October 2016

Optimal Solutions for Every Client

Optimal Solutions for Every Client

ITS Compliance

Founded in 1983, ITS Compliance Inc offers personalized service throughout the United States and Canada. Experts in finding cost-effective solutions in regulatory compliance and risk management for transportation fleets, ITS Compliance is one of the most flexible companies in the industry, with an unfaltering mission to provide leadership in cost-effective transportation management services.
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ITS Compliance started off as a one-person consulting firm that specialized as an ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission) Practitioner. “Our founder could see that transportation fleets didn’t really have a good understanding of regulations and how to comply,” says John Vosters, Chief Sales Officer of ITS Compliance Inc. “It then became apparent that there could be a niche in that field, a void that could be filled through consulting and expertise.”

Toronto Tech Firm Enjoys Industry Honours, Fast Growth and a Huge Investment

Toronto Tech Firm Enjoys Industry Honours, Fast Growth and a Huge Investment

Nulogy

Headquartered in Toronto, Nulogy develops software solutions for contract packagers, that is, companies that take various products through the packaging process. Nulogy “manages the complexities of mass customization … we make it simpler for brand owners to promote and confidently launch products into specific market segments, while controlling supply-chain costs and ensuring compliance with industry standards,” explains Nulogy Chief Executive Officer Jason Tham.
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On July 12, 2016, high-tech company Nulogy announced the completion of a $14 million investment from Tola Capital, a Seattle-based venture capital firm.

Relationships and Innovation

Relationships and Innovation

TimeLine Logistic

TimeLine Logistic was launched in 2010 and had its sights set on the on the front of the end of the nuclear fuel cycle from the beginning. “We do everything from hauling the ore out of Saskatoon here to taking fuel into the power plants. With the depressed market in oil and gas, this past year’s been a struggle, but we’ve been able to keep our core customers, and with our nuclear business being ready to come online, it’s actually been able to boost us up and help compensate for the depressed oil market,” says President Troy Stimpson.
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To say TimeLine Logistic President Troy Stimpson has an unusual attitude about audits would be a considerable understatement.

Serving Northern B.C.’s Telecom Needs

CityWest is more than a telecommunications company; it is a vital tool for the fifteen thousand residents and businesses it connects across Northern British Columbia. The company stays true to its founding vision of being a company ‘that has a direct impact on the local economy through job creation, charitable donations, infrastructure...

Wireless Solutions Revolutionize Oil & Gas Measurement

Wireless Solutions Revolutionize Oil & Gas Measurement

OleumTech Corporation

OleumTech®, of Foothill Ranch, California, offers innovative wireless solutions for industrial systems involving process monitoring and control applications. The firm’s products—designed and manufactured in the United States—have radically transformed how oil and gas companies make measurements in the field. Proprietary wireless technology, designed to automate and reduce the cost of industrial measurement and monitoring, is one of the keys to the company’s success.
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“We also provide patented wired and wireless level sensors along with I/O solutions that extend our machine-to-machine (M2M) communication offering. For our customers, we provide free technical support, application engineering and even on-site installation supervision,” adds Chief Operating Officer, Vrej Isa.

Specialization, Strategy and the Science of Win-Win

Specialization, Strategy and the Science of Win-Win

Skeena Resources

When Walter Coles Jr., the CEO of Skeena Resources, discusses the junior mining company’s Chairman of the Board Ron Netolitzky, he speaks in the slightly hushed tones reserved for the legendary. As Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky enjoy membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Ron earned a similar distinction in the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 2015. Mr. Netolitzky has also been honoured with the Prospector of the Year Award from the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) and Developer of the Year Award from the BC & Yukon Chamber of Mines.
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Coles explains, “I worked for an investment bank for a bunch of years; then for a hedge fund, and I left that business to create a company around family farmlands with minerals, and through that endeavour I got to know Ron, and he ended up being on the board of that particular company. Once I fully appreciated his uncanny ability to find precious metals, I approached him and said ‘Why don’t you let me focus on raising money for whatever idea you have for your next company, and you can do what you love: the geology, the rocks.’ That has been our partnership since.”

On The Rise

On The Rise

Benjamin Foods

Benjamin Foods’ President/Chief Executive Officer, Howard Klayman’s out-of-the-box thinking and innovative ways have gotten Benjamin Foods to where it is today. More than anything, Howard’s passion has built this Hatboro, Pennsylvania-based food distribution company into a growing industry presence while in just its 10th year of existence.
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Benjamin Foods, a broadline distributor, delivers a wide range of food and foodservice equipment and supplies to an array of foodservice operator customers across America. It also sells directly to the public through its Cash & Carry store, while selling and distributing to restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area. We spoke to Marketing Manager Charles Carfagno to find out more.

A True Newfoundland Experience

A True Newfoundland Experience

Ches’s Famous Fish and Chips

Ches’s Famous Fish and Chips was established in 1951, by Ches Barbour. From its humble beginnings to today, with seven locations across “The Rock”, Ches’s attention to quality has never wavered.
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Now, with a second generation at the helm, this family-run chain of restaurants proudly serves up a real downhome Newfoundland experience, in every way – from the mouth-watering quality food on its menu, to a warm Newfoundland welcome when visitors walk through the door.

A Spirited Approach to Doing Business

A Spirited Approach to Doing Business

Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation

Newfoundland and Labrador, the most easterly province in Canada, is one rich in cultural traditions and heritage. The province is recognized internationally as a friendly and welcoming community and its people are proud of their land – its unique beauty, its quality of life and its bright outlook for the future.
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Newfoundland or ‘The Rock’ as it’s affectionately called, continues to attract attention on a global scale as being one of the most competitive places to do business in North America, as evidenced by a recent KPMG Canada report. Its capital city, St. John’s, is showcasing its ability to do just that. The city is headquarters to the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation, an entity that has a longstanding history of ‘getting it right’ when it comes to service, quality of product, and customer satisfaction.

A Melting Pot of Innovation

A Melting Pot of Innovation

City of Gainesville and Alachua County, FL

Located in north central Florida, the city of Gainesville (population: 127,000) is the entertainment, employment and economic hub of Alachua County (population: 160,000) and home of Gator Nation – the affectionate name of University of Florida’s flagship campus.
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Gainesville is one of the most creative, innovative communities in the country. Its setting, incredible quality of life, and real potential are taking centre stage in tomorrow’s economy while finding solutions for some of today’s biggest problems.

Opportunities Abound

Opportunities Abound

Gadsden County, FL

Gadsden County, located in Northwest Florida, is part of the Tallahassee metro area and offers many opportunities for companies looking to do business in the southeastern US. The Gadsden County Development Council (GCDC) is committed to leveraging the county’s strategic assets to strengthen the local economy. Executive Director Beth Kirkland spoke with us about the assets and initiatives that make Gadsden County an ideal location for doing business.
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Gadsden County, Florida, is comprised of six municipalities with a combined population of 46,823 people. Gadsden County provides easy access to all the amenities of the south Georgia – north Florida region providing a workforce of 265,709 people in the 50 mile radius. With a vibrant arts community and an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities featuring many lakes, rivers, and state parks, the county offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. “Gadsden is that outdoor playground, with the lakes, the watersports, the fishing and hunting, all the things that people so enjoy,” said Beth Kirkland of the Gadsden County Development Council. “People here have the balance of lifestyle they’re looking for.”

Growing the Future

Growing the Future

City of Miami Gardens

Oliver G. Gilbert became the Mayor of Miami Gardens in 2012, merely nine years after the City came into being in 2003. “My mom still stays here in the house that I grew up in. I bought the home I lived in until I was ten (10) years old from my parents and live there with my son. My sisters still live in the city as well,” he says. “I went to elementary, middle, and high school here; I’m really a small town kid. I want people to see the Miami Gardens that I see. We can look at where we were twenty years ago and compare it to where we are now and look forward to where we can be.”
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Situated a few semi-tropical miles east of the Florida beach district and home to the Hard Rock Stadium where the Miami Dolphins play, the City of Miami Gardens has enjoyed a lot of advantages throughout its brief 13-year history. “We have $100 million of private investment already on the way. The flea market is being redeveloped; Marshall’s, Burlington, O’Reillys, and other new businesses are going in there. We have the redevelopment of the Calder area. We have industrial parks, commercial, retail, and industrial with park warehouse spaces being developed. We have the Amazon Center and we have the pending Top Golf facility that should start construction around December,” says Mayor Gilbert.

Resurgence and Reinvention

Resurgence and Reinvention

City of Deltona, FL

The City of Deltona, Florida is a perfect example of untapped opportunity. This is one of the last areas in Florida that can be considered underdeveloped. It has space and is currently trying – through its economic development initiatives – to bring in a greater number of businesses and improve infrastructure.
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This process has begun in earnest through partnerships with various healthcare entities to build new hospitals and assisted living facilities. Residential development is also underway, and the city is capitalizing on its beautiful surroundings. We spoke with Mayor John C Masiarczyk Sr. about Deltona’s development initiatives.

A Pro-Business Climate as Sunny as the Weather

A Pro-Business Climate as Sunny as the Weather

Hernando County, FL

According to the Hernando County Office of Business Development, the region boasts “a pro-business climate as sunny as our weather.” Located in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Hernando County is indeed warm and very welcoming to new companies.
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In addition to its climate and pro-business attitude, the area has another reason why companies would benefit from setting up shop in the area says Valerie Pianta, manager economic development for the Hernando County Office of Business.

Beyond Traditional Economic Development

Beyond Traditional Economic Development

A Competitive Vision for Pasco County, FL

Pasco County taps into the culture and vibrancy that is West Central Florida yet maintains its own unique character as a thriving business center. Under the leadership of a highly experienced team of professionals with decades of cumulative knowledge in business development, international trade, economic development and team building, the Pasco Economic Development Council devises unique and highly practical strategies to attract a range of businesses to this scenic Florida county.
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Created in 1887, Pasco County was historically an integral part of Florida’s citrus-growing industry. Today, the county is home to a diverse range of business as the area continues to grow and look towards the future. This is one of the top forty fastest-growing counties in the United States and was recently named a hotbed for small business and entrepreneurial growth.

Opportunity in Northern Michigan

Opportunity in Northern Michigan

Osceola County, MI

Osceola County is in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, approximately sixty-five miles from Grand Rapids. It is an area which is very accessible through US-10 and US-131 and boasts a low cost of living and doing business. It has a desirable unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, with growth in industrial parks poised to decrease that number further. We spoke with Community & Economic Development Coordinator Dan Massy about the potential of the county.
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In April of 1989, the Osceola County Board of Commissioners established an economic development partnership. It was a group of nearly eighty citizens working on a steering committee with eight subcommittees. The partnership was formed to improve the economic development climate in this county of almost 24,000 residents. At this time, the unemployment rate was at 10.3 percent, and by the time it finished its study in 1991, that rate had jumped to 17.4 percent. Unemployment currently stands at 5.2 percent, which is a testament to the work accomplished by the Osceola County Economic Development Office (OCEDO).

Where Dreams Come Home

Where Dreams Come Home

Roscommon County, MI

Roscommon County is part of an area known as Michigan’s other great lakes. It is home to Houghton Lake, Michigan’s largest inland lake of 22,000 acres with thirty-two miles of shoreline; spring-fed Higgins Lake, which has been ranked the sixth-most beautiful lake in the world, and fish-rich Lake St. Helen. Adding to its picturesque lakes and 203,326 acres of state-owned land, Roscommon County offers the services and amenities required to support an exceptional quality of life.
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“One of the things I’ve noticed in visiting businesses is that this is an area where people wish they could live, so there are many that have taken advantage of that opportunity,” shared Adele Woskobojnik, who works with the tourism bureau and serves on the RCED board of directors.

The Best of Both Worlds

The Best of Both Worlds

Mason County, MI

In Mason County, Michigan, residents and visitors have access to the best of small town living without sacrificing the services and amenities of a larger center. This West Michigan county offers picturesque natural beauty, an unmatched quality of life and great potential.
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Fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and smart development, Mason County is bursting with possibilities. Leading these efforts is a forward-thinking partnership of economic and community-based organizations that work diligently to streamline the investment process to foster an environment favorable to business development.

Growing Business in Michigan

Growing Business in Michigan

Middle Michigan Development Corporation

Located in the geographic center of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Clare and Isabella Counties are ideally located for businesses seeking a low cost of production, a skilled workforce, and a good place to raise a family.
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Michigan’s Clare and Isabella Counties attract—and retain—businesses because people enjoy living and doing business in the friendly, rural community. “The businesses that are here love it here,” says James McBryde, President and CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC). “The quality of life is very high in terms of housing and cost of living. The dollar goes a long way in this area. You can get a very nice house for much less money than that same house would cost in an urban area in Michigan—let alone other parts of the country.” In fact, Money Magazine and U.S. News & World Report have rated the community as one of the most affordable in the nation.

Where Big Ideas are Born

Where Big Ideas are Born

Michigan EDC

Michigan is a hotbed for economic development and growth – and this is having a visible impact on social development and community vibrancy. At the forefront of these economic and social development initiatives are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and its partners.
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In the state of Michigan multiple state, regional, county and local community organizations are collaborating to market the many assets of and benefits to living in, working in, investing in and visiting the state.

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