Thursday, September 6, 2007

Dave Hall's Business Beat

In case you missed this in todays Star. Thanks to Dave Hall for the information...

A pair of Ouellette Avenue properties, just south of Wyandotte Street, recently changed hands but there's no indication yet as to what the new owners plan to do with the buildings.

One of the properties at 801 Ouellette, which is currently operating under the name Club 801, sold for $600,000 after being originally listed for $999,000. And 720 Ouellette, which formerly housed Classic II bingo hall, sold for its asking price of $745,000. The club covers about 40,000 square feet on two floors while the former bingo hall comprises 14,000 square feet on one floor.


The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association has established a hospitality resource panel designed to address issues affecting the struggling entertainment/hospitality industry with a unified voice and strategy.

The panel will be made up of two reps from the DWBIA, two from each of the hospitality, safety, development and community sectors and two council members appointed for a term of one year.
Its mandate will be to encourage and promote a strong hospitality industry in the city core which will include developing a coordinated approach to licensing, education and enforcement.
Among the key issues are discount drink prices, collection of so-called last-drink data to determine where inebriated patrons had their last drink, codes of conduct for both the industry and its patrons and a list of best practices.

Initial budget for the panel will be $60,000 which is being shared equally by the city and the DWBIA.


Mark Meldrum, a professor of entrepreneurship with the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, will be the featured speaker Sept. 20 when the school's breakfast series kicks off for the new season.

Meldrum will be speaking on innovation and the environment in a presentation entitled "First we kill all the central bankers."

The sessions run from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the McPherson Lounge of Alumni Hall on Sunset Avenue.
Other scheduled speakers include Tony Faria on current global and regional automotive trends and how they affect the Big Three on Oct. 11, Edwin Tam on corporate responsibility and sustainability on Nov. 15 and Craig Fleischer on the pulse of the region: an economic update on Jan. 17. To register, contact Barbara Barone at or 519-971-3678.

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