections and challenged what it means to be a “work solutions partner.” Over the years, they have worked through some unique challenges to expand their knowledge and expertise to what is now part of their new solutions suite that includes: Premium Hiring Packages; Industry Leading Tech; HR/Health & Safety Consulting; Retention/Succession Planning; Top Level Talent Acquisition; Professional Contracting; Personality/Aptitude Testing and a Digital Testing Platform. Standard staffing/recruitment services are still offered as well via their office at 4525 Rhodes Drive #200 in Windsor.

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum (277 King Street) and Taylor Log Cabin have some great news to share with Biz X readers! “It is an honour to celebrate the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant award to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum of $119,700,” says Taras Natyshak, MPP for Essex. “The grant will ensure the museum and historic Taylor Log Cabin continue to inspire generations, while serving as a reminder of the core values our nation is founded on.” The upgrade and renovation of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum included the replacement of lighting fixtures and drop ceiling, replacement of gallery windows and of the roof. In addition to these upgrades, the renovation included the replacement of the roof and siding of the historic Taylor Log Cabin, which was the home of a formerly enslaved person, George Taylor and his descendants. Capital improvements have enhanced the overall appeal of the site, making it more visitor-friendly, accessible, while providing cost-savings via energy efficient lighting and windows. Mary-Katherine Whelan, Curator/Administrator, mentions “These renovations ensure the safeguarding of the museum’s collections, historic properties and permanent galleries, all of which focus on presenting and preserving the history of Underground Railway in Canada and legacies of those Freedom Seekers and their descendants who built their lives in Essex County during and after that period.”

Danielle Lankin, a Windsor photographer with Camera Queen Photography has started a fundraiser initiative after her friend, Tabitha Wegner, was taken by a terrible disease, as was her aunt Ann Pitre. She designed Clicks for A Cure to collect funds for cancer research through photo shoots of any kind and the selling of t-shirts for $25 ($11 from each shirt sold goes to the Cancer Research Society). She has already sold 100 t-shirts at the time of writing and would love to sell even more to reach her fundraising goal of $5,000.

Marriott International, Inc. announced in June the official opening of Four Points by Sheraton Windsor Downtown located at 430 Ouellette Avenue. Managed by Sunray Group, Four Points by Sheraton Windsor Downtown, previously under the names Sunbridge Hotel and Holiday Inn, offers 147 spacious guest rooms, over 1,900 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, a 24-hour fitness centre, indoor pool and sun deck, guest laundry, lobby pantry, business centre and free Wi-Fi. (Get more details on the hotel at: Guests can enjoy full-service dining at the lobby level Fionn MacCool’s restaurant pub and the brand’s iconic “Best Brews and BBQ” program, which serves guests refreshing, curated local beers and seasonal appetizers. A customized Four Points Pale Ale from Frank Brewing Company is the inaugural “Best Brew” to kick-start the program. The Windsor location of Fionn MacCool’s is the 43rd to pop up across five provinces from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Edmonton, Alberta. “We are thrilled to announce that Fionn MacCool’s Windsor is now open!” states Kristian Neill, General Manager inviting all to “Enjoy live entertainment every Thursday and Saturday and come out to watch the game.” Various seating options are offered, including a private room that accommodates 12. Please note you should call for reservations and hours before heading to the restaurant.

The Data Company Inc., a member of the “RBC EPIC Founders Program” (start-up funding and support from the University of Windsor’s EPICentre and RBC), is a new firm focused on putting the power of data analytics into the hands of small and medium sized businesses. University of Windsor MBA graduates, Jeremy Miller and Paul Brereton launched their new firm in late May that focuses on helping business turn their data resources into a strategic advantage. “We want to put the power of data analytics into the hands of businesses of all sizes,” says Miller. “We’ve noticed that while businesses in 2019 are collecting more data than ever, they often lack the knowledge and human capital needed to extract its value. We started The Data Company (TDC) as a solution to that problem.” TDC works with companies and not-for-profit organizations in southwestern Ontario to extract the value from their internal data sources. The new service enables business of all sizes to gain insights from their data and make data-driven decisions without the cost and difficulty of hiring data scientists and analysts. By providing business intelligence, dashboarding, predictive modelling, machine learning and more, TDC gives a company’s data a seat at the boardroom table. 

Webplanet, a web marketing and branding company, has decided to relocate by the end of summer from their existing Tecumseh location to the Hopgood Plaza, 319 Talbot Street North in Essex, ON. The plaza is a three year old commercial building, developed, owned and managed by Brotto Family Holdings. “We’ve been so fortunate over the past 20+ years to have such wonderful clients from all over the world,” says Webplanet Owner Aaron Peterson. “We’ve decided to expand our company by relocating to a brand new, much larger, and more accessible location that will accommodate our growth. We look forward to welcoming our past, present, and future clients at our new location!” Webplanet was established in 1998, starting out as a local web design and development company, but quickly found success in the industry and expanded to include full-service graphic design, print, branding, and marketing departments, in addition to web. Christian LeFave, President and Managing Partner of Brotto Family Holdings adds, “We are very excited to have such an established and well respected business as Webplanet join Farm Credit Canada in our Hopgood Plaza. With Webplanet coming, Phase 1 of this development is now fully leased out. We do have a second phase available, which will allow us to add another 5,000 square feet of space.”

The Town of Essex has appointed Doug Sweet to the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer as of early June 2019. Sweet has served the Town as Director, Community Services since 2013 and Director of Parks and Recreation from 2004 to 2008. He also served as Manager of Arenas and the WFCU Centre for the City of Windsor. He replaces Chris Nepszy, who has taken on the CAO role. Sweet also maintains his work as Director, Community Services. “I look forward to continuing to work with Council and staff to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our municipality,” he states.

Gertrude’s Writing Room, the only creative writing school in Essex County, has moved from its first home at 628 Monmouth, to 1899 Niagara — The Stable Yard in the Coach House in Willistead Park. “That’s right, our new home is in Willistead Park — fully accessible and with free parking!” says an excited Owner Vanessa Shields. “The move was made so that Gertrude’s Writing Room would have its very own space and be fully accessible. New location, new home, but same unique workshop and classes!” Check out their website to see how Shields can bring your words to life!

Look for Schinkels’ Meat Market now at their new location at 24 Talbot Street North, Essex Centre, one block down from their previous smaller shop. “After 57 years, we wouldn’t dream of leaving the town,” says Andrea Schinkel. “Essex is an attractive base because the people are amazing. Many long-term, multigenerational customers and new ones show up every week.” The retail meat market and deli sell a wide range of products, from fresh meats, cheese, and bread, to frozen goods and snacks. With the expansion, the business has so far hired 12 additional part-time staff, on top of the 17 current employees. “This expansion demonstrates the Town of Essex is a great place to invest and grow,” states Nelson Silveira, Town of Essex Economic Development Officer. “Schinkels’ is a perfect example of a long-time, locally-owned business taking advantage of our Community Improvement Plan grants to the benefit of their business, customers, and community.” View online to learn more on opening a business in Essex.

The Town of Kingsville and sponsor Libro Credit Union have announced the winners of the 2019 Kingsville “Business Recognition Awards,” held at the end of May, as the following: “Business of the Year”: The Grove Hotel & Brew House; “Business Innovation”: Green Heart Kitchen and “Young Entrepreneur”: Dr. Abby Jakob, (Optometrist and owner of Eyes). Winners were selected by a panel of judges from within the Town’s Tourism and Economic Development Committee. Pictures and presentation videos from the ceremony can be found on the Town’s website