The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
The holiday season is here!

This year, the Small Business Centre is featuring a few local & independent businesses that we've had the pleasure of working with, and we think you'll enjoy them too! When you're shopping this season - if you're looking to buy for family, friends, coworkers, or even yourself - check out the small businesses listed below.

24 businesses for 24 days.

Shop Local.  Buy Local.  Happy Holidays.

Blimey's British Store
25 King St W, Harrow

The Beach Hut
519 Notre Dame St, Belle River
BB Branded
347 Ouellette Ave, Windsor
Pop Hair Gallery Ink
1347 Ottawa St, Windsor

La Boutique Intimate Wear
3 Erie St N, Leamington
Go Produce Inc.
My Cousin's Closet
24 Main St E, Kingsville

The Butcher of Kingsville
13 Main St W, Kingsville
Urbanfit Workout Studio
4550 Rhodes Dr, Windsor
St. Clair Estate Wines
21 Main St W, Kingsville

Great Presentations
5975 Malden Rd, LaSalle
Healthy Creations
333 Dougall Square, Windsor
The Treasure Nook
588 Notre Dame St, Belle River

New Designs
23 Division St N, Kingsville
Find Your Green
31 King St W, Harrow
Robbie's Gourmet Sausage
1506-1512 Wyandotte St E, Windsor

Earthly Elements Home & Garden Décor
23 Victoria Ave, Essex
Ocean Bottom Soap Company
152 Lesperance Rd, Tecumseh
Floral Passion
527 Notre Dame St, Belle River

The Mushroom Hub
840 Erie St E, Windsor
Crafty Candles
31 Arthur Ave, Essex
JWaters Design
The Cheese Bar
H&F Foods

Client News
Windsor Woman Selected as Ambassador at Global Entrepreneur Event
CTV Windsor

A Windsor woman was hand-picked as a national ambassador at a global celebration to recognize entrepreneurs.

Cierra Bray was one of three people across Canada chosen to be an ambassador at this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The 23-year-old St. Clair College public relations grad launched her own business CGal Media six months ago.

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Benore in front of her latest work. Photo: Dan Janisse/Windsor Star
Giant Walkerville mural pays tribute to famous Windsor-born musical figures
Windsor Star

Music was on the mind of Windsor mural artist Briana (Athena) Benore when she conceived and completed her latest project: A giant painting on the side of the Cool 100.7 FM building in Walkerville.
"It's the biggest I've ever worked on," said Benore. "The biggest yet."
Measuring 70 feet across and 50 feet high, the mural is Benore's most ambitious work to date. Creating it required more than 300 cans of spray paint and the use of an aerial work platform.

Congratulations to recent Starter Company participants who received the $5,000 Starter Company grant from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre!

(Clockwise from top left):

Christina Vasil, Owner of  Strike a Pose
Colleen Stark, Owner of  Canoe Point Designs
Josh Mastronardi, Owner of  Go Produce Inc.
Upcoming Events

Basics of Starting a
Small Business


Do you have an idea and want to start your own  small  business, but you aren't sure where to start? Attend one of these FREE seminars to find out information about:
  • How to register your business
  • Business structure
  • Government support programs
  • Other available services and programs
You will receive a FREE Start-up Package and step-by-step guidance.


Basics of Writing a
Business Plan


A good business plan is your road map to success!  A business plan is also required when applying for any type of small business financing.  Attend one of these FREE seminars to learn how to develop a business plan that will work for you!  This session will cover:
  • Required elements of a business plan
  • Breaking down a business plan into manageable pieces
  • Where to gather relevant information for a business plan
  • How to professionally arrange your ideas and research
  • What to do with the plan when it's completed


Starter Company

This Government of Ontario program provides people aged 18-29 with the resources and knowledge needed to start and grow their own business. The program includes one-on-one guidance from the Small Business Centre, mentoring with local professionals, funding of up to $5,000 and access to the following workshops.  Apply online today!

Don't qualify for Starter Company? The classes are free  and open to the public. 

Advance registration online required for all events.
Past Events

The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre sponsored the Business & Service awards category at the 2016 Biz X Awards, held at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on November 17, 2016.

2016 Biz X Awards 

The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre had the pleasure of being able to sponsor the "Business & Service" category at the 2016 Biz X Awards. The secret is out and the 24 award winners chosen out of 222 nominees are finally revealed. Check out the latest Biz X Issue to see the complete list of all nominees and winners.
Special Announcements
Christkindl Market presented by Heimat Windsor Banquet Centre

A Traditional German Christmas Market

Come sit with friends and enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of German Christmas traditions. Stroll along, inside & outside, to shop local vendors and artists at this unique market!  If you have never experienced Glühwein (a delicious, hot, mulled wine, spiced drink) now is your chance. The perfect drink to keep you warm while you shop!

Heimat Windsor Banquet Centre
1367 Drouillard Road,  Windsor, Ontario
  • Amazing local vendors
  • Kids "make & take" craft station
  • Christmas Music
  • German Menu & Bar
  • Glühwein & Hot Chocolate

If you would like to purchase vendor space at this magnificent event, please follow the directions on the application form.
Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch!

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges' scores (60%).

Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE's Discovery conference and showcase, May 15-16, 2017, in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.

Learn more
Business Advantage partners
Join the Small Business Centre's Business Advantage program

The Small Business Centre now offers three levels of membership exclusively to its clients through its Business Advantage Program. Entrepreneurs can access existing programs, training and services, as well as discounts for SBC events and a number of perks from local companies offering support to small businesses. 

Clients who sign up for a GROW membership can take advantage of discounted services and products from local partner businesses such as Allegra, Image 360, Vistaprint, Staples, Blab! Media, Hawkins & Co. Accounting and Lacasse Printing Company.
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