In the Spotlight // Essex CFDC

Essex Community Futures Development Corporation

The Essex Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is a community-based, not for profit organization that encourages entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities in rural Essex County.  Services are provided with the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).  Key services include access to capital for local businesses, financing up to $250,000 and business counselling and referral services.

“Through our business counselling and integration of county services with the Small Business Centre and WEtech Alliance, 2013/14 was a very productive year for our organization and for the region,” said Linda Scott, General Manager of Essex CFDC.  “We were able to provide advisory services to 163 businesses impacting 1044 jobs. Moreover, through our capital investment fund, $708,775 in loans were disbursed for start-up, stabilization and expansion plans resulting in 213 jobs being created or maintained. We are very proud since our inception to have disbursed $6.9 million and created/maintained 1,304 jobs through this fund to support local businesses in Essex County.”

To contact: Linda Scott GM, 519-776-4611 or visit

In the spotlight // Vicki Denunzio // Marketing. Photography. Design.

Vicki Denunzio has over 10 years of marketing experience complimented by photography and graphic design. She’s every small business owner’s dream come true! A jack of all trades, Vicki can assist small business owners with their numerous marketing efforts; everything from copy writing and editing, employee head shots and product photography, website maintenance, blogging and social media initiatives, and marketing piece design.

Vicki’s diverse skill set allows her to be your go-to gal for everything marketing-related. To learn more about the types of skills Vicki can bring to your organization, visit her website.

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In the spotlight // Amherstburg Family Health Team (AFHT)

Optimizing Healthcare for the Residents of Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Family Health Team (AFHT) moved into their new building at 721 Front Rd. S. in November 2013 having operated out of the Seasons Retirement Home location since 2007. Our new 6800 sq. foot facility has seen a steady increase in patient registration. The AFHT recently welcomed Dr. Heba Youssef to the team and is looking forward to welcoming Dr. Jennifer Bondy (with local ties) at the end of October.

The five physicians work closely with a team of medical professionals to collaborate and provide patients with the optimal health care they deserve. In addition to the five physicians, patients will benefit from the expertise of a nurse practitioner, two registered practical nurses, one COPD/asthma educator, one nutritionist, one social worker and one health/diabetes educator.

The AFHT offers a number of programs in a group setting. Current and upcoming programs are:

  • The 3 C’s of Healthy Relationships: Communication, Compromise & Conflict Resolution
  • Grief Support Counselling
  • Chronic Pain Management Support

A family health team (FHT) is an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to co-ordinate the highest possible quality of care for their patient. To enhance patient services we run a blood draw clinic on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 12 pm and have a pharmacy on site (First Choice Pharmacy).

The AFHT is currently accepting new patients. AFHT patients also benefit from patient-only after-hours clinics on Monday  and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Visit for more information.

In the spotlight // Milestone Physiotherapy

Registered physiotherapist, Kerry Holliday, B.Sc.PT., started Holliday Physiotherapy Professional Corporation in 2003 with a single outpatient office located in Harrow operating as Harrow Physiotherapy Centre. With this came a commitment to offer optimal physiotherapy rehabilitation treatment focused on effective interactions between patients and therapists and to provide world class care.

Our practice has grown significantly since then, opening a new second office on April 1, 2014 in Amherstburg, operating as Milestone Physiotherapy.

Milestone Physiotherapy is located in a completely renovated state-of-the-art wheelchair accessible facility featuring the same extensive list of quality services provided at our Harrow location. The facility offers patients with well-equipped treatment/gym areas accommodating a wide array of services, from pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation to custom-made orthotics and custom compression garment fitting. Other services available include spinal rehabilitation, sports rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation, pregnancy and post-pregnancy rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, acupuncture, and massage therapy.

At Milestone Physiotherapy, we look forward to restoring you to your functional best, so you can return to the things you enjoy. We welcome the opportunity to work with you. For more information or to make an appointment at our office, call 519-730-1111 or visit

Minutes not miles away from quality hands-on attention.

In the spotlight // Security ONE

Security ONE has been the premier security company in Southwestern Ontario for over 35 years. Locally owned and operated since 1978, the company is led by a group of individuals with an extensive background in commercial and residential security.

Recently awarded the prestigious Five Diamond Certification by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), one of just 50 Monitoring Stations in North America to have done so. Security ONE is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Canadian Alarm & Security Association (CANASA) and is listed with Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC).

Security ONE offers 24-hour, 365-days a year monitoring of homes, offices, or medical alert of loved ones. Our monitoring is done locally from our Leamington, Ontario monitoring station.

Security ONE is an authorized Honeywell dealer, chosen as one of their First Alert Professional Dealers. Providing customers with complete solutions, and a full line of security products that offer home automation and energy management.  Security ONE also monitors for low temperature, rising sump pump levels, asset protection, and noxious gases.

Security ONE can be found in Amherstburg at 230 McCurdy Dr. for all of your security needs, including design, installation and monitoring of your alarm system.

Call 519-326-2020 for more details or visit

In the spotlight // St. Peter’s ACHS College School

St. Peter’s ACHS College School for boys grades 1-8 is proud to open its doors in Amherstburg. Established in 1990, this academic (day/residential) sports school offers a different alternative to the regular school system. The school is set up for boys who are active, athletic and love the outdoors. The school strives for high academic success and supports the belief of “A Healthy Body, A Healthy Mind.” Small class sizes, interactive learning, along with a caring and well qualified staff help students gain success while working at their own level and speed.

St. Peter’s ACHS uses old school values which in part stresses respect and a back to basics philosophy. At the same time the school also encompasses and embraces the new technology of the 21st century. It helps ensure students will have an edge when they graduate and enter a highly competitive world. We welcome students to come for a visit and spend some time with us, even just for a day. Let them come and experience the St. Peter’s ACHS College School difference. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 519-736-2014, and visit

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is located at 6101 County Road 20, RR#5, Harrow, Ontario.

In the spotlight // Pittao’s AutoCare

Mark Pittao and his wife, Heather Greenham, would like to personally invite you to Pittao’s AutoCare, the newest and most versatile automotive repair shop in the area.

Mark has been in the business for over 20 years. He is a graduate of St. Clair College in the Motive Power Program as well as dealer level courses. Mark worked closely with Ford engineers to troubleshoot some of the recurring problems on the new product lines. Throughout his career he has taken part in many restoration projects, some involving vehicles built in the 1920’s.

Heather has 14 years of experience at one of the area’s car dealerships. She is an excellent business woman that excels in customer service. She states that, “Every customer is important to us! People go where they are invited to and stay where they are treated well!” To follow through on this point and to ensure customers are taken care of at their own convenience, Heather and Mark invite them to book appointments on their website (

Pittao’s AutoCare is a fully equipped facility.

One of the newest editions they have is a brand new John Bean Alignment machine, check it out on the website. It was very important to bring the alignment machine. Mark wanted to make sure all jobs are done right! Their most unique piece of equipment is the Flywheel Cutting machine. Other equipment in the shop are hoists, undercoating, tire machine, balancer, various types of welders, custom exhaust pipe bender, scanners, diagnostic equipment, transmission washing machine and various presses. Images are available on the website.

Mark and Heather make sure that each customer gets the best value for their money. Visit them on Texas Road or call 519-736-6006 and visit

In the spotlight // Willowood Carefree RV Resort

Formerly Jellystone Park, Willowood Care Free RV Resort is your top getaway destination for family fun camping in the Windsor area. We have 300+ RV sites, cabin and park model rentals, or even better; become a seasonal. Amenities such as a laundromat, convenience store, and showers will make you feel right at home. Splash in the pools, challenge your friends to a game of horseshoes or mini-golf, or kick off your shoes for a game of sand volleyball – the fun never stops.

The kids will be entertained for hours during chocolate bar bing, monkey’n around on our new playground, or enjoying story-time with Bennie Beaver and Suzie Squirrel (our park characters). We even have your rainy days covered – from our arcade and games room, crafts, potlucks, movies and dances.

Dinner time? No worries… come join us for a delicious bite to eat at the “Grill” and make sure you try our new flat bread pizza or one of the many items on our menu.

Wind down and end your day cozying up to a warm campfire for s’mores under the stars. There’s still plenty of time to get your ‘Carefree’ experience in this year, think about celebrating Thanksgiving at the park, bon fires, turkey fryers, book your site now!

Visit us online for up to 40% off all RV and tent sites or call 519-736-3201.


In the spotlight // R BnB

R BnB is celebrating their  first anniversary. Congratulations!

They offer a clean, contemporary home away from home with two queen rooms that share a four-piece bath. Guests have access to the family room, living room, deck with BBQ and landscaped yard and plenty of on-site parking. A full breakfast is served offering a variety of foods and catering to individual nutritional and dietary needs.

R BnB is a four minute drive to the waterfront and many historical attractions and galleries. Museums, shops and restaurants are also nearby.

Russ and Susan have seen a need for accommodation in the Town of Amherstburg and as proud members of the Chamber of Commerce are excited to provide hospitality as well as information on local sites and events for visitors to our vibrant community. R BnB offers proximity to Boblo Island, King’s Navy yard, Fort Malden, sites for birders, Libro Centre and its amenities, as well as many hiking and biking paths and trails in and around the town; which by the way has been voted the safest community three years in a row, a record the citizens of Amherstburg are proud of.

In the short amount of time R BnB has opened its doors to guests, we have met some very interesting people which makes it very rewarding. Comments in our guest book suggest that we are on the right track of meeting the needs of our local and out of town guests. We look forward to serving the community for many years to come.

Your hosts,
Russ and Susan Carter

14 Reynolds Court, Amherstburg, Ontario
Phone: 519-736-3373

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In the spotlight // Dr. Stefano Story & Dr. Chad Denomme Family Dentistry

Dr. Story and Dr. Denomme Family Dentistry opened its doors only one year ago in the town of Amherstburg and continues to welcome new patients.

Both Dr. Storey and Dr. Donomme were born and raised in Windsor Essex County. Together they obtained their undergraduate degrees at the University of Windsor and their dental degrees at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 2009.

Both doctors have very similar philosophies and ideologies when it comes to practicing dentistry.

We understand that most patients have anxiety when it comes to the dentist and we pride ourselves on providing individualized treatment in a comfortable manner. We also place enormous value on patient education and the importance of the patients’ understanding of their treatment options. We stand behind all of our work and are constantly upgrading our skills and technology to deliver quality treatment of the highest degree. We know that one of the main concerns patients have are with radiation from x-rays. With digital sensors versus film we are able to decrease the level of radiation by 80-90 percent every time we take an x-ray. We are also able to take digital photographs with no radiation to help patients have a better understanding of their treatment needs.

Our office is offering free take-home whitening or sports guard with every new patient exam and cleaning.

Please call to schedule your appointment today, 519-736-1771, or visit our website,, and send us a message.