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NEWSFLASH – July August 2020

Biz X magazine Newsflash 2019

NEWSFLASH – July August 2020

Ryan Michael Solcz, Barrister and Solicitor, is pleased to announce the opening of his law office on June 1, 2020 at 1500 Ouellette Avenue (Suite 404) in Windsor under the name of Ryan Michael Solcz Professional Corporation (Solcz Law). Ryan uses his past family business experience to help small business clients navigate their real estate, corporate and estate/succession planning needs. His business is focused on client service. He is also pleased to serve other members of our community for their residential closing needs. Ryan can offer dedicated and professional support and flat fees for those on a tight budget.

MENTUR a unique and one-of-a-kind company — to not only the Windsor Essex region, but in Canada as well — was launched on June 15, 2020 by co-founders and entrepreneurs Christina Zheng and Rebecca Cao (Human Resources). MENTUR is a guided mentorship program, which combines one-on-one mentorship and online self-learning courses that provides new graduates with a personalized career development experience. Based on best practices and world class guidance and wisdom, MENTUR aims to create long term opportunity for new graduates and new Canadians. After running the program as a low-tech offering, the MENTUR team has taken things digital with the hopes of helping even more job seekers during these turbulent economic times. The company is the first to develop a competency-based training model. The competency concept is new to job seekers, but it’s the most fundamental concept for hiring. Competencies define not only what a person must know and do, but also how a person does it. The MENTUR team developed a competency-based talent training model to quickly put new graduates and newcomers on track to build up their professional skills for the Canadian workplace. MENTUR is dedicated to building the culture of the ‘Mentrepreneur,’ which is an experiential mentoring process. Talent is connected with the mentors from their very own fields going through virtual job shadowing and systematic skill set training. MENTUR is proud to have engaged an extensive network of many mentors from across several industries and professions such as IT, Data science, engineering, education, marketing, and more! Cao comments, “Our mentoring sessions are unique. Instead of focusing on teaching ‘what’ to the clients, our methodology and our values are all about ‘why’ such as: why we should write a resume in a certain way, or ‘why’ do employers think soft skills are just as important as hard ones? We believe that once you understand all the reasons behind the interviewer’s questions, you will talk the employers’ language and bring your past experiences up to their expectations. The biggest value we bring to our clients is the growing confidence we see following each mentoring session.” Marketing Director Fei Niu adds, “Our goal at MENTUR is to make mentorship more accessible and affordable. We know that mentorship is still a vague concept to many people; therefore, MENTUR is a chance for them to benefit from mentorship without the need to reach out and lead the conversation. We set things out from the beginning with clear expectations, and immediate outcomes. Our clients can expect to be fully supported by the MENTUR team while seeking employment and entering the workforce. The feedback we’ve already received from mentors and mentees has been amazing, and proves that MENTUR has all the right pieces in place to help solve the complicated puzzle that can be early stage career development.” MENTUR was supported by the RISE Windsor-Essex network(, funded by the federal government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy program, and administered by the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Centre. RISE is designed to coordinate the region’s efforts to increase participation of female entrepreneurs and/or business leaders in emerging technologies. MENTUR is a graduate of the EPICentre’s “EPIC VentureWomen” program and is a client with WEtech Alliance, a local organization dedicated to growing tech businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. “It has been such a pleasure to see the MENTUR platform evolve to what it is today,” says Adam Castle, Director of Venture Services for WEtech Alliance. “The MENTUR founding team have shown incredible empathy while considering how to tackle the challenges faced by new talent in the workforce. When you have that kind of care taken to solve a problem, you know the end product is going to be truly spectacular!”  Those looking for assistance on their own career path and want to try out a course on the platform for FREE.

As of August 2020 Windsor Vacuum, “Your Clean and Healthy Home Store” has moved up the street to a corner unit at 3051 Dougall Avenue (previously located at 8-3041). Founded in 1939 and currently located in the heart of South Windsor, owner Jon Zakoor seized the opportunity in order to better serve his growing client base. According to Zakoor, “Local real estate continues to thrive with new housing going up throughout the County of Essex and we’re finding more and more customers wanting/needing home automation services. Not that our new location is bigger, we just need a better layout for our showroom and the day-to-day operations of our repair centre.” At its new showroom, Windsor Vacuum will continue to sell central vacuums, portables, retractable Hide-A-Hose systems, and repair all make and models of vacuums. In partnership with Newby Structured Wiring, all the amenities of home automation will be on display as well. Security cameras by Ring, Brilliant Smart Home light switches, Sonos speakers, and home security systems are all fully functional in their showroom. He adds, “We want to give our customers the attention and knowledge they deserve and help them make the right decision on their purchase. Having arrived in South Windsor, 20 years ago from our inception location downtown and surviving the ever-changing landscape of small retail, I feel this move is going to help us better navigate the needs of our customers and allow us to further grow within the community. South Windsor is a great place for business, with the accessibility of the E.C. Row Expressway and the 401 expansion, Dougall Avenue is the place to be!”

Since 2012 Windsor Tea Emporium has been focused on providing premium, loose leaf teas to its customers. Now their teapots are brewing with exciting news to share about an expansion that includes a café and patio to serve you better! Officially open since Canada Day, their new home can now be found at 1295 Ottawa Street in Windsor. CEO/Founder Mary Christine Smith hopes, “Our customers will enjoy the uplifting atmosphere we have created so they can enjoy special times with friends and family. Our menu will offer salads, sandwiches, soups, gelato and of course our specialty beverages with special events on Sundays for high teas and private celebrations.” Don’t worry though, this 2019 Biz X Award winner for “Everyone’s Cup Of Tea” still carries retail items in store, as well as online where you can shop at home and choose free local and county delivery or in-store pick up. 

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