Fall2016TillsonburgNewsletter

B U I L D I N G B U S I N E S S B E T T E R

SCOR Recognizes Local Producers

Broadway Booming continued No Dice Games,” says Virginia Armstrong, Executive Director of the Tillsonburg Business Improvement Association (BIA). “It’s good news for shoppers and great news for the Downtown.” Off-Broadway development includes the Lisgar Plaza (see listing on page 3), which is being renovated to accommodate existing tenants Little Ceasar’s Pizza, H&R Block and Q-Mart. The Dental Centre on Level One will also be relocating their offices to the plaza in early 2017. Industrial activity is also strong with Wise Line Metal Sales constructing a new 33,750 square foot facility on Clearview Drive in Southwest Tillsonburg and Xcel Fabrication & Design constructing a new 52,500 square foot facility in the same area. “Tillsonburg is definitely in the midst of a building boom right now,” says Chief Building Officer Geno Vanhaelewyn. “Our residential housing starts are higher than they’ve been in five years, and we’re seeing an influx of commercial and industrial investment on top of it.” Ontario launches online application for apprenticeships The Ontario Government has launched an online Application for Apprenticeship Training at www.employmentontario. ca. Prospective apprentices now have the option to complete their application online. The new online application should take about ten minutes to complete and the ministry commits to following up within two days of receiving an application from a prospective apprentice. Clients who may need assistance with the form can call the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at 1-800-387-5656 or to use the online chat feature on the website. The new online form is part of the ministry’s broader efforts to leverage technology to improve client service.

The South Central Ontario Region (SCOR) recognized three Oxford County businesses at their Local Food Recognition Day. The Oxford businesses included Chocolatea who won the Business/ Restaurant Award, Jakeman’s Maple Farm who won a Farmer/ Producer/Processor Award and SixThirtyNine who won the Food Hub Favourite Staff Pick Award.

SCOR Chair and Tillsonburg Mayor, Stephen Molnar, speaks at the Local Food Recognition Day.

Tillsonburg industrial app developer continued

“Regardless of what business you are in, or where you are from, we want to make your bottom line look better” adds Barton. The team at Opid has experience from Microsoft platforms (C# Web and Thick Client Apps, ASP.net) to Java, PHP, Perl, Python and many esoteric languages. They have database experience in everything from Postgres to MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, to Microsoft Access and Filemaker. Solutions typically involve a strong web based component (both internal or customer facing). They’ve also implemented web applications, mobile app development, created custom PCBs integrating sensors to collect real world data, embedded systems, android based barcode scanners, etc. With a small but passionately involved team, Opid Technologies partners with their clients to give managers and administration the ability to act and make decisions based on data and reports - rather than reacting to fires and dealing with less than adequate outcomes. To help business leaders evaluate their risks and plan their IT strategies Opid Technologies’ team offers a free course that can be accessed online atwww.opid. ca/fixing-legacy-systems. Contact Ian Barton at (519) 842-3780 to get started on your business growth plans.

Ian Barton, Opid Founder, collaborating with team members on a client project

Opid has been offering customized solutions for over a decade, but has recently relocated to a new office in the heart of Downtown Tillsonburg. “Our office is based out of the awesome Town of Tillsonburg”, says Ian Barton, Opid’s Founder, “but our customers come from all across Ontario including big cities like Toronto and London to villages that only have one stop sign.” Their clients include manufacturers (including Ontario Auto OEMs), corporate retail stores and franchisees, start-ups, social service agencies and logistics companies to name a few.

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