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Eligible individuals, business, or organizations, include those that:

  • Integrate new technology to provide or enhance a new or existing product or service.
  • Develop new market opportunities through the use of technology.
  • Contribute to the development of our community and neighbourhoods to be a great place to work, live, and play.

AarKel Tool and Die Inc. [Winner]

AarKel has been engineering and building precision tools and strong customer relationships since 1977. Our team is continuously working on new innovative technologies that make AarKel the supplier of choice. We stand by and service what we sell, our drive to be the best in our field keeps our customers coming back. Customers count on us to deliver a Precision Tool Simplified by taking tomorrow’s problems and finding solutions today.

Today we have four facilities located in Wallaceburg Ontario where we are headquartered including Novatrim, one in Windsor (Platinum Tool) and one facility in Mexico. AarKel also has Global Presence with Engineering Design in India and China. A Die Cast sampling facility in Indiana and are continuing to look for new facilities to support our growth initiatives and customer service. We continue to invest in these locations to provide support for our local operations and grow our global footprint. This has proven successful and we are listed as number seven in plastics news for sales in North America.

AarKel prides itself in being technologically advanced and has embarked on a comprehensive strategy to invest in new technology, equipment, software and resources to maintain its leading competitive advantage. AarKel continues to purchase the newest equipment in 5 axis CNC machining, 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing, and 3D blue light scanning equipment. AarKel was called upon to support the design and build of ventilator tools in record times! This challenge was accepted by all of our employees and we were first to deliver. The team was honoured to have been chosen out of hundreds of tool shops in North America. We wanted to support the health of many in this time of need for the medical industry.

AarKel is a can-do company and is led by managers that will explore all areas to get the job done for our customers when needed. When others cannot, we can! We Deliver! We are Precision Simplified!

Authier Print & Promotional

Lynn and I purchased the Instant Print Shoppe Wallaceburg Ltd. seven years ago. The company had gone through some hardship as Wallaceburg’s economics hit a very tough road. The Instant Print Shoppe has been in Wallaceburg since the mid 80’s. As Lynn and I added equipment and grew our company we relied less on the Instant Print Shoppe in Chatham. We were asked to change our name, and that is how we came to have our new name Authier Print & Promotional Ltd.

During these seven years we were able to grow and now offer more items then I can count. We offer traditional print from business cards to cheques and everything in between. If it is printed on paper, we can probably supply it. We also make signs and lettering for vehicles, and store windows. We have also partnered with a company and we can have silkscreened or embroidered shirts made for you at very reasonable prices. We offer over 100 000 different promotional products.

Authier Print & Promotional tries to be very community minded, and we try to help with as many charities and fund raisers as possible in the Wallaceburg area, as well as helping to try to fill the food banks.

During the last seven year we have seen Wallaceburg bounce back and, we have been happy to be part of it working with many of the companies that have come to town and call Wallaceburg their home.

Sherri DeWolf (Deeply Creative)

Hello Creatives! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sherri DeWolf and I am the Founder/Owner of Deeply Creative Creative Consulting Services. I have a strong passion for learning, teaching and marketing, all while cultivating meaningful connections with and among others. As a lover of words, a passionate writer, and a creative mind who enjoys inspiring others and publishing all things pretty, I’m delighted to offer my mindful moxie and savvy services to your creative projects. People are my pleasure and authentic connections are at the heart of all I do. I can’t wait to get to know you and your online community, too!

Did you know that St. Clair Surfwear Co. was the side hustle that started it all? Deeply Creative was born out of all of the time I spent getting blissfully lost in graphic creation and maintaining my St. Clair Surfwear Co. Facebook biz page over 6 years ago! I just loved every aspect of marketing my tees, and the connections I was making through social media management filled my heart. I had no idea a Social Media Manager was even a paid gig!?!? Four years ago, I took a giant leap by leaving an 18-year teaching career to explore this passion, and now look at me go! Add in email marketing, creative coaching and MORE, and I’m a super support for small businesses and independents just like me!

I have come to know that sometimes you don’t know exactly where you are headed when you start something new…but the Universe does. The key is to answer the call and take action on those things that keep coming into your awareness…and simply let the journey begin!