• Mr. Mikes steakhouse ‘a home-run’

    by Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    Wellanders now have another choice when it comes to dining out.

    Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual has been serving up medium-rare orders on Niagara Street near Seaway Mall since opening Nov. 21. The Welland location is the chain’s first to open in Ontario.

    Mike Gowan and his two brothers, Paul Gowan and Don Gowan, partnered with their friend Greg Smith to open the restaurant. The four partners are longtime Welland residents and have a deep connection to the people and community.

    Rick Villalpando, vice-president of business development, said the Mr. Mikes team felt the four men were a perfect fit for the franchise. When looking to branch out, Villalpando said, the franchise looks for small towns with people who are deeply rooted in their community — Welland felt like the perfect place.

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  • MiniWarGaming making a move

    By Michelle Allenberg, Tribune Staff

    This army is on the march.

    MiniWarGaming Inc., co-owners Matthew Glandfield and David Nodquist have big plans for their business.

    The company was awarded the 2017 Business of the Year during the Welland and Pelham Chamber of Commerce Ruby Awards. Nodquist and Glandfield create YouTube videos and provide information about the table top strategy game Miniature War Games. The strategy game is a type of role-play game that incorporates figurines, landscapes, and additional props, in miniature size.

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  • New court facility opens in Welland

    by Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    After 17 months of construction, Niagara’s Provincial Offences Court Facility opened Monday on East Main Street in Welland.

    The facility, at the former Empire public school site, was completed under budget and on time — the cost was $12.4 million. The building was constructed to replace the older court facilities in Welland and Niagara Falls which were closed last Thursday, Oct 19. The former buildings were rented by Niagara Region, but the new facility is owned by the the Region.

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  • Trade mission promotes Niagara's advantages

    by The Tribune

    Canada and more specifically the Hamilton-Niagara region is the place to do business local representatives told businesses in three Colombian cities last week.

    And the international trade and investment mission – a joint partnership between the City of Welland, Niagara Region, Niagara College and the City of Hamilton – may have already paid off, says Welland’s economic development officer Lina DeChellis.

    DeChellis says the group traveled to Bogota, Barranquilla, and Medellin, between September 2 and 9, and had 30 meetings with various businesses and companies in those cities.

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  • Provincial government invests nearly $1.8M in Welland economy

    by Laura Barton, The Tribune

    Just under $1.8 million in provincial government funding in two businesses with Welland locations is expected to contribute 65 jobs to the local economy.

    The announcement was made Friday morning at Hydac Corporation’s Federal Road facility by St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business.

    Hydac Corporation is one of the two businesses receiving funds from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, which invests in businesses to help them grow and in turn positively influence the economy. The fund covers up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs.

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