Windsor, ON – October 27, 2015 – On the morning of October 27th, area business owners, entrepreneurs and politicians gathered for a true ‘show and tell’ of experience, loss and success, built on the streets of Windsor.
OwenJames is going public with Windsor/Essex’s finest – asking them to share their greatest lessons learned with other businesses and entrepreneurs, and those that work to support them. First up in this endeavour is local business owner, Ari Freed – partner of Freeds of Windsor.
When asked about his participation in this event, Mr. Freed stated, “I’m excited to tell my story – and I’m hoping that people learn from my experience. I want people to walk away thinking, we’re going to do this: we’re going to grow in this city.” Established in 1929, Freeds – now spanning a 50,000 square foot city block, has survived against great odds, despite the current consumer trend in favour of global retailers. “Our business has flourished for nearly a century,” Ari says. “And in the days of Amazon, and big box conglomerates, we still thrive.”
This type of success doesn’t happen by accident. From stories of the Great Depression through to the fallout of 9/11 and the deep American recession of 2008/09, what’s happened within the Freeds establishment for nearly a century is worth listening to.
Renowned local singer/songwriter Jody Raffoul will help kick off this high energy event on the 27th (we think the audience can coax him to play some new music)! The Business Accelerator and the Windsor Centre for Film & Digital Media are fully supporting this event and see this as the launch of an exciting series for local creative minds and entrepreneurs. For more details, visit www.OJCMasterClass.org.