The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
Standing Tall on Essex Waters
There's no shortage of boats on Windsor-Essex waters, but another sport is taking off from the shore.

Local businesses, such as South Surf Inc., Windsor Adventure Inc., Southbeach Water Sports, and SUP & Sun, have opened in recent years offering paddleboard instruction, rentals, and events, on Lake Eire and Lake St. Clair.

Sheila Rodger started South Surf Inc. in September 2016 after friends encouraged her to turn her hobby into a small business. Rodger first took to the paddleboard as a meditative activity following the death of her husband.

"[Paddleboarding] was kind of my escape from the grief I was feeling. And the moment I did paddleboard, I was hooked and it became a true passion of mine where I was doing it almost every day."

Client News
Photo: Nick Brancaccio/Windsor Star
City Incentive Program Proves Success in Helping Small Business to Expand
Dave Battagello | Windsor Star

Grants offered since 2011 under a community improvement program by the City of Windsor to help smaller companies build and expand operations has been working well, one city councillor said on Sunday.
"The way to validate that is the uptick generated by the 19 previous applications we approved and hundreds of jobs that have been generated to date," said Coun. Bill Marra, chairman of the city's planning, heritage and economic development committee.

Photo: Dan Janisse/Windsor Star
Accelerator Making Windsor Entrepreneurial Launch (and Landing) Pad
Doug Schmidt | Windsor Star

A little over a year after moving his one-person startup out of his in-laws' basement and into a rented desk and chair at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, Usman Mughal was helping his rapidly growing staff unpack and set up at their new Ottawa Street digs.
Witeck Solutions, an Internet sales and marketing company, grew from Mughal, working solo at a bare-bones desk in the Accelerator into a full-time workforce of 22, with a Toronto sales office and plans to expand into Detroit this summer. Last week, Witeck was honoured as New Business of the Year at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 27th annual Business Excellence Awards.

Should I Buy or Lease My Commercial Space?
Business Development Bank of Canada

One of the trickier decisions many entrepreneurs face is choosing between buying or leasing their place of business.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both options, and the decision requires lots of analysis and planning. Here are some considerations to help you understand what you're getting into with each option. Weighing them effectively will help you navigate this delicate decision to your business's best advantage.

7 Pieces of Information Necessary for Any Marketing Strategy
Samuel Edwards |

Starting a new marketing strategy is exciting. You'll get to come up with creative new ideas, see your brand applied in new contexts and in new ways, and hopefully see a positive ROI that makes all your peers and supervisors happy.
But successful marketing campaigns don't just appear out of thin air. A lot of work goes into the execution and follow-up of great campaigns, but the real value -- the make-or-break of a particular strategy -- comes in the planning phase.

Upcoming Events
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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 entrepreneurs with the resources and knowledge needed in order to start and grow their own small 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 small business training & workshops.

Classes will take place   June 12-18.
Learn more & apply online today.

The  Small Business Centre also holds similiar workshops throughout the year.  Keep an eye on our newsletter, social media, and  Calendar for upcoming events.  


The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is proud to continue to offer workshops, seminars, training, and other events that are relevant to new entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike.

We are happy to host the following events this month.  In the event that we missed an event in our newsletter, stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook or visiting our website.

Past Events

Jules Hawkins, from Hawkins & Co. Accounting firm, works closely with the group of
Xero scaleUP Accounting participants, at one of the ongoing meetings in the scaleUP program.
Special Announcements
It's Canada's 150th Birthday and there couldn't be a better time to recognize and celebrate Canadian Entrepreneurs over the age of 50!

The newest and fastest growing segment of entrepreneurship is led by people over the age of 50. It's time to recognize their accomplishments and let all of Canada know what they are doing and what they have to offer.

Are you a founder of a small business or have you purchased an existing business or franchise? Are you one of the founders of an inter-generational or family business?

Perhaps you've got a great new idea or have found a solution to an existing problem - a business that is changing the world!

Whether you've retired and turned what you know into a business, or started that business you've always dreamed of, apply to the inaugural 50 over 50 Awards for a chance to be recognized!

A panel of judges from Canada and beyond will make the final decision on the 50 companies that will receive one of the 50 awards.

Eligibility Criteria: The awards are open to all Canadian resident entrepreneurs who have started a business after they turned 50 years old. Entrepreneurs must be majority owners of the business and the head office of the business must be located in Canada.

Submission deadline is June 30, 2017.

The United Way/Centraide and the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre bring you the Neighbourhood Small Business Grant

Four $5,000 grants are available to support the launch of small businesses in United Way Priority Neighbourhoods across Windsor and Essex County.

The United Way currently funds four neighbourhood engagement programs and an integral part of neighbourhood revival is thriving small businesses within communities. As a natural evolution of these efforts, the grants will support businesses looking to open in these priority areas in Windsor and targeted areas in the County: Uptown Leamington, Essex Centre and Harrow.

All applications and supporting material must be submitted by July 1, 2017 .

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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