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It’s All In The Attitude

It’s All In The Attitude

Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

There is no denying that climate change is happening. Advocates for change, such as Greta Thunberg and celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, help bring awareness and a sense of urgency to the issues that surround climate change, but of course, that is all talk. In reality, what exactly is and can be done to ensure continued food security in the face of a changing climate?

STEM Success

STEM Success

Where Retail and Education Meet

It’s that time of year again! Gift-giving holidays are here and parents are out on the trail of the latest and greatest toys as they check off items from their children’s wish lists. And in recent years, STEM toys have become increasingly popular with that segment of consumers.

A Great Place to Live, Work and Play

A Great Place to Live, Work and Play

Adams County, WI

Adams County, with an approximate population of 20,000, is a beautiful rural area located in Central Wisconsin, twenty three miles from the distinctive Wisconsin Dells. Clean air and ample bodies of water make it a popular spot for tourists, but it is the quality of life found there that truly makes it so special.

Speaking the Language

Speaking the Language

Automotive Data Solutions

Automotive Data Solutions Inc. (ADS), headquartered in Montreal, is an innovative manufacturer of after-market technology. Among other areas, the company specializes in remote start and audio integration products. Over the past fourteen years, ADS has grown from a small team of five to having one hundred employees across Canada and the United States. In 2018, it sold over one million devices.
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Automotive Data Solutions Inc. (ADS) got started back in 2005 when a then veteran mobile electronics sales executive and a rookie hardware engineer who introduced the iDatalink ADS-ALCA, the first universal, web-programmable “immobilizer bypass” interface module – essentially a little black box – which made it possible to install aftermarket remote start systems, without needing to bury or hide a key somewhere in the vehicle.

A Leader in Trenchless Technology

A Leader in Trenchless Technology

AQUAREHAB

AQUAREHAB, founded in 1988, is a leader in trenchless technology and water rehabilitation. With its head office located in Laval, Quebec, AQUAREHAB is dedicated to the repair and maintenance of water networks and has teamed up with over two hundred municipalities across North America in its goal to ensure everyone has potable water.
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AQUAREHAB got its start in water main detection, but in the early 1990s, it transitioned to water main rehabilitation. It initially used various methods including spraying epoxy inside water mains. “All those techniques are not structural, but that’s where we started,” says AQUAREHAB Project Office Director François Campagna. “In 1995, we began the process for pressurized pipe – water and force main lining. In 2000, we introduced the structural lining for water mains and in 2003, sewer pipes.”

Exceeding Expectations

Exceeding Expectations

Ches’s Famous Fish and Chips

Ches’s Famous Fish and Chips was established in 1951 by Ches Barbour. Now with seven locations across Newfoundland, this third-generation, family-run chain of restaurants serves mouth-watering, quality food that exceeds expectations, and a warm Newfoundland welcome when visitors walk through the door.
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Ches’s Famous Fish and Chips is very proud of its beginnings sixty-seven years ago. Vicki Barbour loves telling how her grandfather Ches Barbour began the company. “He combined two of his passions: cooking and fishing,” says Vicki Barbour. “He was always an avid outdoorsman. He would get up before sunrise and go down to the St. John’s Harbour, hop in his boat, and steer out through the narrows. He’d fish for a while in the morning, catch what he needed, come back in, clean the fish, sell off what he didn’t think he was going to use, and be open (for business) by lunchtime,” she says.

A Resource in Quality

A Resource in Quality

PreGel America

PreGel America, established in 2002, is the North American subsidiary of PreGel SpA, a manufacturer of specialty dessert ingredients. PreGel is dedicated to offering quality products, exceptional customer service, and outstanding continued education to the food industry.
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PreGel was founded in Reggio-Emilia, Italy, in 1967 by Dr. Luciano Rabboni – a gelato enthusiast. “Our core audience really started out with the gelato market, and later we expanded to pastry,” says PreGel America Marketing Communications Specialist Janae Morris. “Now, we offer ingredients for everything from gelato to ice cream, frozen yogurt, pastries, and specialty beverages. We are part of a network of twenty other subsidiaries worldwide, and we are the largest specialty dessert ingredient distributor in North America.”

A Unique Combination of Family and Flavor

A Unique Combination of Family and Flavor

Home Run Inn

Home Run Inn is a family-owned and operated business specializing in pizza. Using the same original family recipe it’s been using for over 70 years, its fresh pizza is presently served at nine pizzeria locations in Chicago, while its frozen pizza line is available in over 40 states nationwide. Home Run Inn is dedicated to its customers and focused on always producing a quality and flavorful pizza.
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Home Run Inn was established in 1923, when immigrants from Bari, Italy, Mary and Vincent Grittani, opened a small tavern on Chicago’s South Side. “There was a neighborhood park across the street from the tavern, and when kids hit home run baseballs, they would come across the street and hit our tavern. That is how the name Home Run Inn came about,” says Gina Bolger, Senior VP of Branding and great granddaughter to the Grittanis.

Alive with Opportunity

Alive with Opportunity

Youngstown/Warren

Youngstown is the county seat of Mahoning County, and Warren is the county seat of Trumbull County, with both communities situated along the Mahoning Valley in Ohio. In part due to the Utica and Marcellus shale formations, Youngstown/Warren has become the supply chain capital of all things related to shale and is presently buzzing with related activity and opportunities.
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Youngstown/Warren has always been an ideal location for heavy industry, including a variety of manufacturing, as well as warehousing and distribution. “There was a time when Youngstown and Warren were predominantly a steel-making community,” says Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Chief Operating Officer Sarah Boyarko.

A Coating for Every Need

A Coating for Every Need

CANLAK

With more than 35 years of experience as an industrial wood coating manufacturer, CANLAK plays a leading role in the woodworking industry. CANLAK is a privately owned, Canadian company and its head office is located in Daveluyville, Quebec. With six facilities across Canada, as well as one in the U.S., the company specializes in innovative, top-of-the-line industrial coatings perfectly adapted to the customer’s needs.
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CANLAK began as a family-owned company and was originally located on a family farm. Normand Guindon, President and CEO, and Éric Vaillancourt, Vice-President and chemist, are the leaders and brains behind this large operation. Vaillancourt became owner in 2010, partnering soon after with Guindon in 2012. “When I first arrived, the company was very regional and sold mostly in Quebec, with very little exposure outside of the province. So, my first mandate was to broaden the production line, to associate with other paint companies and to expand the market throughout Canada,” says Guindon.

Fresh Is Better

Fresh Is Better

Bays English Muffins

Bays Bakery Incorporated started in Chicago, in 1933, as the Bays English Muffin Corporation. Dedicated to quality service and product, the company has grown to distribute across the United States and abroad. In 2017, Bays proudly celebrated its eightieth anniversary.
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Bays English Muffin Corporation was started by George W. Bay Sr. “He started with one bakery, making English muffins using a family recipe that originated back to his family in England,” says Tom Robaczewski, vice president of sales at Bays Bakery Incorporated. “And he began selling them up and down the streets of Chicago, in brown paper bags.

A Unique Combination

A Unique Combination

Crêpe Delicious

Crêpe Delicious, established in 2004, specializes in gelato and crêpes. It started with one store, in one mall in Vaughan, Ontario, but has since grown to include over 50 locations, both across Canada and in several various countries worldwide.
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Crêpe Delicious started with a gelato concept. “It’s a nice unique concept that some people hadn’t heard of before,” says Elik Farin, COO of Crêpe Delicious. “Under the specialty food category, we specialize in crêpes and gelato which we make on the premises, right in front of people’s eyes. This creates excitement. It’s beautiful to watch and it’s great food,” he shares.

Focusing on Excellent Care

Focusing on Excellent Care

Neighbors Emergency Center

Neighbors Emergency Center is a freestanding emergency room with twenty-eight locations across Texas. It was originally started by eight doctors wanting to change the way emergency room medicine is given and focuses on patients’ needs and quality care.
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Neighbors Emergency Center opened its first location in 2008. “A group of eight doctors, most of which were working for good and varying hospitals in Houston, saw this possibility, came together and decided to open up a freestanding emergency room (ER),” says Neighbors Emergency Center Chief Operating Officer Bruce McVeigh.

A Bright Future

A Bright Future

STANDARD Products

STANDARD Products is a Canadian-based lighting company. This full-line lamp and fixture manufacturer serves the Canadian market from coast to coast, with a passion for saving energy.
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STANDARD started as a lightbulb supplier and manufacturer. “We basically brought in lightbulbs for the market, and with time and technology, things evolved, and today we offer a full line of lamps and ballasts, as well as lighting fixtures,” says STANDARD Executive Vice President Jason Prevost. “In the last five years, we have made a significant transformation to our business and our business model, transitioning the organization from a lamp company to a fixture company.”

A Great Story

A Great Story

Madison Region Economic Partnership

The City of Madison is Wisconsin’s capital, with a population of over 252,000. A beautiful place to live, work and play, Madison has a plethora of riches and opportunities to offer businesses, families and visitors alike.
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Madison offers a fantastic quality of life for its residents and fosters a vibrant start-up ecosystem for businesses to thrive and grow. “Madison is one of only two major cities in the country that are on an isthmus,” says Paul Jadin, president of Madison Region Economic Partnership. “We have a major lake on either side of the state capital and the natural resources which come with that are fabulous. A lot of people like to say that we are the ‘fresh coast’ because we have such an abundance of water.”

A Shared Passion

A Shared Passion

The Matador

The Matador – a restaurant known for its Mexican cuisine and extensive tequila bar – has been offering its customers a unique experience and quality food ever since its inception. From its beautiful works of art to its décor and atmosphere, its owners have put their passion to work, and their hearts into creating this one-of-a-kind establishment.
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The Matador was established in 2004 by co-owners Zak Melang and Nate Opper. “We both came from the restaurant business. I was a bartender and restaurant manager, and so was he. And we were both very fond of Mexico and tequila,” says Zak. “We have over 150 different types of tequilas. It’s a big part of our image.”

Committed to Innovation

Committed to Innovation

Paragon Metals

Paragon Metals is a global company that specializes in manufactured precision-engineered metal components and is devoted to meeting its customers’ needs while offering great service and competitive pricing.
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Paragon Metals got its start in 1991. “When I started the company, we started as a broker or middleman representing some Chinese manufacturers in the electrical distribution line hardware, and from that, we turned into an automotive manufacturer,” says Paragon Metals Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith. “It was a progression based on what was happening in the world.”

Designed to Last

Designed to Last

Adetel Solution

Adetel Solution, in Montreal, is part of the International Cendum Adetel Group, which has offices worldwide. The company specializes in custom solutions and innovation and is dedicated to taking on unique engineering challenges and designing quality products that last.
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Adetel Solution initially got its start as the group Telecite, thirty years ago in Montreal. It designed light-emitting diode (LED) displays, and its first customer was the STCUM (once responsible for commuter trains in Montreal) as it equipped the metro cars with LED displays.

Your Business is Their Pleasure

Your Business is Their Pleasure

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort is a privately owned corporation, located on Deerfield Beach, Florida. It was built by the Chase Family who have owned and operated it since day one. Dedicated to being “responsive and respectful,” Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort is in the business of delivering a great experience to each of its guests, and making them feel at home.
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Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort is a full-service hotel with 172 rooms, a ballroom, and meeting space, totaling about 4,500 square feet. “We can accommodate weddings up to 180 people and meetings up to 250 people,” says Julian Felder, General Manager of Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort.

As Unique as Its Name

As Unique as Its Name

Maury County, TN

Maury County is located in Tennessee, approximately forty-five miles south of Nashville. It has a wide variety of landscapes, from the classic hills of Tennessee to farmlands, all with a rich history and an array of beautiful antebellum homes. But its wonderfully unique mixture of a suburban lifestyle with a rural feel is what makes it such a great place to live and do business.
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A fun fact about Maury County (pronounced ‘Murray’) can be found in its name. While there are other counties named Murray, “to the best of our knowledge, we cannot locate another Maury County,” says Wil Evans, president of Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance. “There may be one with another spelling, but there isn’t one with its name spelled that way.

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