The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
Dignified Day
Day program offers dignified care for adults

Supporting an elderly or dependent adult is often challenging for caregivers. With a growing aging population, two Windsor sisters have partnered to create a day-away program that provides needed care for both the adults and their families.

Erin White, 24, and Stephanie Moore, 29, are set to open Dignified Day later this month. The centre will offer space for 16 adults who require care outside of their homes.

"I think it gives caregivers peace of mind that they can have a break, relax and know that their loved one is being taken care of," said Moore. "Our slogan is 'Our family caring for yours.' .... The clients that come in, we want them to feel like they're our grandpas and our grandmas. We want them to feel this is their home as well when they're not at their home."

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Client News
Macro Foods meal
London to eat up Macro Foods

In less than a year, Windsor-Essex prepared, healthy meal service Macro Foods has grown from a rented kitchen to a soon-to-be launched storefront. In July, Macro Foods also announced it is expanding its service area to include London starting September 2016! The Small Business Centre recently worked with Macro Foods to secure $36,000 in financing from Futurpreneur Canada.
Post Cafe in Sandwich Towne
Post Café opens in former Sandwich post office

The Post Café opened its doors on July 23 to a large crowd after an extensive renovation that took over a year to complete.

The former Sandwich post office now houses the café on its main floor. The contemporary décor contrasts nicely with the historic details of the 111-year-old building.

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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, September 6 - 10-11 a.m. (Essex)

Monday, September 19 - 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

Tuesday, August 16 - 10-11 a.m. (Essex)

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. 

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

Starter Company workshops begin again in September. Apply online today!
Advance online registration required for all events.
Past Events

Summer Company businesses set up inside the Ford City Market on July 21. photo courtesy: snapd Windsor

Summer Company entrepreneurs take over Ford City Market 

The Small Business Centre's 25 Summer Company student entrepreneurs showcased their local products and services at the Ford City Market on July 21. Some of the diverse businesses included lawn care services, beauty products, reclaimed wood decor and home healthcare.

Watch the CTV Windsor news segment.
Build A Dream skilled trades camp
New skilled trades camp reaches out to female students

On July 14, the Small Business Centre participated in Build A Dream camp, a joint venture between the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board and St. Clair College. The camp introduced 18 female students going into Grades 7 and 8 to a different skilled trades. It was s ponsored by the  Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation and  Workforce WindsorEssex.

Special Announcements
Business Advantage partners
Small Business Centre introduces Business Advantage program for entrepreneurs

The Small Business Centre has launched a new Business Advantage program offering three levels of membership exclusively to its clients. Entrepreneurs can access existing programs, training and services, as well as discounts for SBC events and a number of perks from local cmpanies 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.

Early Bird Discount: Receive 50% off membership rates until Sept. 30! For more detailed information and to become a member, visit the SBC  website or contact the office at 519-253-6900.

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3DFX receives Starter Company grant

3DFX co-owner Michael Hoppe began his startup architectural design company as Siren Studios through the Small Business Centre's Starter Company program. After moving his business into the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, he began collaborating with another tenant, Jen Levitt, owner of Precision Drafting.

The two companies recently merged to create 3DFX, a 3D architectural modeling, rendering and animation company. Congratulations to Micheal Hoppe and Jen Levitt on receiving a $5,000 Starter Company grant for their new business!
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