The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Client Spotlight
Go Produce Inc. bag and produce

The bounty of the county is short drive away, but two entrepreneurs are making it even easier to access fresh produce by bringing it right to people's doorstep.

Co-owners Peter Saba and Josh Mastronardi recently launched  Go Produce Inc., an online company providing regional home delivery of Windsor-Essex grown produce. The 26-year-old childhood friends took advantage of the opportunity to work together in a business that supports local farmers while fostering awareness and access to produce. Mastronardi himself is a third generation farmer.

"We're trying to be sustainable. We're trying to support our local community and we want to give our customers this awareness of what's out there in our backyard," said Saba.

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Client News
A Dog_s Breakfast interior
New downtown eatery promises a twist on breakfast classics

John Ansell and Steven Thompson, the duo that brought us The Squirrel Cage and Buuntz & Co. Ice Cream, have just opened  A Dog's Breakfast next door at 504 Pelissier St. in downtown Windsor. The new spot offers all day breakfast, specialty hot dogs and diner food. 
The Mushroom Hub staff

A new deli has sprouted up in Windsor providing a variety of mushrooms and ideas for meal creation to residents.  The Mushroom Hub , described as North America's first mushroom deli, opened May 21 at 840 Erie St. E.

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The Cheese Bar logo

Two SBC member businesses, The Cheese Bar and  Robbie's Gourmet Sausage Co., teamed up to offer a pop-up cheese shop on Sundays in May. 

"I was approached by Robbie (Bornais) about six weeks ago with an offer to use his space which had been closed on Sundays," said Sarah Barrette, owner of The Cheese Bar. "It was an opportunity for me to have a retail outlet in Walkerville once a week and a great way for him to have his products available longer."

Dignified Day Adult Day Program owners install signage

The sign is up! SBC Starter Company entrepreneurs Erin White and Stephanie Moore are renovating a storefront at 3244 Walker Rd. Their day program for adults, Dignified Day, is slated to open August 2016.

Dignified Day will provide a new health care option for adults and their caregivers who require extra support.  Some of the services offered will include meals, social activities, bathing and spa services, foot care and restorative therapy.
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.

Tuesday, June 7 - 10-11 a.m. (Essex)

Monday, June 20 - 3-4 p.m.

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. 

Business Plan Clinic
Thursday, June 2 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Developing Your Business Idea
Thursday, June 9 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Building Your Online Presence
Thursday, June 16 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, June 23 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, June 30 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Artist Manager Bootcamp poster

Artist Manager Bootcamp comes to Windsor-Essex

The Small Business Centre & WindsorEconomic Development Corporation are presenting an Artist Manager Bootcamp, hosted by Canada's Music Incubator. This FREE training takes place Jun 25-26 at Phog Lounge in Windsor. Up to 15 pre-selected music artists managers, self-managed artists or transitioning industry professionals will receive entrepreneurial training and mentorship. The deadline to apply is June 12 at midnight!

Advance online registration required for all events.
Past Events
Community Connected Experiential Learning Project students toured Caxton Mark's new facility.
High school students learn about small business first-hand

This May, the Small Business Centre partnered with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board on it's Community Connected Experiential Learning Project. High school students were exposed to five industry sectors in including small business and entrepreneurship. The students toured various local businesses and participated in a panel discussion featuring entrepreneurs  Peter Saba, co-founder of Go Produce Inc. , Joe Goncalves, founder and franchiser of  Spartan Nutrition & Health Centers , and Darryl Driedger, founder of  Cowlick Studios.
Budding entrepreneurs pitch their businesses

Starter Company program participants shared their startup business during in Pitch Day on May 20. Congrats to entrepreneurs: Lauren Minard ( Hazel Eyes Boutique), Brent Riberdy ( Hidden Trail Escape Rooms), Mona Elkadri ( Fete Photography Co.), Karim Jomaa ( Walk Safe Solutions), Jeremy Bolton ( Anvil Design) and Valon Gjetaj (Gjetaj Custom Homes).
Special Announcements
Starter Company awards $5,000 to OneSpace Interiors

Ziquita Riberdy, owner of OneSpace Interiors, successfully completed the Starter Company program and received $5,000 for her online interior decorating company. 

Riberdy, a graduate of the New York Institute of Design, offers c ustomers three packages ranging from $200-600 to accommodate those with different interior decorating budgets. Clients receive a shopping list with recommendations as well as floor plan renderings and concept boards to transform their spaces.
Stay tuned!  WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is working on a new program to benefit our clients. Look out for more details in an upcoming newsletter.
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