The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

Small Business Month Spotlight 

Meet the Small Businesses Behind W.E. Shop Local Show

It's that time of year again for the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre's signature annual vendor show in celebration of Small Business Month in Canada. For 2018, W.E. Shop Local Show (formerly The Small Biz Expo) will focus on providing shoppers with access to a diverse array of Windsor-Essex products and services. Love local, shop local is what it's all about!

The Shop Local Show will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Fogolar Furlan Club of Windsor. This show is a free public event that will showcase over 50 local independent small business products and services including food and drink, retail products, as well as fashion, beauty, wellness, art, homewares and consumer services. This evening event includes live demonstrations, a cash bar and a networking lounge.

Below is just a sample of the featured vendors that will be participating in the Shop Local Show this year.

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Each month, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre will  
highlight  clients that have recently opened their business.

If you have started your small business recently (less than 6 months ago), or have recently moved your home-based business to a storefront, let us share your new venture with our audience of 4,000+ people!

Email SBC for more information.

BabyEnvy Boutique
(Infant/Child Clothing, Products and Classes)
5850 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor

The Branding Loft
(Marketing Agency)
624 Chilver Road, Windsor
(519) 890-0923

(Vegan Eatery)
350 Cabana Road East, Windsor
(519) 250-3776

(Sustainable Food Products)
(226) 788-0705

110-3850 Dougall Avenue, Windsor 
(226) 221-9797

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Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Recipient Amanda Walsh  - Owner of ALLURE Beauty

ALLURE Beauty Boutique is a home based beauty salon located in Windsor.  Owned and operated by Amanda Walsh, Allure Beauty offers eyelash extensions.  

The main competitive advantage is that ALLURE Beauty offers quality lash extensions at affordable prices.  Clients can come and have their lashes done with spa-quality service and atmosphere. 

For more information please contact 
(519) 996-1065 or visit  @allurebeautywindsor.

Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Recipient A.J. Vanden Berghe  - Owner of The AVB

The AVB is a weekly conversation between host A. J. Vanden Berghe and the movers and shakers of Windsor, ON Canada's exploding arts and culture community A. J. Vanden Berghe is a multi-disciplined artist based out of Windsor ON, Canada.

A truck driver by day, A. J. has spent the last 20 years exploring the worlds of arts and entertainment photography and videography, music, poker, journalism, media and science and technology. 
Photo_ Dax Melmer _ Windsor Star
Photo: Dax Melmer | Windsor Star
Blak's Bakery Celebrates 100 Years: 'I Feel the History'
Sharon Hill | Windsor Star

"I come in here and I feel the history," said customer John McKendrick of Blak's Bakery which celebrates a century of baking Saturday.

As they've done for the last 100 years, the Blak family saved some of the rye sour Thursday morning.

It's the original sour dough starter for the rye breads that have been a mainstay for Blak's Bakery which will celebrate a century of baking Saturday.

"The sour is, as far as we know, the original sour from my grandfather because what we do every day is we save some to remake it for the next day," said owner Valerie Blak-Gill of the fermented mixture of flour and water that gets refreshed with more flour before it is put in the refrigerator at night to rise.

"We mix it by hand so I mean you think the same sour he mixed by hand, we're mixing by hand."

Photo: Dax Melmer | Windsor Star
Windsor Essex Tourism Authority Launches Program Supporting Local Artisans
Dave Waddell | Windsor Star

Looking to cross-promote local artisans and the support services available to nurture their businesses, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island launched its W.E. Made It campaign on Thursday.

"Our goal is we want people to know about our small businesses and their unique products," said Lynnette Bain, vice-president of the local tourism agency.

"People are motivated to buy products from this area. We also knew what the Small Business Centre (can do) to support our entrepreneurs. It's an opportunity to promote both products and services."

The program, two years in the making, was put together in co-operation with the Windsor Essex Small Business Centre. There's no fee to be part of the program.

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Trade Show Planning: How Retailers Can Get the Most ROI From These Sales Events
Shopify Inc. Blogs

Trade shows can be an effective sales and marketing tool for small businesses and retailers. But they can also be a waste of time and more importantly, a waste of money. Trade show success can depend highly on how you prepare for them in advance.

Before I dive deeper into trade show preparation, it's helpful to understand what a trade show is and what you can expect.

What is a Trade Show? 

Trade shows are a place for brands to exhibit their products in front of potential retail buyers. Buyers can range from entrepreneurs who own a small specialty boutique in your local neighborhood to a buying team of five from  Bloomingdale's.

In Case You Missed ItICYMI

September 21 The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted a networking event with our Starter Company workshop participants at Spago on Dougall. Our September cohort of entrepreneurs enjoyed networking and great conversation after completing a week of business training sessions. Thank you to all who participated.  

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Advance, online registration required for all events.
Please check our calendar for more upcoming events.


W.E. Shop Local Show 
Presenting Sponsor

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 | 5-9 PM


► Locally-made, independent products and services (fashion, home, beauty, art + more!)

► Food and beverages from local restaurants, caterers, cafes and bakeries

► Cash bar with local wine, craft beer and spirits

► Door prizes

► Live demonstrations and interactive displays

FREE general admission

► Live demonstrations and interactive displays
Hear what our participating vendors have to say about The Shop Local Show!  Tune into Blackburn Radio and AM 800 CKLW for vendor spotlights and event information.

Questions? Contact Natasha Marar or Gina Meret-Dybenko at 519-253-6900 

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
FREE small business training & workshops.

Don't wait! Start working with an advisor today.   Learn more & apply online .


T he Small Business Centre also holds similar workshops throughout the year. Keep an eye on our newsletter, social media, and  calendar   for 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.

Friday, Oct. 5 - 9:00 am to 10:00 am 
Monday, Oct. 15 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Basics of Writing a
Business Plan


A good business plan is your roadmap 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, Oct. 16 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Essex Office)

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WETech Alliance 

Monday, October 29 - Friday, November 2

AIM Social Media Marketing

Monday, October 22, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Thursday, October 4, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
EPICentre Windsor

Wednesday, October 3, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Windsor-Essex Regional 
Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, October 10, 11:15 am to 1:30 pm

Thursday, October 25, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 30, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Win This Space Contest  
The Harrow and Colchester Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Essex, and the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre are very excited to have launched this new program.
The contest will provide one lucky entrepreneur with up to $1,000 of rent for a commercial space in Harrow Centre. The contest is made possible through a grant provided by Libro Credit Union's Prosperity Fund. The Small Business Centre will be offering the courses at no cost and free mentoring.  Libro will also offer free mentoring.
For more information and to apply please visit
Tech Week YQG
Monday October 29 - Friday, November 2

TECH WEEK YQG   is a week-long showcase of all things tech that brings together tech leaders, academic institutions and the community to build a unique experience for entrepreneurs, tech lovers, researchers and investors.
The mission of  TECH  WEEK  YQG is to promote, accelerate and celebrate our local tech community while providing unique perspectives from world-class speakers on what the future of tech holds.
TECH  WEEK  YQG shines a big bright spotlight on the dynamic tech community in our region today.
TECH WEEK will end on Friday, November 2 with Tech Mobility as the final highlight. This portion of the event is presented by The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and focuses on the changes in the way people travel, driven by a series of converging technological and social trends.
To get an idea what to expect from this year's event, here is the video from 2017 TECH WEEK YQG .  

Creative Space Rental Workshops with ArtsBuild

This two part workshop is for any arts professionals looking for ways to expand their current renter audience or just starting a space rental program. 

This workshop also serves as a useful tool for any arts professional looking to diversify their skill set around space rentals and revenue development. 

Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Location: The Coach House, 1895 Niagara St, Windsor ON 
Cost: $10

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Businesses For Sale

Just Cork-It, Leamington - $45,000
Restaurant, Tecumseh - $45,000
Restaurant, Windsor - $59,900
Business Space For Lease
Regularly Scheduled ProgrammingRSP

Join the Small Business Centre's Business Advantage program

The Small Business Centre 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.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship in Windsor-Essex, ON Canada

Since 1992, the Small Business Centre (SBC) has provided thousands of entrepreneurs with the training and support necessary to start and grow successful businesses. SBC is a one-stop source - providing guidance and professional advice from concept, through start-up and early growth stages of business.

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